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Cleon provides a range of Value Chain Business solutions from Quick Wins actions to advanced optimization solutions and strategic projects such as:      

  • Business Assessment and Benchmarking (Cost and Benefit Analysis)
  • Strategic Planning and Design of Supply Chain Networks
  • Supply Chain Collaboration Implementation (S&OP and CPFR)
  • Demand Management and Forecast Accuracy Improvement
  • Inventory and Replenishment Optimization
  • Manufacturing Optimization and Lean projects
  • Purchasing and Sourcing Optimization
  • Transport and Warehousing Optimization
  • Supply Chain and Operations Monitoring
  • Software Selection and Implementation
  • Project and Change Management
  • Training and Workshops
>>Opportunity Assessment
>>Inventory Optimization
>>Manufacturing Optimization
>>Logistics Optimization
>>Sourcing Optimization
>>Supply Chain Collaboration
>>Change Management
>>Performance Monitoring
>>Software Selection
>>Support for Manufacturing Productivity Improvement

Opportunity Assessment

The opportunity assessment is a strategic quantitative and qualitative performance diagnostic of your process, organization, information technology, people, and supply chain structure.

This evaluation provides businesses with a reliable assessment of the impact on working capital and the "bottom line" of reviewed or improved supply chain policies.

Using advanced modeling tools and benchmarking tests, this evaluation assesses the Key Performance Indicators of you value chain, in terms of customer service levels and the related costs (purchasing, manufacturing, inventory, warehousing, transportation).

Far from a theoretical modeling exercise, the Cleon Business Solutions opportunity assessment is a project-oriented business case support activity using real enterprise data and carried out with the collaboration and input of all the stakeholders.

This assessment provides the following outputs:

  • the benefits achievable through enhanced processes, technology and organization

  • the costs and benefits of improved performance scenarios

  • the business requirements for change

The Opportunity Assessment, which can be achieved in a matter of weeks, constitutes a quantitative and qualitative baseline for business improvements

Inventory Optimization

The objective of inventory optimization is to sustain minimal amounts of inventory while providing the highest possible levels of service. 

Cleon combines best-of-breed software tools with high expertise inventory consulting to offer scaleable inventory optimization services ranging from entry-level solutions with low organizational impact to advanced Inventory Optimization systems implementation projects:

Health  Inventory Check  -  inventory assessment to define quick wins and roadmap inventory reduction

Detailed inventory diagnostic  - detailed assessment with a support best-of-breed software tool 

Inventory reduction program - support excess stock reduction action plan

Process and IT improvement  - implementation of planning software and inventory optimization business process.

Manufacturing Optimization

The objective of manufacturing optimization is to sustain the highest possible demand service level while using the minimal amounts of inventory (raw material, work in progress, and finished goods) and resources with the shortest cycle time.

The key to all manufacturing optimization solutions is the synchronization of planning and execution.  Once the business is in control of the execution with regard to planning and actual customer demand, manufacturing can be planned correctly on the basis of projected performance targets.

Whatever the solution, it will need to be in tune with the technical capability of the planners, the reliability of the forecasting process and the certainty of the manufacturing process. Cleon can provide the right optimization approach and implement it in line with the specific business needs and budget requirements.

Cleon provides a range of manufacturing optimization from entry-level solutions with low organizational impact, to advanced manufacturing optimization systems implementation projects such as:

Master Planning - Sales and Operations Planning process and demand-driven solutions implementation

Manufacturing Planning  - Production and scheduling optimization

Lean Manufacturing - Solutions to reduce waste (inventory, lead time, and quality issues) and implement "Pull" process

Logistics Optimization

The objective of logistics optimization is to provide the highest internal and external service levels  while using minimal amounts of warehousing and transport resources.

The strategic aspects of logistics optimization centers on network optimization while tactical and operational aspects focus on transport and warehousing optimization.  

Whatever the solution, it will need to be in tune with the supply chain and organizational constraints, and the reliability of the solution input like logistics parameters accuracy. Cleon can provide the right solution and implement it in line with the specific business needs and budget requirements.

Cleon provides scaleable logistics optimization services ranging from entry-level solutions with low organizational impact, to advanced logistics optimization systems implementation projects such as:

Supply Chain Network Optimization- Plants and distribution center localization and the flows in between

Transport Optimization- Vehicle routing optimization and transport tariff benchmarking

Warehousing Optimization- Warehouse resources optimization (area, technology, and people)

Sourcing and Purchasing Optimization

The objective of sourcing optimization is to minimize the global purchasing costs while providing the highest possible levels of quality supply.

Cleon provides a wide range of Sourcing Optimization services:

Make or Buy Strategy - Build a consistent make or buy strategy (strategic vs. commodity and cost analysis)

Sourcing Strategy  - Build an optimal sourcing plan; i.e. what to source where (e.g., from Low Cost Countries)

Tactical Sourcing   - Build the roadmap of sourcing changes and translate the strategy into tactical purchasing and replenishment policies

Sourcing Execution  - Monitor sourcing activities and rationalize internal processes

Supply Chain Collaboration

The objective of supply chain collaboration is  to reduce the "bullwhip effect" and eliminate silos thinking in order to achieve a global optimization of the supply chain in a win-win context.

The key to all supply chain collaboration solutions is a formal collaborative process that reliably relates suppliers to customers.  There are different levels of internal and external collaboration, but both of these require transactional integration and a culture of trust. Cleon Business Solutions can assist you in developing these business conditions.

Cleon Business Solutions provides a scaleable supply chain collaboration services ranging from entry-level solutions with low organizational impact to advanced supply chain collaboration systems implementation projects:

S&OP - Sales & Operations Planning implementation

CPFR  - Collaborative forecasting and planning and VMI (Vendor Management Inventory)

Supplier Integration- Consignment stock solutions and collaborative replenishment

Change Management

The objective of change management is achieve the project objectives on time and budget, reduce the risks, and sustain the business changes after the rollout.

Cleon provides scaleable Project and Change Management services ranging from project management support and coaching to advanced Project Management programs such as:

Risk Management -  Evaluation and management of risks and priorities

Change Management - Training, mobilization, and roles definition

Employee Empowerment - Coaching, participative decision-making,  and management-by-objectives

Leadership Development - Evaluation, 360-feedback, and training

Project Management - Scoping, planning, budget, resources, coordination, and monitoring 

Performance Management

Performance management process and systems suffer from the following:

  • inaccurate and incomplete information and inability to analyze data effectively
  • lack of common performance indicators across organizations /people  

This results in: 

  • gut feel decisions being made, instead of basing these decisions upon the facts
  • difficulty to analyze the root causes of missing business targets
  • lack of clear accountability of people and organizations 

Cleon addresses these issues by providing performance management services such as:

Supply Chain Scorecard - build consistent supply chain scorecard between business units in the organization

Datawarehouse implementation - functional and technical specification of performance indicators

Software Selection

Software selection is a process that should be done carefully using a systematic approach:

  • Identify critical business and technical requirements
  • Establish an appropriate list of selection criteria
  • Choose the software
  • Choose the integrator
  • Plan implementation
  • Manage technology adoption

For software selection, every alternative is screened according to 4 criteria:

  • Evaluate the software provider in terms of viability
  • Evaluate the software in terms of functions and technical offers
  • Evaluate the commercial offer
  • Evaluate the people that are going to support the implementation

In some cases, it is important to do a "proof of concept" and establish a pilot before making the decision to go for a specific software.




     Latest News

>>Imed Othmani, President of Cleon, launched a blog "Supply Chain Leader", which provides a forum to exchange ideas and new trends in supply chain.

>>Since March 2008, Cleon Business Solutions is a  consulting service provider accredited by the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade. Through the Ministry's "Mesure d'appui à la productivité", manufacturing organizations clients of Cleon can take advantage of financial assistance of up to $50,000.

>>Imed Othmani, President, Cleon Business Solutions, and the Executive Centre of the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, jointly developed an operations management education program for executives

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