Monday, October 26, 2015

Intergrated Planning | Logistics

The idea of interactive planning in Fast Moving Consumer Goods is to help network local business buyers and business suppliers through a supply chain network. In the fast moving consumer goods industry there is an ongoing trend towards an increased product variety and shorter replenishment cycle times. Hence, manufacturers seek a better coordination of production and distribution activities. One of the planning methods used is a so-called block planning approach which establishes cyclical production patterns based on the definition of setup families. For the delivery of final goods from the plants to distribution centres two transportation modes are considered, full truckload and less than truckload but Documan consulting proposed a mixed-integer linear optimization model which minimizes total production and transportation costs and then use the numerical results to demonstrate the practical applicability of the block planning approach. In particular, a rigid and a flexible block planning approach is compared which differ by their degree of flexibility in the scheduling of the production lots. Documan consulting provides a service which which also filters accredited suppliers by region, industry, company size and profile, which saves clients on tender and deal shopping costs and provides a convenient selling, buying and networking access. As an emerging business, Documan is commitment to delivering exceptional customer value. The agency aims tobe a key partner in enabling the smooth operation of clients business. It is this trust to which a long term success in a highly competitive market will be attributed.

Exploring Outbound Solutions....

The logistics challenges in the FMCG industry are unique and complex, and the way in which companies deal with these challenges could help cut costs, or erode their profits. When coming to end-to-end services, planning consultants need to assist companies to drive costs down, while boosting critical service levels. FMCG companies are increasingly recognising the value of outsourcing their supply chain and logistics functions. Smaller to medium companies are quickly following this growing trend, and it’s starting in bigger logistics groups. The key to reaping the benefits of outsourced logistics, however, is for the company to partner with the right service providers. A service offering to the FMCG industry which includes outbound and inbound logistics, as well as the ability to use additional external capacity in a managed logistics environment in outsourced value chain management which will provide the benefit to both producer and logistics companies.

Outbound offerings may include internal transport, managing inventory and offering transport solutions. The focus in this area is on bulk transport over shorter distances - where possible - and cost efficient were FMCG companies get the opportunity to leverage the strengths of road and air transport, with multimodal solutions. These companies need to explore multimodal collaboration opportunities within the logistics and transport sector. By working together with both parties, Documan will aim to leverage road and air logistics capabilities to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and to lower transport costs for clients. Therefore diverting freight currently shipped on road to multimodal combinations with the promise of more cost effective end-to-end solutions.

Outbound solutions The group’s outbound offering includes internal transport for mines, managing stock piles and offering transport solutions, De Jonge explains. “Our focus in this area is on bulk transport over shorter distances - from mines to coal power stations, for example,” he notes. Where possible - and cost efficient - Imperial offers its clients the opportunity to leverage the strengths of road and rail transport, with multimodal solutions. The group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aimed at exploring multimodal collaboration opportunities within the logistics and transport sector. “We are very excited about the structured way in which we can now engage with TFR as a partner to service our clients,” states De Jonge. “By working together, we aim to leverage road and rail logistics capabilities to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and to lower transport costs for customers. We aim to divert freight currently shipped on road to multimodal combinations with the promise of more cost effective end-to-end solutions.” Imperial has built up an impressive resumé in the mining sector. In terms of outbound logistics, the group’s transformation of an underperforming coal depot for South Africa’s second largest coal producer has won awards and accolades, as well as kudos from client Exxaro.

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A service offering to the mining industry that includes outbound and inbound logistics, as well as the ability to use additional external capacity in a managed logistics environment, reflects Imperial’s commitment to customising its vast experience in outsourced value chain management for the benefit of each one of its clients, in order to most effectively drive their competitiveness. Outbound solutions The group’s outbound offering includes internal transport for mines, managing stock piles and offering transport solutions, De Jonge explains. “Our focus in this area is on bulk transport over shorter distances - from mines to coal power stations, for example,” he notes. Where possible - and cost efficient - Imperial offers its clients the opportunity to leverage the strengths of road and rail transport, with multimodal solutions. The group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aimed at exploring multimodal collaboration opportunities within the logistics and transport sector. “We are very excited about the structured way in which we can now engage with TFR as a partner to service our clients,” states De Jonge. “By working together, we aim to leverage road and rail logistics capabilities to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and to lower transport costs for customers. We aim to divert freight currently shipped on road to multimodal combinations with the promise of more cost effective end-to-end solutions.” Imperial has built up an impressive resumé in the mining sector. In terms of outbound logistics, the group’s transformation of an underperforming coal depot for South Africa’s second largest coal producer has won awards and accolades, as well as kudos from client Exxaro. Coal loading and transport for Exxaro When Imperial took over the coal loading and transport service contract for Exxaro’s Inyanda coal depot, it faced the challenge of transforming an operation that had previously been underused, and renovating a facility that was in a state of disrepair, De Jonge says. Through a two stage solution, and by establishing a supply chain partnership with Exxaro, Imperial Logistics transformed the inefficient depot, which now has the ability to optimally plan its operations; manage and control costs; realise efficiencies and measure productivity. Exxaro is the second largest South African coal producer - with a capacity of 47-million tons a year - and the third largest global producer of mineral sands. “As Exxaro’s new supply chain partner, our challenge was to improve service levels, boost production and enhance efficiencies, in order to drive Exxaro Inyanda’s competitiveness and ensure the operation’s sustainability.” The water logged depot was in a state of almost total disrepair and was inadequate in all respects, with an unstable surface and dust contamination being just some of the concerns. “Poor coal density resulted in insufficient payload capacity,” he explains. “The nature of the business required seven to ten trips a day and equipment maintenance was inadequate in the extreme.” Outlining other problems, De Jonge says that truck tractor and trailer combinations exceeded legally permissible lengths. “Under- and over-loading of rail wagons was also a significant problem, as this activity relied on inaccurate visual estimates, while the depot’s poor environmental management was also an issue. Environmental complaints were rife, and issues included coal spillages, dust, grazing and water contamination.” Two stage solution The two stage solution implemented by Imperial Logistics encompassed immediate change in terms of equipment and facilities at Exxaro Inyanda, and long term change of systems and management, resources and protocol. De Jonge elaborates: “The initial solution included stabilising the property by deploying graders and rollers, and covering the surface with a run of dump stone. The suppression of dust and water reticulation on site was thus greatly improved. Dust suppression is now constantly managed in the proximity of the operation through a chemical and water process.” The entire fleet of transport equipment was replaced. Load cells were installed on all front end loaders, resulting in actual measured weight loads. “Legal specifications were met, resulting in a substantial increase in payload,” he adds. Imperial Logistics’ solution has added value to the business and its operations; improved income streams and reduced the cost of sale. The entire operation has been transformed, and is now more flexible and able to deal with peaks and valleys in volumes. The success of the supply chain partnership has been instrumental in driving continuous operational and commercial improvement initiatives. Operational efficiencies and commercial benefits Exxaro commercial manager Hans Prinsloo says that not only has the operation’s association with Imperial Logistics yielded operational efficiencies, but commercial benefits, too. “Since appointing Imperial Logistics to take over this contract to manage our coal transport and loading operations at Inyanda, we are consistently achieving budgeted monthly coal volumes. The ‘take or pay’ penalties that we used to incur through agreements with service providers downstream – when we failed to deliver certain coal volumes on time – are now a thing of the past,” he enthuses. Prinsloo reveals that before Imperial Logistics, trains supplied by Transnet were sometimes cancelled because coal didn’t reach the siding in time for loading, or loading equipment was not operational. “This, too, is a thing of the past, thanks to Imperial Logistics. In fact, as a result of our loading efficiencies, we are now sometimes provided with extra trains by Transnet, which enables us to boost our volumes and generates additional income for both Exxaro and Imperial Logistics.” Following on from Imperial Logistics’ success in transforming Exxaro’s Inyanda coal depot, similar solutions – in partnership with Imperial - are being rolled out at other Exxaro operations, including Ellisras. Inbound logistics for mines Imperial’s inbound logistics solutions for the mining industry include general flatbed transport of mining consumables. Warehouse consolidation is also offered. De Jonge expands: “Suppliers send all the goods for the mine to warehouse consolidation warehouse. Imperial then make up a truck load to go to the mine, offering our clients the most efficient, cost effective inbound solution. ‘Milkdrop’ scenarios are also offered, whereby consumables, in one load, can be delivered to more than one mine.” Imperial Logistics also operates a dedicated warehouse for client Joy Global Mining. “This contract is one of our inbound success stories,” De Jonge enthuses. Joy Global Mining awarded the outsource contract for its distribution service to Imperial on the strength of the group’s full distribution service offering. “As a distribution expert, we do much more than just provide trucks,” De Jonge stresses. “We offer planning and transport management systems, proof-of-delivery management, proof-of-delivery automation, as well as exceptional responsiveness on the breakdown service.” The latter is critical, he notes, since the breakdown service demands an extremely high level of service and very short turnaround time, in order to minimise the costly repercussions of downtime at a mine. “The breakdown side of the distribution contract is very dynamic and very intense, with 24/7 service.” Joy Global Mining’s stock replenishment distribution runs according to a daily plan, and Imperial has added value for the client by optimising routes and planning. An Imperial staff complement of 15 drivers and three management staff are dedicated to Joy Global Mining’s contract, and operate from the company’s Wadeville premises. Up to 10 additional flexi time employees are on hand to be brought in when needed, De Jonge explains. Imperial runs a dedicated fleet of seven breakdown vehicles for Joy Global Mining, along with six vehicles for stock replenishment.

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A service offering to the mining industry that includes outbound and inbound logistics, as well as the ability to use additional external capacity in a managed logistics environment, reflects Imperial’s commitment to customising its vast experience in outsourced value chain management for the benefit of each one of its clients, in order to most effectively drive their competitiveness. Outbound solutions The group’s outbound offering includes internal transport for mines, managing stock piles and offering transport solutions, De Jonge explains. “Our focus in this area is on bulk transport over shorter distances - from mines to coal power stations, for example,” he notes. Where possible - and cost efficient - Imperial offers its clients the opportunity to leverage the strengths of road and rail transport, with multimodal solutions. The group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aimed at exploring multimodal collaboration opportunities within the logistics and transport sector. “We are very excited about the structured way in which we can now engage with TFR as a partner to service our clients,” states De Jonge. “By working together, we aim to leverage road and rail logistics capabilities to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and to lower transport costs for customers. We aim to divert freight currently shipped on road to multimodal combinations with the promise of more cost effective end-to-end solutions.” Imperial has built up an impressive resumé in the mining sector. In terms of outbound logistics, the group’s transformation of an underperforming coal depot for South Africa’s second largest coal producer has won awards and accolades, as well as kudos from client Exxaro. Coal loading and transport for Exxaro When Imperial took over the coal loading and transport service contract for Exxaro’s Inyanda coal depot, it faced the challenge of transforming an operation that had previously been underused, and renovating a facility that was in a state of disrepair, De Jonge says. Through a two stage solution, and by establishing a supply chain partnership with Exxaro, Imperial Logistics transformed the inefficient depot, which now has the ability to optimally plan its operations; manage and control costs; realise efficiencies and measure productivity. Exxaro is the second largest South African coal producer - with a capacity of 47-million tons a year - and the third largest global producer of mineral sands. “As Exxaro’s new supply chain partner, our challenge was to improve service levels, boost production and enhance efficiencies, in order to drive Exxaro Inyanda’s competitiveness and ensure the operation’s sustainability.” The water logged depot was in a state of almost total disrepair and was inadequate in all respects, with an unstable surface and dust contamination being just some of the concerns. “Poor coal density resulted in insufficient payload capacity,” he explains. “The nature of the business required seven to ten trips a day and equipment maintenance was inadequate in the extreme.” Outlining other problems, De Jonge says that truck tractor and trailer combinations exceeded legally permissible lengths. “Under- and over-loading of rail wagons was also a significant problem, as this activity relied on inaccurate visual estimates, while the depot’s poor environmental management was also an issue. Environmental complaints were rife, and issues included coal spillages, dust, grazing and water contamination.” Two stage solution The two stage solution implemented by Imperial Logistics encompassed immediate change in terms of equipment and facilities at Exxaro Inyanda, and long term change of systems and management, resources and protocol. De Jonge elaborates: “The initial solution included stabilising the property by deploying graders and rollers, and covering the surface with a run of dump stone. The suppression of dust and water reticulation on site was thus greatly improved. Dust suppression is now constantly managed in the proximity of the operation through a chemical and water process.” The entire fleet of transport equipment was replaced. Load cells were installed on all front end loaders, resulting in actual measured weight loads. “Legal specifications were met, resulting in a substantial increase in payload,” he adds. Imperial Logistics’ solution has added value to the business and its operations; improved income streams and reduced the cost of sale. The entire operation has been transformed, and is now more flexible and able to deal with peaks and valleys in volumes. The success of the supply chain partnership has been instrumental in driving continuous operational and commercial improvement initiatives. Operational efficiencies and commercial benefits Exxaro commercial manager Hans Prinsloo says that not only has the operation’s association with Imperial Logistics yielded operational efficiencies, but commercial benefits, too. “Since appointing Imperial Logistics to take over this contract to manage our coal transport and loading operations at Inyanda, we are consistently achieving budgeted monthly coal volumes. The ‘take or pay’ penalties that we used to incur through agreements with service providers downstream – when we failed to deliver certain coal volumes on time – are now a thing of the past,” he enthuses. Prinsloo reveals that before Imperial Logistics, trains supplied by Transnet were sometimes cancelled because coal didn’t reach the siding in time for loading, or loading equipment was not operational. “This, too, is a thing of the past, thanks to Imperial Logistics. In fact, as a result of our loading efficiencies, we are now sometimes provided with extra trains by Transnet, which enables us to boost our volumes and generates additional income for both Exxaro and Imperial Logistics.” Following on from Imperial Logistics’ success in transforming Exxaro’s Inyanda coal depot, similar solutions – in partnership with Imperial - are being rolled out at other Exxaro operations, including Ellisras. Inbound logistics for mines Imperial’s inbound logistics solutions for the mining industry include general flatbed transport of mining consumables. Warehouse consolidation is also offered. De Jonge expands: “Suppliers send all the goods for the mine to warehouse consolidation warehouse. Imperial then make up a truck load to go to the mine, offering our clients the most efficient, cost effective inbound solution. ‘Milkdrop’ scenarios are also offered, whereby consumables, in one load, can be delivered to more than one mine.” Imperial Logistics also operates a dedicated warehouse for client Joy Global Mining. “This contract is one of our inbound success stories,” De Jonge enthuses. Joy Global Mining awarded the outsource contract for its distribution service to Imperial on the strength of the group’s full distribution service offering. “As a distribution expert, we do much more than just provide trucks,” De Jonge stresses. “We offer planning and transport management systems, proof-of-delivery management, proof-of-delivery automation, as well as exceptional responsiveness on the breakdown service.” The latter is critical, he notes, since the breakdown service demands an extremely high level of service and very short turnaround time, in order to minimise the costly repercussions of downtime at a mine. “The breakdown side of the distribution contract is very dynamic and very intense, with 24/7 service.” Joy Global Mining’s stock replenishment distribution runs according to a daily plan, and Imperial has added value for the client by optimising routes and planning. An Imperial staff complement of 15 drivers and three management staff are dedicated to Joy Global Mining’s contract, and operate from the company’s Wadeville premises. Up to 10 additional flexi time employees are on hand to be brought in when needed, De Jonge explains. Imperial runs a dedicated fleet of seven breakdown vehicles for Joy Global Mining, along with six vehicles for stock replenishment.

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