Warehouse Consultancy

Today's warehouse is a fully integrated part of the supply chain and business enterprise, margins can be improved, sales increased and customer expectation met. The opposite is also true; your warehouse activities can erode margins, reduce sales and irritate customers, getting it right first time is where we can help. Our warehouse consultants have all designed, run, improved and managed numerous warehouses in varying industry sectors. Alongside analysis tools, techniques and applications, we bring a wealth of practical operational experience to every project gained from years of experience.

Margins can be improved and sales increased through a range of techniques in a number of differing areas including

Warehouse Audits - Does your warehouse meet the stated requirements? What areas should be evaluated further? Where are you losing money or sales ?

Productivity Analysis - Is your operation efficient? What can be improved? Does your overall productivity meet expectations ?

Velocity Heat Maps - Are you storing SKUs in the right area? Is your overall travel through the warehouse minimized ? Are you creating unnecessary congestion
points ?

Inventory Planning - Do your reorder rules meet customer availability expectations? Are you over or under stocked? Can you reduce working capital and improve
availability ?

Process Improvements - Are your business processes aligned with the warehouse activities? Are roles and responsibilities clear? What are the business rules for each
process? What if something goes wrong ?

Revised Layouts - Is your storage solution applicable to the depth and velocity of the SKUs you have in stock? Can the overall use of the available cube be improved? Is your layout helping or hindering productivity?

KPI Development - Are you measuring business critical activities and processes? Are you meeting the required targets? What should you be measuring and reporting? How can you establish consistent behavior across multiple teams?

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Warehouse Layout & Design

Warehouses are often one of the most expensive elements of the supply chain but can equally be left alone for many years with the legacy layout remaining largely unchanged. A review of your warehouses layout and storage media will often lead to improved storage capacity and better productivity.


Warehouse Design & Layout Optimisation –

All warehouse consultants & support agencies employed on a project have practical experience in redesigning warehouses. Using standard processes, tools, applications and approach to layout reviews will ensure these questions are answered:

New Build - What is the criteria for a search? How many doors? What height building? How much warehouse floor space? What access do you need? What temperature and humidity regime is required?

Storage Media - Does the storage media (racking, shelving, etc) meet your current and future requirements? Can you improve the use of the available cube in the warehouse without degrading productivity?

Automation & Mechanisation - Can the operation be improved through some mechanisation (i.e. conveyors) or automation (i.e. storage and retrieval)? Will the likely investment in automation have a reasonable payback? Will automation help or hinder your operation?

Velocity Heat Maps - Are you storing SKUs in the right area? Is your overall travel through the warehouse minimised? Are you creating unnecessary congestion points?

MHE (Material Handling Equipment - is the current MHE suitable for the planned operation? Can productivity and capacity be improved with alternative equipment?

WMS (Warehouse Management Systems) - Does the current system support the planned operation? What functionality is required to improve productivity? Is the investment in new functionality cost effective? What is the payback?

Warehouse Operational Layout - Is the flow through the building efficient? Are work and storage areas appropriately located?

Warehouse Improvements

Warehouse improvement projects can be the result of a failing warehouse due to capacity constraints or an exercise to reduce costs and improve service levels. The approach is the same, a range of our standard tools, techniques and applications are used with the target output being multiple warehouse improvement initiatives, from easy to implement immediate changes through to more complex change plans all of which will reduce costs, improve service levels and be affordable.


Points to be considered – Our consultants all have operational experience and will work alongside your warehouse team to ensure practical, deliverable and affordable improvement plans are developed and implemented alongside the following points

Process Improvements - Are your business processes aligned with the warehouse activities? Are roles and responsibilities clear? What are the business rules for each process? What if something goes wrong?

Storage Media - Does the storage media (racking, shelving, etc) meet your current and future requirements? Can you improve the use of the available cube in the warehouse without degrading productivity?

Automation & Mechanisation - Can the operation be equipment? improved through some mechanisation (i.e. conveyors) or automation (i.e. storage and retrieval)? Will the likely investment in automation have a reasonable payback? Will automation help or hinder your operation?

Warehouse Audits - Does your warehouse meet the stated requirements? What areas should be evaluated further? Where are you losing money or sales?

Warehouse Operational Layout - Is the flow through the building efficient? Are work and storage areas appropriately located?

Velocity Heat Maps - Are you storing SKUs in the right area? Is your overall travel through the warehouse minimised? Are you creating unnecessary congestion points?

MHE (Material Handling Equipment - is the current MHE suitable for the planned operation? Can productivity and capacity be improved with alternative equipment?

WMS (Warehouse Management Systems) -Does the current system support the planned operation? What functionality is required to improve productivity? Is the investment in new functionality cost effective? What is the payback?

Productivity Analysis -Is your operation efficient? What can be improved? Does your overall productivity meet expectations?

Warehouse Property Search

Searching for an existing warehouse that best matches your future operational requirements can be a challenge. We have substantial experience working with clients to search the warehouse property market place for an appropriate specification. First, we help create a specification that will accommodate future needs such as growth and foreseeable business trends. Then, using our knowledge of the property market, we can prepare and refine an available short list of potential suitable properties and assist with the operational evaluation of each.

Property Evaluation – Our warehouse design and operational expertise can be used to consider and evaluate the following:

* Optimum location
* Site access issues to and from the local road network
* Access control to the site * Site and building measurement * Loading and unloading areas * Internal building flows and appropriate use of space
* Designing storage layout options and associated capacity
* Designing other processing areas such as packing, kitting or other value added activities
* Development of a site operational and implementation cost budget for property option comparison
* The external yard area usage and layout including, but not limited to: road layouts, vehicle slows and turning requirements; parking requirements; fuelling facilities; waste facilities and waste returns / processing areas
* Site and building modification requirements

WHY US- We can assist negotiations with agents and landlords and liaise with your property legal team. On acquisition we can further assist with the project planning the operational relocation into the new warehouse site.