Lengthening order to cash cycle times, extending supply chains carrying hidden costs, significant changes in lifestyles and shopper’s behaviours all mean new complexities for Consumer Goods and Manufacturing organisations alike.
Consumer Goods and Manufacturing industries are also moving towards a more automated, agile and ultimately more efficient operations with the use of mobile and cloud computing. Products and machines can exchange information autonomously. With the Industry 4.0 revolution well and truly underway production will be more individual, more flexible and faster. To remain competitive, it will be important for companies to tap the potential of technological improvements and reap the benefits of a fully automated and integrated supply chain.
Performance management is embedded in the solution and not separate. Correlated metrics help identify issues with accurate and timely information; allowing the planners to choose and apply the best planning scenario and ultimately have a clear understanding of the implications of these decisions on both operational and financial KPIs. While planning, multiple what-if alternatives can be assessed considering variables such as promotions, inventory costs, customers' ABC classification, as well as impact on profitability and margins to always determine the best trade-offs. Analysis can be carried out on unlimited attributes and dimensions.
The sofco solution is a clever mix of cutting-edge innovation, facilitating adoption thanks to the Excel based User Interfaces backed by powerful algorithms. Exploiting the Microsoft Technology Stack, proven software architectures, databases and middleware ensuring a cohesive flexible environment and lowest total cost of ownership.
Our methodology provides a disciplined approach for our projects, a good practice based starting point, and a full set of documentation to insure an efficient and successful project with an exact fit for each and every customer. Implementations times are reduced as well as times to accrue benefits.
We serve leading global organisations including manufacturers and distributors of many household brands as well as industrial and other manufactured goods, providing an End-to-End Planning and Supply Chain Visibility solution which also fully supports 'Operational Analytics' including 'What If' scenario based planning and supply chain financial view. Our customers have seen significant benefits from reduction in inventory, reduction in stock-outs for fast-moving goods, increased product availability and a reduction in working capital.