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Streamlined Payments to Transportation Providers

Streamlined Payments to Transportation Providers

DP&C SmartFleet streamlined payments to transportation providers and administration associated with hourly payments to transportation providers associated with delivering material and services to construction projects.

The Challenge: Creating Streamlined Payments to Transportation Providers 

Transportation services provided by vendors that was compensated on an hourly, as opposed to per delivery, basis created compensation accuracy issues and a somewhat cumbersome and un-timely administrative process.

The former process was driven by paper tickets (hourly tickets), issued at the material source / pick up location or construction origin site. The start and end times were issued by the origin site dispatcher or site supervisor. The process was to record the start / end time on paper tickets.

The validation of the start and end times was inaccurate and untimely resulting in inaccurate transportation expense associated with the construction project. It also created non-value added administrative time collating and collecting paper, hourly tickets. The information from the hourly ticket is a core component for transportation costing to the project and ultimately, project profit.

The Solution: Streamlined Payments to Transportation Providers 

DP&C’s SmartFleet application, which is integrated with Tilcon’s JWS dispatch and scale system, provided a user interface for the site dispatchers and supervisors to record the start and end times for each vehicle, each day , on each construction job.

The start and end time information initiated through the user interface creates a proof of delivery for each vehicle assigned to the specific construction job. The start / end information is validated against the JWS dispatch and scale system to confirm the information on the electronic hourly ticket per vehicle, per day —–for each construction job.

The information from the electronic proof of delivery is automatically integrated and delivered back to the vendor and distributed to Tilcon’s document storage system for future reference.

The Benefits of Streamlined Payments to Transportation Providers 

Validated payment to transportation vendors for hourly services provided

More accurate costing associated with construction work

More management time to analyze costs with less redundant data input and paper document collection and collating

Readington Farms: real time visibility for transportation & shipping

DPC Provided real time visibility for transportation & shipping operations to drive faster , more informed management decisions. DP&C is able to link disconnected operations and activities under one TMS operating system by integrating information from manual processes and existing DSI ERP (Data Specialists Inc.) application to enhance supply chain performance . DSI is one of the most used ERP applications in the dairy & food product manufacturing and distribution industry.

The Challenge: Create real time visibility for transportation & shipping

Resource management and allocation to execute delivery of existing sales orders is managed through manually spread sheets that mitigates operating visibility.

Validations to tie together system , process and resource activity is cumbersome and time consuming Delivery Chain of custody for food products is not readily availability and cannot be easily validated Operating improvement is not easily measured for current and future state due to the lack of timely, visible information

Connect separate processes , manual systems and information from existing ERP application into a seamless enterprise to drive efficient management decision making

The Solution: 

Implement the DP&C SmartFleet TMS application to provide systemic and real time visibility for transportation to the transportation operation.

Integrate the sales order management process to and from the existing DSI ERP application to electronically match demand (sales orders) and supply (resources —–drivers , tractors , trailers) to provide an efficient and visible chain of custody for transportation operations.

Manage the order to cash process seamlessly through the DPC SmartFleet application and integration with DSI ERP to mitigate redundant data input , increase the validation of information , create a platform for efficient supply chain expansion.

Implement temperature chain of custody for food deliveries under the FSIS requirements (USDA —-Food Safety & Inspection Service) Provide system and process efficiency to mitigate redundant administration associated with manual tracking of delivery systems (bossies & dollies) , payroll management , sales order invoicing

Tie together the sales order management and hours of service management requirement into one application and management process

The Results: real time visibility for transportation & shipping

Successfully linked sales order and resource management together to improve the visibility of information and delivery performance Mitigated redundant data administration in the sales order management area by directly linking proof of delivery information to DSI for customer invoicing

Eliminated the redundant administrative effort to track delivery systems (bossies and dollies) and provided more visibility to chain of custody to improve overall asset management , reducing annual shrink

Ties together all the elements associated with the weekly payroll process and provided system validation to reduce redundant administration One transportation system from which to grow and improve operating results

Provides real time visibility of resource execution versus sales order assigned.

Streamlined Supply Chain Processes for Arma Container

DP&C streamlined supply chain processes to increase the utilization of existing Amtech ERP application & physical resources. DP&C also adapted additional system modules to drive overall streamlined supply chain efficiency improvements. Amtech is one of the most used ERP applications in the corrugated and folding carton industry .

The Challenge: Creating Streamlined Supply Chain Process

Target Amtech ERP applications that allow for better utilization of existing manufacturing capacity while delivering real time information to maximize the speed & accuracy of managerial decisions.

Focus efforts on the system analytical tools to improve utilization, profit margins, manufacturing efficiencies and commercial sales management Coordinate all efforts to increase information speeds so that material and cash move faster both internally and externally Tie together production and commercial management with material oversight to reduce expensive complexities Identify repetitive tasks and replace them with value added time focused initiatives to better manage product and process improvements to streamline results.

The Solution: 

Enhanced the connection between the work and activity of individuals through Amtech modules (Scheduler, Perpetual Inventory, Production Data Entry , and Delivery) to make decisions more accurate and timely.

Turned non actionable data collection into exception management information by implementing and executing the Production Data Entry Module across the shop floor

Increased the visibility and accuracy of operational questions such as —–is the customer delivery complete? , is there enough material available to complete the next production order? , where are the dies for the next production order to be run?

Mitigated redundant data collection by installing , implementing and training operators on the use of shop floor computers directly connected to Amtech ERP application.

Implemented full use of Amtech’s shipping module to increase the payload on all truck deliveries Installed an electronic dispatch and truck loading module directly integrated with Amtech’s ERP application to provide chain of custody visibility for customer deliveries and shipping process.

The Results: A streamlined supply chain process

Increased tonnage on customer delivery trailers by 65% that resulted in both reduced transportation expense and improved customer service performance and visibility.

Improved manufacturing efficiency by 20% as measured by man hours per thousand square feet corrugated converted resulting in reduced expenses and additional in house capacity for more volume to increase gross profit

Provided visibility to material waste areas to increase material yield on purchases to sales by 50%
The improvement on the accuracy and visibility of operating data increased to reliability on cost estimates to improve gross profit accuracy to To evaluate business decisions impacting company gross profit analysis.

Successful negotiation for a New York State ReEnergy grant resulting in 7 years of reduced energy expenses Overall organization capability improvement to more effectively manage current and expanding business opportunities.

Increased Supply Chain Capability for Comax Manufacturing

The customized DP&C® solution that increased the supply chain capability for Comax involved both analysis and implementation of systems and processes to improve shop floor flow, enhance process and procedures and strengthen documentation process. In addition, DP&C® increased the ability of the client’s ERP system to more effectively manage expenses, inventory, product traceability and customer service.

Comax is a proprietary Aroma and Flavor Components Developer and A world leader in proprietary technology of flavors and aroma components.

DP&C® Solution:

The customized DP&C® solution involved both analysis and implementation of systems and processes to improve shop floor flow, enhance process and procedures and strengthen documentation process. In addition, DP&C® increased the ability of the client’s ERP system to more effectively manage expenses, inventory, product traceability and customer service.

Results:

The DP&C® solution resulted in improved shop floor layout, increased visibility of information linking the shop floor with management tools using wireless communication, mobile personal computers and customized technology. Overall, the DP&C® solution reduced operating expense by 30%, resulted in reduced inventory on hand through increased inventory management, and enhanced customer service.

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Supply Chain Consolodation for Cargill

DP&C® created a strategic supply chain consolidation plan and then provided the execution plan and project management to support plant consolidation. The DP&C® customized solution resulted in the introduction of new technology and processes as well as resulting in the increased utilization of its current ERP application.

Cargill is a global flavor business serving a variety of businesses in the beverage and dairy industries.

DP&C® Solution:

DP&C® created a strategic supply chain consolidation plan and then provided the execution plan and project management to support plant consolidation. The DP&C® customized solution resulted in the introduction of new technology and processes as well as resulting in the increased utilization of its current ERP application.

Results:

The DP&C® solution resulted in plant consolidation that subsequently lowered overhead and improve profitability. In addition, the solutions implemented by DP&C® will result in further reductions in operating expense, improve material variance to purchase and reduced lead time in delivery products and services to the client’s customers.

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Robertet Fragrance & Specialty Materials


The U.S. fragrance and specialty materials divisions of Robertet, a global flavor and fragrance company.

DP&C® Solution:

DP&C® developed and executed a complementary process, technology and information enhancement strategy and then implemented the plan which included the adaptation of technology to existing ERP application, physical engineering redesign, process improvement , and the integration of automation controls.

Results:

The DP&C® solution has provided the client with the advanced tools necessary to successfully support lower operating expense, improve material yield and improved management that has lowered inventory relative to sales volume.

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Reduced Infrastructure Overhead for Quaker Chemical

DP&C® developed a plant consolidation plan for reduced infrastructure overhead and capital investment in an aging manufacturing site, including shutdown and transition planning, as well as developing a capital investment and execution plan for the client’s new site.

Quaker Chemical is a leading global provider of process chemicals, chemical specialties, services, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries — including steel, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, coatings, and construction materials.

DP&C® Solution:

DP&C® developed a comprehensive, strategic plan to support plant consolidation to reduce overhead and capital investment in an aging manufacturing site, including shutdown and transition planning, as well as developing a capital investment and execution plan for the client’s new site.

Results:

The client implemented the DP&C® plant optimization plan and reduced operating expenses, lowered on hand inventory relative to sales volume with the overall result being a reduced break even sales matrix resulting from lower fixed expenses.

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Increased Supply Capacity and Capability for Clorox Company

DP&C increased supply capacity and capability for Clorox company by applying customized strategic and operational solutions that would reduce operating expense, transportation costs, inventory on hand and reduce lead time to the customer.

Clorox is a Leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products.

DP&C® Solution:

DP&C® analyzed the processes utilized by the high-volume manufacturer and distributor of consumer products, assessing all avenues to enhance operations by applying customized strategic and operational solutions that would reduce operating expense, transportation costs, inventory on hand and reduce lead time to the customer.

Results:

The DP&C® solution included recommendations on outsourcing and relocation of a portion of manufacturing to be closer to the end customer. It also resulted in development or initiatives that would mitigate short and long term capital expense while increasing overall supply capacity and capability.

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Created Efficient Supply Chain Structure for Robertet Flavors

DP&C created an efficient supply chain structure by improving customer service, reducing dormant inventory, increasing material yield, and reducing operating expenses.

Robertet is a global creator and manufacturer of flavors and fragrances.

The Challenge

  • Improve customer service now, and maintain high levels as the business grows
  • Reduce operating and dormant inventory relative to sales
  • Increase material yield
  • Reduce operating expenses
  • Enhance information systems to be long-term scalable and supportable

The Solution

  • Increased throughput velocity
    • QA improvements
    • Mitigation of redundant inputs and paperwork
  • Inventory made more accurate at item, lot and location level
    • Cycle counting application and procedure implemented
    • FIFO rules installed
    • Better processes, methodology and training put in place
  • Automatic capture and identification of variances based on lot number to reduce rate of loss
    • Bar code scanning
    • Cycle counting
  • Shop floor automation helped create greater visibility and chain of responsibility
  • Replaced current application with new ERP and developed implementation plan

The Results

  • Customer service improved by cutting time between customer order and delivery from 11.5 days to 7.2 days
  • 25% increase in SKU count while reducing operating expenses as % of sales by 11.4% ($800,000)
  • Increased cash flow by $800,000 through a onetime reduction in on hand inventory while still achieving a 30% increase in sales
  • Decreased material waste led to a $600,000/year benefit compared to the base year

Real Time Visibility of Mobile Assets for Baker Petrolite

DP&C provided real time visibility of mobile assets by applying a customized solution utilizing GPS technology and proprietary engineering interfaced with the client’s existing ERP application

Baker Petrolite is a world leader in providing chemical, engineering and technology solutions to the global hydrocarbon recovery and processing industries.

DP&C® Solution:

Provided solution to enhance client’s return logistics and mobile asset operation by applying customized solution utilizing GPS technology and proprietary engineering. DP&C® solution provided global, real time visibility regarding the status of mobile assets. This information was interfaced with the client’s existing ERP application to provide management with tools and capabilities necessary to more efficiently allocate and align the utilization of mobile assets with manufacturing and production schedules.

Results:

The DP&C® solution will result in improved asset utilization, resultant reduction in operating expense and reduced detention and demurrage. Additional, the capabilities and enhanced visibility provided by the DP&C® solution will mitigate loss of assets and result in overall improvements in customer service.

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