Supply Chain Consultancy
Supply chain management is not just logistics, it is a wide and varied requirement that includes procurement, supply and demand planning, forecasting, network design and inventory control.
Due both to the cross-functional nature and breadth of activities required, supply chains can be hugely complex. With this complexity comes risk; from risk associated with upstream service disruption to the risks that fluctuating demand downstream can create.
The number of variables to deal with, and constraints, even in relatively short supply chains can make it’s management a very difficult task that requires detailed planning. Our consultants are experts in their fields and can support your business with both planning and delivering improvements.
The Logistics and Distribution functions within the Supply Chain encompass transportation, stock control and warehousing. It is critical that these functions are effectively managed and co-ordinated, ensuring that the flow of goods and materials are balanced to the most efficient cost base and aligned with customer requirements.
As a result of continual inevitable expansion, supply chains and therefore Logistics Networks are now extended across a multitude of continents, encompassing both suppliers and customers alike.
Subsequently the world of technology has similarly evolved, and it continues to develop, as we continue to operate within an ever-evolving global market; making opportunities within the Supply Chain increasingly competitive and demanding.
Whilst growth is a positive attribute for many businesses, the introduction of additional complexities associated with ancillary activities involved – including such things as labelling, packaging, and reverse logistics – can unfortunately cause operational complications. We understand that operational hinderances can occur, and work to reduce, and ultimately prevent, any problems occurring.
Of course, there are no physical supply chains where storage is not required at some stage. Consequently, one of the key areas of supply chain management is how to make warehousing, handling procedures and inventory management as efficient as possible.
Whether the warehouse is a store that supports a manufacturing operation, or a retail distribution centre for a fast-paced ecommerce operation, the principle remains the same – be organised, efficient and reduce time and cost wherever possible. The reduction of time, in terms of order cycle time, and cost can be leveraged from many areas of the warehouse operation: reconfiguration of the layout may help to improve pick speed; updating MHE can help improve the material handling flow and optimising inventory will help free space.
As customer demand in modern supply chains continues to evolve towards faster, more frequent deliveries at lower volumes, the pressures on warehouses are increasing. Changes in throughput velocity are exposing weaknesses in many businesses warehouse operations and those weaknesses are driving increased cost and lowered service levels.