Food Logistics 100

Network Optimization Capability

SCO offers two of the most experienced network modeling strategists in the country; both began dealing with logistics models when analysis had to be performed on university-based computers on a time-share basis.  Today, we can provide access to SAILS, the best-of-breed software from Insight, Inc., or other modeling platforms selected in consultation with the customer.

Our lead executive is Chris Ritz who received a B.S. in Economics from M.I.T., followed by an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Operations Management from Cincinnati.  He has held faculty appointments at Swarthmore College and Concordia University of Montreal.  He has taught modeling at The Wharton School’s Executive M.B.A. Program and is currently on the Practitioner Faculty at Johns Hopkins’  new Carey School of Business.  His work experience includes positions at Northrup-Grumman Aerospace and General Electric.

Ritz's 30 years of modeling experience encompasses some of the largest most complex companies such as Cadbury Schweppes North America, Colgate-Palmolive US & Europe, DuPont, Genuine Parts [NAPA], Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Harley-Davidson, M&M/Mars, Fisher Scientific, Toyota North America and Union Pacific Railroad. When Pennzoil and Quaker State merged Ritz did their network optimization. He also provided the network analysis for the merger of Unilever's disparate business units into what is now Unilever Health and Personal Care.

Our support executive is Jack Ampuja who has a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Connecticut . His academic experience includes supply chain faculty positions at Western New England College , Canisius College and Niagara University where he currently serves as Executive Director of the Logistics, Transportation and Management Center and as Executive-in-Residence for the School of Business .

Ampuja's 25 years of supply chain experience comes from the customer side while at American Can Company [Manager of Logistics Planning], Tambrands [Director of Logistics], Rich Products [Vice President of Purchasing & Logistics] and Fisher Scientific [Sr Vice President Operations]. He introduced and led modeling projects at each of those companies. It was through these connections that Ampuja became acquainted with Ritz.


Strategic Network Design

SAILS helps companies design optimal supply chain networks. By minimizing costs, maximizing profits and increasing service levels, SAILS delivers value along the entire supply chain. The software can accurately represent a company's current business practices, from raw materials sourcing to capacity planning through delivery to the end customer. Using cutting-edge optimization technology, SAILS determines the best current network and strategically plans the best future network.

Companies today face the challenge of achieving an efficient supply chain that is flexible enough to respond to constantly changing market needs. The implications of supply chain decisions can mean the difference between spending or saving millions of dollars. SAILS enables companies to gain competitive advantage by freeing up cash flow, decreasing cycle times, and lowering overall logistics costs, strategically designing the network that has the most impact on your bottom line.

SAILS capabilities include the following:

  • Facility location & size
  • Facility capability
  • Global sourcing analysis
  • Supply chain hardening
  • Capacity planning & budgeting
  • Distribution methods and policies
  • Make vs. Buy
  • Seasonality & growth analysis
  • Inventory Analysis Cost vs. service tradeoffs

Rapidly changing market drivers, increasingly demanding customers and changes in company structures make SAILS the ideal package for companies facing any of the following:

  • Global Market Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Capacity Planning Issues
  • Threat mitigation
  • Seasonality Issues
  • Customer Service Analysis
  • Inventory Analysis
  • Postponement Analysis
  • Sourcing Alternatives
  • Distribution Alternatives

Customers can use SAILS to tackle large, complex studies or to focus in on a specific business issue. With the added benefits of a powerful data management system and an intuitive user interface, SAILS is an ideal tool for any company looking to gain competitive advantage through designing a better supply chain.

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