Orr & Boss assists clients in more effectively managing their supply chains by optimizing business processes. These processes include forecasting, production planning and scheduling, distribution requirements planning (DRP) and material requirements planning (MRP) processes.
Sales patterns are analyzed to determine if the business can be forecasted. If it can be, the best forecast horizon and SKU-specific forecasting method is determined. If the business cannot be forecasted reliably, processes are put in place to manage the supply chain.
- Production Planning and Scheduling
Planning & scheduling processes are optimized by using the optimum planning strategy such as re-order point planning, master production scheduling, make to forecast, etc. The tradeoff between changeover and inventory costs is optimized by using Economic Order Quantities (EOQs).
- Distribution Requirement Planning (DRP)
Supply chain efficiency is maximized by understanding where to locate warehouses and how much product to stock in each warehouse. Customer service levels, lead times and distribution costs are balanced to optimize the network.
- Material Requirement Planning (MRP)
The MRP process is optimized by improving forecasting, production planning and scheduling. Process improvement techniques are used to reduce the chaos of production scheduling, resulting in more predictable MRP requirements.
- Freight Cost Analysis
As fuel prices increase, transportation becomes a larger part of a company’s cost structure. Orr & Boss analyzes freight costs and implements changes to reduce those costs. We also work with traffic managers to negotiate optimal freight contracts.