Supply Chain Planning

Plan Demand and Develop Successful Supply Chain Stragies

What is Supply Chain Management?
"Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. In essence, supply chain management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. Supply Chain Management is an integrating function with primary responsibility for linking major business functions and business processes within and across companies into a cohesive and high-performing business model. It includes all of the logistics management activities noted above, as well as manufacturing operations, and it drives coordination of processes and activities with and across marketing, sales, product design, finance and information technology." The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Standart commerce operation starts with Supply Chain and ends with Customer Services. As the commerce volume increases, the need for more professional, more reliable solutions arises. Paper based business or business running on old software needs to be transitioned into a more technological, faster, flexible and traceble business.

Buton eBusiness Solutions together with its global supply chain software partners provides best of breed supply chain solutions in almost all possible stages of an enterprise commerce scenario including :


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Barloworld SCS

Providing supply chain planning software and methodology, Barloworld Supply Chain Software offers solutions to maximise the efficiency of the supply chain. Barloworld SCS supply chain consultants work with clients to ensure that there are robust supply chain management processes in place. Its supply chain network modelling software, CAST, designs and configures optimal supply chain infrastructure, while Optimiza demand planning and inventory management software delivers the optimal inventory deployment strategy. Both supply chain planning software solutions offer depth in functionality backed up by robust implementation and a proven track record in delivering strong returns on investment.

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Supply Chain Modelling

Best-of-Breed Intelligent Solutions for Decision Making

Supply chain modelling and network optimisation trades-off competing costs, such as warehousing & transportation, to identify the optimal supply chain configuration. This takes into consideration target service lead times for forecast, or actual, supply & demand volumes by location.

Optimising the Network Migration & Implementation Plan

By optimising the supply chain in weekly, monthly and yearly time horizons, CAST can identify not only what the optimal supply chain should be, but also when changes to the network should occur, thereby optimising the network migration and implementation plan, and realising all the potential savings identified in the strategic review.

Optimising Supply Chain resources in a Seasonal Business

From holiday peaks in consumer markets, to harvest periods in agriculture, seasonal variability in supply and demand puts strain on the supply chain, resulting in higher operating costs and reduced profit margins.

Perfect for Manufacturers and Retailers

Barloworld SCS clients have been using CAST Aurora supply chain network modelling software to evaluate the cost and service impacts of alternative global manufacturing footprints, moving operations from high cost countries in the West to low cost manufacturing bases in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Retailers are also using CAST Aurora supply chain modelling software to design supply chains for overseas market expansion, expanding home delivery and internet shopping networks and to evaluate alternative and collaborative sourcing strategies.

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Inventory Planning and Optimisation

Agile, flexible and efficient supply chains need to be planned

Agile, flexible and efficient supply chains need to be planned. So we offer the tools, processes, people and experience in inventory optimisation to inspire your people and your company to reach new heights. Highly regarded as a world-class inventory optimisation tool, Optimiza inventory management software enables companies to build an inventory model that simulates the unique characteristics of their business.

Optimiza provides an easy-to-use interface and is adaptable, quick to implement and process-based. Unlike ERP and other inventory management software systems, Optimiza is designed as an inventory management tool and is not a transaction-based system.
More than 600 companies and 4,000 people involved in supply chain planning across Europe, the USA, Asia Pacific, Australia and Africa have, in partnership with Barloworld Supply Chain Software, gained better control of their supply chains and created opportunities to model the future of their companies. We would be delighted to share some of our individual experiences with you. Please contact us for our case studies and testimonials.

Supplier and Lead Time Management

  • Supplier and Lead Time Management
  • Set up the routes of supply
  • Establish and forecast lead times
  • Monitor delivery performance
  • Develop supplier collaboration

Stock Profiling and Classification

  • Define what stock should be held at which locations
  • Profile product ranges, including slow movers and critical items
  • Slice-and-Dice data into more meaningful groups

Excess Stock Management

  • Minimise the risk of ordering excess stock
  • Redistribute existing excess
  • Flag surplus-ordered items
  • Implement vendor-managed contracts

Replenishment and Distribution

  • Generate and manage new orders
  • Review daily order pipelines using Cockpit technology
  • Set up distribution requirements using fair-share algorithm
  • Collaborate with suppliers using future-order projections

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Demand Planning

Forecast demand to plan your inventory

Simple item level forecasting can satisfy many businesses, but with ever-increasing complexity being introduced by shorter product life cycles, expanding regional and global customer bases and an explosion of new product variations and alternative brands, advanced demand management becomes a necessity.
In addition, the way we do business is also changing. Manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers need to constantly collaborate with their suppliers to ensure that they are constantly in synchronization with demand variations caused by promotional plans and new product introductions.
Hence, the need for a single, accurate and up-to-date demand forecast is greater than ever and the challenge companies face is to design an effective demand management process that is easy to understand, use and maintain

Multi-Level Forecasting

Optimiza Demand Planner uses multi-level forecasting techniques that dynamically calculate seasonality and trends, intelligently selecting the right algorithm for each product level and aggregating or disaggregating the results up or down the product, geographical and / or channel hierarchy.

Factors Matter

Optimiza Demand Planner allows the user to incorporate causal factors such as 'Hours of Sunlight' or 'mm of rain' when generating the forecasting.

High Accuracy Forecasting

Optimiza Demand Planner has a highly effective forecast accuracy and alerts function that ensures that focus is directed to the areas that will make the biggest difference to the business.

Data Streaming

Optimiza Demand Planner includes a concept unique to sales forecasting software, called Data Streaming. This allows the forecast to be viewed and managed from any angle, for example:
  • Marketing can view and manage the forecast by channel
  • Sales can manage and view the forecast and budget by account manager
  • Finance can manage and view the forecast by cost and revenue
  • Production can manage and view the forecast by units and volume
  • Logistics can manage and view the forecast by inventory type.