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GH Consulting conduct complete process review of warehouse operations

complete process review of warehouse operationsBoth their division of the WICOR Group based in Switzerland, and two UK based divisions, manufacture electrical components, and a papermill for the production of electrical papers for specialist labelling of electrical components.

"Gideon Hillman Consulting provided the initial consultancy and indeed were a partner throughout this process of stock inventory reduction with an intuitive and experienced consultant at hand throughout, Phillip Beckham, who brought experience and objectivity to our exercise that ultimately resulted in a real bottom line change. What I find valuable is the continued relationship and indeed genuine approach of Gideon Hillman Consulting, this is a company that stays with a brief and indeed exceeds expectations – great advisor and partner in this key business area".
Operations Director Weidmann

Weidmann operate three manufacturing factories within the UK all based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The factories are supported by a warehouse facility with a footprint of approximately 150,000sq. ft. The warehouse stores paper pulp bales, pre-production electrical paper reels, finished product, work in progress (WIP) and waste product.


To support the production activity Weidmann had been holding high inventory levels and this had been identified as an issue for the business. The management had come to the conclusion that there was a need to review the management of the pre and post production paper stock, in terms of warehouse layout, process and procedure and inventory value.  


To enable a greater understanding of the operational issues effecting the business, Warehousing Consultants - Gideon Hillman Consulting were asked to undertake a full review of the existing Weidmann warehouse operations, to include a complete process review for the activity conducted between converted reel production storage, through finished paper production and finished paper goods.


The initial view of the management team was that the issues were rooted within the current layout of the storage and production plant and the subsequent material flow capability. Although, clearly there were problems in these areas Gideon Hillman Consulting noted that the issues were more directly attributable to the internal process and procedures being used to manage the inventory, coupled with the under-utilisation of the Production and Warehouse Management Systems employed by the business.


As a consequence of the review Gideon Hillman Consulting were able to present a broad set of recommendations for process improvement to include management roles and responsibilities, waste management, internal re-use of broke bi-product, enhanced application of the ERP systems, purchase order management, aged, broke, held and redundant stock management, inventory identification and location and inbound receipt weight accuracy. 

In addition to identifying the core process issues Gideon Hillman Consulting were able to produce, in co-operation with the Weidmann management,  complete process review of warehouse operationsan action plan detailing the full list of recommendations, including areas of responsibility and implementation timescales.

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