Slow purchasing, quick sales: It takes excellent planning to succeed anyway!

by Goetz-Andreas Kemmner, Armin Klüttgen
CEO and Senior Principal, Abels & Kemmner

Long replenishment time and purchasing restrictions such as container completion are a constant challenge in planning. Combined with an enormous variety of changes in the range of goods plus fluctuation in amounts and schedules of demands, this will quickly lead to overstocking or low delivery readiness, when managed in mainly manual planning processes. The trading company Gremlin Electronics Inc.*) in Great Britain has accepted this challenge and reduced stock while raising delivery readiness in the face of slow purchasing and highly fluctuating demands. With the help of some consultancy advice and the application of an APS system, demand planning and material planning improved significantly alongside with IT support.

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