Implemented New MRP Strategies and Analysis Methods to Drive Down Inventories


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  • Purchasing and parts movement decisions were not accurately recorded in SAP
  • Lead times between plants confused the overall lead times
  • Inventory accuracy was questionable and incorrect
  • Excess stock caused warehouse challenges and tied up working capital unnecessarily
  • Stock-outs created customer dissatisfaction and lost sales
  • Inventory averages were higher than needed creating large amounts of dead stock
  • Customer service levels were challenged due to stock-outs and unreliable lead times
  • Lack of trust in system caused high manual activity and users working outside the system
  • Business rules and master data did not align with current procurement functions
  • Inaccuracies in forecasts due to a rapidly changing marketplace
  • Challenging internal workaround for internal Stock Transport Orders
  • Improper use of Safety Stock as a Re-Order Point


  • Reveal oVo® in Germany followed by oVo® in the United States
  • Education on specific subject areas along the supply chain, with a focus on information maturity within the system
  • One on one sessions with management and executives
  • Data groups and priorities set within the supply chain, targeting low hanging fruit
  • PAT’s (process aligned teams) established to meet daily and deal with supply chain challenges identified through the oVo® process
  • Assistance in setting KPI’s and aligning with strategic business performance measures
  • Educated Buyers & Managers on valuable SAP tools to uncover, analyze, and pro-actively manage inventory and service levels
  • Created List of Highest Average Inventory, Highest Dead Inventory and Top Movers and Shakers using standard SAP tools to begin change
  • Unpacked business issues that attributed to inventory and customer service issues relating to, outdated Information, user behavior, business rules and configuration issues
  • Implemented new MRP strategies and analysis methods to drive inventories down
  • Adjusted Re-Order Point and Safety Stock improving Customer Service


  • Inventory reduction approaching 20%
  • Reduction in exceptions of over 65%
  • Overdue Elements down over 50%
  • Customer Service Measurement Implemented
  • Simplification and standardization of procurement process
  • Alignment of KPI’s to business objectives


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