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We can help you achieve the perfect alignment between inventory and demand. Our distribution-focused supply chain planning system balances customer needs with business realities like thin margins, variable lead times, seasonality, deal management and all the other variables that put pressure on today’s distributors.

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Challenges

  • Thin margins
  • Variable lead times
  • Seasonality
  • Deal and promotion management
  • Uncertain economic climate
  • Accurate projections
  • Varied order minimum requirements
  • Short shelf life items with long lead times

Opportunities

  • Improved service levels
  • Dramatic inventory reduction
  • Increased cash flow
  • At least one full point added to the bottom line
  • Freight optimization
  • Ability to recognize and address pending spoilage
  • Capitalize on optimal seasonality

Challenges

  • Low margins
  • Fast moving and perishable items
  • Deals, promotions, seasonality
  • Truck load sizing and lead-time management
  • School bids, hospital and other institutional bids
  • Contractually required customer service levels paired with inconsistent supplier availability

Opportunities

  • Significant inventory reductions and service improvements
  • Increased profits from deal forward buying and stronger promotional planning
  • Improved safety stock level, economic replenishment cycles
  • Higher demand forecast accuracy, lead-time forecasts and seasonal forecasts
  • More effective new item management

Challenges

  • Shrinking margins
  • Expanding categories
  • Managing deals, promotions, truck load sizing, extreme seasonality, lead times and special needs of labels
  • Supplier communication
  • State regulations
  • Long lead times on import vintages
  • Constrained supply
  • Optimal allocation

Opportunities

  • Dramatic inventory reductions
  • Service improvements
  • Significant profit gains from deal forward buying and smarter promotional planning
  • Improved forecast accuracy and economically optimized replenishment cycles
  • Stronger new item management

Challenges

  • Extremely slow moving items
  • Demand seasonality
  • Short product lifecycles
  • Increased competition, industry globalization and increased lead times due to production locales
  • Controlling costs and gaining market share
  • Kitting

Opportunities

  • Improved forecast accuracy and lead-time management
  • Higher fill-rates
  • Reduced unneeded inventory
  • Reduced inventory risk
  • Significantly greater cash flow to meet long-range goals, such as commercial sales, special programs and market grabbing promotional opportunities

Challenges

  • Slow moving items
  • Erratic demand
  • Contract management
  • Severe seasonality
  • Variable pricing, lead-times and climate across regions

Opportunities

  • Maximum profitability by managing every aspect of every SKU individually and by location
  • Mitigate demand fluctuations, seasonality, pricing, item economics, stock status, unique demand and lead times
  • Improved cash flow from strategic safety stock controls
  • Purchase orders built to take advantage of freight economics

Challenges

  • Erratic demand
  • Uncertain trends
  • Regional uniqueness, seasonality, housing and production market fluctuations
  • Government regulations
  • Significant impact of large scale weather events
  • High levels of one-off demand (contract jobs, building a hospital, housing complex, etc.)

Opportunities

  • Dramatic inventory reductions
  • Significant service improvements
  • Profit from deal buying/forward buying
  • Strategic safety stocks
  • Economically optimized replenishment cycles
  • Increased growth from existing customer base due to higher fill rate levels

Challenges

  • Diverse range of items
  • Mixture of high-volume items, seasonal items, slow movers, special orders
  • Customer account sales fluctuations
  • Import lead time and container ordering requirements
  • Stock balancing and allocation situations

Opportunities

  • Higher profits by managing every sku and location individually
  • Diminished risk and effects of demand fluctuations, variable lead times, and unique demand
  • Higher margins
  • Economically optimized order cycles and order freight

Distribution Success Stories

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"In two years, we’ve grown sales double-digits, without growing inventory, and back orders are at their lowest level in the history of our company."

Dan Schildge,
President of CRP Industries

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"Blue Ridge listens to our industry. They combine a state-of-the-art application with proactive guidance…We have the type of team that turns that into results."

Jen Meinders,
Purchasing Director of Martin Bros.

"Revenue is up 12%, inventory is down 14%, and inventory turns increased from 21.4 to 24.6. Operating costs are down, and profit has increased by 181%."

Haakon Ekrheim,
C.E.O. of K. Ekrheim

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Improve Cash Flow and Add a Full Point to your Bottom Line

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With Blue Ridge’s unique inventory demand management tools, it is possible to increase sales without adding a single penny in inventory. By more accurately assessing trends, tightly segmenting customer demand and defining optimal inventory levels, you can be more efficient with the inventory you have. Better efficiency means increased cash flow, no matter how unpredictable the market environment.

 

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