WLN – What are your best-known products and services?
We are widely recognised as one of (if not the) leading Logistics and Distribution Network Design and Warehouse / Distribution Centre design and process optimisation specialist consultancies in the UK. Our standing in the market is verified and validated by the numerous customer testimonials that we have and that can be seen on our website and the major brand names within our client portfolio.
WLN – Which market sectors and countries are your customers in? Which ones are growing fastest?
We continue to work across a range of industries with clients in Multi-Channel Retail (including e-commerce), FMCG, Drinks Retail, Food Processing and Production, Utilities and Construction, General Industrial and Manufacturing, Third Party Logistics and Outsourcing, Automotive and Aerospace, and the Public Sector. The fastest growing route to market is e-commerce and therefore e-fulfilment in most sectors and in the last 12 months we have been working for them in the UK, Poland, Cyprus, Germany and East Africa.
WLN – Who are your major customers and what do you do for them?
In 2017 we have added some great new clients to our already established portfolio including Beiersdorf, Knighton Foods, KP Snacks, Zorbas Bakeries, Bestway, Travis Perkins PLC, Wiggle, Hallis Hudson, Scope, LED Group, Annaghmore, PEPCO (part of the Steinhoff International Group), Equip Outdoor Technologies, PJH Group, Accolade Wines, Johnstone Logistics, Drystack, Weston Homes PLC, Otter Nurseries, Swift Industrial Supplies, Import Services, The Pen Shop and NGK Spark Plugs (UK). This is in addition to more project work for our existing clients including British Gypsum, Greene King, NISA Retail, Srixon Sports, Menzies Distribution, ABB and Diageo.
As usual the types of projects we have carried out have been varied and all well within our core areas of expertise including Optimised Distribution Network Design and appropriate Cost Modelling; Logistics Network Centre of Gravity Analysis to optimise resource and infrastructure; Multiple and individual Distribution Centre capacity assessments and Vehicle Fleet Profiling and resource requirements aligned with DC and customer requirements; new build design and re-configuration of existing warehouse, picking and distribution facilities; Optimised facility design/ layout, handling practices and workflows; Cost to serve, travel times and pick rate modelling to support the optimised layouts and workflows; Automation and Materials Handling Systems design, development, and implementation management; Warehouse and inventory management techniques to optimise workflow and costs; Optimised target inventories (holding cost vs. ordering cost vs. service); Tactical stock location(s) and picking strategies; Improved demand forecasting to allow for optimised inventories; and Warehouse and Traffic Management System Operational Requirements Specifications.
WLN – How do your services benefit your customers’ businesses?
We can quickly identify the reasons behind a sub-optimised complete logistics network or single warehouse. Once the reasons have been identified then we develop the optimal solution and support the client with implementation on the basis that the client takes ownership for the ongoing strategy. This is a critical part of clients improving business performance. We can provide them with the strategy and the tools and they must embrace the changes, as after all it is their business.