IntroductionRiordan Manufacturing is one of the leading plastic bottle producers in the United States and the world. A recent study revealed inefficiencies, inaccuracies, and production and man- hour losses as a result of the currently used manual inventory process. The CEO's feared that these findings may effect and threaten Riordan's position in today's highly competitive market. As a result, they requested the inventory managerial staff to form a team of subject matter experts (SME) who will investigate the current process, and formulate proposals that will effect departmental improvement, and realize development and growth.
The BMUS Team decided to recommend a technological alignment of all the Riordan sites, which will enhance communication abilities, adjust and speed the inventory process and establish uniformity throughout the company. In order to accomplish this task, new computers will have to be purchased for the Albany and Pontiac plants, and a bar-coding system will need to be introduced to all of the Riordan sites.
The recommended equipment upgrades will be purchased from two highly qualified and proven companies, Dell and Traker System Inc. who will provide on-site training to Riordan's IT staff, and a maintenance package that guarantees efficiency continuity and upgrades. These upgrades will affect the inventory process, as well as, all of the production and development cycles.
InvestigationA highly competitive global industry requires Riordan Manufacturing to continuously investigate and implement necessary changes that will enhance the manufacturing and distribution processes, reinforce its Mission Statement, and maintain its acquired leadership position. A recent investigation revealed that Riordan Manufacturing's manual inventory process is inefficient, cumbersome, results in inaccuracies, does not allow real time access to existing data, and consumes production time, as well as, man-hours.
The current manual system does not allow for real time reporting and can cause delays of up to 24 hours.