Go Supply Chain Consulting
Go Supply Chain Consulting established in 2004, is part of The Supply Chain Consulting Group Ltd, one of the UK's leading Supply Chain and Logistics Consultancies servicing its clients throughout the UK and Europe.
The Supply Chain Consulting Group, the result of a merger between Gideon Hillman Consulting and GO Supply Chain Consulting, is an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, a recognised member practice of the Institute of Consulting and a corporate member of UKWA (UK Warehousing Association).
We operate out of two UK offices; Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, (close to Birmingham and Coventry) and Slough, Berkshire (close to London and Heathrow Airport) supporting a team of consultants highly experienced in all aspects of
Supply Chain and Logistics Operations; Warehousing Operations, and Warehouse and Distribution Centre Design.
We are proud of our team, and our approach, in providing clear and concise project deliverables with fact-based pragmatic solutions to our clients who range from SMEs to major corporations and public sector organisations.
We always endeavour to deliver unparalleled expertise and insight to our clients supply chain and logistics operations.
What We Do
Some of the areas that we tend to focus on, on behalf of our clients, are the Logistics Network Strategy, Warehouse Design, the Design and Improvement of Transport Operations, Outsourcing, International Supply Chain and Inventory Optimisation. To Find out more about each of these key areas, please go to the “What We Do” Tab.
We use well-recognised tools and methods to be able to identify and deliver benefits such as productivity improvement, improved capacity, better customer service and logistics cost reduction.
A logistics network that is well planned will deliver a higher standard of customer service at a reasonable cost. The costs and service are at the front of a competitive positioning for many business, so being able to get the logistics network right is a high priority activity. An outsider’s view from a specialised logistics consultant is often required in able to guarantee that the Logistics Network is fully optimised.
A starting point that among the most common for logistics consultants when approaching projects is the growth of the business involved. This may either be through organic growth or through merger acquisition activity. Growth often involves expansion into new and unfamiliar territory, this could be geographical or through the addition of new routes into the market.
By modelling the costs and service implications of a variety of different strategic options, we are then able to give advice on the evidence collected. This will then allow us to support any vital business decisions that are made as a result. Our approach is transparent, and we will work closely with the stakeholders in order to ensure that the work is understood, achievable and actionable. Our consultants have substantial experience in regards to logistics strategy projects, and have successfully completed logistics strategy projects for clients, which include FMCG, industrial manufacturers, high street retailers and major supermarkets.
Our experience within transport extends internationally, with our logistics consultants being able to recommend the best way to serve different markets from the United Kingdom to Europe and beyond, whether you are delivering part or full truck loads to trade customers or parcels delivered straight to your consumers.
Logistics consultancy and management is all about making sure that the plans put into place are being followed correctly, and the processes taking place are the most efficient, effective and relevant to the needs of the business. Go Supply Chain Consultants specialise in logistic network strategy, the designing and improvement of your transport operations and 3PL contract review and tenders. Each of these processes can have a huge effect on your business and Go Supply Chain can help you make sure you have the correct plans in place.
Logistics Network Strategy is a crucial part of a company’s supply chain as it aims to improve the overall infrastructure of a company with focus on optimal locations and functional processes of distributions centres, production plants, x-dock centres and third party facilities.Go Supply Chain LTD can help to improve and create an optimal Logistics Network Strategy.
Go Supply Chain Consultancy can design transport solutions to enable you to deliver your goods to market. We are able to base the design upon outsourced operations where it is appropriate or your own fleet. Our consultants are greatly experienced in all major vehicle routing and scheduling systems and have access to DPS Logix, which has been used successfully time and time again to optimise our clients’ transport operations. If you have had a recent acquisition of a company with a complementary distribution requirement/customer base? Go Supply Chain Consulting can help you to design and improve your transport operations. Some situations that might drive this requirement could be:
- Gaining access to a new sales channel or market overseas and want to know how you can serve new customers efficiently.
- It could be that your sales volume has declined and you want to reorganise your distribution infrastructure to reduce fixed costs.
- Your competitors may have a shorter order lead time and this may be giving them a competitive advantage over you.
- Your cost to serve may be too high due to a drift in your sales order profile.
Working with third-party providers, or outsourcing can be complicated; we can help to maximise the value using effective tendering, performance measurement and review and contract set-up. Using our logistics consultants’ knowledge from both sides of the 3PL relationships, we are able to ensure that the risks of outsourcing are reduced and the benefits of outsourcing are maximised. 3PL, or Third Party Logistics, Contract Reviews and Tenders are a hugely important part of Warehousing practises Go Supply Chain Consultants have significant experience when dealing with 3PL Contracts and 3PL Tenders. Just to name a few of the key supply chain functions that can be outsourced :
- Warehouse Operations
- Freight Forwarding
- Value Added Services
Warehouses are a key element in most distribution networks, however their roles and range of role have dramatically changed and decreased since the time of storage and pallets handling. Economies of scales and scopes have an impact on growth within online sales and expanding a business into new markets which also leads to bringing new challenges and opportunities to the warehouse and its operations. The expansion of a company requires application of new better strategy to meet greater demand. Therefore, from the warehouse operations perspective, a company might focus on ‘value adding’ activities to the overall strategy by moving to a new and bigger site, improving the level of items picking or by equipping site in automations. Companies often decide to entrust these procedures to warehouse consultants so they can benefit from the warehouse consultancy specialised knowledge and experience.
Warehouse design is a crucial aspect of any warehouse, making sure that it runs smoothly and is optimised to reach its full potential can have a huge impact of your day to day life within the warehouse. Reviewing your warehouse will allow you to open the doors for improved storage
capacity and better productivity within your warehouse. The key factors to consider with warehouse design are:
- Size and Space
- Financial Decisions
- Throughput and Technology
- Flow of People and Equipment
These factors combined will affect the storage capacity and productivity of your warehouse, and therefore, by reviewing your warehouse, you are able to optimise each aspect.
Warehouse Operational Improvement will help you to improve and optimise your warehouse operations. This may mean improving your productivity, whether this be in comparison to your competitors or from primary data. Go Supply Chain Consultants will audit your warehouse, and highlight the areas that could be improved upon. We will then work with your team and together, we will devise an action plan to improve these and optimise your warehouse.
Benchmarking & Performance are two closely related areas and can be the cause of some problems in logistics and supply chain operations. Benchmarking is understanding how your operations compare to your competitors. These comparisons need to be put into a context, for example % of sales, which is determined by the average selling price as much as by logistics costs, so it may make more sense to benchmark on a cost per unit or cost per case basis.Within our approach to benchmarking include building up a model of what the operation should cost, if based broadly on the current practises, we then compare this to the actual cost and are then able to clearly identify the key areas of variance. We then look at and understand the drivers behind these differences and whether change is either possible or desirable. We will then introduce the competitor measures where they are appropriate to build context.
The performance is measured by measuring the KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators). You must be commensurate to the scale and the type of operations, as well as having a strong identifiable relationship with costs and other metrics aligned with the company goals. You will need to concentrate on the key indicators and try and avoid being too numerical.
Supply Chain consultancy and management is all about making sure that the processes are being followed correctly, to enable the logistics of getting the goods/materials to the correct place, at the right time, having followed the correct networks and processes that have been put in place. Supply chain management does not just revolve around logistics, it includes a variety of different processes and requirements, set by both the customer and customs, that they must comply with. These processes include procurement, inventory control, demand planning, supply planning.
International Supply Chain is a huge part of any International Business. Making sure that the International Supply Chain is running smoothly is crucial to the success of the business. At Go Supply Chain, our consultants will ensure that your International Supply Chain is running at its optimal performance and that all necessary arrangements are met. Our consultants have significant experience when dealing with an international supply chain and have completed supply chain projects in over 15 countries internationally, focusing on a range of different projects including customs duty optimisation, setting up customs warehousing, finding the right international freight solutions and benchmarking the costs, as well as offering advice on obtaining Authorise Economic Operator status, often referred to as AEO.
Cost-to- Serve modelling is the accountancy tool to calculate the profitability of a customer’s account. This will be based upon the activities of the business, as well as the overhead costs included to appropriately serve the customer. Cost-to- Serve modelling will take into consideration every cost that goes towards serving your customer – answering the question “How much does it cost to serve my customer?” It is used to analyse how costs are consumed throughout the supply chain. This tool is incredibly helpful and is used across a range of different customer based industries. Cost-to- Serve modelling allows a pragmatic approach without the complexity of other accounting approaches, which often helps highlight hidden profit potentials that may not be discovered using other approaches.Our supply chain consultants have built cost-to- serve models to allow companies to uncover hidden profit potential, allowing them to understand the costs involved in serving specific customers and products. These models are custom built for each client, according to their priorities and the specific complexities of each business. Some of the many clients that have benefited from our cost-to- serve models include one of the United Kingdom’s top supermarket chains, a global food ingredients supplier, and a UK based manufacturer, supplying internationally through multiple channels.
Inventory Optimisation is one of the three major methods of supply planning, basing itself upon service level targets. Inventory Optimisation is the method of balancing capital investment constraints/objectives and service level goals over a large assortment of stock keeping units (SKUs) while taking demand and supply volatility into account. This method will allow you to understand how much inventory should be carried, the process of Multi-Echelon will then answer the question of where the stock should be kept. Inventory optimisation will allow you to better understand how much stock you should have, and where the stock should be kept in regard to warehousing.Inventory Optimisation can form part of a wider programme of work, or be a project in itself. Our supply chain consultants use inventory modelling to establish the correct level of stock for a given situation – balancing the need to maintain a high level of customer service with the desire to minimise working capital and increase profitability. The modelling can be used to define the correct stocking policy for a large range of SKUs – for example, which SKUs should be stocked in local branches and which should be held in one national centre.