Business challenge and growth
Based on their current network, our customer was challenged with high estimated growth rates of >12% per year over the next years. The initial situation we found was that 75% of stock was stored in multiple external facilities, ensuring that service targets were achieved but at high costs and complexity.
Due to these factors, future state requirements for increased efficiency of the supply chain and logistics processes needed to be developed, ensuring the selection of the best fitting and sustainable solution for the logistics set up and sufficient capacity was enabled.
The critical aspect of the project was the intensive and close cooperation between all project partners and stakeholders, whereby a common goal was defined and implemented. The key factors included:
- Understanding and defining the needs for future distribution and growth
- Considering all options for the required supply chain design
- Determining the required warehouse capacity and space, with appropriate technology
- Assessing all these option models and building the business case, considering all quantitative and qualitative drivers.
The integrative and holistic solution approach includes, among others, the following services:
Supply Chain Transformation
The starting point was an end-to-end supply chain assessment to identify the maturity profiling. SWOT analyses were used to identify the quick wins, the long and middle-term initiatives, and determine the ROI and road map to a best-in-class sustainable solution.
Network Design Study
The network is critical to ensure it is flexible, robust and can evolve with the needs of the business. A study was conducted to analyze and determine where to locate the distribution center in the proper structure of their distribution network. Additionally, an analysis of where are properties available that have minimal social impact due to their proximity was completed.
IT / WMS System
A suitable IT solution for warehouse management was identified and sourced, that would meet operational requirements and processes as well as the company's current and future IT strategy.
In the concept stage, proper processes and efficient material flows were developed in order to ensure the site logistics will meet the future needs. The business case also included investment analysis and financial modeling, as well as the subsequent selection of the right investor.
Using a digital twin of the distribution center, the strategy, design, and potential investments - including different business scenarios - were reviewed and analyzed. In addition, actions were verified and reconciled for the different scenarios.
Integrated Logistics and Construction
In order to ensure a coordinated planning and construction process, clear and definitive specifications were established as the basis for tendering and selection. Having the project and interface management handled byan unbiased advisor enabled optimal design of the overall system.
Implementation / Project Management
As the client's technical and business advocate, we not only ensured that the implementation was on time and on budget, but also that we enabled the agility to respond to change requests during the implementation.
Managing change ensures that the distribution center's defined performance steps are on target or exceed plan from the first "live" day.
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