Jewson optimises product availability

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Builders merchant Jewson, has seen an increase of 21 per cent in its product availability after completing a new project with Barloworld Optimus.

After implementing a new inventory management system, Jewson saw its product availability rise from 77 per cent in 2005 to over 98 per cent.

Paul Wear, supply chain manager at Jewson said that it was experiencing problems in adapting to an extended supply chain having suppliers in eastern Europe and Asia.

He said: “Barloworld Optimus helped us implement a supply chain that took into account the increased risk and enabled us to plan and manage our inventory much more effectively.”

Jewson installed the Optimiza inventory management tool, to model different inventory policies and stock scenarios in Jewson’s consolidation centres, which generates forecasts and orders based on robust procedures and analysis.

Kevin Boake, managing director at Barloworld Optimus UK said: “Organisations need to be aware how a changing supply chain can affect their business operations.

“What has worked for the last 10 years is probably not the optimal solution today. Companies need to constantly adapt to this change, ensuring they are using the most suitable systems and procedures for their business.”

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