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Posted: 15th Jan 2016 (0 comments)

4PL Management

OTTS offers and provides companies, especially small and midsize companies, that feel they need support or want to outsource any of their company’s supply chain functions for expertise and accountabilities, OTTS is the premium solution. Allow OTTS to manage your company's supply chain functions and accountabilities, such as supply chain planning, inventory management, strategic sourcing, customer service, logistics and transportation, and dashboard data reporting.

1.4PL outsourcing allows organizations – especially start-ups and small businesses that lack the expertise, bandwidth or resources to profitably manage supply chain and operations functions – to optimize their supply-chain delivery model, gain productivity, drive down costs and penetrate new regional markets.

2.OTTS ensures that those organizations seeking 4th party logistics will have a quick payback and high return on their 4PL investment.

It's as simple as that! You feel your company could use some expertise in supporting your operations. Don't wait! Call OTTS today!

Have OTTS setup your company's Logistics/Distribution Network

Posted: 2nd Jun 2015 (0 comments)

World-Class Logistics/Distribution *

Leaders from many high-profile companies contact OTTS requesting us to do analysis on their logistics and distribution networks and/or their 3PL providers.

OTTS uses several tools to determine if your company’s logistics/distribution networks are optimal.

For example:

  • A good benchmark for your company’s warehousing and inventory management budget is anywhere between 1 and 4 percent of your company’s revenues.

  • A good benchmark for transportation costs is between 2 and 13 percent of your company’s revenues.

Additionally, these factors should be considered when determining if your company’s logistics/distribution services are optimized when it comes to affordably servicing your customers:

Transportation

  • Total Transportation Costs

  • Modes (Air, Ocean, Rail, FTL, LTL, Parcel)

  • Parcel Shipments (Commonly used by E-Businesses , i.e., national expedited carriers such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL

  • Expedited (how much of your freight is expedited?)(Unplanned vs Budget)

  • Sourcing Contract terms with your carriers/brokers

    Delivery

  • Track record

  • Condition of goods upon arrival

  • Milk runs

  • Good freight forwarder

The existence of a reverse logistics program

Does your company move a lot of product internationally?

Distribution Centers/Warehouses

  • Costs

  • Proximity

  • Locations

  • Number of facilities (domestic and internationally)

  • Inventory Control (Inventory Accuracy by product level)

  • Safety, Quality, and Customer Service Levels, KPI’s used to manage the operations

3PLs Service Providers

  • The usage of 3PLs to manage logistics and distribution

  • Performance versus the 3PL providers costs

  • Structure of contract with your 3PL

  • Does your company move a lot of product internationally?

  • Quality (Inventory Control, Customer Service, Safety, KPIs to manage your 3PL)

Operations

  • Pick and pack operations

  • Thinking of or have a TMS or WMS software application? If your company is thinking of implementing software. Please, contact OTTS first!

  • Use of a Container Management Program

  • Good data and KPI’s to measure logistics/distribution by:

    • Facility
    • Facility by item
    • Country
    • Costs
    • Safety
    • Service Levels

If you do not feel your company has the optimal logistics/distribution network operations, please call OTTS today!

(888) 410-6887

OTTS will dive deeply into your logistics/distribution operations and advise your management team on ways to increase service levels while lowering costs. OTTS will provide your company with a best-in-class solution to ensure that operations are running the most efficiently and yielding the best ROI (return on investment).

Services: Logistics/Distribution Networks

The advantages derived from the most efficient organizational structure and operational system can be negated if your logistics and distribution networks are not up to par. In fact, these play a critical role in maintaining your brand power in the marketplace and ensuring that customer satisfaction remains at desirable levels. A failure in your distribution or poor logistics planning can dramatically erode your market share and give your competitors a leading edge. To ensure that your business is never exposed to such risks, partner with OTTS. We have a skilled team of professionals, experience in this arena, and the passion to deliver logistics/distribution network solutions that work.

Improve your Distribution Network in Domestic and Global Markets

For today’s business, the target audience no longer needs to be limited within restrictive geographical boundaries; however, to secure and retain customers from across the globe and, thus, maximize your customer base, it is necessary to provide impeccable customer service irrespective of where the end user is located. Your distribution networks play a key role in helping you achieve your goals.

Whether you need to evaluate new locations for setting up production facilities or you want to build new relationships with distributors and partners or you need stocking strategies that are appropriate for those far-flung markets—we have the expertise to address your every need. We can tell you where new distribution centers would make business sense, which partners to choose, and how to identify third-party facilities to aid your distribution efforts.

Leveraging Technology to Improve Logistics and Distribution Strategies

The use of technology has made business operations far easier than they used to be and logistics is one of them. At OTTS, we bring the appropriate technology into play to enable seamless tracking of your products as they make their way to various consumption points across the globe. We also have the necessary expertise in helping companies worldwide set up an excellent distribution network to move their products quickly and efficiently to the end of the production line.

In effect, our solutions have the potential to dramatically reduce your company’s overall costs pertaining to transportation, reverse logistics, and distribution, thus, improving your profitability. We work to improve the shipping performance of your business and ensure that on-time shipping is assured with every product batch. This allows you to further enjoy cost savings by keeping expedited freight costs under control.

Our success in developing logistics and distribution network strategies that are completely aligned with your business arise from our focus on understanding your needs and creating custom solutions. This approach helps us develop a system that addresses the unique needs of your business while bridging the gaps you currently experience.

Reduce the turnaround times on orders to minimum levels, manage distribution partners and third party associates efficiently, cut costs, and enjoy better customer satisfaction with OTTS backing your logistics/distribution network needs. Contact us today for more information.

OTTS- Demand Management/ SIOP

Posted: 25th May 2015 (0 comments)

Demand Management/Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP)

Sales forecasting is another key operational function that so many companies struggle to do correctly. Those companies that do struggle with sales forecasting/demand management compensate by producing a lot of finished goods in order to avoid shortages for any of their customers.

If your company is producing an abundant amount of your company’s finished goods in order to avoid shortages, then your company probably has a lot of excess raw material stored inventory. We at OTTS see this scenario played out all the time: operations are told not to short customer’s orders no-matter what!

Even though this is a common business practice, it is not very efficient. Let us at OTTS help your company’s operations to operate more efficiently!

Another common scenario, we at OTTS have seen over these past few years is that companies are investing in Demand Management software. This is good news. At least some companies are admitting that they struggle with Sales Forecasting/Demand Management. The bad news is the software implementation does not solve the company’s forecasting problem. Most Demand Management software is not set up to cover a company's plan versus actuals (This is very key to note!). These Demand Management software packages do not address the total sales by total enterprise, broken down by Country, Region, Brand, Category Distribution Center, Customer, and finally down to the sku level. In addition, most Demand Management software packages do not cover raw material forecasts versus actuals, by supplier, plant operations, and material warehouse. Finally these Demand Management software packages do not cover cost associated with the specific category enablers as described above, which we at OTTS strongly recommend companies need to do, in order to be more efficient at reducing cost while increasing service levels!

Some of the signs to look for if your company’s is struggling with Demand Management/ Sales Forecasting:

All points listed below should be represented in both Units and Financials

  1. Does your company report Sales Actuals vs Plan from an Enterprise level broken down by every level? MTD, QTD, and YTD.

  2. Does your company have a S&OP or SIOP process?

  3. What is the forecast accuracy on your company’s sales and materials? Are you seeing forecasts accuracy below 90%?

  4. How much of your company’s finish goods or raw materials are listed as obsolete?

  5. What is your company’s yearly write offs on finished goods and raw materials?

  6. Does Sales/ Marketing, Finance, and Operations sign off on all forecasts before being
    published? Are you sales and material forecasts being published for all key stakeholders in your company’s operations to see? (Big issue)

  7. How many weeks of supply does your company have on hand for both finished goods and raw materials?

  8. How many changes do your suppliers see on your company’s PO’s within the firm period?

  9. Do your company’s suppliers complain about your company's raw material forecast?

  10. Does your Operations leadership and their staff have a good understanding of your company’s Sales plan versus actuals? (Very common issue

OTTS develops Master Scheduler Superstars!

Posted: 16th May 2015 (0 comments)

Are your finding it difficult to run your operations? Is your manufacturing process not flowing smoothly? Do you need help with your master production schedule, demand forecasting, inventory control, or production planning? If so, then OTTS can help you and make your company's master scheduler a SUPERSTAR and your plant operations will become highly proficient!

A Great Master Scheduler will get your operations:

  • Improvement in the Plant scheduling adherence

  • The Plant absorption will be enhanced

  • Increase in service levels (On-time delivery)

  • Reduction in Labor Costs

  • Better alignment on your mode and mix on inventory

  • Improvement in both Cash flow and financials

Run Your Operations More Efficiently (CALL OTTS TODAY!) 888-410-6887

5 Star Packaging Programs

Posted: 16th May 2015 (0 comments)

OTTS is skilled at providing Supply Chain Packaging Optimization services that supports your company's leverage in packaging design to improve your company’s supply chain and marketing performance.

Using a systematic approach, OTTS's packaging team assesses your company's manufacturing, distribution, and marketing organizations to identify improvement opportunities, then engineers packaging breakthroughs to support your company, to see and realize productivity, efficiency, and sustainability gains.

Lets Get Started!

Posted: 18th Jun 2014 (0 comments)

At A Quick Glance

We oversee, transform, and drive the execution (lead or in a supportive role) in optimizing business functions across a company’s entire organization by identifying and implementing cost-efficient supply chain solutions for both global and domestic footprints. These solutions will maximize productivity that reduces operating costs and will empower your global business connections.

We have in-depth knowledge in realigning strategic sourcing strategies involving supply chain production planning, increase cash flow, and distribution and manufacturing operations. Combined with a strong ability to track and eliminate blind spots, we help you strengthen supplier relations and greatly improve contract negotiations. Also, we fortify your IT information systems infrastructure that will drive your business to succeed in today’s highly intensely competitive environment.

OTTS has been very successful in setting up world-class customer service and inventory management programs. These programs have delivered high performance reporting tools thru leveraging a company’s business intelligence using the companies own business enablers to streamline logistics and enhance the distribution networks.

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