Warehouse improvement and optimisation service

Warehousing and inventory often make up the largest portion of supply chain spend. Ensuring that operations are efficient and effective is a key deliverable for all Operations Directors and Chief Operating Officers. We can help provide independent advice on how to improve the value add of your operations.

Warehouse improvement and optimisation

A review of the warehouse operations establishes if the current operations are effective in meeting the expected requirements or able to support foreseen market changes. Our consultants follow a proven method to determine the operational efficiency, effectiveness, and value for money of supply chain activities. This approach also identifies and quantifies opportunities for improvement.

The scope of the assessment covers processes, storage methods, MHE choices, manpower allocation and the use of systems. The emphasis of the review is tailored to the customer’s needs.

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Process mapping and review 

End to end review of all warehouse operational processes in order to identify any forms of waste, but also to capture business specific operational requirements and systems interfaces. Create current process maps for validation and develop alternative options.

Manpower and MHE modelling

Using our proprietary modelling tools to benchmark current operations against alternative methods of storage, picking and handling. The service includes manual, mechanical and automated options. The model outputs provide a quantitative comparison of operational methods by hour and at task level, picks up the impact of hourly volume variations.

Systems functionality review

End to end review of all warehouse operational processes in order to identify any forms of waste, but also to capture business specific operational requirements and systems interfaces. Create current process maps for validation and develop alternative options.

Cost and non-quantitative evaluation

Our budget modelling tool allows us to benchmark current warehouse cost against the alternative scenarios developed from the operational review. The cost inputs are a combination of market rates, and industry experience. Sensitivity analysis supports an evaluation of the most ‘valuable’ initiatives. Alternative operational scenarios are also evaluated for difficult to quantify factors including: ease of migration, operational risk, service impact, scalability and operational flexibility.

Warehouse design and automation

As storage media and automated options become more affordable it is important that businesses invest when and where the business case makes sense. We can help evaluate the options and prepare a business case for capital investment where it makes sense. Learn more