Supply Chain Management

Supplier Relationship Management

Leading organizations have recognized that they form part of a complex web of relationships focused on delivering value to the customer. Success comes to those who can manage these relationships most effectively and take advantage of knowledge, ideas and product from key suppliers in the network. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

Strategic Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing encompasses more than just basic cost cutting, it addresses the “Total Cost” of products and services that are procured. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

Inventory Management

Inventory management is governed by the laws of probability and statistics and the ideal operating methods are already well established. Success is a matter of putting them to use. CLICK TO READ MORE

 

Warehousing and Distribution

Like many aspects of supply chain management, the optimal methods for distribution already exist. Success is simply a matter of putting them into action. Why is it then that warehousing and distribution remain a sore point for many companies – inaccurate inventories, product damages, order fulfillment error, unpredictable cycle times and excess costs? CLICK TO READ MORE

 

Transportation

Transportation isn’t just about moving stuff around. It has implications for the rest of the supply chain. For instance, if you don’t control what’s coming and going, you might find yourself running out of space. That’s especially true for inbound shipments, which many companies view as beyond their control.

Transportation is a major source of supply chain costs. KCB works with clients to take empty miles out of their system by integrating inbound, inter-facility and outbound shipments into continuous moves. We identify opportunities to convert shipments to lower cost transportation modes. We also work to streamline operations by having suppliers ship parts directly to a distribution center, or direct to your customers. We assist with vendor systems integration to improve transparency and eliminate blind spots. We’ll understand your freight flows and look for opportunities to link runs into long haul continuous moves.



Our Clients Say…

I had the experience of working with several different consulting outfits. What distinguishes the KCB consultants from the others I have worked with is that they bring a disciplined, well thought out process to the task at hand and they continuously conduct themselves in a practical manner. It’s clear to me that KCB, more so than other firms, has a results-oriented focus and makes it their priority to make the client successful in his/her endeavours.Laurence, Corporate Comptroller, Major Global Base Metals Company
I engaged KCB to help me develop a better understanding of our supplier and plant relationships and how we could enhance those relationships to our mutual benefit. The reason I selected KCB was because of their senior level resources, their clear commitment to act in our best interests and the additional value that I perceived they’d bring to the table. They were a pleasure to work with and –most importantly – delivered on all counts.Greg Courts, Manager Strategic Sourcing, Alcan Primary Metals Group
I worked with Karl during a business re-engineering project and I found him to be a very open, honest, direct and “to the point” kind of person. I enjoyed our work immensely. Rather than being a consultant, he became a colleague, shared the frustrations and the achievements we achieved during the project. His knowledge in operations, especially in Lean Manufacturing was quite extensive, but he could also provide input regarding strategic issues. Altogether a well rounded, likable, approachable, humorous, and non-intimidating type of consultant, which is a rare trait nowadays. I would have him on my side anytime and recommend him to anybody looking for an ally for their business. You will not be sorry.John Guven, Director of Global Financial Systems and ProcessesCelestica
We retained KCB to perform an operational review covering a substantial part of our processing plant. In the past several years we had achieved significant productivity improvements and felt that another set of eyes would be beneficial in moving to the next level of performance. It was key for us, from a sustainability perspective, that our people be intimately involved in all aspects of the review. KCB brought an objective, disciplined approach to this assignment and worked effectively to engage and develop our people. We are now well down the path to achieving a 10% improvement in the efficiency of the converter aisle.Smelter General Manager