Pressures from growth in the business and other changes led the Directors of David Luke to think more about the way in which the company managed its distribution activities.
Our work started by looking at current levels of business and distribution centre capacity and then modelling the impact of increased throughput and storage requirements in the years ahead. This led to the identification of a range of potential improvements throughout the warehousing operation and indeed, across the whole of the supply chain. These improvement opportunities were developed into a number of defined projects and together they formed the basis of an agreed action plan.
David Luke’s management team then took ownership of the plan and, with support from The Logistics Business team, developed an implementation programme to put the agreed changes in place.
The company, a supplier of uniform clothing to schools and youth groups, was successful and growing, but the Directors realised that they needed specialist advice to guide them through to the right decisions. The Logistics Business was chosen to review the company’s warehousing and distribution facilities in Manchester and come up with recommendations for the way forward. The objective was simply to consider changes and improvements that would allow the business to accommodate the continued growth whilst keeping distribution costs as low as possible as a percentage of sales, taking into account the physical layout, the operating processes and the IT systems.