CHEP Executive Outlines Strategic Approach to Supply Chain Management
(New Orleans, LA) Skip Miller, Vice President, Customer Service & Solutions for CHEP North America, told a gathering of consumer packaged goods industry executives that innovative supply chain solutions begin with a critical, end-to-end evaluation of supply chain.
“Details matter,” said Mr. Miller. “And the best way to identify small changes that can power savings and growth is for trading partners – manufacturers, retailers, growers and suppliers – to collaborate together to conduct a thorough evaluation of their supply chain to identify gaps, overlaps and inefficiencies. Once those inadequacies are identified through Supply Chain Mapping, experts can go to work to develop innovative solutions that help your company save money, be more efficient and sustainable and even enhance shopper satisfaction and loyalty.”
Mr. Miller outlined CHEP’s strategic approach to supply chain modernization with his presentation, “Details Matter: How Small Changes Can Power Savings & Growth,” at the Trading Partner Alliance Supply Chain Conference, a project of the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. During his presentation, Mr. Miller outlined five case studies where CHEP collaborated with customer supply chain experts to identify inefficiencies in their supply chain and to develop cost-effective solutions:
- A tissue manufacturer that saved $320,000 annually by sourcing new, sustainable packaging for its primary packaging.
- A wholesale company that boosted dock space and transportation efficiency by eliminating multiple platforms and vendors.
- A beverage manufacturer that saved $500,000 annually by changing its primary and secondary packaging.
- A Canadian retailer saved $75,000 annually by streamlining the handling and transportation of fresh produce from the U.S., Mexico and South America.
Mr. Miller also told attendees that CHEP helped customers:
- Save over $10 million by optimizing their supply chains.
- Generate nearly $4.5 million in additional customer revenue through transportation collaboration.
- Eliminate almost 4 million empty miles and reduced their environmental footprint by reducing over 14 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
“Small changes really can translate into savings and growth, but it all begins with an honest and accurate Supply Chain Mapping approach,” concluded Mr. Miller.