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Shanghai, China, 2008/01/15 - Christian Rubenbauer, manager Barkawi China, talked about the necessity of efficient and optimized customs regulation in order to facilitate customer orientated inventory management at Customs & Tariffs 3rd Semi-Annual Meeting in China.
Barkawi Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. first time speaker at Customs & Tariffs 3rd Semi-Annual Meeting in China, December 13-14, 2008
The presence of the international Barkawi management consultancy specialized in supply chain management and logistics, next to delegates from Shanghai customs and Shanghai inspection & quarantine offices as well as representatives from the mechanical & electrical sector and cosmetic & food industries, shows the growing awareness and demand of Chinese manufacturing companies for qualified expertise especially in the worldwide after sales service market.
The two day event in Shanghai on Customs Regulations and Practices in China offered, in different workshops and case studies, a platform for customs officers and industry experts to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s customs issues. The meeting dealt e.g. with current topics in the sector like the new 2008 prohibited & restriction catalogue for processing trade, customs classifications, commodity inspections and quarantine as well as customs valuations and auditing etc.
As manager of Barkawi Shanghai, Mr. Christian Rubenbauer talked about the necessity of efficient and optimized customs regulation in order to facilitate customer orientated inventory management. According to Mr. Rubenbauer: “Long customs lead times and regulations quite often result in the need for businesses to maintain high buffer stocks to provide an acceptable level of customer service. As inventory becomes more expensive in overseas markets due to customs and logistics cost, it ties up working capital and leads to obsolescence in inventories.” Rubenbauer empathized: “For Chinese manufacturers it is crucial to implement optimized inventory management to become a competitive market player and to achieve satisfying business success outside of China.”
According to Barkawi research; in a growing international service-orientated aftermarket a customized cost-benefit-balanced Inventory Management plays a significant role for primary product manufacturers and after sales service providers as well as customers and suppliers. Therefore 5 major fields of inventory: customer requirements, data, inventory utilization, efficient logistics and a planning tool, have to be considered for its management. By taking these fields into consideration Barkawi makes it its own business to select an adequate service provider according to customer demands and to implement an effective management and controlling of service partner KPIs. Furthermore the integration of suppliers into the supply chain is essential. To integrate all acting parties and achieve visibility throughout the entire supply chain an optimized network and information system is necessary to monitor data and parts flows.
Barkawi is an international management consulting company with proven expertise in After Sales Services and Logistics. Barkawi supports global aftermarket organizations in developing service strategies and achieving operational excellence. Barkawi focuses on technology-driven industries such as Industrial Machinery and Components, High-Tech and Tele-communications, Railway Technology, Aerospace as well as Automotive and Medical Technology. Customers include large multi-nationals with capital intensive and logistically complex business models, such as Agfa, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Electrolux, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Lufthansa, Nokia, Philips, Siemens und Volkswagen.