Barloworld SCS expands supply chain planning capability with Network Value Modeller tool

Supply chain planning solutions provider Barloworld Supply Chain Software (SCS) has become a value added reseller of Network Value Modeller (NVM), created by software company Incept. Barloworld SCS comments that the addition of NVM to its integrated supply chain planning suite will provide its customers with access to an even more effective comprehensive solution.

The NVM tool is a software application designed to provide retailers and manufacturers with "end to end" cost to serve analysis. It delivers the capability to examine costs for any supply chain activity, as well as supporting a wide range of carbon emission calculations.

The software allows users to map supply chain networks by linking locations, flows and activities to reflect any costing scenario. It also has the flexibility to support any industry standard or custom activity based costing, coupled with powerful scenario modelling.

Barloworld SCS's existing CAST software offers valuable network optimisation capabilities that complement the NVM tool. Richard Forrest CEO of Barloworld SCS explains:

"Using NVM with CAST, retailers and manufacturers can map and optimise their extended supply networks from the point of production to the product's arrival in store. Companies can evaluate routes to market, simulate different activity options on any flow in terms of cost and carbon, helping to optimise their supply chains from end to end and reduce their carbon footprint.

"NVM will not compete with our existing network optimisation or simulation applications. It provides a simple way to visually build collaborative network models between manufacturers and retailers. It can be used to provide input costs for strategy network optimisation in CAST Aurora software and complements the full Barloworld SCS product suite."

NVM software complements the existing Barloworld SCS product portfolio, which includes CAST Aurora, Optimiza Inventory Planner, Optimiza Demand Planner and CINO software. It will also allow manufacturers and retailers to carry out cost and CO2 analysis without having to source large amounts of data.

Barloworld SCS and Incept are already working together with a major retail company in South Africa to deploy this technology following a successful pilot study.

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