Savings by integration of European distribution structure
Ideal Standard is the world’s largest manufacturer of bath & kitchen products. The range of products include: faucets, fixtures, whirlpools, accessories, showers and sinks. Brands include American Standard JADO, Borma, Armitage Shanks, Ceramica Dolomite, Porcher and Ideal Standard.
As a result of several mergers and acquisitions, the “AS-IS” network in Europe contained around 25 distribution centers. Ideal Standard desired to the optimize its existing European supply chain for fixtures and fittings. The preferred distribution structure should be streamlined:
- Minimize the total distribution costs
- Maximize customer service.
A detailed analysis of existing distribution network and customer service metrics characteristics was conducted. This provided a critical overview of the current supply chain. Supply chain simulation models were used to determine the optimal distribution structure: number, location, market region and function of the European distribution centers.
- Insight into current supply chain characteristics and performance provided by the systematic analysis
- 15% savings on the total European transportation and warehousing costs were identified.