Optimising distribution networks, and getting the most value from transport providers, is becoming more and more essential for companies attempting to increase the cost-efficiency of their operations.
Our services within Transport Logistics and Distribution draw upon a number of the techniques we use within supply chain strategy projects, including network design and modelling.
A selection of the processes involved in our transport and distribution development service include:
- Network Optimisation – Route and vehicle optimisation; collaboration and backhauling
- KPI’s and Benchmarking – Data collection and measurement; benchmark against industry standards
- Analysis of Transport Modes – Suitability and availability; relevance and relationship to current infrastructure
We start by asking ourselves; what are our client’s specific service level requirements? At a fundamental level, what are the different modes of transport that need to be taken into account? Sometimes products are transported by air at relativity high costs simply because of the speed offered. We analyse whether actions such as this are really necessary, and whether, through better planning and network modelling, more cost-effective transportation methods could be considered.
Environmental savings are another issue we take into account. Pressures to reduce carbon emissions are driving our clients to consider new distribution solutions, such as reducing empty running by finding reverse logistics solutions, consolidating loads, and improving transport efficiency by introducing aerodynamic vehicles and trailers. These are just some small examples of the factors that we take into consideration when analysing and designing innovative new transport and distribution networks.