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larson-juhl manufacturing & energy

Larson-Juhl's connected supply chain while delivering
preemptive service to its customers. "The value proposition Larson-Juhl adds is a global and broad distribution
network and delivery to service the customers," Kiley
says. "How do we continue to serve our customers with
the superior service that they expect while at the same
time creating an efficient supply chain network?"
Larson-Juhl's supply chain network consists of its primary facility in Ashland, Wis., which produces hardwood
mouldings, three factories in Europe that manufacture
hand-crafted finishes and suppliers in Asia. The company also maintains 20 branch distribution centers that
receive orders, pick lengths of mouldings, cut lengths,
cut and join frames and provide next-day delivery. "It's a
fairly complex supply chain," Kiley says. "I was really surprised by what all is involved in designing and delivering
picture frame mouldings to customers."
Kiley describes the supply chain as "customer focused" and says it is uniquely organized to serve independent framers across North America. Larson-Juhl
even has its own delivery drivers that deliver product
directly to customers. "The company really values that
personal connection to the customers," she explains.
"The customer is always first. The challenge is, how do
we do that very effectively?"

son-Juhl keeps a stock of all of its materials and product
offerings at nearly every distribution branch. Kiley
believes there is opportunity across the network to optimize inventory.
While still new to the company, Kiley is working to
build capabilities in supplier management, supply chain
planning and transportation and logistics.
"We're working with our suppliers around expectations for performance," she says. "Delivery performance,
quality performance and, I would say, raising the level of
expectations from our supply base."
The need for a connected supply chain becomes even
more necessary as the technology around frame moulding changes. Kiley says Larson-Juhl is transforming into
an innovation company as it launches innovative products such as printing on metal and acrylic and its portrait
technology. "My team's role is to develop a supply chain
that will support our innovation and growth strategies,"
she adds.

Creating Connections
Kiley oversees production in Ashland and is responsible
for procuring mouldings from the company's European affiliates and Asian suppliers. Her goal is to build a
connected supply chain that ties forecasting, capacity
planning and production together through S&OP. "It's
really about leveraging value from a cost perspective and
managing cash by reducing inventory," she says.
The company uses a multi-pronged approach to
connect its supply chain. It is reviewing its entire network design to see where adjustments can be made to
serve customers more efficiently. It is also considering
technology upgrades to areas such as its ERP system
that can increase visibility into their supply chain
planning systems.
Inventory also plays an important role since LarReveal is proud to be a global trusted partner to leading organizations running
SAP. Our ongoing Value optimization® methodology helps transform supply
chains to become a competitive advantage. Uncovering the potential of the
supply chain is what we do. Improving lives is why we do it.

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