JIT in Variable Markets
Beddoe, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
We essentially are merchants of stock glass, essentially a "supermarket" for our customers. There is little manufacturing at our site that impacts on the stock control.
I'm looking at patterns within the ordering of our customers and I'm finding little to work with however stock levels being maintained are way too high at present.
Lead times are one/two days from order to delivery which makes this problem even worse as we are limited on where we can source the product. What we have is essentially a pull from the customer with random products and quantities. We are now limited on space and need to generate space for an essential change to our business.
Since the last post I've been looking at demand smoothing
and setting up a network
between the two other sites within our region to act as satellite sites for slower moving items. I've also looked at creating a more formal "pull system"
for the stock control with a kanban for each product
. Thanks for your reply.