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Warehouses are, by their very nature, a supply chain inefficiency. A warehouse is a decoupling point in the supply chain where material flow stops, and when that material flow stops, then non-value costs start to accrue.
Limiting the non-value costs of a warehouse can range from layout redesign, through to the introduction of mechanisation and ultimately, where a return on investment is feasible, full automation.
Whatever warehousing issue you’re facing, our warehouse consultants are here to help.
Craig Willoughby CMILT
Craig leads all warehouse consultancy projects including warehousing design, warehouse automation and location assessments.
To discuss your warehouse consultancy requirements please contact Craig.
The challenges of warehousing
Of course, there are no physical supply chains where storage is not required at some stage. Consequently, one of the key areas of supply chain management is how to make warehousing, handling procedures and inventory management as efficient as possible.
Whether the warehouse is a store that supports a manufacturing operation, or a retail distribution centre for a fast-paced ecommerce operation, the principle remains the same – be organised, efficient and reduce time and cost wherever possible. The reduction of time, in terms of order cycle time, and cost can be leveraged from many areas of the warehouse operation: reconfiguration of the layout may help to improve pick speed; updating MHE can help improve the material handling flow and optimising inventory will help free space.
As customer demand in modern supply chains continues to evolve towards faster, more frequent deliveries at lower volumes, the pressures on warehouses are increasing. Changes in throughput velocity are exposing weaknesses in many businesses warehouse operations and those weaknesses are driving increased cost and lowered service levels.
Our warehouse consultants are here to help you get your warehouse operations back on track.
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With warehouse design there needs to be a measure of both technical design ability and field operations experience. All too often facilities are designed on a ‘roughly right’ basis, or they’re designed by CAD engineers without consideration to the variables and constraints of day-to-day operations. This roughly right approach can often lead to being exactly wrong.
Our team have both the technical ability and the operations experience to know what works and what doesn’t. This operational experience is key to ensuring stakeholder consensus when major changes are being proposed, and the technical ability is key to ensuring all possibilities are thoroughly considered.
Warehouse consultancy services
Whether it’s improvement in the configuration of an existing warehouse or distribution centre, or the design of a new facility, our consultants are experts. From simple APR racked facilities to fully automated facilities, we’re here to help you from the design stage through to fit-out, commissioning and go-live.
Inventory, when not properly managed, is not only a drain on working capital, but it also consumes space and operating costs. As part of our warehouse design consultancy we can also offer implementation of effective inventory policies so you can manage your space, and cash, more effectively.
All warehouse operations need systematic and process driven management in order to reduce waste and maximise efficiency. Using our practical experience, and knowledge of methodologies such as Kaizan, Six Sigma and TQM, we are able to review and optimise all of your operational processes.
Warehouse Location Analysis
Distribution facilities need to be located to minimise the transport costs of inbound supply and outbound despatch, or located to maximise service lead times to customers. Facility location is critical. Our consultants are able to undertake extensive modelling to determine the most efficient number of facilities required and their optimal geographic location.
Warehouse Facility Search
Identifying and sourcing new warehouse facilities can be a time consuming. Our warehouse consultants are able to manage the full process on your behalf. From undertaking a blueprint design of the requirement and identifying the location, through to searching for suitable facilities and managing the conveyancing process and full implementation of the site.
Efficient warehousing doesn’t happen in isolation from other aspects of the supply chain, especially logistics. Logistics can be a key consideration to ensure that efficiencies in warehousing are not lost in logistics activities such as transport. We can support you in making sure that all warehouse improvements are considered against the wider context of your logistics operations.
Warehouse articles & advice
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