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Supply Chain Design, Planning & Optimisation

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Success requires coordination of all the components

Supply Chain Strategy serves to link the marketplace, distribution network, manufacturing process, and procurement activity to service customers at a higher level yet at a lower total cost.

  • This goal demands the application of the logistics concept to relationships with suppliers, partners, customers and end users.
  • Supply chains are continually evolving; businesses product ranges are changing whilst serving multiple markets.
  • Regulations and best practice are exposed to sudden change

The requirements of a network design are information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, materials handling, packaging and service levels that are all essential considerations of the supply chain and need to be fully understood.

Key components in determining the optimum supply chain are:-

  • Location and cost of manufacturing
  • Manufacture lead time
  • Delivery lead time
  • Strategic location of stock
  • Stockholding requirement
  • Order fulfilment costs

These components need to be considered holistically and not as an individual entity. if you do not the result will almost guarantee  a sub optimal supply chain entailing hidden costs with a lack of visibility and total understanding within the various components of the business.

The aim should be to reduce complexity and drive growth whilst being flexible enough to be able to adapt to change influenced by customers, economics or technology.

LPC draws on its detailed knowledge of the individual supply chain components to build up an accurate picture of cumulative costs and service level implications.

We have a team of professionals who work closely with each client to assess the key market-related issues. Structured investigation, data collection and analysis are undertaken supported by sophisticated computer modelling tools.

We have undertaken supply chain projects locally in the UK and Ireland, Western Europe, South Africa, North and South America bringing a wealth of experience, innovation and best practice to supply chain planning.

Our Approach

  • Good communication with clients is a characteristic of the LPC International approach.

 

  • Strategic options are evaluated and recommendations made.

 

  • Important aspects covered include cost and service issues, network design, the right modal choices and convergence with the client’s information systems and human resources strategies.

 

  • Capital and operating budgets are prepared. Sensible conclusions are reached regarding outsourcing. This lays the basis for detailed design work leading to implementation.

 

Clients in sectors as diverse as grocery retailing, service support, and book publishing have implemented supply chain strategies devised by LPC International.

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