Improving logistics processes

Companies are continually striving to achieve even better quality and looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their business processes, such as the logistics operation, in order to save costs.

Advice on logistics processes
Consulting firm Groenewout can put its extensive in-house knowledge and experience to good use to help you simplify your business processes. We can provide operational support on topics such as:

  • What is your capacity and your productivity, and what are your operational costs expressed as costs per unit?
  • How does your performance compare with that of the market (benchmarking)?
  • How could a small improvement to your logistics process benefit your operational performance?
  • When does it make sense to automate or mechanize part or all of your business process?

We study the business processes and prepare an overview of the current operation. We analyze how business processes could be set up differently, such as by simplifying a logistics process in line with Lean principles. In addition to simplifying your business processes, you can also optimize some processes through automation or mechanization. Doing so can enable you to achieve considerable savings by reducing manual labor and other costs. Our consultants analyze your current business processes and present their findings in a document that outlines the starting points for a recommended automation project. We always factor in future developments and expectations with regard to new business (such as e-fulfillment) and future demands and prerequisites such as flows of goods, product lines, order profiles, volumes, business models and consolidation of customer deliveries. In the subsequent phase, we present the outcomes of a number of different mechanization concepts and our recommended solution, backed up by sound reasoning.

Advice on optimizing business processes for DHL Supply Chain
In order to give you a sense of the operational support we can provide, we are pleased to outline the DHL Supply Chain project. DHL Supply Chain has been running an Electronics European Distribution Center in Beringe for one of its customers since 2004. Over the years, the operation has been expanded to continue to fulfill the customer’s requirements. However, further expansion was necessary to anticipate future growth in the years ahead. Hence, Groenewout was asked to devise a solution that would meet the needs of the new operation in the future. We presented our analysis of three logistics process alternatives, each with a different degree of mechanization in the pick and pack process. This solution offered the following benefits:

  1. A number of methods could be directly implemented into the existing operation.
  2. A warehouse designed for greater operational efficiency and with reduced labor costs in pick and pack processes.

Would you like to know more about improving your business processes and logistics processes? If so, please feel free to contact our expert:

Paul Haagh

Paul Haagh
Senior Consultant
E: haagh@groenewout.com
T: +31 6 5025 2788

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