Logistics consultants specialising in warehouse operational design and supply chain optimisation

193 projects completed!

A combination of proprietary modelling tools and deep supply chain experience is used to enable decision making through quantitative analysis

 

 

Warehouse design

There are six distinct logical steps to an optimum warehouse design. The balance between these phases is dependent on circumstances, but all play a role to some extent. Focused Logistics has extensive experience in each activity, and a number of proprietary tools to support the analysis.

The methodology can be applied to operations of any size or complexity. Industry specific characteristics are accounted for throughout all steps.  

Warehouse automation

The key drivers for automation are productivity improvement and reduced manual input.  A high level process review can identify target areas for savings, without the need for a full evaluation of the storage and handling methods.  The major operational wastes include travel and handling.  Specific solutions such as the use of conveyors, or autonomous trucks can be evaluated to develop a case for (or against) automation

A full evaluation of automation options touches on all warehouse six design steps.  The key input is an accurate understanding of the product, stock and order profiles, which are translated into handling and storage requirements for specifying the automated systems. 

Focused Logistics has the tools and experience to quantify the differences for multiple automated and manual alternatives, in terms of space usage, productivity, operational costs and budget capital expenditure.

Network design

Focused Logistics has a number of tools to support network design: warehouse sizing and resource models, a centre of gravity calculator, and a network cost model.  These are used to determine the size and number of sites, as well as their optimum locations.

Additional questions that can be answered as part of the network design, include how individual product groups should be accommodated and which transport modes should be used for specific order types or customers.

The key inputs are business volumes, stock, service level targets, customer & delivery profiles.  Outputs include a robust network design which encompasses the storage strategy.  Each solution is tested for resilience and adjusted to use realistic warehouse locations.

About Focused Management

Eddy de Jong

A specialist in warehouse operational design and supply chain modelling, Eddy is a creative thinker who enjoys finding solutions and working in new contexts to enable operational change for his clients.

Eddy understands the key drivers in warehouse and distribution operations and how to apply analytical techniques to identify and quantify operational improvements.

His broad supply chain experience was gained in two major logistics providers, a “big five” consultancy and an internet start up. Eddy has graduate degrees in Logistics and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics. 

He is able to engage at various levels of seniority to define customer requirements and is used to working on commercially sensitive projects

Collaborations

In order to offer the breath and depth of resources required for a project we work with specialists organisations in for example Project Management, Process Improvement and Change Management

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