Warehouse Consultancy Services
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.
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.
How Our Warehouse Consultants Can Help
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.
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. The services we offer include:
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 in warehouse design, MHE deployment, racking configurations and managing complete fit-outs. Read more about our warehouse design consultancy.
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. Read more about inventory management.
All warehouse operations need systematic and process driven operations 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. Read more about Warehouse Operations Management.
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. Read more about our warehouse location analysis.
Identifying and sourcing new warehouse facilities can be a time consuming and lengthy process. Our warehouse consultants are able to manage the full process on your behalf; from undertaking a blueprint design of the requirement and identifying the optimal geographic location, through to searching for and visiting suitable facilities and ultimately managing the conveyancing process and the full implementation of the site. Read more about our warehouse facility search services.
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We also offer a host of services and expertise within the wider remit of supply chain management. From inventory optimisation through to full design and implementation of S&OP. Read more in our supply chain consultancy section.
We offer a host of services specifically related to logistics, including logistics outsourcing, network design, transport routing and tender management. Read more in our Logistics Consultancy section.
In addition to our consultancy service, we help clients to ensure successful delivery of change through our project management and interim management service. Read more in our Logistics & Supply Chain Management Support section.
Our team of Supply Chain Consultants are experts within the supply chain and logistics field, including warehouse design. From operational development through to strategic design; from start-ups and SMEs through to multinational corporations, our team are here to help. Read the consultancy team’s profiles.
We have an extensive catalogue of articles written by the team at Paul Trudgian which is regularly updated. If you want further reading on our approach and opinions on all aspects of supply chain management go to our Supply Chain News and Insight section.