GRA, Gold Sponsor of Retail World 2008

May 16, 2008

GRA is a sponsor of this year’s APICS International Conference to be held in the Gold Coast on 15-18 June. The theme for this year’s event is Sustainable Manufacturing.

GRA partner, Carter McNabb, will present Demand Planning, Inventory Optimisation and S&OP at Super Cheap Auto at noon on Monday 16 June. The case study presentation will detail the demand and supply chain management issues confronted by Super Cheap’s rapidly growing business, how the company went about addressing them - from a people, processes and systems perspective - and the results achieved. 

Super Cheap’s challenge was to get over 10,000 products across more than 230 stores and 5 distribution centres to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity at the lowest possible cost, while the company continued to open stores at the rate of two per week. 

The need to plan inventory accurately to meet service levels at the lowest cost become a critical success factor. The results of the project were, and continue to be outstanding, particularly considering a depressed retail sales environment where many competitors struggled.

GRA will also have a stand at the event, so please feel free to drop by and have a chat with one of our team members.

About Carter McNabb
Carter is a founding partner of GRA and is a regular speaker at industry events. He has consulted extensively in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Australia to manufacturing, distribution, retail and aftermarket organisations in industries ranging from Defence to FMCG to Hi-Tech. He also authors and runs the ‘Managing Supply Chain Inventory’ and the ‘Network Modelling & Optimisation’ courses within Monash University’s Supply Chain & Logistics Masters Program, and delivers courses in Forecasting and Inventory Management as part of the Asia Business Forum’s knowledge development series.

About GRA
GRA is an expert supply chain consulting firm specialising in demand, inventory and supply chain optimisation. We combine expert knowledge with best-of-breed planning and optimisation systems to take your supply chain to the next level. Our experience is your experience, and we work side-by-side with our clients to ensure change is successful and benefits are sustainable. Guaranteed results are typically delivered within 8-12 weeks, and we aim for a minimum 3:1 ROI.

For Further Information
Please contact Rebecca Manjra
Marketing Manager on (03) 9421 4611
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