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Natural ingredients firm streamlines supply chain

By Rod Addy , 30-Nov-2012
Last updated the 30-Nov-2012 at 15:01 GMT

Naturex streamlines global supply chain

Natural ingredients firm Naturex has streamlined its supply chain by implementing Infor Advanced Planning Software.

The France-based firm said the implementation enabled it to exploit centralised planning, optimize inventory management and improve the flow and production capacity of complex industrial processes.

The new software handles more than 3,000 different botanical raw materials and a portfolio of 15,000 finished products.

Designed specifically for process industries, it helps plan production, procurement and transportation across multiple sites at the same time, said Infor.

Manage stock levels

The company said the software had the capability to juggle a wide range of products and manage stock levels, flow and production in the light of shelf-life constraints.

Naturex said it implemented it to enhance its ability to handle increased complexity associated with business growth and a recent increase in the number of its production units, formulas and stock keeping units.

"Like all industrial sectors we’re faced by particularly active competition, so we have put in place an ambitious growth strategy which is not without consequences for our supply chain,” said Naturex supply chain manager Ambrose Stagnara.

“The success of the proposed multi-site planning will be of strategic importance to us. With Infor Advanced Planning, we believe we have chosen the best solution to our current and future requirements ...”

Global network

Pieter Leijten, Vice President Supply Chain EMEA, Infor, told FoodProductionDaily.com: “Naturex will be able to plan across their global network of production and distribution sites, looking at all constraints and costs in one go …”

This would enable the business to avoid decisions that might be good locally, but cause costs and issues in upstream or downstream supply chain operations, he said.

“… The plans will be immediately right and no rework or safety buffers are required to deal with the uncertainty and unreliability of a supply chain that is not holistically planned.

"This means that when there is a requirement for extra material by a client, Naturex can very quickly provide a very reliable answer on when the materials could be delivered and the impact on the costs of achieving this.”

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