Supply chain efficiency at Scott Direct

Supply chain efficiency at Scott Direct

Scott Direct has embarked upon a number of key initiatives which will see a real step change in efficiency and reliability. Notably a major supply chain rationalisation programme, elements of which are being implemented in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, has been making real progress to deliver benefits throughout the business and to our customers.

The Heriot-Watt collaboration has already provided the basis for a robust new supplier selection process, and a second project is underway to better understand and quantify the next day delivery service. A further project on inventory and logistics will see us join forces with Heriot-Watt once again.

In addition, the procurement team has been restructured with a number of key new appointments being made. Kyle Finnegan has joined the business to lead the procurement department, along with Alan Waddell, who has responsibility for managing the supply chain in tools; and Stephen McGuigan for safety including PPE. They join Ralph Palin who has responsibility for our workwear supply chain.

Kyle, who is also a member of the Scott Direct management team, will drive our purchasing strategy and oversee the management of the supply chain and procurement process. Meanwhile, Rob Woolford, our supply chain specialist has become our official business analyst, reporting directly to Managing Director Rob Sayles to provide business-critical information and assist with the continued management of data.

Rob Sayles, Managing Director at Scott Direct, said: “We are aligning ourselves and making sound appointments to re-strengthen the team. We are making great progress on this front, and are looking forward to demonstrating the improvements to customers through clearer communication and delivery of our proposition, product range and services.”

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