MEBC has had the opportunity to work globally with both commercial and government organizations across multiple industry segments. This wide experience provides MEBC the unique capability to understand supply chain management challenges, issues and solutions from a broad spectrum of perspectives.

Client Success Stories

MEBC Helps Tool Manufacturer Improve Global Demand and Fulfillment Visibility

 

Our client is the largest tool manufacturer in the world with operations in 45 countries, selling and distributing products to more than 175 countries. MEBC partnered with them to globally deploy JDA Master Planning and Fulfillment with the primary focus on solving their historical lack of global demand and fulfillment visibility. In the end our client was able to improve their business and system architecture and standardize their business practices, positioning them for significant future corporate growth.

Multi-Billion Dollar Fabric Retailer Seamlessly Upgrades to JDA Eight

 

Our client is a privately held multi-billion dollar fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states. Considering their need to upgrade from JDA v7.4 to 8.0 for Demand, Demand Classification, Order Optimization and Fulfillment, they partnered with MEBC to provide them with recommendations for this upgrade. We also provided project management, solution design and business process expertise, and participated in client steering committees. In the end, we were able to help our client leverage key JDA version enhancements that improved productivity and reduced previous customizations to help them achieve a more sustainable planning solution platform. Additionally, we worked with our client to eliminate manual intervention to estimate lost sales into forecasting process and standardized workflow across users, improve exception management capabilities to eliminate false demand and supply signals.

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MEBC Implements Turn-Key JDA Planning Solution for Kauffman Tire

 

Kauffman Tire Inc. is a rapidly expanding tire retailer and wholesaler with more than 50 retail stores, e-commerce platform, and multiple distribution centers across seven states. With all of these operations dispersed throughout the East Coast, our client was challenged with satisfying customer demand with limited inventory planning capabilities, and chose to partner with MEBC to execute an action plan for this task. Additionally, MEBC helped them deploy JDA Demand, Fulfillment and Order Optimization via JDA Cloud Services. Their intended goals were to improve supplier relationships while also establishing a more robust supply and demand planning infrastructure. This was achieved through the guidance and recommendations of the MEBC Team. We were able to help them succeed in strengthening the role of the Demand/Supply Planner and supplier relationships. They also improved their Forecast Accuracy, Inventory Efficiency and Demand Forecasting.

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Leader in Food Packaging Industry Achieves Centralized, Long-term Capacity Planning

 

Our client is a global leader and innovator in the food packaging industry. They design, manufacture, and distribute products to three major market segments- Food Service Distribution, Food Packaging, and Consumer Markets. They have locations in Europe and China and their production facilities reach all of North America. With expanding global operations, they needed to establish a new planning solution that would enhance business process efficiencies across their supply chain. MEBC teamed with the client to help them gain an improved ability to measure and respond to cost controls and achieve long-term capacity planning across their multiple facilities and global production locations. We also worked with them to achieve tight integration of the consensus demand plan directly into their inventory and production planning process and enhanced their leadership decision support capabilities and visibility into inventory and aggregated resource utilization projections.

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Eyewear Distributor Optimizes Supply and Demand with JDA Cloud

 

Our client sells more than 16 million eyewear frames annually and employs 2,300 people in its manufacturing and distribution operations. They distribute sport eyewear brands to a variety of department stores, serving 86,000 customer accounts globally. Our client selected MEBC to support a multiphase supply chain transformation and the implementation of JDA Software. They originally selected JDA to improve supply planning to reduce inventory and improve the utilization of DC to DC transfers to consume inventory. Since go-live, they have expanded their use of JDA to improve consensus decision making across supply planning and sales teams. MEBC also worked with the client to pilot even broader capabilities of JDA to improve demand planning in other global regions. MEBC’s experts provided all of the functional and technical resources for the implementation, the solution design and award-winning implementation tools and methodology to enhance their supply planning business processes. In just over a year since go-live, they have experienced a greater than 20% decrease in stock transfers and points to this project as being a significant contributor to their Team achieving the highest fill rates and lowest inventory levels they have seen in the past 5 years.

Omni-Channel Manufacturer Adopts MEBC-Proposed Strategies

 

Our client is an omni-channel manufacturer and retailer, selling its products internationally through representatives who manage their business electronically. The company is strongly focused on manufacturing and marketing its beauty products for women worldwide. In a recent MEBC- led advisory services project, we worked with them to define future state supply chain planning capabilities and the associated technology to support those capabilities. The result? Our client adopted our proposed strategies and served as their foundation for implementing capabilities across EMEA, the America’s and Asia.

 

MEBC. Supply Chain Advantage. Delivered.

Snack Foods Manufacturer Turns to MEBC for Supply Chain Assessment for European Division

 

Our client manufactures, markets, and sells snack foods. With multiple food brands produced under its name, they turned to the experts at MEBC to lead a project to assess their “As-Is” Supply Chain processes and technology specifically for their European division. At the time of the project, they had also just acquired another business. The result? In the end, we provided recommendations for our client around package selection, business case development and implementation planning to merge the planning processes and technologies to align with both organizations.

 

MEBC. Supply Chain Advantage. Delivered.

MEBC Supports Grocery Wholesaler in SAP Technology Journey

 

Our client, a large privately held regional grocer in North America who operates as both a Grocery Wholesaler with a large portfolio of private label brands and a retail operation with over 400 stores, partnered with MEBC to assess their ability to successfully implement and absorb an enterprise-wide ERP solution, while gathering detailed requirements and performing an ERP Fit-Gap Analysis, considering their people, processes and technologies. Our client had outgrown their legacy information systems and needed advanced functionalities (ERP and Supply Chain Planning) to support an expanding business. They evaluated several solutions including SAP, Oracle, Retalix, and JDA and selected SAP in the end. MEBC was contracted to support the early phases of their technology journey working directly with the CIO to assess their people, process and technology implications of a large and potentially multi-vendor software implementation. The result? Organizational Readiness Score with Gaps by Function, 1,200+ Detailed Business Requirements Cataloged, and ERP Fit-Gap Analysis Performed.

 

MEBC. Supply Chain Advantage. Delivered.

Industry

Our client is North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. Their products also include ductwork, siding, fabrics, and insulated sheathing.

Project Description

Our client partnered with MEBC for a major technology upgrade from JDA v7.6 to v8.1, including JDA Demand, Collaborate, Enterprise Supply Planning, Fulfillment, and Sequencing. JDA Sequencing, however, was upgraded to version 9.0. Our multi- phased approach included project planning, data preparation, and test instance creation to migrate to the new version.

Key Project Highlights

  • Key modules- JDA Demand, Collaborate, Enterprise Supply Planning, Fulfillment and Sequencing
  • Our client originally had a classic version of JDA Sequencing that was not integrated with platform and, at the time of the project, v9.0 had just been released. Upgrading Sequencing became a unique add-on for them and MEBC was one of the first teams to implement the newest version
  • Gained successful MEBC facilitated user acceptance testing of their updated planning solution and worked closely with the MEBC SOS Technical Team during final production cut-over and for two weeks beyond go-live to provide subject matter expertise and technical tuning
  • More insight into software functionality through workshops with the MEBC Team to achieve a greater return on their JDA Software investments for years to come

Industry

Our client is a dairy products co-operative that produces butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, whipped cream and lactose free milk for retail, food-service, industrial and export markets.

Project Description

Our client selected MEBC to provide implementation services and for the design and development of JDA Supply Chain Management software focused on Demand Planning and Fulfillment. Other JDA Software Modules that were included in the implementation were Collaborate and Platform and Reporting. The implementation used a combination of solution confirmation sessions, capability workshops, technical design sessions, remote configuration and build, training, and function/technical testing to prepare and perform the implementation. By leveraging MEBC’s Toolkit ä driven by our Agile Deployment Methodology (ADM), the project was delivered in a timely manner.

Key Project Highlights

  • Key modules- JDA Platform and Monitor, Demand, Collaborate, Fulfillment and Reporting
  • Utilized the MEBC Demand core methodology to transition our client from Excel to an advanced statistical modeling strategy
  • Customized and automated supply logic to mimic manufacturing batch sizing while adhering to shelf life and perishability standards
  • Developed an XML file receipt and delivery system to aide in data integrations

Industry

Our client is one of the largest distributors of replacement truck and trailer parts in North America. With 250 branches nationwide and multiple business lines, they maintain relationships with over 1,000 unique vendors.

Project Description

In a recent two-phased project, our client turned to MEBC to help enhance their existing dynamic deployment model, aggregate their multiple location orders, and increase their responsiveness to customer demand by forecasting additional replenishments at specific distribution centers. Phase two of the project was needed to adjust our client’s existing Order Optimization capabilities to aggregate multiple Distribution Center orders up to a single global vendor order to meet minimum order quantities without manual planner aggregation and intervention.

Key Project Highlights 

  • Key modules- JDA Dynamic Deployment and Order Optimization
  • Improved ability to be more reactive to demand signals, improve service levels and exhaust all excess inventory across locations before ordering new vendor direct product
  • Through use of a new virtual location, DC distribution demand was aggregated into a single location and referenced newly revised ‘global MOQ’ requirements to place a single order at the vendor for any item procured from them.
  • Push Logic was implemented to ensure that no product was lost in the pass through from Vendor to Virtual location to the final DC destinations.
  • Our client gained better insight into realizing more exact meeting of vendor MOQs (with less false rounding to meet minimum quantities) and a streamlined purchase order process –all with near zero intervention from planners, saving massive resource usage which can now spent on more valuable tasks. This capability was never available to them in the past.

FAA Gains $5 Million Project Cost Avoidance Due to MEBC Recommendations

 

The Federal Aviation Administration Logistics Center (FAALC) plans, implements and controls the procurement, maintenance, and distribution of materials and spare parts planning in support of the National Airspace System (NAS). It sustains approximately 8,000 customers and fills orders for approximately 100,000 parts annually to the Air Transportation Office, Department of Defense, State and Federal agencies, and foreign countries. This is achieved through the use of outsourced logistics support services, NAS supply chain management, and through the maintenance and repair of NAS assets, equipment and systems. In order to handle the projected increase in demand for spare parts planning, system maintenance and logistics services, the FAA Logistics Center turned to the MEBC Team to assist them in this large, multi-year business transformation initiative to replace their 11+ legacy systems with a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) ERP software solution. The result? A total project cost avoidance of approximately $5M through MEBC’s assessment and recommendation to defer the replacement of FAA’s legacy WMS with IFS, over 151 quality assurance and improvement recommendations for 41 key project artifacts, increased requirements and design visibility and traceability through identification of 245 ambiguous system requirements.

 

MEBC. Supply Chain Advantage. Delivered.

MEBC Develops Six Year Implementation Strategy for DLA

 

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) supplies nearly all of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate – from food, fuel and energy to uniforms, medical supplies and construction material. DLA oversees a work force of more than 25,000 civilian and military employees across nine supply chains managing more than 5 million items and works in 48 states and 28 foreign countries. The Defense Logistics Agency is one of MEBC’s oldest and most recurring clients. MEBC worked with DLA Leadership to develop an implementation strategy to transform their planning function over the course of six years. The result? Over $158M of savings to the DLA Enterprise due to recommendations incorporated by the MEBC Team for all aspects of their people, processes, and technologies across their current EBS Planning Solution.

 

MEBC. Supply Chain Advantage. Delivered.