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Transport Logistics and Distribution Strategy

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...

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System Integration and Support

Very few IT systems are stand alone. The smooth implementation of system integration and support into our client's overall internal and sometimes external system environment is therefore critical to ensure an effective operation. External software suppliers, internal IT departments and external supply chain partners all need to be working towards the same goal. Integration is therefore extremely important in order to reduce delays and save money. This requires insight into the processes supporting the system and the project management skills...

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Strategic Supply Chian Planning

Considering the current business climate, Strategic Planning has become a particularly important thread of supply chain development as companies are being forced to re-evaluate the efficiency of their supply chains. The strategic planning services we offer are designed to help our clients find answers to such searching questions as: Is my supply chain agile enough to respond to rapidly changing markets? Is it vulnerable to disruption or change, be it political, natural or economic? Will it be susceptible to changes...

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Specification, Tendering and Supplier Selection

Plans, solutions, designs and requirements need to be converted into Specification, tendering and supplier selection which can be used to approach suppliers in competitive tendering. This is a delicate process that requires a great deal of accuracy. Specify in too much detail and you may restrict suppliers and won’t get the benefit of the different solutions they can propose. On the other hand, specify in insufficient detail and you then will not be able to compare tenders easily and informed...

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Supply Chain and Warehousing Environmental Audit

For each supply chain there will be an ideal number of warehouse locations. This will be determined by the proportion of inventory, storage, and transport costs. The graph below outlines this relationship. It can be seen that by combining these costs there is an optimal number of warehouse locations that result in the minimum total distribution costs: Let us now consider the immediate environmental effects. High energy usage in the supply chain is at the top of the list. Whereas...

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