Supply chain immersion is something out of this world, it was very exciting because we not only had class sessions but also had chance to visit Kraft Heinz plants and Distribution center in Karawang and Jakarta. The first day began with brief explanation about supply chain by South East Asia Supply Chain director Marcelo Figueiredo where we were taught and given insight around how raw material and packaging processed to become finished goods before being delivered to our consumers. On the same day the Head of Procurement, Yuanita Leksono and team introduced us to our suppliers, e-Auction process, co-packers among others.
We then visited our Distribution Center (DC) in Karawang, West Java where we were given a warm welcome by the Logistics team. They shared with us on the improvements made to reduce logistics cost year over year. We also had a chance to tour the DC and it was fascinating to learn that Kraft Heinz in Indonesia manages their own DC. Following that, we visited our biggest plant in Indonesia, Karawang which produces our main products – Chilli Sauce and Cordials. The Manufacturing team walked us through the whole process flow and annual target. It was interesting to have a tour of the plant and we had a discussion regarding our facility condition. There were many areas that we are working on to improve.
We were also introduced to the Problem Solving Methodology which I believe will be very useful for us as we work on our projects following our deployment. The Sales and Operations team further provided us with insights around demand, distribution and supply planning. The week closed with a visit to Daan Mogot where the team shared with us how we produce sweet soy sauce. Our final visit was to the lab and here, I saw one of our values in action – that of maintaining the highest quality of our products.