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OCP Optimizes Its Supply Chain For Africa


Dec 6, 2023   11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

El Mehdi Er Raqabi Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Ahmed Beljadid Research Officer II, in data science / operational research, GERAD, HEC Montréal, Canada

El Mehdi Er Raqabi

Ahmed Beljadid

Operations research specialists at the OCP Group, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, and the Polytechnique Montreal operationalized a system optimizing OCP’s supply chain downstream activities. The system simultaneously schedules production, inventory, and vessels while ensuring the highest demand fulfillment. Therefore, it has become central to the OCP planning process, fundamentally transforming the supply chain and operations management within the group. Planners now use the optimizer’s solutions and insights to improve plans. The system was initially a bottleneck curbing the use of other supply chain management tools. However, after its operationalization, OCP management credits the system with providing operational benefits, contributing to over a $240 million increase in annual turnover.

Note: This Project was a Finalist at the IFORS Prize for OR in Development 2023. The participating GERAD Team will share some insights about the IFORS Prize as well.

Olivier Bahn organizer


Hybrid activity at GERAD
Zoom et salle 4488
Pavillon André-Aisenstadt
Campus de l'Université de Montréal
2920, chemin de la Tour

Montréal Québec H3T 1J4