Artificial intelligence optimizes supply chains in the building materials industry

Abels & Kemmner and hpossner consulting cooperate

Herzogenrath/Berlin, October 7, 2021 – The providers of services for optimizing the value chain in the building materials industry and trade,
Abels & Kemmner
hpossner consulting
have formed the
SCM@building materials task force
to support leading building materials manufacturers and retailers in optimizing their supply chains. The focus of the newly created task force is on advising companies on the
digitization of the physical flow of goods
as well as in the
automation of management decisions
that trigger this flow of goods. At crucial points, the team will also rely on
Artificial intelligence
to make processes faster and better, and in some cases even possible for the first time.

Supply bottlenecks and a lack of delivery reliability have been at the top of the list of causes for significant sales and turnover losses in the building materials industry in recent years. In a seasonal market environment, it has not yet been possible to match the delivery performance of other sectors despite unchanged overcapacities in production,is how Hans-Peter Oßner from hpossner consulting sums up the problem to be solved.

A lack of transparency along the supply chain obscures the inefficiencies and therefore the potential to significantly increase the economic success of companies. This applies to the entire supply chain, from the supplier, manufacturer and retailer through to the construction site.”explains Prof. Dr. Götz-Andreas Kemmner from Abels & Kemmner one of the main reasons for the industry’s weak supply chain performance.

Where can the building materials industry take action?

The consultants see key areas of action in the development and optimization of an end-to-end planning chain – from sales forecasting to replenishment – as well as in the optimization of all data and parameters required for the planning and replenishment of items, also known as replenishment parameter optimization . Both topics form the basis for automated management decisions and therefore both better and more efficient supply chain processes.

The consulting results become concrete and tangible through the use of simulations and artificial intelligence, which put the economic benefits of digitalization in the building materials industry into figures and thus make them tangible. For example

  • Forecasts and delivery capability significantly improved,
  • Reliably calculate safety stocks, especially for sporadic requirements and seasonal demand based on distribution-free methods, and
  • Decision-making mechanisms that trigger requirements in good time, even before customers have ordered.

Goal: reduce costs, improve delivery reliability

The aim of the SCM@baustoffe task force is to enable the entire logical and logistical supply chain of the building materials industry to deliver more precisely – no matter how much is needed, of what, when and where. Customers benefit from lower logistics costs, lower stock levels and greater delivery readiness and delivery reliability with measurable sales growth. With the methods used, delivery readiness rates of 95 to 98% can also be achieved in the building materials industry.

Management expertise in the building materials industry

The consulting team of hpossner consulting and Abels & Kemmner brings over 30 years of management expertise in the building materials industry as well as 25 years of experience in supply chain optimization and has practical knowledge from over 250 national and international projects. The SCM@baustoffe task force of the two companies is headed by supply chain management experts Dr. Bernd Reineke and Professor Dr. Götz-Andreas Kemmner as well as Hans-Peter Oßner, who has held management positions at Sievert AG and CEMEX Deutschland AG during the course of his career and is a proven expert in the construction materials industry as a management consultant.

About Abels & Kemmner GmbH

Abels & Kemmner is known to the public above all as a specialist in inventory reduction and delivery capability. Goals that A&K realizes quickly and sustainably using special simulation tools.

Abels & Kemmner Gesellschaft für Unternehmensberatung mbH was founded in 1993 as a spin-off of the Research Institute for Rationalization at RWTH Aachen University and focuses on streamlining value chains (supply chain optimization) for production and trading companies. A&K’s SCM specialists optimize order processing and logistics from suppliers to customers and from product range streamlining to the selection of suitable planning methods and parameters. Typical for A&K is the close link between organizational and ERP-side implementation of the developed solutions.

A&K’s clients include TOP100 performers in the German SME and large industrial sectors. Supply chain concepts that A&K has developed with its customers have won several best practice awards.

About hpossner consulting

Hans-Peter Oßner has been working in industry, the energy sector and consulting for 30 years. His general management experience and expertise in the areas of efficiency improvement in production and maintenance as well as supply chain and project management is complemented by a passion for people in organizations. He uses this unique selling point in his work at hpossner consulting as a valuable contribution to the success of medium-sized companies.

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Reader contact Abels & KemmnerProf.Dr.-Ing. Götz-Andreas KemmnerAbels & Kemmner Gesellschaft für Unternehmensberatung mbHKaiserstraße 10052134 HerzogenrathTel: 02407-9565-0Fax: 02407-9565-40AKemmner@ak-online.de

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Kemmner

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