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Insight Into Redesigning Your Distribution Network Strategy

Insight Into Redesigning Your Distribution Network Strategy

OfficeMax Optimizes Its Distribution Network Strategy

OfficeMax Optimizes Its Distribution Network  Strategy

Supply Chain Strategy: What Are the Leaders Doing?

Supply Chain Strategy - What Are the Leaders Doing?

Warehouse and DC Management: 10 Tips for Optimizing the Distribution Network

Warehouse and DC Management - Tips for Optimizing the Distribution Network

Value Added Strategies for Today’s Wholesale Distribution Channel

Supply chain and logistics network strategy studies help companies to understand the economics of making critical changes to their existing network of sourcing partners, production plants, distribution centers and stocking strategies.  With the increase in globalization, these studies play an increasingly important role in determining the optimal distribution network to move goods to market. In addition, new software technologies have emerged that enable a scientific approach to the evaluation and optimization of the trade-offs between customer service levels, logistics operating expenses, inventory assets, and capital investment requirements.

Supply chain and logistics network strategy studies address the following types of questions:

  • Where are the optimal locations for production plants, co-packer facilities, distribution centers, and third party facilities throughout the world to optimize a company’s supply chain?
  • What are the economics associated with different supply chain strategies including logistics operating expenses, one time expenses, inventory assets, and capital expenditure requirements?
  • What is the optimal product stocking strategy for the distribution network to maximize customer service levels at the lowest possible logistics operating expense?
  • What product sourcing strategies should be considered to improve overall competitive position and time to market?
  • Is the lowest cost option necessarily the best option for a supply chain or is it better to spend more to obtain more flexibility or to improve customer service levels?
  • What legal issues, tax incentives, and supply chain risks need to be considered for each strategic supply chain option being evaluated?
Distribution Network Strategy
Distribution Network Strategy Europe

Supply chain strategy studies also address many of the tactical issues that need to be considered before a firm can make important decisions to optimize its return on assets. Based on customer service level requirements, how many distribution centers should there be and where should they be located to minimize logistics operating expenses?

  • What is the optimal supply chain network strategy to minimize inventory assets?  Is this network strategy also optimal for the sum of operating expenses and capital investment requirements?
  • What capital expenditures into existing logistics network infrastructure are required over the next 10 - 15 years?  How does this compare to alternative strategies being evaluated?
  • What facility sizing is required to support the optimal logistics network strategy?  What capital investments are required to support this infrastructure?
  • How can a firm improve customer service levels and order turnaround time to be more competitive? What is the price tag of moving in this direction?
  • Are there strategies available to minimize supply chain risk exposure? to ensure business continuity in the event of disaster? to address labor strategy?
  • Should a firm consider 3PL outsourcing strategies for specific markets and/or facilities within its network?

MWPVL International has developed a unique approach that is powerful because we use the latest in supply chain optimization software applications designed to optimize logistics networks, combined with our own internally developed econometric modeling tool (EMT).  Unlike most consulting firms, we understand that an optimized supply chain strategy requires a detailed exploration of logistics operating expenses, one-time expenses, inventory assets and capital expenditure requirements.  Rather than producing high level “black box” numbers, our econometric modeling tool (EMT) simulates your company’s financial accounting statements down to the general ledger of detail.  The final deliverable is an accurate assessment of the true shareholder value generated, based on an annualized after tax cash flow basis, for each supply chain strategy evaluated.  If your company has stringent financial accounting requirements to justify capital expenditure requests, then our methodology is unique to the supply chain consulting industry because it provides companies with the financial confidence to make important decisions that will ultimately improve their competitive position.

Value Added Strategies for Todays Wholesale Distribtuion Channel

Direct Store Delivery Versus Centralized Distribution

Direct Store Delivery Versus Centralized Distribution

6 Tips for Optimizing the Distribution Network - Modern Materials Handling Magazine

Modern Materials Handling, July 2011

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MWPVL International Inc. is a full-service global Supply Chain, Logistics and Distribution Consulting firm. Our consulting services include Supply Chain Network Strategy, Product Sourcing Strategy, 3PL Outsourcing Strategy, Purchasing and Inventory Management, Distribution Center Design, Material Handling Systems, Supply Chain Technology Advisory Services (WMS, TMS, LMS, YMS, OMS, DMS, Purchasing, Slotting),  Lean Distribution, Lean Manufacturing, Transportation Management, Distribution Operations Assessments, Warehouse Operations Consulting and much more.