Key Service Areas

Network Capacity Planning

Determination of optimal short- & long-term changes required across your existing network to accommodate demand over 5 to 10 years, including changes to

  • Network design stock/flow policy
  • Facility layout and design
  • Storage & handling systems
  • Engineered systems, including warehouse automation
  • Workforce management
  • Picking technologies

Cost-to-Serve Analysis

Assessment of how network costs flow & accumulate from vendor to customer in the identification of actions to calculate:

  • Cost-to-serve, profitability, or contribution margin for each store in your network
  • Landed cost to store-shelf for each SKU or category
  • Bottom-line impact of rationalizing assortment or closing stores
  • Cost & service impact of altering store delivery frequency

Product Flow Path Optimization

Identification of optimal or cost-effective flow paths from supplier to customer for every SKU or product grouping in your network, including:

  • Multi-Echelon Stocking Policy (central, regional)
  • Zero Inventory Strategies (drop-shipping, crossdocking, flow-through)
  • Delivery Frequency (DC, store, SKU)
  • Outbound Route Optimization
  • Selection Rack Profiling (ideal slot assignment policy at each facility)
  • DC Replenishment (vendors replenish facilities directly, or facilities replenish other facilities)

DSD vs Self-Distribution

Evaluation of the potential conversion of direct-store-delivery to self-distribution for retailers to:

  • Identify the most effective & efficient stock / flow strategy from suppliers to customers & stores
  • Determine the impact of the recommended product flow path on existing network operations
  • Establish the physical network changes necessary to accommodate potential conversion
  • Calculate incremental costs, investments, and savings to self-distribute
  • Assess financial & non-financial value chain impacts
  • Calculate the minimum distribution allowance DSD vendors must offer to justify conversion
  • Prepare business case & migration plans in support of recommended changes

Network Building Blocks

Authentis leverages specific design parameters to design & optimize logistics networks.

Logistics Network

  • Multi-Echelon Design
  • DC-SKU Stocking Policy
  • Customer-DC Assignment Strategy
  • Customer or SKU Delivery Frequency
  • Private vs Outsourcing
  • Facility Replenishment Source
  • Stock vs Flow Strategies (Crossdock / Breakbulk)
  • Distribution vs Drop-Ship
  • Inbound Transport
  • Outbound Transport

Distribution Center

  • Facility Retro-Fit or Layout Change
  • Facility Expansion
  • Rack Re-Profiling
  • Storage Equipment
  • Engineered Systems
  • Material Handling Equipment
  • Order Selection Strategy
  • Automatic ID / Picking Technologies
  • Logistics Information Systems
  • Labor / Workflow Management
  • Inventory Control / Management
  • Service Level Analysis
  • Warehouse Slotting
  • Inventory Management Policy

 

Transportation

  • Carrier Selection
  • Mode Selection
  • Transportation Management Systems
  • Fleet Size & Type
  • Fleet Ownership
  • Route Optimization
  • Freight Consolidation
  • Crossdock Terminals
  • Consolidation Centers

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