Supply Chains are getting ever more complex to manage. Competitive pressures are driving
us towards sourcing from low cost locations, extending the geographic scope and timeframes
of our Supply Chains. Outsourcing is doing the same to the number of levels of the Supply
Chains we have to manage.
At the same time, customers are becoming more demanding and are less prepared to hold
inventory - driven by the fickle habits of their own customers. This is drastically shortening
the Customer Tolerance Time.
The conflict which arises - a dramatic and ever widening gap between shortening Customer
Tolerance Time and lengthening Supply Chain fulfilment time - is at the root of the current
Supply Chain Challenges.
Through our connections, I&J Munn Ltd provide training and software solutions which address
this core problem and can lead to dramatic and lasting improvements to Supply Chain performance.
What's Behind Our Supply Chain Solutions?
We have been providing Supply Chain training and solutions for over 15 years based on the
"Replenishment" principles of Constraint Management. These principles have recently been
extended by the concept of "Demand Driven MRP" or "DDMRP" as detailed in the latest edition of "Orlicky's
MRP" and we offer training programmes and software solutions which are fully DDMRP compliant.
The essence of these approaches is that they align your re-supply activity to ACTUAL consumption
rather than needing to rely on ever more complex and seemingly sophisticated forecasts.
We offer training courses, as detailed in the left hand column below, and software solutions
as detailed on the right. Additionally, on the right you can find links to further information about the
principles of DDMRP including links to other sites.
Supply Chain Training Programmes
We offer half day, one day and two day training courses in Supply Chain Management.
A brief description of each course is outlined below, together with an explanation of who the
course is targeted towards. You can click on the box titles to access a detailed
description of each course, including how to book onto the courses.
This half day programme introduces the key concepts in moving to a Demand Driven
Supply Chain, and how you transform from a Forecast Driven "PUSH" system to a Demand
Driven "PULL" system.
The course is ideal for organisations wanting to find out more about Demand Driven
Supply Chain principles, and is usually the first step in evaluating the concepts, and
understanding what is available in both training and software support.
It is also a very suitable course for use as part of a deployment programme as it can provide
background understanding for staff in parts of your organisation who interact with supply
chain activity but who are not directly involved on a day to day basis.
This course is usually provided at our training centre in Melton Mowbray, but can be
provided "on-site" as part of a deployment programme.
Re-configuring your business using Demand Driven Supply Chain principles has implications
far outside of the realms of logistics, planning and purchasing. It can affect how you can
take your products to market, how you price your products, how you interact with key
customers. It releases working capital and it could affect strategic supply relationships.
It has the capability to positively affect your entire business.
This course, aimed at boards and senior management teams, addresses these issues and teaches
what is possible in a new "Demand Driven" world. It covers Demand Driven fundamentals, but only
to the depth necessary to understand the key principles. The rest of the day focuses
on the business impacts, and possible strategic options which can be created by being truly
The course is run at our training centre in Melton Mowbray as our experience of training
many senior teams over more than two decades indicates that getting away 'off site' is
an essential contributor to this level of learning.
This programme, run over two consecutive days, teaches the full principles of Demand Driven
MRP - which is at the heart of the Demand Driven Supply Chain. You will learn all aspects
of how DDMRP works, and the five major components which are essential to make it work.
This course is targeted at departmental managers and operational practitioners in the supply
chain functions of your business. It addresses how to control and manage a DDMRP environment,
make decisions which are consistent with Demand Driven principles, and direct and grow the
business using DDMRP as a platform.
The course would also be suitable for IT staff who need to understand the essence of the
The course is run at our training centre in Melton Mowbray and uses a number of interactive
simulations to teach and understand how DDMRP works.
"Leaving a training course excited and ready to go can quickly end up being a total let-down
when you get back to base and find that you simply do not have the support tools to enable
you to implement and use that knowledge"
We have seen this happen many times over our 25 year history and this drives us, wherever
possible, to provide access to software tools which allow businesses to rapidly implement
the knowledge they have gained on our training programmes.
Demand Driven MRP is very new. The core text of this new knowledge - "Orlicky's MRP - 3rd Edition"
was only published in August 2011. This means that the range of solutions which are compliant with
DDMRP is currently extremely limited.
There is however, one solution which is available right now, and has a track record of success running
back over eight years. How come? Because it was created by the authors of "Orlicky's MRP" and in some senses
provided the platform for the development of the DDMRP knowledge.
The product is called Replenishment+® which is marketed by Demand Driven Technologies, and provided in
the UK through I&J Munn Ltd.
For full details please click here to go to our Replenishment+® pages.
There are a number of places you can find out more about Demand Driven Supply Chain principles and
Demand Driven MRP in particular.
The newly published "Orlicky's MRP - 3rd Edition" dedicates a quarter of
the book to describing and defining the new DDMRP principles.
You can jump to the book details on Amazon by clicking the book image.
You can also access knowledge from the Demand Driven Institute in the USA, which was established by the
authors of Orlicky's MRP - 3rd Edition to be a base for furthering the knowledge.