From SUpplier to Retailer
World class supply chain management
Making the connection
Apiary Group provides the vital supply chain link between supplier and retailer. Based in Coles head office and utilising their ERP systems, we are able to offer unprecedented real time supply chain management and efficiently manage end to end supply.
Benefits of partnering with Apiary Group
Premium VRP service
Transactional day to day inventory planning to ensure greater availability for consumers and maximised sales opportunities.
- Order placement
- Reviewing optimal stock weight in distribution centres
- Working capital
- Waste and markdown
- Monitoring baseline and promotional sales
- Range reviews and pack changeovers
We assist you in ensuring your demand plans are aligned with the retailer – taking into consideration scan forecasts, display requirements and safety stock. We assist in reviewing ongoing receipt plans to ensure alignment for production planning, supply planning and importing of goods. We help you to align scan forecasts for baseline sales, promotional activity, seasonality, events and range reviews – inclusive of management of new lines into distribution centres and run down of deleted lines.
We help you to manage the relationship with your carrier, the retailer and retailer distribution centres.
- DC capacity escalations
- Delivery date changes
- Re-booking deliveries
- Rejections due to damages or temperature
- MLOR requests
- Dummy orders
- C3 transport bookings and disaster management – floods
- Rail delays
For special events and range reviews we micro manage each sku until they are receipted into the distribution centres
With an in-depth understanding of how the retailer’s inventory cycle works, we are able to help you to align your inbound rosters to the most suitable order and delivery days to capture key trade periods, react to changes in demand and avoid capacity pinch points.
We work with you closely to manage your rosters for public holiday periods to ensure you have the most effective inbound coverage
Unfortunately, in the FMCG industry, things don’t always go to plan. At Apiary Group our primary focus is to address and resolve the issue at hand. Once this has been managed, we take the time to stop and understand why the issue occurred in the first place and how to mitigate a re-occurrence in the future. We then ensure issues are documented with root causes and mitigation plans to refer back to if need be.
As part of our offering, you will gain access to our improvement initiatives program which will help to improve availability, grow sales, reduce waste and achieve greater overall supply chain efficiencies. We will conduct a full review of your current processes including root cause analysis and put forth recommendations for improvement. Once agreed, we implement and track any initiatives and provide updates.
Whether its weekly, monthly, annually or ad-hoc, Apiary Group will help to provide all of your reporting needs, either select from one of our pre developed reporting options or let us customise one to suit your business. Our typical reporting includes: sales, waste and markdown, inbound service level, forecast accuracy, promotional performance, store availability, inventory holdings, working capital, network days cover, ex factory sales versus target.
- Improvement to delivery on time and in full results
- Improvement to store availability
- Sales growth year on year
- Reduction in waste and markdown through stock management
- Reduction in logistics costs through improved asset utilisation
- Reduction in picking costs through improved ordering cycles
- Reduced labor spend through improved forecast accuracy
- Reduction in inventory holdings through improved forecast accuracy
Training and on-boarding
As part of our services, we offer an on-boarding program to new Vendor Replenishment Planners to ensure that are equipped with the required knowledge and skills. Training is delivered in learning blocks with basic systemic requirements for day to day management right through to advanced modules for expert management of the portfolio. All relevant training material is provided; training is delivered through job shadowing, coaching, tutorials and Q&A sessions.
Post completion of our onboarding program we offer ongoing support to new Vendor Replenishment Planners if required.
Planned and unplanned cover
Whether it’s planned months in advance or an unexpected last minute illness, Apiary Group will always ensure we have you covered. Our seamless approach to managing planned and unplanned leave cover guarantees you never have to be worried about your portfolio when your full time VRP is away. Prior to any planned leave we spend time with your VRP to take comprehensive handover notes to ensure all aspects of the job role are covered and your portfolio is managed without missing a beat. When your VRP returns we ensure we hand back the portfolio with a detailed handover.
Supply chain project management
In addition to our core services, we manage ad-hoc short term supply chain projects for suppliers without a VRP or to support the existing VRP. Typical projects include – transitions as part of an acquisition, vendor code migrations, warehouse relocation, packaging changes, system changes or upgrades, site shutdowns. We manage everything from project scope, management of timeline and milestones, liaising with Coles internal teams and providing periodical project updates.