Richard Brooksbank – BUUK Supply Chain Director
“The team have increasing confidence in our forecasts, they feel empowered to make decisions, have a better understanding of supply chain functions and the importance of sharing information for greater visibility.”
Strategically Incorporating Planning & Forecasting into the business
For Florette, becoming the most innovative and efficient business in the leafy prepared salad and vegetables sector by supplying fresh, healthy and practical food to as many people as possible, means ensuring that planning and forecasting is effective all the way along their supply chain.
The UK supply chain team embarked on a programme of courses to develop their understanding of best supply chain practice around key Supply Chain functions including:
- Effective Communication in the Supply Chain, using the Insights Discovery© model
- The Fundamentals of Supply Chain (to fill any gaps in knowledge)
- Sales & Operational Planning
- Demand Planning
- Effective Forecasting
Supply Chain Academy experts, together with members of the Florette supply chain team, delivered the courses using real-life examples, so that the courses were highly practical and relevant to the company.
The training has enabled the team to explore their own practice, so they could visualise improvements and then deliver action plans, to deliver an improved, cost-effective service to their customers.
Supply Chain Academy used the Insights Discovery© Personality profiling model that uses a simple visual methodology that supports effective communication. The model adds an easily understandable engaging communication tool, that delegates began to use immediately and effectively when they left the training room.
The fundamentals of Supply Chain course gave an overview of the key Supply Chain functions, including the basic terminology used as a common language and the key processes that drive supply chain performance. The various team members’ job roles were discussed so colleagues could understand their strategy and how they operate.
To understand performance the team looked at S&OP which is at the heart of balancing supply and demand and aims at aligning the company around a common financial, demand and supply chain. The team gained a better understanding of how to manage the relationships between sales and marketing groups on the demand side and the growers and other operational departments on the supply side.
The team looked into demand planning and forecasting in the context of the traditional planning loop (plan, do, act), looking at how they could plan for demand to meet clear objectives. It also incorporated measuring performance and taking action to get back on plan to meet those objectives in times of uncertainty.
Richard Brooksbank, BUUK Supply Chain Director at Florette confirmed that the improvements in team performance are already noticeable with real bottom line impact.
He says “The team have made real positive changes since the roll-out of the Supply Chain Academy programme; they have increasing confidence in our forecasts and understand the process and risk behind the forecast data ; they feel empowered to make decisions and have a better understanding of various supply chain functions and the importance of sharing information for greater supply chain visibility. This has been a great opportunity for the UK team to come together to share their knowledge and learn new skills, whilst at the same time create action plans to be more efficient and ensure we keep moving forward as an organisation.”
Paul Stone, Director at Supply Chain Academy says: ‘It is always hard to quantify a return on investment from any form of training but the fact is, to survive, any business must continue to educate its staff in order to remain ahead of the game. We invested a lot of our time in understanding how Florette does business, so we could provide a cost effective solution to upskill a team to bring about innovation in their roles. The results have clearly demonstrated a return on investment for Florette’
Other members of the team have also endorsed the programme;
“During our time spent with the Supply Chain Academy we have had the chance to explore in depth the many functions of our Florette SC team. By spending time mapping out our process we have not only expanded our knowledge base of how and why operational decisions are made but also had the opportunity to work together, finding ways to become more integrated and efficient in our daily activities.
I have really enjoyed transferring the theories learned to a practical workplace and how each part of the Supply Chain team is reliant on one-another to keep operations running”.
Liz Andow – Supply Chain Co-ordinator
“Supply Chain Academy provided a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole team together, to really understand each other’s roles and to develop as a team”
Laura Shaw – BUUK Supply Manager
Supply Chain Academy can deliver efficiency in your global supply chain. As a resource for this industry we provide:
- Open & Bespoke short courses including Change Management developed by leading Supply Chain experts at all levels.
- Organisational Development using Insights Discover – personality profiling, which enhances personal team, leadership and sales effectiveness communication. Techniques to ensure that learning has been applied to your organisation and demonstrates a real ROI.
- Consultancy to improve your performance, profitability and customer experience identifying hidden costs and wasted resources.
Our Experienced Experts Help You:
- Improve quickly as our courses are focused on the practical application of new skills to your job.
- Think and adapt to become self-reliant, self-aware and confident of success.
- Develop, using the latest work-based learning techniques to become a more effective manager or leader.
133 Hall Road, Upminster RM14 1AL (UK)
Find the Academy
Directions: Exit the M25 at Junction 29, taking the A127 towards London. After about 1/2 mile take the slip road exit, sign posted to Upminster & Cranham. Turn left on to Hall Lane and after 1/2 mile, the Supply Chain Academy can be found on the right. Enter via the third gate on the right.
Nearest Rail Station: Upminster
London Underground Station: Upminster