Especially when building or buying a facility for Logistics and Manufacturing, many aspects have to be considered in advance:
How many loading and unloading bays?
Is there enough space for trucks to maneuver and wait?
What would be the optimal material flow through the facility?
What type of goods will be handled?
Are there any special requirements for certain goods?
Is there enough storage space & could it be maximized given the prevalent conditions?
Where to place machines and equipment?
Are all safety regulations met?
How to handle and store/return empty containers/pallets?
How to save energy while running this facility?
Is the facility affected by certain road restrictions or traffic conditions?
All these and many more questions may probably not be sufficiently answered by an architect or construction company. It requires profound knowledge of your operations and the best practices in the industry. It is therefore always a good idea to discuss the operations with help of technical drawings or simulation models with all involved stakeholders and to ask the right questions before starting the built.
If the location is decided and the on-site logistics optimized,
then usually more potential lies in the transportation process:
Software aided Fleet Management
Demand Planning & Route Allocation
Furthermore your staffing levels and shift patterns should be driven by the actual demand and not by standard working hours causing under-utilization or high costs for over-time and contracted labour.
We provide you with the right solutions and expert advice to ensure your facility operates at the highest productivity levels, with smooth and efficient processes in place right from day one, saving millions of USD at point of investment as well as throughout the facility life span.