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Warehouse and distribution footprint

Use the ultimate logistics setup to satisfy customers and stay competitive

Companies are relocating manufacturing and sourcing to regions with lower labour costs to stay competitive. This affects the efficiency of warehousing and distribution. But which elements, in particular, will be strategically important in the next two years?

Warehouse and distribution footprint

Markets are changing – as are customer and service requirements. You may have implemented a new manufacturing and supply chain setup, but customers are asking for more frequent and faster deliveries.

The key to staying competitive is how quickly you can get your products from the warehouse to your customers. This can challenge your operations and calls for a review of your warehouse and distribution setup.

Top five themes

We asked our international clients which themes, within warehousing and distribution, they believe will have the most strategic relevance within the next two years. Here are the top five. At Implement, we have extensive expertise in these themes, and we can help you evaluate:

Network design

  • How many warehouses should you have, what roles should they play, and where should they be located?
  • Warehouse management: Should you keep it in-house or use a third-party logistics provider?
  • Distribution management: How do you handle groupage, part loads and courier deliveries?

Channel control

Have you designed and planned the services your customers are offered? To decide if you should or should not control your channel, you need to consider aspects like the advantages of being in control and the associated costs and risks.

In-house or 3PL (third-party logistics)

Should you handle your logistics operations internally or should you outsource to third-party logistics providers? Customer service, operational flexibility and the cost of service are key factors that affect this decision.

Re-tender

How do your current logistics provider’s rates compare with market rates? Retendering is a complex process, and cost reductions are just one factor among several others to consider.

Cost to serve

It is important to have an insight into the true logistics costs of the services you offer customers. The cost-to-serve model can be used to improve customer segmentation and create better logistics contracts.

If you want to know more about how we can help you with your warehouse and distribution footprint, please get in touch.

Lars Saur Feldstedt
Lars Saur Feldstedt
+45 2338 0068
Kenneth V. Olsen
Kenneth V. Olsen
+45 4138 0070
Johannes Juel Skibsted (1)
Johannes Juel Skibsted
+45 2338 0030

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