Implementos Sa

“Thanks to the help of the Slimstock consultants, we were able to quickly get to grips with Slim4. Now, we can say with certainty that it has been a very good investment and we have more than recovered our original investment.”

Héctor Torres

Planning Deputy Manager | Implementos S.A

Implementos S.A. ready to take on new challenges with Slim4

Implementos S.A. has more than 23 years of experience in the transport market. As part of Epysa Holding, Implementos S.A. has become the undisputed leader in spare parts, supplies and accessories for the transport sector. With its complete assortment, the business provides everything its customers need to repair, maintain and equip their truck, bus or trailers. With the largest distribution network in Latin America, the business has 30 stores in Chile and 10 stores in Peru.

Following continued rapid growth, Implementos S.A. now faces new challenges. To maintain its market-leading position, the business embarked on a bold improvement project. As part of this strategic initiative, Implementos S.A. identified the need to take its inventory management to the next level. For this reason, the business reached out to Slimstock, who, beyond offering a robust and flexible system for inventory management, was also capable of contributing to the business cornerstones: People, Processes and Systems.

Slimstock offers more than just software

After an extensive selection process, where four inventory management systems were evaluated, Slimstock was the only one that was truly committed to the project. “After performing different analyses, in addition to demonstrating the effectiveness of Slim4 software, we were confident that Slimstock was the right partner to help us advance,” comments Héctor Torres, Planning Deputy Manager at Implementos S.A.

As soon as the Slim4 implementation process kicked off, Slimstock were extremely supportive and worked closely with Implementos S.A. to ensure the project was a great success. Héctor Torres comments “Although it’s been several years since Slim4’s go-live, we continue to count on the help and support of Slimstock’s consultants.”

Excellent results

“Thanks to the help of the Slimstock consultants, we were able to quickly get to grips with Slim4. Now, we can say with certainty that it has been a very good investment and we have more than recovered our original investment,” says Héctor.

One of the most important results for Implementos S.A. was the improvement in availability. At the Distribution Center, availability increased from 73% to 92%. Furthermore, availability at the branches increased from 78% to 95%. In addition, the stock turn improved by 22% as the excess stock was reduced by 50%.

The planning team now have more time to perform tasks such as cleaning the assortment, reviewing stocking policies and product categories. “We can now ensure the right stock at the right place at the right time,” concludes Hector.

More accurate information

Slim4 provides greater insight and therefore enables more effective communication gains among the branches in Brazil. “Before Slim4, the companies worked alone, now they act as a team,” states Rita.rnrnTo achieve this, a special planning group was created. ¨Every month we review the inventories together to check our inventory position and understand where we need to rebalance our stock. All this started as a result of the process review meetings we completed as part of the Slim4 implementation. We now have access to better information and we can produce forecasts that are more concise and consistent with our reality. As a result, we have reduced inventories and increased availability.”rnrnAttaining greater visibility across the business and detecting trends and variations in irregular items were also benefits of the software implementation. “We are in a very volatile market. The demand planning optimisation provided by Slim4 helped us a lot because now we can see very clearly the exceptions, variations and apply the corrections, so we do not have problems of stock out of products in the future¨.rnrn“Slim4 is now essential for our planning,” concludes Rita Mendonça, Systems Coordinator at Fagron Brazil.

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