A partner led a team to complete a detailed analysis of a large international helicopter company’s global supply chain. The goal was to develop strategies to improve the speed and flow of costly helicopter parts to and from 60 operating bases in 30 countries.
The partner led the following project activities:
•Developed end-to-end process mapping for the flow of $400M in helicopter parts, including on-site research at helicopter bases, distribution warehouses, and helicopter repair shops
•Identified performance metrics that could be used to measure and report on the performance of the supply chain system. Metrics included: cycle time, repair time, idle time, excess inventory, inventory turns
•Conducted an analysis of the supply chain ERP system to understand how the flow of helicopter parts are tracked in the ERP (e.g. time-stamps on part movements, serial numbers, inventory status, location, etc.)
•Project managed the design and development of new business intelligence (BI) cubes for analysis and reporting
The global supply chain analysis identified significant opportunities to improve the speed and flow of the supply chain. After implementation, the identified improvements resulted in a 30% decrease in inventory cycle time and helped to reduce inventory levels by tens of millions of dollars.