Inventory optimization for an aerospace MRO

00:08 Introduction
00:27 Antony, thanks very much for joining us today. Perhaps we could start by you telling us a little more about your background?
00:50 Joannès, today we are going to talk a little more about the pioneering new method of forecasting for aerospace that you developed with Antony. What did this method consist of?
05:23 Antony, how were things done prior to you being in touch with Lokad?
08:00 What sort of changes did you have to make within your organization to adapt to the Lokad approach?
10:19 How did you know which problems to prioritize?
14:35 What’s changed after you saw the Lokad approach? What are the key benefits you have seen?
15:50 What about you Joannès? Which are the key benefits for your customers?
21:15 Antony, currently you’re working as head of operations at OEM Services. How have you seen this role evolving and how do you see it evolving in the upcoming future?
23:13 How do you see this role evolving with technology?
27:06 What sort of technology that is out there can we see in the future of the aerospace industry?


An aerospace MRO needs to optimize its inventory in order to both minimize the number of AOG incidents and minimize the amount of stocks, typically held in the form of rotables.

Aerospace is a heavily regulated industry where change doesn’t happen easily. However, the arrival of the monstrous A380 introduced new supply chain challenges that highlighted the weaknesses of existing MRO procedures.

In this episode of LokadTV, we are joined by Antony Nardozza, the Head of Inventory Solutions at OEM Services, and a great expert in the field of aerospace supply chain, having previously worked for both Airbus and Spairliners.

Together, we talk about the pioneering new method of forecasting for aerospace that was developed with Lokad in order to respond to the specific supply chain challenges of the MRO sector. We explore why the classic “safety stock” approach just doesn’t work anymore and the reason why you should instead switch to a probabilistic approach.

We then try to understand how the adoption of a new approach can at first fundamentally change a company’s internal mechanisms, but how in the end this allows employees to gain more autonomy in the decision process, while making a better use of their time.

In addition, we discuss the evolution of the COO role over the last decade, an evolution that goes hand in hand with the transition experienced in the aerospace industry, moving from a “product logic” to a “service logic”.

Finally, we go into more detail by discussing the technology that we could see being introduced to the aerospace industry in the near future and comprehend the impact of this upon the daily tasks (and skills) of a supply chain professional. To wrap things up, we learn more about how data is evolving and how predictive maintenance will soon become essential for tomorrow’s aerospace supply chains.