SLIM Technologies Updates Supply Chain Design Solution

Version 9.0 of flagship offering intended to simultaneously optimize cycle times and supply chain costs

Version 9.0 of flagship offering intended to simultaneously optimize cycle times and supply chain costs

San Diego, CA — October 26, 2005 — Software company SLIM Technologies has rolled out what it is positioning as the industry's first supply chain design solution that can simultaneously optimize cycle times and supply chain costs.

SLIM demonstrated this capability, along with other new features now available in its flagship SLIM version 9.0, at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Learning Exchange, attended by over 3,500 supply chain managers during the organization's annual conference this week in San Diego.

Cycle-time analysis has become a critical factor due to trends such as worldwide sourcing and global market focus that have lengthened supply chains and added tremendous complexity. It is no longer sufficient to simply minimize costs when designing the optimal supply chain network, SLIM said.

Thus, SLIM said it has added capabilities to optimize supply chain cycle times as well as costs while meeting desired service levels. As a result, when developing supply chain networks that support their business strategies, SLIM users can analyze tradeoffs between lead times and supply chain costs, including inventories and investments, the solution provider said.

In addition to the cycle time optimization, other new features available in Version 9.0 include:

  • Improved transportation modeling abilities. Version 9.0 contains enhanced sourcing constraints that can be applied to individual locations and/or user-specified groups of locations to ensure that product flows accurately reflect actual transportation best practices.

  • Abilities to model the distribution of related products. Proportional flow constraints ensure that related products flow in the correct proportions, which means that optimization solutions accurately reflect real-world distribution methods and policies.

  • Updated reporting and mapping. Various enhancements to SLIM's reporting and mapping capabilities are included.

  • Upgraded data wizards. Enhancements to SLIM wizards that assist with creating, editing and managing data sets.
Steve Wagner, SLIM's vice president of consulting services, said that the response among the company's clients that have been using Version 9.0 has been positive. "The new release has proven to be particularly effective for companies with intense transportation and distribution modeling requirements, especially where multiple transportation modes are possible with different costs and transit times," Wagner said. "Our new release has added substantial value in analyzing tradeoffs between those transport costs and delivery lead times."

SLIM's customer base includes such companies as IKEA, Doane Pet Care, Genecor International and Hudson's Bay Company.

Additional Articles of Interest

— How are outsourcing and supply chain tasks such as purchasing and inventory management tied to "network-centric operations?" What is a network-centric operation? Read the article "The Future of Supply Chain Management: Network-centric Operations and the Supply Chain" to find out.

— Words of wisdom from one university professor go a long way to help business students excel in supply chain management. Read "Interview with Dr. John T. Mentzer: Teaching Supply Chain" in the June/July 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— Hard data and sophisticated planning are key when goods and materials start flowing upstream through the reverse supply chain. Read more in "Meeting the Reverse Logistics Challenge" in the June/July 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.