The efficiency of a supply chain can often depend upon design and distribution. Reviewing a distribution network can sometimes highlight many faults within it.
Often companies do not have the time or logistics analysis capabilities to do this task themselves. This is where a logistics consultant can come in and offer strategic advice. These consultants can explore every option when it comes to supply chain remodelling.
The supply chain, including everything from warehouse manufacturing to final delivery, involves several stages and is key to the final output of a company’s products. Supply chain modelling can include transport costs, road links and inventory issues.
Sometimes companies need to centralise operations in order to become more efficient. For instance they may have several warehouses but could streamline them down to reduce manufacturing and distribution costs. Warehouse design and layout is also key to efficiency.
Often new warehouse and distribution strategies proposed by supply chain consulting need to be provided in a very short space of time, particularly if a solution is being created for a large manufacturing company.
When modelling a new supply chain the logistics consultants must take into account risk factors created by any new network proposed, then supply their findings to the company in order to determine whether the solution is right for them.
Quality assurance for these major manufacturers is also essential. For instance if a manufacturer supplies a food product, any change in warehousing and distribution must not compromise quality.
When assessing a new distribution model, an analysis of transport and warehousing costs must be made by supply chain engineers, including inbound and outbound product flows.
Combining different product streams can be explored, to increase delivery size. This will help reduce the number of road miles and journeys required.
So when thinking about remodelling your supply chain, use the services of a logistics consultant to determine what solution is best for your business.
Total Logistics are leading supply chain and logistics consultants. The provide solutions for warehouse and supply chain remodelling in order to make manufacturing companies more efficient. For more information on their range of services visit http://www.total-logistics.eu.com/