Taking ordering to the next level
Slim4 is also used for supply planning at Izico as well as for calculating ordering advice to optimise raw materials and consumables.
As highlighted by Vervaart, the Order Generator in Slim4 comes in handy: “With the items that we buy, it often involves making large orders.
To minimise logistics costs, we want the best possible order quantities. Therefore, it is important that we attain full pallets and, if possible, full trucks. With the Order Generator within Slim4, we can make the optimal order for each supplier at the touch of a button. On the basis of robust purchase forecasts, order costs, inventory holding costs and logistical restrictions, Slim4 can calculate future orders in a smart way to ensure that the right products are ordered in the right quantities.”
Izico Food Group now has production locations in various countries. By optimising these locations with the assistance of Slim4, Vervaart expects to make further improvements. “At present, each factory determines what they produce. However, this often results in a lot of surplus stock. By utilising Slim4 to calculate what needs to be produced on a weekly basis, we can reduce the level of working capital invested in stock even further while also improving the service level.
The ultimate goal is that, we manage the entire supply chain from a central competence centre. Slim4 will be an important tool in making this a reality.”