Specialising in the Medical Industry
Lime Associates is a fast growing Purchasing and Supply Chain consultancy adding value to some of the biggest names in the Medical industry.
We are the only multidisciplinary team of Purchasing and Supply Chain consultants in the UK to provide strategic advice and hands on implementation exclusively to the Health Technology sector. We have built our reputation by delivering bespoke Purchasing, Supply Chain Management and Cost to Serve solutions. We pride ourselves on developing sustainable relationships with our clients.Learn More
1. Reducing Costs
Savings in the true cost of materials or services is not a simple measurement and reduction of the unit price. Lime Associates examine all elements affecting cost (of which the last is the actual unit price) and develop plans to improve the position and meet the client’s needs.
The first step in the process is to fully understand our client’s needs and then to use our programmes to visualise our client’s spend data at both the strategic and transactional levels. We then bring the most effective tools and techniques to bear on your challenge to deliver the most appropriate strategy.Find out more Contact Us
Most organisations have a long tail of suppliers and typically 25% – 40% of all companies’ spend may be tied up in these, often overlooked, categories. With our expertise and contacts, we can help you to manage these categories much more effectively.Find out more Contact Us
By working together, we can save you a substantial amount of money with minimal effort.
We don’t always advocate changing suppliers, because we know it can be a costly and time consuming process. However, when the project dictates that a new supplier is necessary in order to reduce risk or launch a new product, we utilise our experience of the world’s best purchasing techniques to ensure that we always deliver best value in every sense.Find out more Contact Us
2. Improving Efficiency
Inefficiency in internal processes creates waste, increases costs and slows down the organisation. Our iCEO programme, developed in conjunction with the University of Warwick, brings Lean techniques, workshops and training to help eliminate waste in your internal processes.
With Lime’s iCEO Process Optimiser you can develop process maps to understand how a process works and what it costs. When you understand it, you can improve it and we have the tools and experience to know how.
Reducing waste in your processes can significantly improve your business, and reduce costs at the same time. For example, by improving your vendor approval process, proliferation of suppliers will halt filtering more spend through your approved supply base. More spend is easy to convert to reduced costs when you know how.Find out more Contact Us
Efficiency is all about maximising the value of all resources, whether human or capital. An apparent lack of capacity may be the result of over production or making the wrong product at the wrong time.Find out more Contact Us
Would extra capacity help your business to drive additional revenue and serve your customers better?
Can you always supply those products that your customers want to buy at the individual SKU level?
Lime Associates can help.
What is that actual time that is needed to move materials through your production facility? How much of that time is the product actually stationary, waiting for something else to happen? Could you drive additional sales if that process were faster and your lead times shorter? Could new products get to your customers quicker?Find out more Contact Us
3. Optimising Supply Chains
The most important element of any business is the final supply to the customer. For Medical companies, getting this wrong could literally be a matter of life and death. Lime Associates are committed to helping companies improve their service levels by developing best in class supply chains.
To quote a supply chain guru “whatever your problem, stock is not the answer!”Find out more Contact Us
Inventory must be managed in a controlled environment to ensure sufficient stock is available to meet customer demand, within the manufacturing lead time, yet without too much stock that risks obsolescence.
Inventory must be managed to take account of customer service objectives, demand variability, replenishment frequency and supplier reliability.
Making sure you have the right inventory in the right place at the right time is paramount to ensuring you have happy customers. It is also essential to ensure that warehouses too are in the right place strategically, that they are the best in class and can delivery the lowest possible operating costs.Find out more Contact Us
We’re sure that having happy customers is your number one objective. Because without repeat customers you have no business.Find out more Contact Us
So what do your customers really want? Simple – product. when they want it, at the quality they expect it and probably with a price tag cheaper than you can supply at currently.
Let’s give the customer what they really want!