Functional Logistical Process
ROA will take a deep dive into our client's current supply chain operating model. We give an independent look at the overall supply plan, keeping the focus on what the company does best and identify areas for improvement. When looking at supply chain planning, we believe the future state begins with the end in mind “what is the future goal for the supply chain network”.
We take into consideration company-owned distribution vs. 3PL partnerships, freight mix, and understand transit day service goals. We model optimal DC networks, (2 vs. 3 vs. 4 DC’s) and the impacts on transit days vs. carrying costs. We work to understand if customer shipments/backorders are sent from a non-optimal DC and review freight-related challenges, i.e., oversized pallets, hazardous materials, and specialized carriers. We analyze regional data to include available warehouse space and triple net costs as well as 3PL partner availability. We work to capture ever-evolving labor costs by the market which includes details on the significant variations by region.
Transportation analysis looks at both outbound and inbound spending. For outbound, we deep dive into the current freight mix (Parcel/LTL/TL/intermodal) using data provided by current freight partners or the internal ERP
. We determine centers of gravity with the customer base, a critical decision point when determining optimal DC locations. For inbound ROA looks at domestic vs. international supplier mix including the impact of transit times for inland destination from overseas containers and inter DC transfer costs. We can study your supply chain and assist with inventory balancing models. With the global supply chain challenges, we can help companies prepare contingency planning related to external geopolitical factors and remain agile.