An increasing number of variants and products require creative concepts in logistics to reduce overall procurement and supply costs, limit an increase in the amount of space required in plants, and to prevent a rise in cost per unit.

In addition to an end-to-end design of the process, the organization and IT, a concept for the active management of procurement is growing in importance. For this reason, many manufacturing and retail businesses now treat the entire supply chain from supplier to production as one single function.

4flow optimizes processes and structures in the area of procurement and supply planning with its in-house methods and tools

One of the key 4flow objectives when designing optimized procurement is to define efficient standard processes that are fully accepted in the organization, the implementation of which is supported by 4flow.

With procurement and supply processes planned by 4flow, clients regularly:

  • Standardize processes
  • Boost the stability of supply and availability of goods
  • Reduce the need for logistics space
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce material inventories in the supply chain
  • Optimize handling and transportation costs

4flow develops and implements innovative concepts for the supply of production plants, as well as the implementation of classic procurement concepts, such as Just-in-Sequence (JIS), Just-in-Time (JIT) and Warehouse-on-Wheels (WOW) for businesses in the manufacturing industry.

For retail businesses, 4flow uses delivery route simulation to determine how procurement is most cost-effective in meeting service requirements for each article. The results can include:

  • Direct delivery
  • Cross dock I (pre-allocated cross-docking)
  • Cross dock II (break-bulk cross-docking) or
  • Central warehousing

In doing this, seasonality as well as all relevant costs and inventories are taken into account.

The keys to successful implementation are cross-functional teams that take processes, layouts and structures into consideration, as well as overall costs.

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