Inventory Management Systems

 

 

At Ellsworth Adhesives we recognise the importance of timely and accurate deliveries and have developed  a selection of inventory management programmes to ensure this takes place on a routine basis.

 

 
 


Dock-To-Stock (DTS) Programme


The DTS Programme reduces lead time from our warehouse to your premises. This system also strips costs from the receiving and inspection process.

 
 


Global Managed Inventory

 

Implementing this system could reduce your costs by managing inventory levels at sites scattered across the country and borders. With our multiple shipping branches, we can deliver product to local plants, whilst you have control of items purchased from your Corporate Purchasing site. With one uniform supplier, better lead times are achieved, inventory control is leaner and costs are reduced by placing PO with one supplier.

 
 


Vendor Managed Inventory


A means of optimising Supply Chain performance in which Ellsworth is responsible for maintaining the customers inventory levels on the customers' premises. Typically, EDI transactions are a means of reordering through the chain from Ellsworth to optimise lead time and transaction costs. Inventory reorder levels are established with customer and upon reaching re-order points, a replenishment PO is generated. Benefits include order entry error reductions, better fill rates to customer, reduced stock outs and the customer has the right product at the right time.

 
 


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)


Our EDI System is fully integrated with our business systems ensuring accurate order processing. EDI eliminates paperwork and error prone re-entry of customer orders. We also provide private catalogue capability over the Internet for selected customer partners. Use your part number and contract pricing to place an order on our web site. Electronic ordering provides prompt and reliable handling of your purchase orders, including automatic ac-knowledgments if required. We can also provide electronic invoicing and payments to completely automate the process.

 
 


Warehouse Management System (WMS)

In early 2001, Ellsworth Adhesives installed a fully automated warehouse management system known as Latitude. Since then, we have been adding fea-tures and increasing our utilisation of the system including a Kanban (VMI) module. These enhancements have had positive, quantitative results on our internal efficiencies and quality while allowing us to proactively provide value-added customer services.
Currently, all of the items in our corporate warehouse are bar coded and tracked through the Latitude WMS system. This system includes many check-points that require verification of inputs, resulting in higher quality outputs. An inherent feature of our WMS allows us to control inventory by item, batch and shelf life. Since Latitude is web-based, anyone with access to the system has instant, real-time visibility to all aspects of inventory and specific order status. We are also able to provide ship notification for any customer, every order.
Another feature of the system is the capability to print automatic shelf life certifications for our customers who require this documentation. Since all of the relevant shelf life information (date of manufacture, date of receipt, shelf life period, expiration date, etc.) is entered for lot-tracked items, the Lati-tude system can print Ellsworth's Shelf Life Certification automatically after the packing list is printed.

 
 


Cost Reduction Programmes


Options include:


  • An evaluation of inventory to reduce carriage costs.
  • A complete plant audit to improve through-put and eliminate waste.
  • Possible use of new production methods, such as state of the art dispensing and custom packaging.
  • Consolidation of products to one source.
  • Reduced paperwork and total procurement costs.
  • Provide lower cost options – we can save you money by consolidating products and offering cost effective alternatives.
  • A single source for all technical needs and requirements – experienced inside and outside personnel to solve problems quickly.19 stocking locations nationwide.
  • Ensuring worker safety through proper handling of products.
  • One source consolidation guarantees vendor performance from a specialist who understands your needs and eliminates the concern of dealing with many small vendors.
  • Reduction of hazardous waste and dollars lost through lack of shelf-life control – a well monitored inventory programme will save you money.