SCM system development for a manufacturing company in Belgium

Infinity developed a state of the art SCM solution for a major manufacturing company in Belgium. This web based application creates a virtual global warehouse, providing a series of tools which allow the client to see real-time stock levels, shipping details and delivery reports.

Business Issue

The manufacturing company has a particularly complex supply chain with parts being manufactured both in Japan and China for delivery to Europe. One of the biggest problems the company faced was long delivery times for the parts. This made the efficient real-time management of stock levels difficult.

To help reduce delivery times a new central warehousing facility and assembly plant for the shipped parts was set up in Europe. A key requirement of the new facility was a solution which would deliver a central control point with real-time visibility to manage the stock ordering process. Infinity was selected as the preferred supplier based on its extensive experience and ability to deliver customised business solutions at a competitive cost, comparable to most off-the-shelf packages.

Solution Summary

Infinity’s SCM application is a web based solution which handles incoming order processing, stock management and the generation of purchase orders to the head office in Japan. The system is installed as a managed service running on a Box IX200 installed within the client’s LAN.

One of the key features of the system is its ability to automatically calculate stock levels. It combines data on product shipping information from Japan and China with their 12 month sales forecast to give accurate stock level figures. This data allows them to order stock up to 3 months in advance.

Infinity consultants held an interactive envisioning and scoping workshop with the client’s staff to gather the information needed to accurately map the business and technical needs. The data gathered at this workshop enabled Infinity to tailor the SCM application to meet the exact requirements of the customer’s specification.

To better manage the size and complexity of the system design and implementation, the project was divided into 8 independently developed modules. This approach allowed the full system to be delivered within the customer specified 3 month time frame.