The business behind some of Britain’s leading kitchenware brands including Tala and ChefAid, has established a new benchmark by which all future supply chain projects will be judged. Following the success of a major project focused on improving both stock availability and efficiency this month, the leading kitchenware supplier, George East, has already started to realise the tangible benefits of their work with inventory management specialist, Slimstock.
With a broad range of products and an extensive customer base encompassing a number of well-known high street retailers, George East is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of kitchen and homeware products. Carl Debbage, Commercial Manager at George East explains: “Given the complexity of our global network of suppliers, coupled with the continuous growth of our assortment, it was vital that we took steps to improve both availability and service levels in order to keep up with the growing demand for our products.”
After seeing how Slimstock’s inventory management solution, Slim4, could help the business better manage seasonal demand and product lifecycles, the homewares specialist decided to join their parent company, Nedac Sorbo group, as one of 650+ other businesses to implement Slimstock’s inventory management solution, Slim4. Debbage goes on to add: “Although we have only been using the solution for a short time, I can already see how critical Slim4 has become for our operations.”
Since the project was first initiated in November 2015, the team at George East have already started to notice the business benefits. “Working with the team at Slimstock on what has been a highly complex project has been a pleasure. The expertise of the consultants at Slimstock has been evident throughout and it has been a great experience in how a project should be managed. Slimstock has helped us establish a new benchmark by which all future projects will be judged,” States Debbage.
Richard Evans, managing director at Slimstock UK goes on to add: “This has been an exciting project for everyone here at Slimstock and I am confident that our work with George East will help the business go from strength to strength.”
To help maintain and improve their market leading availability across their stylish range of bathroom furniture products, Roper Rhodes has taken a major step towards bolstering their position as the UK’s favourite independent bathroom specialist. Following the decision to partner with Slimstock, the bathroom specialist will utilise the inventory management expert’s supply chain solution, Slim4, to increase customer service levels and support the business' continuous growth and achieve supply chain success.
With customers ranging from national merchant groups to local authorities, housing associations and plumbing contractors, Roper Rhodes has provided customers with a complete range of functional and stylish bathroom furniture for over 30 years. With the support of Slimstock, the UK’s favourite bathroom supplier will now utilise Slimstock’s inventory optimisation solution, Slim4, to modernise their approach to inventory management.
“In the past, we relied upon our ERP system to help manage our inventory. However, as the business has grown, we knew that this approach was simply no longer optimal,” explains John Wright, Operations Director at Roper Rhodes. With an already extensive range encompassing; sanitary ware, showers, taps and bathroom accessories, the business required a solution which could enable the team to forecast demand with greater confidence and thus, manage their ever-evolving assortment more effectively.
With the ability to anticipate demand with much greater accuracy, once Slim4 has been implemented, the team at Roper Rhodes can focus more of their time and attention on what really matters to their customers. “Given Slimstock’s extensive industry experience, flexibility and robust project methodology, it was obvious that they were the right partner for us,” adds John.
Richard Evans, Managing Director at Slimstock goes on to conclude: “As we embark upon this project, I am confident that our work with Roper Rhodes will help the business on their journey towards supply chain excellence.”
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