Data. Analytics. Visibility. Knowledge. Cost control.
In 2013, an international company came to Sheer for help solving a puzzle. The consumer products company breaks down its costs by brand code, and each code is assigned its own profitability margin. The company knew how to determine manufacturing costs by code, but transportation cost was another issue. They had roughly 50,000 individual items that were being shipped to points all around the globe. How could they calculate the specific cost by brand code?
Sheer had the answer. We created a cross-brand code database and input all of the data they provided, including brand code, destination and shipping weight. This tool automatically generates global transportation costs by brand code. Even better, we set it up to work with the client’s SAP enterprise system, feeding data directly into their financial software and producing actual cost to serve metrics. Big data can be overwhelming, unless you know how to use it to win. Sheer helped harness the power of the company’s data for better visibility to every one of the thousands of products they make.
Safety. Visibility. Reporting. Tracking. Control.
In 2015, one of Sheer’s clients ran into a problem of plenty. One of their facilities was so busy that trucks were arriving by the dozens and their loading dock was perpetually jammed up. The plant was at maximum production capacity, which caused significant delays for carriers, congestion, and created a challenging work environment for drivers and employees. That’s when they called Sheer.
After conducting a survey of the site, load time per truck and capacity of the dock, Sheer created a custom Dock Scheduling tool as part of the client’s overall transportation management system. This digital tool included a calendar that accepted appointments from carriers on a schedule that fit the facilities’ 24/7/365 operating environment. Greater visibility meant the client was better able to staff for peak times, execute production planning, increase efficiencies and track both arriving and departing loads. The outcome? A safer workplace operating at peak efficiency and a client in complete control. Sheer is now rolling out this solution to plants nationwide.