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Do you need a network strategy review? Some of the circumstances that drive companies to invest in this type of study are:
- The business has out-grown its current facilities, but is unsure of the most cost-effective way to expand its distribution operations
- Merger or acquisition has changed the shape of the business
- The company is expanding internationally
- New routes to market (e.g. on line, convenience stores) or new product ranges do not fit well within existing facilities
- No such review has been conducted for five or more years, during which time the business has evolved and the current solution is no longer optimal
The approach of our logistics consultants is to combine a systematic and evidence based methodology with close attention to the specific requirements of your business to produce recommendations that are robust and actionable.
Our directors and staff are professional logistics consultants with experience of delivering network strategy projects across all major sectors, in the UK and internationally. Click here to read a case study of a logistics network strategy project for a major supermarket, or here for a case study involving a leading catering supplies company.
- What customer service levels are required and to what geographies?
- How many distribution centres do I need and where should they be located?
- Should all distribution centre locations hold inventory?
- What is the optimal configuration considering customer service levels, inventory and logistics/transport costs?
- How flexible is the logistics network configuration? What is the sensitivity to volume increases/decrease or changes in service levels and geographical footprint?
- Do we really need a new site or can we reorganise within our existing infrastructure?
- Investment in a suboptimal logistics infrastructure
- Capital outlay on a new facility sooner than necessary
- Logistics infrastructure does not deliver the expected customer service or growth plans
- Exposure to fixed costs when there is a decline in sales volumes
- Unnecessarily carrying additional inventory