First publishedin Aggregates Business International
Command Alkon says its supplyCONNECT supply chain management solution has helped U.S. ready-mixed concrete provider Wayne Davis Concrete to virtually eliminate out-of-stocks.
supplyCONNECT is designed to manage daily replenishment plans and reduce the costs, risks, and waste involved with both out-of-stock and overstock situations.
Command Alkon, a provider of integrated supply chain technology solutions for the heavy building materials (HBM) industry, says that the time Wayne Davis previously spent manually juggling each raw material replenishment need is now focused on ensuring deliveries to customers.
It adds that costs improved by eliminating expensive wait times at plants, lowering their on-hand inventory and giving them the ability to proactively plan their material sourcing.
Ready-mixed suppliers face a daily balancing act of supply and demand, juggling the risk of running out of material with the disruption and inefficiency of a long line of trucks lined up in the yard making deliveries.
Talking about Wayne Davis’s use of supplyCONNECT, Jacob Davis, the firm’s area operations manager, said: “It has saved me tremendous time in scheduling every day…now I can plan a busy day in around 30 minutes.”
Davis said that the company’s deployment of supplyCONNECT led to lower cement costs, lower overall inventory costs, improved hauling efficiencies, significant reduction in planning time, more effective collaboration with key suppliers, and proactive management of critical pours.
Having automated the complex equation of supply and demand, Wayne Davis Concrete is now planning further improvements using supplyCONNECT. The company has started to use the suggested loads feature to create driver schedules and wants to explore aggregates replenishment options provided by the solution.
Wayne Davis Concrete is a family-owned ready-mixed producer serving the West Georgia area. Operations currently include 14 ready-mixed plants and a fleet of over 100 ready-mixed trucks.