As the Sim4 implementation coincided with the rollout of the new ERP, all possible steps were taken to minimise disruption. To ensure that Slim4 integrated seamlessly with both the existing ERP & also the new infrastructure, Slimstock’s consultants worked closely with the planning team at Pioneer.
“Slimstock’s consultants took time to understand the dynamics of our business. As a result, we were able to fine-tune Slim4 to our exact business requirements. With Slimstock’s support, we were able to improve our processes from day one,” adds Dave.
The Operations Manager goes on to highlight the role Slimstock’s support team played to ensure the project’s success: “The customer care can’t be matched by any other IT system provider. Slimstock’s helpdesk is always on hand to answer any problem or question in the most professional and efficient way.”
In the past, inventory management was labour intensive and highly time-consuming. Following the successful implementation of Slim4, Dave & his team began to restructure the supply chain processes.
With Slim4’s ABC functionality coupled with the solutions’ management by exception principles, the business can now focus on the products that matter most. By automatically applying dynamic service levels based on a product’s specific demand characteristics, the planning team can prioritise key products and take swift action when required: “As a result, service levels across our A-items have increased to over 98%.”
Highlighting the time savings created by Slim4, Dave adds: “The man-hours required to support the ordering process have been reduced by 80%. As a result, we have more time to optimise other areas of our supply chain; something which had proved invaluable to maintain the supply of our key lines during the ongoing supply chain disruption.”
Better service with less stock
With Slim4 in place, the planning team now have ready access to the insight they need to make effective supply chain decisions: “Slim4 captures all key supply chain events. As a result, we can now build far more robust forecasts.”
With better visibility over both supply and anticipated demand, the planning team are now better positioned to ensure fantastic customer service. Explaining the impact this has had on the business, Dave adds: “In the short time we have been using the solution, we have already seen a significant reduction in backorders and excess stock.”