CHEP Saves Millions With LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Guru
November 29th, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI – CHEP, a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, recently selected LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Guru® to support their supply chain design and strategic planning initiatives.
CHEP serves many of the world’s largest companies in industry sectors like consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. Its 300 million pallets and containers offer global coverage, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points throughout the world.
Initially, Supply Chain Guru was used to analyze and define the new corporate supply chain strategy for its U.S.-based pallet and pallet management services (PMS) business after CHEP’s recent acquisition of IFCO Systems. The analysis enabled CHEP to optimize the individual networks first, and then create and test numerous scenarios that would best leverage the combined networks, resulting in the identification of tens of millions of dollars in future supply chain cost savings.
“We needed a detailed analysis for this very strategic acquisition as well as a partner with experience in large-scale supply chain modeling,” stated Carmelo Alonso-Bernaola, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for CHEP. “LLamasoft was able to help us identify significant potential savings for the merged entities, while still maintaining CHEP’s high-levels of customer service, and they trained our team on Supply Chain Guru modeling along the way.”
LLamasoft CEO Don Hicks added, “We are excited to have been selected as CHEP’s provider of supply chain design software and services. This project had a scope and scale that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. As the global leader in Supply Chain Design solutions, LLamasoft is proud to be CHEP’s partner in bringing the most advanced algorithms and technology to bear on real, immediate problems in a short time frame.”