Pollen Capabilities

Our advice and support comes with a deep and intrinsic understanding of our partners’ business; we recognise that our services must be flexible to our partners’ needs, so we tailor our solutions for each project:

We make it real through hands-on implementation, project management, change management, developing business rhythms, frameworks and key performance metrics, including:

  • Cost improvement through waste reduction, efficiency and labour productivity
  • Problem solving using best practice from lean, CI or Six Sigma toolkits
  • Front-line leadership development and coaching
  • World-class factory visuals and analytics
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Factory flow, line layout and unlocking capacity block necks
  • Automation and capital investment plans
  • Overhead and spend analysis, including true product contribution models

We think from farm to fork and are proud to redefine the deliver of supply chain efficiency.

  • Network modelling across distribution and production
  • Product design – chaining packaging or product design to improve supply chain efficiency or reduce COG’s
  • Collaborating with the retailers to harness to find hidden value between the two businesses
  • Optimum stock modelling – balancing costs and supply
  • Planning system design – S&OP implementation and capacity modelling to finite scheduling
  • Import/Export analysis and network design

We blend engineering expertise with business acumen.

  • Development of capital investments business cases, ROI and alternatives from equipment to major investments
  • Capital Master planning through feasibility and prioritisation
  • Equipment research – ensuring you scan the globe and don’t just follow the market
  • Capital governance and project controls
  • Vertical Start Up: Commissioning & Site Acceptance testing of Capital Investment, installing a cross functional team approach from the investment decision onwards
  • Engineering and Maintenance Diagnostic and transformation including CMMS Implementations
  • Engineering leadership coaching
  • Engineering spend and contract analysis

We use our expertise to deliver a training package that drives bottom-line performance whilst upskilling your team:

  • Blended online/classroom learning with implementation support on the shop-floor
  • Industry specific modules developed by Pollen used in a hands-on environment
  • LSSSP accreditation achieved through online assessment and coursework projects
  • Frontline leadership and training in the soft skills to be effective in their roles
  • Mentoring and Coaching of your leadership team
  • CI framework and bespoke knowledge centre development
  • Access to Pollen Hive Knowledge Centre with lifetime free downloads of module tools

Our team constantly scan the market for the latest tech and insights to improve your business.

  • Digital Twins for Factories – line design, factory flow and people movements
  • Network modelling using a digital twin to put you way ahead of the competition
  • Ongoing Planning systems – Network models to finite scheduling
  • Live Decision analytics – helping you develop the right data stack and analytics to provide powerful insights at the right time to effect change
  • Business Information – Analytics and KPI’s and dashboards including our patented Magic Eye KPI suite.

We take a practical approach strategies and a hands on approach to short term needs.

  • Rapid response resources – critical project deadlines, analytical horsepower, problem solvers, engineering experts, strategic thinkers or just a sounding board. Resources are available tomorrow for a day, week or month.
  • Operational Due diligence & Business Diagnostics to identify risks and opportunities
  • Transformation design and operational strategy planning
  • What-if scenario and contingency modelling

Pollen Capabilities

Our advice and support comes with a deep and intrinsic understanding of our partners’ business; we recognise that our services must be flexible to our partners’ needs, so we tailor our solutions for each project:

MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE
We shape our capabilities to meet your needs and are willing to share the risk on delivery.

We make it real through hands-on implementation, project management, change management, developing business rhythms, frameworks and key performance metrics, including:

  • Cost improvement through waste reduction, efficiency and labour productivity
  • Problem solving using best practice from lean, CI or Six Sigma toolkits
  • Front-line leadership development and coaching
  • World-class factory visuals and analytics
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Factory flow, line layout and unlocking capacity block necks
  • Automation and capital investment plans
  • Overhead and spend analysis, including true product contribution models
SUPPLY CHAIN EFFICIENCY
Your supply chain is more than just a shed and a truck.

We think from farm to fork and are proud to redefine the deliver of supply chain efficiency.

  • Network modelling across distribution and production
  • Product design – chaining packaging or product design to improve supply chain efficiency or reduce COG’s
  • Collaborating with the retailers to harness to find hidden value between the two businesses
  • Optimum stock modelling – balancing costs and supply
  • Planning system design – S&OP implementation and capacity modelling to finite scheduling
  • Import/Export analysis and network design
ASSET ADVISORY
Making your investments work harder for you.

We blend engineering expertise with business acumen.

  • Development of capital investments business cases, ROI and alternatives from equipment to major investments
  • Capital Master planning through feasibility and prioritisation
  • Equipment research – ensuring you scan the globe and don’t just follow the market
  • Capital governance and project controls
  • Vertical Start Up: Commissioning & Site Acceptance testing of Capital Investment, installing a cross functional team approach from the investment decision onwards
  • Engineering and Maintenance Diagnostic and transformation including CMMS Implementations
  • Engineering leadership coaching
  • Engineering spend and contract analysis
ACADEMY
Industry specific Lean training that puts learning into action on the shop-floor and guarantees ROI.

We use our expertise to deliver a training package that drives bottom-line performance whilst upskilling your team:

  • Blended online/classroom learning with implementation support on the shop-floor
  • Industry specific modules developed by Pollen used in a hands-on environment
  • LSSSP accreditation achieved through online assessment and coursework projects
  • Frontline leadership and training in the soft skills to be effective in their roles
  • Mentoring and Coaching of your leadership team
  • CI framework and bespoke knowledge centre development
  • Access to Pollen Hive Knowledge Centre with lifetime free downloads of module tools
TECHNOLOGY
Industry 4.0 will soon be in the past, and without investment in Tech, so will you.

Our team constantly scan the market for the latest tech and insights to improve your business.

  • Digital Twins for Factories – line design, factory flow and people movements
  • Network modelling using a digital twin to put you way ahead of the competition
  • Ongoing Planning systems – Network models to finite scheduling
  • Live Decision analytics – helping you develop the right data stack and analytics to provide powerful insights at the right time to effect change
  • Business Information – Analytics and KPI’s and dashboards including our patented Magic Eye KPI suite.
STRATEGY IN ACTION & RAPID RESPONSE
Horsepower on tap.

We take a practical approach strategies and a hands on approach to short term needs.

  • Rapid response resources – critical project deadlines, analytical horsepower, problem solvers, engineering experts, strategic thinkers or just a sounding board. Resources are available tomorrow for a day, week or month.
  • Operational Due diligence & Business Diagnostics to identify risks and opportunities
  • Transformation design and operational strategy planning
  • What-if scenario and contingency modelling

Collaboration

A one size fits all methodology is not Pollen.

We believe to truly find a new outcome, we must reshape the road we take, blending our experience, your experience, the ways you work and the ideas we generate.

VALUE CHAIN COLLABORATION

We have the opportunity to find a new way to engage across the supply base, moving away from a model based purely on price to one that continues to create value, ultimately delivering an end to end lower cost solution that is engaged to lead the market. Our approach builds the foundations, connects the industry, and shares the risk on its success across all involved. This is an opportunity for businesses to get ahead of the competition moving from transactional.

A FARM TO FORK APPROACH

Our approach considers every step of the process and how we can offer you the best possible outcome for your challenges along the way.

EXPLORE OUR INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC BELOW.

Collaboration
Farms
Developing environmental solutions for the use of bi-products and reuse of packaging.
Payment terms could mean the business has no cash to invest in technology.
Is there warehouse capacity to store stock preventing high wastage and quality deterioration?
Are there more sustainable, cost effective methods/formats for shipping?
How do we stay relevant in the face of a dynamic and saturated industry?
Promotions are matched to live season performance.
How can we get optimum spec for best Yield? Information provided before arrival.
Processing
What is the most suitable format of using materials?
Who holds contingency stock and where?
Are there other packaging formats or ways of reusing / recycling?
How can we simplify products and use technology to gain a less complex value chain?
Full understanding of promotional calendar for all Finished Goods that contain the product.
Who is best placed to complete the process? (Pre prepared versus raw material)
What is the right format and size? Is the product over packaged?
Manufacturing
How much working capital is tied up in inventories or outside storage?
What is the optimum pallet configuration and utilisation of vehicles?
Are there limitations due to Retailers own Legislation and constraints?
Demand sensing and promotion planning from history.
Locations of Warehouses confirmed and next stages in the process verified.
Hold joint contingency stocks with others who use the raw material?
Who holds contingency stock in mitigation of manufacturing and business risks?
Warehousing
Have we designed our value chain with buffer points and geographies strategically or reactively?
What is the optimum point to hold stock, what is the best delivery model? Can product get to the store quicker, fresher and at a low cost?
Demand sensing to support future planning.
How can we increase speed to shelf to increases food life?
Could we remove a logistics leg by processing on location?
Are there alternative methods/formats for shipping?
Do we consider the stock in transit as safety stock?
Logistics
Consider mixed pallets into Depot to improve utilisation.
Consider in store waste due to life lost in the supply chain.
Consider joint procurement where the retailer and supplier use the same Raw Materials.
Could we shrink the value chain and sell bulk in store?
Consider the best shift structure and recipe management for improved shelf life, nutritional benefits and reduction in waste.
How can we lower risk of damages in moving and storing?
Who delivers and what is the frequency to store?
Retailers
Consider ethical promotions and cutting down on packaging waste created through over engineering.
What do I buy, price per unit or by weight? Not forgetting minimalizing waste e.g imperfectly perfect produce.
Allergen declarations, do we need buy in throughout the value chain?
How can we minimise waste due to size and formats?
How can we ensure product is as fresh as possible?
How can we rotate products and maximise buying longest shelf-life?
Excess packaging versus quantity actually packed.
Customers
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ProcessingDeveloping environmental solutions for the use of bi-products and reuse of packaging.
ManufacturingPayment terms could mean the business has no cash to invest in technology.
WarehousingIs there warehouse capacity to store stock preventing high wastage and quality deterioration?
LogisticsAre there more sustainable, cost effective methods/formats for shipping?
RetailersHow do we stay relevant in the face of a dynamic and saturated industry?
CustomersPromotions are matched to live season performance.
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FarmsHow can we get optimum spec for best Yield? Information provided before arrival.
ManufacturingWhat is the most suitable format of using materials?
WarehousingWho holds contingency stock and where?
LogisticsAre there other packaging formats or ways of reusing / recycling?
RetailersHow can we simplify products and use technology to gain a less complex value chain?
CustomersFull understanding of promotional calendar for all Finished Goods that contain the product.
Icon
Arrow Down
FarmsWho is best placed to complete the process? (Pre prepared versus raw material)
ProcessingWhat is the right format and size? Is the product over packaged?
WarehousingHow much working capital is tied up in inventories or outside storage?
LogisticsWhat is the optimum pallet configuration and utilisation of vehicles?
RetailersAre there limitations due to Retailers own Legislation and constraints?
CustomersDemand sensing and promotion planning from history.
Icon
Arrow Down
FarmsLocations of Warehouses confirmed and next stages in the process verified.
ProcessingHold joint contingency stocks with others who use the raw material?
ManufacturingWho holds contingency stock in mitigation of manufacturing and business risks?
LogisticsHave we designed our value chain with buffer points and geographies strategically or reactively?
RetailersWhat is the optimum point to hold stock, what is the best delivery model? Can product get to the store quicker, fresher and at a low cost?
CustomersDemand sensing to support future planning.
Icon
Arrow Down
FarmsHow can we increase speed to shelf to increases food life?
ProcessingCould we remove a logistics leg by processing on location?
ManufacturingAre there alternative methods/formats for shipping?
WarehousingDo we consider the stock in transit as safety stock?
RetailersConsider mixed pallets into Depot to improve utilisation.
CustomersConsider in store waste due to life lost in the supply chain.
Icon
Arrow Down
FarmsConsider joint procurement where the retailer and supplier use the same Raw Materials.
ProcessingCould we shrink the value chain and sell bulk in store?
ManufacturingConsider the best shift structure and recipe management for improved shelf life, nutritional benefits and reduction in waste.
WarehousingHow can we lower risk of damages in moving and storing?
LogisticsWho delivers and what is the frequency to store?
CustomersConsider ethical promotions and cutting down on packaging waste created through over engineering.
Icon
Arrow Down
FarmsWhat do I buy, price per unit or by weight? Not forgetting minimalizing waste e.g imperfectly perfect produce.
ProcessingAllergen declarations, do we need buy in throughout the value chain?
ManufacturingHow can we minimise waste due to size and formats?
WarehousingHow can we ensure product is as fresh as possible?
LogisticsHow can we rotate products and maximise buying longest shelf-life?
RetailersExcess packaging versus quantity actually packed.