Logistics Network Strategy
Define or optimise your logistics network strategy
Logistics network strategy is critical to the performance of the supply chain. The logistics network is the physical infrastructure, systems and processes that deliver products from supplier to end-customer, often via warehousing facilities.
The central question when defining a logistics network strategy is how to fulfil orders in line with the customer proposition in the most efficient way. There are several questions that arise from this objective:
- How many warehouses or stockholding locations are needed?
- Which location provides the coverage of customers?
- What stock profile should each warehouse operate with?
- How big does each warehouse need to be?
- Are cross-docking sites required to support last-mile delivery?
- Which type of vehicles should be used for deliveries?
- Which activities, if any, should be outsourced versus kept inhouse?
Most projects that we undertake broadly follow the following approach, with subtle changes to allow for client-specific challenges:
We appreciate that most logistics networks are built through evolution and have fixed elements that cannot realistically be changed. Our consultants allow for this when modelling scenarios, but can also include pure scenarios to understand the inefficiencies generated by the current infrastructure or equipment. Our bespoke modelling is supplemented by use of visualisation tools including Centre of Gravity analysis, Starbursts and more.
Our extensive experience in evaluating a range of strategic design options make BoxLogic an ideal partner to find the right solution for your supply chain. The benefits of working with BoxLogic are:
- Proven methodical project approach and ability to work at all levels with our clients’ teams
- Highly analytical consultant team with extensive practical experience, capable of identifying practical solutions
- Knowledge of what does and doesn’t work through our team’s engagement with many different cross-industry clients
- Bespoke models offering traceable and auditable results that are often not available in ‘black-box’ products
- Significant experience across the supply chain means we understand the importance of how each aspect links to the other
- Ability to design at national, continental or global level