Successful office launch in Paris for Barloworld Supply Chain Software

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An exclusive recent event in Paris celebrated the launch of the new Barloworld SCS office in France, which the company says will help to enhance its service levels within the French market. "With our smart product suite of supply chain software that uses the latest technology and a strong French-speaking team, we have the resources in place to support the supply chain market in France" says Gilles Alais, Country Manager for Barloworld SCS France.

The event was a great success, with high attendance. It began with a presentation by Kevin Boake, Managing Director of Barloworld SCS about the company's Strategy and Vision within the French market, followed by testimonials from two of the company's existing French customers.

ISEL School of Logistics, has achieved reduced costs and reduced carbon emissions for the VALVER project with Renault environmental division, thanks to effective logistics network modelling with Barloworld SCS's CAST software. The Renault environmental division initiated its VALVER Project in 2009, working with ISEL School of Logistics (graduate) of the University of Le Havre in France to reorganise and reconfigure the glass recycling operation at Renault.

Christophe Bisiaux, Project Manager for ISEL, explained to delegates at the event how CAST was used to model the network.  They were able to evaluate and identify the optimal supply chain configuration and calculate the total cost to market, identifying supply chain scenarios that enabled cost and carbon emission reductions. To date, CAST software has been used to identify more than ten scenarios to optimise Renault's recycling supply chain.

Supply Manager, Marie-Ange Terrasse of CARGLASS France, one of the leading automotive glass repair and replacement specialists in France, and another of Barloworld SCS's French customers, also presented at the event. Marie-Ange explained the company's positive experience of Optimiza Inventory Planner software from Barloworld SCS and the benefits it has brought to CARGLASS France.

By building an inventory model of the business, and taking into account the unique supply and demand characteristics of its supply chain, Optimiza Inventory Planner has helped CARGLASS France to reduce its inventory and helping to increase service levels to the 1 million plus drivers that CARGLASS serves each year.

Guest speakers Jean-Philippe Guillaume and Cathy Polge, editors of the French publication, Supply Chain Magazine talked about 'complexity management' and supply chain software that provides solutions at strategic, tactical and operational levels, such as the Barloworld SCS product suite.

The event closed with live demonstrations of CAST, CINO (Combined Inventory and Network Optimisation) and Optimiza Inventory Planner software products, accompanied by cocktail networking.

"We are very pleased with the success of the seminar and the launch of our office in Paris" says Gilles Alais. "We have received positive feedback from attendees who found the day interesting and useful, and we have booked in several follow up meetings, which is a great start to the expansion of Barloworld SCS into the French market."

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