VENDOR INVENTORY MANAGEMENT (VIM)
Other terms sometimes used include:
• Continuous Replenishment Planning (CRP)
• Collaborative Planning Forecasting & Replenishment (CPFR)
• Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI)
• Vendor Managed Replenishment (VMR)
• Supplier Assisted Inventory Management (SAIM)
Associated Lumber Enterprises' proven success is found with most mission-critical operational systems, "the devil is in the details" when it comes to performing VMI. In order for this seemingly simple process to run smoothly, several important capabilities are required:
• Close monitoring of data transmission and data validity (e.g. excessive quantities)
• The flexibility to use multiple customer and supplier data formats (e.g. EDI, XML, flat files, etc.)
• The flexibility to use multiple data communication methodologies (e.g. Value Added Networks, AS2, FTP)
• The ability to quickly adapt when customer or supplier business systems change
CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM
Associated Lumber values the process of recycling which has become a familiar tool for sustainability, but don’t restrict your company to conventional off-site, third-party approaches. Some of the most innovative and effective recycling programs we see are on-site, where packaging, waste or by-products from one step are used as materials for another.
RE-CLAIM, RE-FURBISH, RE-CYCLE
Associated Lumber Enterprises specializes in being a “niche” provider of lumber products and services.
From an 18th century cotton gin to a 21st century lumber mill Associated Lumber Enterprises has progressed as a sustainable company. The latest service edition for ALE provides reclaiming and refurbishing of wood pallets.
The refurbishing of old pallets saves landfills form absorbing more wood than it should. This creates a sustainable program that is growing by trend worldwide.
ALE also specializes in being a “niche” provider serving its clients with cut-stock lumber to build their own pallets and delivery of partial load wood orders. Many large companies require full semi-loads which are costly and cumbersome for smaller companies.
Today’s business strategies rely on ways to serve customers in special ways.