Supply Chain Solutions
Helping a leader in its industry achieve significant improvements in its supply chain and inventory distribution
"We have achieved inventory savings while delivering 30% reductions in emergency stock transfers. In a business such as ours with a massive product range and a very broad set of customers, we faced large challenges in optimising the supply chain. We have made our business more profitable and significantly improved our productivity and inventory turnover. John Allen was a key partner in making these changes with his facilitation, his insights, broad skills and experience and his commitment to helping us achieve results. "

Brett Bartholomew,
Group Logistics Director
CBC began business in 1954. It is a leader in the distribution of bearings, seals and power transmission products with over fifty branches across Australia.

Along with other subsidiaries of the group in 2003-04 it decided to challenge the practices that had served it well. It undertook to fundamentally re-examine where and how it deployed its inventory so as to service its industrial, mining and automotive after market customers.

John Allen facilitated the process including:
  • Coaching the multi-disciplinary team drawn from across the business with team building and skills transfer in consulting techniques such as research design and project management
  • Helping the business fully understand the different ways in which high and low volume products and breakdown and preventive maintenance parts needed to be treated
  • A full activity based costing analysis of key aspects of distribution across metropolitan and remote sites
  • Modelling to evaluate options which explored different warehouse locations, replenishment strategies and new techniques

Importantly the work did not slavishly apply tired methodologies. Rather it achieved genuine breakthroughs in thinking and approaches, leading to world leading innovation in supply chain and inventory management.

This work ultimately led to the development of the micq-if inventory and supply planning system, now used across CBC and other subsidiaries of the group.

  © 2010 Allen Management Solutions