Benchmarking agility, ALOM ramped up production capacity five-fold and achieved 99.9% on-time shipping of COVID-19 test kits.
Leveraging technology to empower its pandemic relief activity, ALOM, a global leader in supply chain management, increased its organisational agility, boosted capacity and achieved nearly 100% on-time shipping of COVID-19 test kits to test centres, medical facilities, and end-users across the U.S.
It’s an impressive feat. Deservedly, Supply & Demand Chain Executive has named ALOM as a recipient of the Top Supply Chain Projects Award for 2021 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
ALOM serves as a partner to Fortune 100 clients in the technology, automotive, government, medical, telecommunications, and utility/energy sectors, and as such, was well-positioned with deep expertise and resources. As the situation with the global pandemic deteriorated and many companies began to shut down, ALOM was able to thrive. Its ISO 13485 certified medical manufacturing capabilities and multiple FDA registered facilities allowed for the increased capacity building required to meet the spike in demand they saw from five of the nation’s leading test kit providers.
Capacity and Supply Chain Optimisation
ALOMS system, ALOM BI, was designed to provide the traceability and real-time visibility critical to manufacturing medical supplies, ensuring optimal efficiencies and on-time deliveries. Planners and partners are empowered with status alerts and real-time views on demand planning, inventory, production, order management and shipping status metrics, allowing them to respond dynamically to changing conditions.
Importantly, BI is leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics for demand planning and capacity optimisation throughout its clients’ supply chains.
“I am so proud of our dedicated staff and advanced technology infrastructure that allowed us to onboard complex, highly regulated medical programs in weeks rather than months or years,” said ALOM President and CEO Hannah Kain. “Not only did we ramp up production capacity five-fold while maintaining complete accuracy, we achieved 99.9% on-time shipping for all clients”.
Scaling production required intricate resource planning and additional human resources. Safety remained a top priority for ALOM who implemented over 40 worker safety protocols, including:
- covered outdoor break areas
- workstation dividers
- staff support
- onsite vaccination clinic
- tutoring stipends for children of staff members
- support during COVID-19 related leaves
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we set goals for ALOM. One of the goals was to be part of the solution to the pandemic, and I am grateful that our company had the opportunity to perform at such a high level in support of our clients and their products that helped save lives,” Kain added. “Now, to enable our clients to meet the opportunities of a recovering economy, we are leveraging BI to accelerate our procurement, production and fulfilment capabilities in new and innovative ways as we continue to grow in our four market segments. Due to strong relationships, dedication and technology, our procurement and planning teams have been meeting the challenges of the unstable supply lines.”
“The supply chain industry has been challenged with a host of supply chain disruptions over the last year. Yet, the winners on this list continued to re-tool and innovate,” said Marina Mayer, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “Whether it be moving a customer to a cloud-based solution or implementing a more sustainable shipping option, these top supply chain projects reflect the supply chain industry’s strength and resilience to overcome disruptions and work better, smarter, and more efficiently in the years ahead.”
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