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RS Deploys Euro Supply Chain

OXFORD, UK — RS Components (, the world's largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has deployed a new supply chain planning solution across the European region. SO99+ from ToolsGroup (, will improve forecast accuracy and inventory optimisation of around 500,000 product lines, resulting in an improvement in customer service levels.

Following several intensive months of business preparation and simulations to understand fully the implications of SO99+, RS is now calculating an 18 month forward view of demand, based on three years of demand history at an order level, which is being used to drive all inventory purchase orders across Europe.

“We are really pleased with the results already being delivered following the introduction of SO99+ and as we roll out further elements of the tool over the coming months, we expect SO99+ to offer our business unprecedented scope for modelling and optimising stock and service,” said Andrew Lewis, Head of Global Supply Planning at RS Components.

“The tool is important in its own right for both cost reduction and service improvement, but in many ways the most exciting part is that it is one of our key enablers, along with initiatives such as the introduction of a robust Sales, Inventory & Operational Planning (SIOP) process, that will see our supply chain transformed into a world class part of the RS business” added Lewis.

To date, SO99+ calculations have led RS to significant reductions in overall stock holdings while simultaneously increasing the service levels enjoyed by customers through both the physical redistribution of stock around the European network of 11 warehouses and the changing of stocking profiles.

“Our approach to supply chain planning is the first of its kind to incorporate probabilistic modelling across a range of supply chain planning functions, from demand forecasting through to inventory and replenishment planning. We're confident that RS will reap substantial benefits from the deployment of our SO99+ system, resulting in a more effective and efficient supply chain,” explained Martin Woodward, Managing Director of ToolsGroup.

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