Project Announcement: Supply Item Logistics Capability Initiative

Possessing the ability to quickly and accurately assess quality and quantities for parts and components from more than one supplier, while meeting specific maintenance or sustainment requirements is an issue that industry has yet to fully overcome.  They also require an enterprise management solution that will continue to support daily business processes while offering an advantage at some level over their foreign competitors. Fulfilling customer expectations is the first rule of business today.  However, when more than one manufacture draws from the same supplier(s), and there is a requirement to track and manage products as they are delivered to end user customers (such as for recall notifications), the failure to predict and mitigate these shortfalls (and replacement items) produces a substantial negative impact on the safety of merchandise sold to the general public.

The U.S. Navy is facing similar problems within their logistics supply chain.  Developing a feasible solution to these supply and tracking issues within a large organization such as the U.S. Navy will demonstrate to the public sector what solutions are possible.  The results are expected to be easily transferable to commercial industry, positively impacting the quality and availability of products sold to you and me.

The intent of this project is to develop a solution for two major business functions applicable to commercial and public business today:

  • Instantaneous inventory updates and prioritization of supply parts for manufacturing.
  • Real-time tracking of pieces and parts as they are drawn from inventory and their resulting life cycle of owners.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Jeff Walker, jeffw@ncms.org or (360) 782-1370 by May 31, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).