Logistics Strategy Development for the South of England
Logistics consultants from Go Supply Chain were engaged by this leading supplier to the catering industry to develop the warehouse and distribution strategy for the South of England, and to review the fleet requirements across the UK.
The company had recently opened a new National Distribution Centre and was looking to review its strategy in the South of England, with a view to opening a new, larger RDC to service this area.
We held a data workshop and obtained detailed order-line data from the client’s business systems for a sample period, along with a product master file.
Our logistics consultants analysed the data to produce the inputs for the centre of gravity, distribution network optimisation and inventory optimisation models.
We built a SKU level inventory model, with the aim of determining correct inventory levels based on service level targets. Using this model, we were able to define inventory holding requirements and for a variety of distribution network strategy options, including which SKUs to hold regionally or hold back at the National Distribution Centre.
Using the output of the inventory modelling, we calculated the required warehouse sizing and headcount for the new distribution centre.
We undertook centre of gravity modelling to define the optimal location for the RDC and for potential transport out-bases.
Using specialist transport routing and scheduling software, our logistics consultants first constructed a validated base case, and then undertook a routing and scheduling exercise based on variations of the new network structure e.g. testing assumptions around depot locations, out-bases and vehicle sizes. We determined the required fleet resource to service customers in the new network structure.
“The new distribution network is simpler, faster and lower cost.”
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