Seamless integration between Slim4 & Distretail
The first step of the inventory optimisation project was to centralise all of the inventory management teams which was soon followed by the purchase of Slim4. “In the past, we used the forecasting module within our existing ERP, DistRetail, as well as the knowledge of our ordering teams in the DCs. However, we are always looking for ways to improve and as a result we started looking for a tool that could
help us increase our service level and stock turns whilst simultaneously decreasing waste. After looking at a number of options, Slim4 became the obvious choice. Thanks to the support from the people at Slimstock, the implementation was completed on time and within budget.”
Brekelmans was particularly impressed by Slim4’s capability to forecast demand of fresh groceries on a daily basis. “On Wednesdays, for example, the demand for salads is different from Mondays, especially around Easter. Slim4 takes this into account and as a result, we now have better control over item perishability and waste,” highlights Brekelmans. To further support the optimisation process, Spar will also use the EOQformula. With this method Spar will be able to calculate the optimal economical order quantity based on the handling costs, waste costs, and the capacity of the DCs amongst a number of other factors.