With FastReactPlan, Azim Group Ups Planning Efficiency By 15%

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Other benefits realised include: 97% faster order confirmation; reduced report generation, time-saving of 68% and a factory efficiency improvement of 7%. 

Following the implementation of Coats Digital’s FastReactPlan solution, pioneering Bangladesh garment manufacturer, Azim Group, has realised a 15% improvement in planning efficiencies and a 97% faster turnaround in order confirmation – with orders being confirmed in just 30 minutes instead of two days.

Established in 1975, Azim Group produces garments for leading brands in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Its clients include CK Jeans, Berksha, Walmart, Kohl’s, Perry Ellis, Elcorte Ingles, Land’s End and Falabella.

Prior to implementing FastReactPlan, capacity management and line planning teams lacked the pinpoint accuracy required to respond to the buyer’s latest changes. As a result, additional effort and regular reviews were needed with merchandising to ensure all teams had a unified approach to delivery. With important information siloed in multiple sources across email, Excel spreadsheets and over phone conversations, manual planning processes proved time-consuming and inefficient. Based on insufficient data, capacity was often overbooked or under-booked, causing late deliveries and unnecessary rejection of new orders.

Ehsan Islam, Operations Manager, Azim Group said: “Since the implementation of FastReactPlan, we have seen consistent improvements in our planning process. In the first year, our planning efficiency improved by 15% and will continue to improve going forward. Furthermore, the new system has helped streamline key processes such as order confirmation, capacity forecasting and line allocation – providing more accurate results compared with previous methods. Ultimately, the improved efficiency is reflected in higher growth in our business.”

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Azim Group now has all relevant information available in one platform, ensuring comprehensive data transparency and visibility across merchandising and planning processes, so that teams can update and respond to new information in an agile way. Now that minutes-based load vs capacity monitoring has also been accurately established on true actual line plans, merchandising and planning teams can establish accurate plan-based capacity reports within minutes, guaranteeing a realistic capacity status, with timely warning alerts, to avoid overbooking or under-booking scenarios.

Mr Farhan Azim, Deputy Managing Director, Azim Group explained: Following the implementation of FastReactPlan, we started seeing positive results quickly. These are improvements across major KPI parameters including factory efficiency, planning efficiency, on-time-delivery and on-time T&A completion. Moreover, the new system can process data much faster than the tools traditionally used in the RMG industry. Thus, it enables management to make more informed, data-driven strategic and financial decisions.”

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With production plans made mostly at the style or even the PO level, a series of time-consuming drill-down meetings were often required to iron out potential problems and ascertain the fastest remedy.  Re-plan changes were consequently difficult to apply quickly, resulting in late deliveries and confusion with regards Work in Progress (WIP) reporting and Time & Action (T&A) prioritisation.

Target setting using average efficiency assumptions, not only lead to inaccurate capacity forecasting, but also unrealistic delivery projections and the inability to respond to customer demands for quicker order confirmation.

Since implementing FastReactPlan, standardised PO, colour and delivery level visibility is now available across all departments, establishing one version of the truth throughout the business and a single source of all information for better-informed decision making.

All departments are now using FastReactPlan to create accurate, real-time reports and daily activity priorities, including KPIs, all of which are readily available for all departments to see.  As a result, Azim Group has saved nearly six Person Days per month in time efficiencies – a 68% time-saving in report generation.

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Istiak Mohammad Rana, Manager – IT & Communications, Azim Group said: “The FastReactPlan team understood the technological gap we previously faced in our planning process and were successful in providing us with required solutions. The end result is a customisable and visual system which is easy to operate for non-technical individuals. The system takes real-time data and is able to auto-generate many key reports, hence saving person hours and improving overall efficiency of all concerned departments.”

Realistic plan targets, factoring in robust efficiency targets by product type, learning curve requirements and the production line’s performance have also helped to significantly increase efficiency and reduce last-minute firefighting. Factory efficiency has consequently improved by 7%; whilst Cut to Order, Ship to Order and Cut to Ship efficiencies have also improved by 0.37%, 0.89% and 1.36%, respectively.

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