Modern SCM with SIMMS 2014

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Many companies try to make more important the flexibility of their organization while concurrently try to eliminate the carrying of large blocks of stock on-site. Outsourcing of the storage of stock and its shipment to customers is often much more inexpensive and more accurate. The design is to reducing management control of daily logistics operations while also increasing the number of organizations involved in satisfying customer demand. As more companies have chosen to manage stock in this fashion, supply chain management as a particular discipline began. At its best, supply chain management improves inventory visibility and the speed and efficiency of inventory movement with the ultimate goal of improving trust and collaboration amongst supply chain partners.

Supply Chain Management encompasses all key activities within the supply chain, including the sourcing, provision, and housing of raw materials; the warehousing and distribution of finished products, and the management and scheduling of works-in-progress (WIPs).

Companies can maximize and streamline the planning, control and execution of these all the important steps of supply chain management is easily handled by SIMMS 2014’s ability to handle locations and sub-locations and their ability to be assigned to as many different vendors as you want. Contact KCSI today to find out more.

SIMMS 2014’s Improvements

When making your investigations into which stock management system you want for your business, one of the deciding factors should be “how often will it change?”. In the same vein, the question “will it continue to be without ‘this’ feature or ‘that’ one forever, no matter how often I message the manufacturer?”

SIMMS 2014 Inventory Management software provides the advantage over other packages in that it is designed, amended, augmented, improved, expanded and altered on a regular basis (at least three times per year) — and always has been.

Flexibility and willingness to change is not common with other software. Most of it you buy “as is” (or ‘out of the box’ as is commonly referred). Such limitations that you find in the software may possibly be changed or improved someday, but your own protestations and requests are most often ignored. The software manufacturers have got your money now and they most often don’t care about you getting any bells or whistles beyond what they offer in their stock package.

With SIMMS 2014 (and every other version produced) enhancement requests are free and will be added to upcoming releases of the software. For free. If you, however, need a modification immediately, KCSI can tailor the software to your specific requirements with very little extra cost, thus providing you with immediate results. Visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca for more information about how SIMMS is interested in becoming even more of an inventory solution that will grow with you and your company’s needs.

Inventory Rotation

Whether you get slow-moving stock out of your store through sales or by sending it back to suppliers, you must have a schedule for how long you will keep any given item in the backroom.

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Components may get old or stale, packaging may become outdated or, depending on the type of stock, new versions may come out while you still have the old one sitting in inventory. Keep a record of when a shipment comes into your store, and make sure that your supplier knows that you wish to be notified about any impending changes in stock offerings so that you can plan your backroom rotation.

Moving old stock to the front of the shelf and placing new stock behind it helps to prevent the stock from out-dating. Even non-perishable items can eventually start to look old and worn if they sit on the shelf too long or can accumulate dust. Packaging that is exposed to natural sunlight will fade over time in especially slow-selling products. Your best practice is to completely remove the older items from the shelf when new stock comes in and wipe down the shelf space and the older packages to make sure that they are clean. Place your newest stock toward the back of the shelf, and replace the older stock at the front of the shelf, guaranteeing that these items are to be grabbed first when someone wants to buy the item.

1. Put newly received goods to the back of the storage area, or underneath older stock items so that the older stock is used first;

2. Record production date and use by or best before dates on food items that are not scheduled to be used or further processed immediately;

3. Record the receipt date and use by or best before date on foods as they are received to ensure clear identification of stock age;

4. Record the use by or best before date and traceability details on food items after opening or when they are decanted into other containers;

5. Use oldest items first.

Documented FIFO policies can include written procedure that ensures correct product rotation and usage according to shelf life and product date codes.

The Dog and the Jeep

A fellow from Michigan buys himself a brand-new $30,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Christmas. He goes down to his favorite bar and celebrates his purchase by tossing down a few too many brews with his buddies. In one of those male bonding rituals five of them decide to take his new vehicle for a test drive on a duck hunting expedition. They load up the Jeep with the dog, the guns, the decoys, and the beer, and head out to a nearby lake.

It’s the dead of winter, and of course the lake is frozen, so they need to make a hole in the ice to create a natural landing area for the ducks and decoys. It is common practice in Michigan to drive your vehicle out onto the frozen lake, and it is also common (if slightly illegal) to make a hole in the ice using dynamite. Our fellows have nothing to worry about on that score, because one member of the party works for a construction team, and happened to bring some dynamite along. The stick has a short twenty-second fuse.

The group is all set up and ready for action. Their shotguns are loaded with duck pellets, and they have beer, warm clothes, and a hunting dog. Still chugging down a seemingly bottomless supply of six-packs, the group considers how to safely dynamite a hole through the ice. One of these rocket scientists points out that the dynamite should explode at a location far from where they are standing. Another notes the risk of slipping on the ice when running away from a burning fuse. So they eventually settle on a plan to light the fuse and throw the dynamite out onto the ice as far as possible.

There is a bit of contention over who has the best throw­ing arm , and eventually the owner of the Jeep wins that honor. Once that question is settled, he walks about twenty feet out and holds the stick of dynamite at the ready while one of his companions lights the fuse with a Zippo. As soon as he hears the fuse sizzle, he hurls it across the ice at a great velocity and runs in the other direction.

Unfortunately, a member of another species has spotted his master’s arm motions and comes to an instinctive deci­sion. Remember a couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the vehicle, the beer, the guns, and the dog? Yes, the dog: a trained black Labrador, born and bred for retrieving, especially things thrown by his owner. As soon as dynamite leaves hand, the dog sprints across the ice, hell-bent on wrapping his jaws around that enticing stick-shaped object.

Five frantic fellows immediately begin hollering at the dog, trying to get him to stop chasing the dynamite. Their cries fall on deaf ears. Before  you know it, the retriever is headed back to his owner, proudly carrying the stick of dy­namite with the burning twenty-second fuse. The group continues to yell and wave their arms
while the happy dog trots toward them. In a desperate act its master grabs his shotgun and fires at his own dog.

The gun is loaded with duck shot, and confuses the dog more than it hurts him. Bewildered, he continues toward his master, who shoots at man’s best friend again. Finally com­prehending that this ow ner has become insane, the dog runs for cover with his tail between his legs. And the nearest cover is right under the brand-new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Boom! The dog and the Jeep are blown to bits and sink to the  bottom of the  lake, leaving  a large ice hole in their wake. The stranded men stand staring at the water with stu­pid looks on  their  faces, and the owner of the Jeep is left to explain the misadventure to his insurance company.

Needless to say, they determined that sinking a vehicle in a lake by the illegal use of explosives is not covered under their policy, and  the  owner is still making $400 monthly payments on his brand-new Jeep at the bottom of the lake.