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Achieving supply chain certainty in uncertain times

Thought Leadership published by Anglia

In today’s unsettled market, it’s a good feeling to be able to walk out of your office and see the components required to build next week’s or next month’s production sitting there on the shelf. Yet the CFO might take a less positive view. Inventory ties up working capital that might be better employed elsewhere in the business. What if requirements change and orders get pushed back or even cancelled, are you stuck with the inventory? Yet if you see a sudden spike in demand you’ll run out of inventory anyway. Who monitors that inventory as it is used, and takes care that it is replenished?

All fair questions. All squarely addressed by Anglia 80/20. With this service, you receive inventory in line with forecast usage, managed by Anglia and invoiced as it is used. You can increase the level if needed, for example to accommodate an anticipated spike in demand from a sales promotion or to insulate yourself against potential customs delays following the UK’s departure from the EU. Once normal demand patterns resume, this additional inventory can simply be consumed as required or returned to the Anglia warehouse. As an SME, Anglia 80/20 gives you the competitive advantage you need with no start-up cost and no requirement for capital.

Explaining the rationale behind the service, Karen Ward, Sales Director of Anglia, said,

Anglia is investing for the success of its customers. Anglia 80/20 gives them inventory on zero lead-time with zero up-front cost and zero management cost. They are able to grow quickly and scale rapidly to exploit demand spikes with an instantly accessible stock of commodity components on site without the need to commit valuable cash up-front. Anglia 80/20 is much more flexible than traditional VMI and available to a much wider range of customers. We manage the customer's stock of commodity parts, reducing errors and streamlining the supply chain, reducing excess inventory and associated costs.

The 80/20 web based management dashboard helps you track stock and manage inventory in the light of changing demand patterns. High or low usage, leading to potential understock or overstock situations are flagged up using an intuitive colour coded system. An amber icon shows that stock levels need to be reviewed and a red icon shows a potentially critical situation requiring immediate attention.

Karen continued,

Anglia 80/20 goes beyond VMI. We track consumption and determine quantities and times of replenishment to make sure that customers' production lines run smoothly, eliminating line stops and delivery returns. This is all supported with buffer inventories held in our UK warehouse and supplier pipeline. Customers get peace of mind, knowing that the components they need will be delivered at the right time in the right amount, to ensure that production keeps rolling without excess inventory.

Anglia 80/20 covers all of the commodity passive, electromechanical, connector and semiconductor components on Anglia's 900,000 strong component line card. You are issued with a free starter pack including a wireless 2D scanner and barcoded user cards for security, which allow selective authority levels and auditable user information. Anglia 80/20 is free to use and complements your established business management system. There are configurable, downloadable reports in standard formats that can easily be imported/uploaded to your own system. As an Anglia 80/20 customer, you’ll continue to receive regular contract pricing reviews ensuring that pricing is always competitive.

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