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“A more quick, thorough and holistic approach to supply chain design and optimization is key to operate in a world of constant change”, commented Erling Johns Nielsen, Global Head of Supply Chain Development at Damco. His comments followed a company announcement that Damco’s new network optimization tool will offer improved end-to-end supply chain management.
“You can have the best supply chain concept in the world,” said Erling Johns Nielsen, “however, without being able to adapt to change while having access to experienced supply chain professionals located close to your supplier and customer base, who can implement and execute the change on a daily basis, you will not reap the full benefits.”
Earlier in 2012, Damco launched the Damco Dynamic Flow Control, which it says deals with the hassle of constant changes on the demand and supply side without adding cost, time, and complexity.
The new optimization tool is the strategy part of Damco Dynamic Flow Control, the company announcement explained. A prerequisite for supply chain excellence is that you can evaluate supply chain performance and simulate different options very quickly while understanding implications to cost, service levels, lead time and capacity and then translate those findings into specific actions on a day-to-day level, the company said.
“These change projects used to take several months”, said Erling Johns Nielsen. New tools combined with Damco Dynamic Flow Control ensures that it takes much less time to simulate the impact of the change, design new business rules and subsequently roll out the solution across all stakeholders involved in the supply chain. This is really a missing link in many supply chains”, he concluded.
As part of the solution, Damco has signed a contract with Llamasoft, a provider of network design and optimization software, which adds “Supply Chain Guru” to Damco’s array of tools.