Quote: "In Australia, we find ourselves with a growing percentage of resource and retail businesses (the endpoints of the supply chain) as
manufacturing continues to move offshore to lower cost economies. This changing environment brings with it new supply chain challenges, and
if these challenges are not managed successfully, businesses may find that increased supply chain costs put pressure on the savings delivered
by the lower-cost overseas suppliers."
Carter McNabb, GRA Partner
Distribution's supply chain network (that is warehouse locations etc) are established and organised to support customer promise, and provide
the most cost effective way of moving goods. Increasingly there is the need to manage an extended supply chain; that is managing local and
international suppliers, costs, inventory, and service levels. A further issue is the need to synchronise replenishment systems to maximise
logistics efficiency. In addition, your customers may be large, powerful retailers which brings its own set of challenges: promotion, forward
visibility, and collaboration. You may also experience aggressive overseas sourcing, where your organisation represents only a small proportion
of your supplier's business. This puts Australian Distribution in a tough position.
Further logistical challenges arise from Asian sourcing including shut-down during Chinese New Year, limited container/shipping lane capacity and the
need to consolidate orders from multiple overseas suppliers in the country of origin.
All these issues need to be addressed to ensure customer requirements and plans are known, and to manage both your supply chain and your
GRA specialises in demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation and can work with you to optimise your supply chain network and
inventory levels while improving customer service, process efficiency and management controls. We identify opportunities and work with you
closely to deliver guaranteed results.
Working with GRA you can achieve:
- reduced costs
- reduced inventory levels
- improved customer service levels
- significant working capital improvement
- improved return on assets
- improved operating efficiencies
GRA guarantee results, including a minimum 3:1 return (typical returns range from 10:1 to 30:1) and remuneration is based on delivered milestones.
We have achieved proven results with the following clients in the Distribution space: Atlas Specialty Metals, Bonlac Foods, Bonland Dairies,
Cadbury Schweppes, CPI, CUB, Cummins Engine Australia, Ericsson, Honda Australia, Marathon Tyre, Mitre 10, Nestle, Repco, Toyota, Sara Lee,
Snap Fresh, Stanley Tools, Super Cheap Auto,
Symbion Pharmacy Service, United Laboratories, and Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety (Blackwoods).
Examples of our supply chain Professional Services relevant to Distribution include: