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Supply Chain Planning and Optimization from WAM Systems

Exceptional service depends on having the right inventory in the right place at the right time. While the basic rules of inventory management that allow companies to achieve good service remain largely unchanged, they are under increased strain to perform in the face of recent challenges. Extended global networks with multiple warehouses and ever-increasing product ranges are making the task of delivering on time and in full a deceivingly difficult process.

Successful process manufacturing planners keep the end customer in mind. Your customers’ requirements and future expectations are top considerations. You must meet targeted service goals with minimal investments.

Developing long-range plans helps reduce distribution costs by providing a more stable starting point. Carrier selection is made based on research and best costs, without the stresses of immediate need. Plus instant savings are found in decreasing demurrage charges.

Companies that make the transition from average to best in class can see significant reduction in distribution costs and improvement in overall profitability. Effective distribution requires several key capabilities, each met by the WAM Supply Chain Solution, including:

    Predict Customer Demand
    achieved by blending statistical analysis, customer projections and the knowledge of your sales and service teams

    WAM provides the powerful and flexible forecasting tools needed to develop timely, accurate forecasts. The process begins with a statistical forecasting engine which provides a first-cut projection based on methods and criteria tailored to your business. This statistical forecast is then updated by the sales and planning teams to achieve the consensus plan.
    Develop Inventory Deployment and Holding Strategies
    determine, based on predicted or historical demand, whether it is more profitable to stock the item in a particular location, cross-fill demand from a central or other location, or even to potentially pass on an unprofitable sale

    The WAM Supply Chain Solution calculates safety stock recommendations based on targeted customer service levels. It also compares optimum inventory levels to anticipated inventory levels based on current supply chain management policies.
    Develop Distribution and Transportation Schedules
    optimally coordinate interrelated logistic decisions such as capacity management, inventory allocation, and vehicle routing

    Using product formulations and replenishment algorithms, the WAM Supply Chain Solution computes and recommends just-in-time replenishment orders for raw materials. These replenishments consider the lead-time and typical lot size from each supplier.
The WAM Supply Chain Solution supports all of these capabilities and delivers the information you need to achieve minimal distrubution costs while maximizing profitability.

As a supply chain professional, you must focus your energies on achieving best-practice goals. How do you initiate an enterprise-wide effort to improve customer service, inventory, scheduling? By proactively engaging in successful strategic and tactical planning. The WAM Supply Chain Solution helps you make smarter decisions based on profitability, attain global supply chain visibility, support for collaboration and assists in determining the right safety stocks to meet customer service levels. To make the critical decisions that you must make on a daily basis, you must have accurate, timely data and planning technology that understands how your company operates. Let us show you how WAM's supply chain planning solution can provide you and your team with the right data and the right time and place.