Project Management – FMCG Supply Chain Solution
Summetria was retained on contract by one of the UK’s premier 3rd party logistics group operators, working directly for them on end-to-end contracts for 4 years in the 90’s, during which time the operator grew from a £750M to £1B turnover business. We were responsible for delivering £multi-million retail / FMCG supply chain solutions for FMCG producers, wholesalers and retailers. Solutions centred around a warehouse management system with EDI being the business to business integration mechanism
- Worked closely with directors/ senior management to improve process and change the way IT was delivered.
- Project/programme management on major accounts.
- Supplier selection and supplier management.
- Representing our client’s IT Team in meetings with their customers and suppliers in the UK, Ireland, Holland and India
RFP for a new 3rd Party Supply Chain Solution
Our Director was retained through an agent to run an RFP project on behalf of another well-known 3rd-party logistics operator. The end client, on this project, was a UK retailer of contemporary furniture and decorative accessories, formerly established by Sir Terence Conran. This well-known high street store offers a big range of of furniture (much of which is which is built to order), a wide selection of textiles, upholstery and lighting.
The logistics operator was managing complex supply chain (for this high street retailer) and needed to keep ‘built to order’ customer orders on the ground in the warehouse for the minimum time. A new supply chain solution was required that would provide a more optimised warehouse management solution with a good API / integration capability to the business, operations and all related applications and IT systems
Our services were retained to work across the business (up to director level) to complete a thorough investigation of business and technical requirements and produce a detailed specification and covering RFP documentation for the replacement supply chain management solution based around a new Warehouse Management system The solution was to be fully connfigured and integrated (either by the supplier or partner integrator) into finance/ERP, transport, MI systems, customer-order management systems (retail-side) and ordering and production systems (supplier side)
Additional sector experience of our Director and PRinciple Consultant
The above programme management and project management services were provided by our Director who has also, for several years, been working outside this business on projects for other clients in the Logistics and Supply Chain Sector. This related experience is presented on his professional blog. To read more about the capabilities and experience we have to offer, in this and other related business sectors, please see our Director’s Show-Case, or ‘Where I’ve worked‘ on our Director’s Blog.