Even the best logistics companies seek guidance from experienced external resources to complement their internal skill sets. The reason is simple. An experienced supply chain consultant has been exposed to a wide range of distribution operations across many industries that most people will never receive in their lifetime.
Distribution operations assessment services typically involve an on-site review of your company’s distribution operation, process flows, technology systems, warehouse layout, and material handling systems. MWPVL International has developed a structured program that involves interviews with key management and operating personnel, electronic data gathering and analysis, and comparative benchmarking. The deliverable is a set of actionable recommendations to provide management with a complete understanding of where short term, medium term and long term opportunities for improvement exist; and which options are the most cost effective to pursue. This service helps to address the following type of questions:
- Are there changes to the warehouse layout, material handling systems, or slotting strategies that will enable improved efficiency for a distribution operation?
- Are there opportunities to improve the capacity utilization of the distribution facility to avoid an expensive expansion?
- What is the most cost effective strategy to take to minimize outside warehousing storage expenses?
- How can a firm reduce distribution operating expenses and improve accuracy and quality at the same time?
- Are the technology systems being used in a company’s distribution operation appropriate? or are they an impediment to achieving the firm’s goals? Which alternate technology strategies should be considered?
- What productivity target should a company be aiming for? how should a firm measure these targets over time?
- Are there specific policy, process or procedure changes that a company should make to improve its distribution operations?
- Are there personnel issues that need to be addressed to improve warehousing operations?
MWPVL International provides strictly unbiased consulting services, combined with a strong understanding of distribution operations, to assess your warehouse operation, so that your company can make the best decisions to improve the quality and efficiency of your distribution center.