Evaluating global supply chain efficiencies.

Visualising costs and service of networks to set out distribution strategies.

Our client had organically grown its distribution footprint as the business had grown around the world.

As volume stabilised, the business wished to look again at both the underlying cost base and how well the network served its customer base in each region.


Retail & E-commerce


12 weeks

Global challenge.

We undertook this study across a number of geographies, and in each case the first step was to build up a full picture of the end to end flows and costs of the existing network. 

This allowed us to build (and in later engagements, refine) an activity cost model to reflect the costs and flows of the supply chain. Once calibrated, this model would allow scenarios to be compared, with analysis of both the service provided and cost to serve the customer base.

With growth often comes inefficiencies. Supply chain analysis can help to consolidate these losses and bring operations back to full capacity.

A connected result.

The successful outcome of these projects was obtained through two distinct areas:

People signed off on the numbers – achieved not just through the analytical work we undertook, but also through the way we worked with the whole community of people who had a view on operational costs, and ensured they were on-board with the scenarios generated.

We tested ‘all’ scenarios – projects such as this can be fatally damaged if they do not test and coherently close enough any ‘pet theories’ within the business. As an external consultant, the obvious scenarios may well not cover the view of a ‘C-suite’ executive – including these within the project is vital if the outcome is to be delivered.

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Business intelligence aims to interpret large datasets and present actionable information.

This service will be valuable to you if:

You have lots of data but no actionable insights.

Your spending too much time creating reports.

You’d like a better overall view of your business.

You want to drive decisions using evidence and data.

Decision analytics uses historic, current, and predictive data to give businesses confidence in their decisions.

This service will be valuable to you if:

You want to use data for decision making.

You want to better understand how to define success.

You are interested in analysing new KPI’s.

You want fresh insights into difficult challenges.

We are independent supply chain and warehouse consultants who specialise in data analysis, leading strategy, and bringing a fresh perspective to your supply chain challenges.

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