Specialist stock profiling from Brammer, a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services, is set to deliver cost savings for Allied Bakeries.

As part of a project looking at the way its nationwide stores function, Allied Bakeries asked Brammer to review operations at its Stockport bakery. The findings concluded that the store’s operation was not fully optimised in terms of usage requirements, or the product availability of suppliers. As a result, Allied commissioned a full inventory profile project, again through Brammer.

Responsible for the Kingsmill, Allinson, Burgen and Sunblest bread brands, Allied has nine manufacturing sites across the UK.

Andy Hickin, continuous improvement manager at Brammer, explained: “Using our unique Momas system, we were able to categorise the inventory in terms of movement and usage frequency, and create a new stock profile for fast-moving items.

“This led to the creation of a stock availability and demand pattern model, which was rolled out to Allied Bakeries sites nationwide.”

Less data entry

Tom Goodwin, sourcing manager for Allied Bakeries, said: “Our project with Brammer is set to reduce the working capital of our engineering inventory. The creation of a stock profiling model has also removed the requirement for time-consuming data entry at a local level, and efficiency improvements have been made, as we are never without vital components, enabling increased uptime.”