Executive Briefings

Custom Modeling Identifies More Than One "Best Case" Scenario for Network Optimization

Challenge: A retailer with 4,400 independently owned and operated stores needed to optimize their distribution network, including 100 inbound source origins, 1.5 billion pounds per year shipped through 14 regional service and six consolidation centers, while maintaining 100 percent delivery within two days.

Solution: Utilizing custom modeling software, FORTE was able to provide multiple scenarios which identified: locations for regional service and freight consolidation centers and import warehouses; locations to construct new and expand existing facilities; locations for seasonal regional service centers; and costs of opening, operating and transitioning to the new network, taking into consideration automation levels, leases, capacity constraints and exit costs.

Results: They maintained the existing network of service and consolidation centers. They re-routed a portion of the inbound flow to their East Coast port, permitting a realignment to the service centers. The company achieved annual transportation cost savings greater than 3 percent while maintaining service levels.

About the Solution Provider:  FORTE, a design-build firm in the distribution sector of the supply chain, provides systems integration and operations optimization services for existing distribution facility upgrades or new greenfield operations. FORTE's expertise and services include supply chain and facility optimization, distribution center design and build, systems integration and supply chain execution software.

Web:  forte-industries.com

Email:  info@forte-industries.com

Phone:  531-398-2800

Solution: Utilizing custom modeling software, FORTE was able to provide multiple scenarios which identified: locations for regional service and freight consolidation centers and import warehouses; locations to construct new and expand existing facilities; locations for seasonal regional service centers; and costs of opening, operating and transitioning to the new network, taking into consideration automation levels, leases, capacity constraints and exit costs.

Results: They maintained the existing network of service and consolidation centers. They re-routed a portion of the inbound flow to their East Coast port, permitting a realignment to the service centers. The company achieved annual transportation cost savings greater than 3 percent while maintaining service levels.

About the Solution Provider:  FORTE, a design-build firm in the distribution sector of the supply chain, provides systems integration and operations optimization services for existing distribution facility upgrades or new greenfield operations. FORTE's expertise and services include supply chain and facility optimization, distribution center design and build, systems integration and supply chain execution software.

Web:  forte-industries.com

Email:  info@forte-industries.com

Phone:  531-398-2800