"Should we consider re-shoring?"
"What are the best distribution channels that make sense for my business?"
Outdated and complex distribution network structures have contributed to over-sized inventory levels, unnecessary costs, a strain on service, and overly complex inventory deployment.
Where to locate and how to leverage your assets across the supply chain network are major decisions that depend on many variables. Strategically toggling these variables is where we come in.
LeanCor's network design and deployment provide a current state assessment and future state vision of your network that maximizes customer service at the lowest total cost.
In a network design engagement, we assess your current state while incorporating your vision, strategy, and business requirements.
We then provide:
Using data-driven decision making processes and advanced technology, we align your network and cost models with lead time and service level expectations. We select an optimal design that improves inventory positioning and the overall supply chain footprint.
Our methodology is rooted in disciplined project management, collaboration, and frequent milestones reviews that ensure understanding of your expectations, quality data inputs, and transparency of progress and findings.
After the current state analysis, we provide you with a road-map style / visual display of critical network characteristics.
Upon agreement from all stakeholders, we'll help you manage the execution of this vision with LeanCor on-site resources or third party providers.
Success stories with our clients
A hospital equipment manufacturer had experienced significant growth through organic means as well as through the acquisition of similar organizations in the same industry. The customer partnered with LeanCor Consulting to analyze the current state of inbound material flow and inventory management for one of Midwest facilities in order uncover opportunities for waste reduction and efficiency throughout its manufacturing and distribution network.
Due to multiple acquisitions, the customer’s distribution network was overlapping and the number of distribution centers had grown to 64 locations. The more warehouses within the network meant more inventory in the total system, more fixed cost, and less opportunity to consolidate inbound and outbound warehouse shipments. Even though several regional optimizations had been performed, it was evident that costs needed to be reduced and inventory availability needed increased through a full
network analysis and implementation.
In its current state, an automotive parts client shipped all used cores from its service centers back to re-manufacturing suppliers via an expensive and lengthy less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation mode. After observing its legacy distribution network over several years, the client believed an opportunity existed to utilize unused capacity in the returning delivery trailers to pickup and return these cores to their local distribution centers, where they could then be consolidated and shipped back upstream at a reduced cost with less lead time.
We've learned that every client is at a different place on the maturity scale with network design. Wherever your organization may be, our strategic engagement model allows us to customize an approach to fit your unique needs.
-LOGISTICS DIRECTOR, FOOD & BEVERAGE COMPANY