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Spinnaker and Southco to Co-Present on Inventory Optimization at the LLamasoft SummerCon conference  
Spinnaker’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Consulting and Southco’s Global Director of Operational Excellence share insight on “Integrating Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization into a Monthly Planning Process.”

Houston, June 25, 2014 – Spinnaker, a leading provider of supply chain consulting and returns management solutions, announced today joint speaking engagement with client Southco at the LLamasoft supply chain design conference, SummerCon, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On June 25th from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Spinnaker Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Consulting, John Sharkey, will co-present with Karen Hogan, the Global Director of Operational Excellence at Southco. The presentation will give an overview of how Southco is using the multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) capabilities of LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru as part of its integrated monthly S&OP planning process. “We are excited to speak at SummerCon with Southco for the second time. This is an opportunity to showcase how Southco has leveraged LLamasoft to take their planning process to the next level. We’ve worked with Southco for several years and it’s a privilege to have a client entrust us to help them improve supply chain performance over multiple projects.”    

Initially, Southco partnered with Spinnaker to develop a strategic supply chain roadmap in the wake of significant growth. With increased market share and physical supply chain assets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Southco’s supply chain became more complex and global. Efficiently aligning supply chain assets with customer demand across a large product portfolio was challenging and Southco needed an effective way to plan inventory and implement postponement strategies across the global supply chain. One key initiative on the Southco roadmap was to select and implement an MEIO solution to optimize these decisions. After evaluating multiple vendors and choosing LLamasoft, a joint team of Spinnaker and LLamasoft consultants, together with Southco personnel, designed and deployed a Supply Chain Guru MEIO model integrated with SAP.  The team also deployed a new global Inventory Planning business processes. Karen Hogan, who oversaw the project for Southco, commented on the successful partnership: “Spinnaker and LLamsoft were ideal partners to work with because they are knowledgeable and capable, but more importantly they are dedicated to seeing a project through. This was a strategic initiative for Southco and we look forward to realizing the benefits of the new processes and solution.”    


About Southco  

Southco is a leading global provider of engineered access solutions, including latches, locks, captive fasteners, hinges, handles, and other accessories for applications in the marine, networking, telecommunications, computer, automotive, aerospace, mass transit, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery and HVAC industries. Southco is strongly focused on customized engineering solutions and global support for its key customers. The company aspires to be a virtual engineering center for its customers’ engineered-access solutions and is committed to providing outstanding quality and overall satisfaction. Southco’s promise to its customers is to connect, create and innovate to provide the best solution for every access engineering problem.