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Catalog Company
SKU, Pricing, Mix, and Placement Rationalization at Large Catalog Company

Led effort to optimize 45,000 active SKU assortment, which yielded ~$7MM in cost savings. Reclassified 45,000 SKUs into approximately 500 classes of merchandise to align with how merchandisers thought about products. Developed reporting to review performance over time, by price point, by occasion, by performance, etc. Optimized assortment by class to eliminate poor-performing items and reduce cannibalization. Adjusted pricing to ensure competitive pricing and proper mix by price point. Determined most efficient catalog and web placement.

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Industrial Goods Manufacturer
Developing Segmented Operations and Service Strategy at Full-line Industrial Goods Manufacturer

Devised an approach for segmenting SKUs in a diverse SKU environment based on a several qualitative factors such as contractual customer requirements, marketing strategy, and sourcing considerations, and a statistical scoring methodology incorporating several demand pattern factors such as sales, margin, demand variability, demand frequency, broken shipments, and requirements of top customers. Devised and implemented differentiated operations and service strategy (make-to-stock vs. manufacture-to-order) for the SKU segments which contributed to an 28% improvement in on-time delivery and a 25% reduction in inventory.

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Apparel Producer
Rapid Inventory and Supply Chain Cost Structure Diagnostic at Niche Apparel Producer

Conducted an inventory and cost structure diagnostic and created a plan for capture of opportunities at a recently acquired private equity portfolio company. Identified $11+MM in inventory reduction, $1.2–1.9+MM in overhead expense reduction, and $0.4–1.2MM in freight cost reduction opportunities.

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Power Electronics Company
An Effective, Actionable Growth Strategy to Quadruple Revenue at Leading Power Electronics Company

Developed a pragmatic growth strategy to grow an unprofitable $25MM revenue business to a $100MM, 20% EBITDA business within 4 years. Effort included first developing the target product strategy based on market segmentation and analysis, competitive assessment, and product portfolio and capability analysis, and then creating product development, sourcing, branding, marketing, and channel strategies. Initial annual savings target of $2.7MM accomplished within a year before top-line growth kicked in.

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Personal Care Company
Creating Product Segmentation and Performing Selected Outsourcing and Cost-Savings Changes at Leading Personal Care Company

Developed a process-defined product segmentation methodology by analyzing the operational and economic structure of the domestic business, identifying $40+ million in savings. Determined reinvestment and outsourcing strategies for key businesses, and trained client resources in the use and maintenance of a custom cost savings tracking system.

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European Food Manufacturer
Improving UK Supply Chain Performance for Multi-National Soup Company

Worked hand in hand with UK manufacturing division managers to reduce and manage complexity, leverage purchasing scale, and simplify products, with a near-term target of capturing $5MM in aggregate savings in the first year while ensuring core operational processes were strengthened so that in year 2, the division could capture additional value from broader optimization of the supply chain. After 1 year, $4MM+ had been saved with another $2-3MM in savings expected over the next 6 months, and customer service had improved. Our team was then asked to review the entire European supply chain.

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