The Process

This section provides an overview of the process to determine what level of service might best address your particular circumstances. It is structured by presenting the kinds of questions or details Arvee will pose to a customer, as part of a needs assessment.

PHASE 1 – BACKGROUND ANALYSIS

  • What are the immediate and long term priorities facing the company executives and staff responsible for disposable asset management?
  • Are your internal systems geared to handle the special challenges of effective commodities management, in addition to your core business activities?
  • Should you adopt similar practices that other consumers or generators in your area or elsewhere are utilizing, to improve materials management?
  • How do your prices compare to companies with whom you compete and with other businesses involved with similar grades?
  • Can you restructure or expand your continuous improvement process in this area, to achieve better economic results and eliminate practices which are impeding progress?


PHASE 2 – LOGISTICS/CONVEYANCE REVIEW

  • Is the method currently employed to handle internal material flow, the most cost effective way to do it?
  • Where could the placement of different equipment or the reconfiguration of existing staging areas make a difference?
  • Would the addition of a near-site or off-site, consolidation or processing capability (within the confines of labor agreements) improve internal costs?
  • How might an upgrade in computer applications for inventory management enhance productivity or eliminate hidden expense?
  • Are you utilizing the most efficient transportation options to and from your facilities?
  • Does the current transportation mix expose the company to unintended or unrecognized liability exposure?
  • Do we routinely train and re-train our employees to make the continuous improvement process in materials management, second nature?

PHASE 3 – EXPLORING MARKETING OPTIONS

  • How can working through a trading house, with the sole focus of representing your company’s interests in the marketplace, make a meaningful difference?
  • Does the company’s current handler or your own staff have access to a diversified group of generators, end-users, commodities firms, private traders and trading concerns, brokers and dealers, consistently competing for your business?
  • Do you know if a trading partner is acting in your best interest or their own, and how to measure that?
  • Are you proactive in taking advantage of the positive aspects or mitigating the negative ramifications of swings in market prices?
  • Does your current structure encourage and attract a fresh influx of new vendors or buyers, and are you receptive to their ideas and adaptive enough to implement new approaches of benefit to your business?
  • Is someone advocating on your behalf to continually improve product quality and effectively deal with problem lots?
  • Are you managing your relationship with the trade correctly and what steps can be taken to bring added value to the table?

PHASE 4 – ACCOUNTING/REPORTING MECHANISMS

  • Do you have access to resources that ease the burden and cost of financial transactions related to product shipments or receipts?
  • Is the continuous improvement process being applied to the management of your entire economic relationship with trading partners?
  • Are you satisfied with the audit trails currently in place and do they track all activity on a real time basis?
  • Do your management reporting mechanisms provide all of the information you need or want, and are they correctly measuring your market performance?

In conclusion, reviewing these issues, and more, can help us jointly formulate a strategy that will consistently yield better results in managing the purchase or sale of your materials, tailored to address your unique business requirements.

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