Definition of a sustainable strategy to develop the logistical footprint in line with future growth
What they asked
Our client is a rapidly growing retailer with its initial focus on the Dutch market, but with a strong ambition to expand abroad. They requested a strategy for their logistics footprint in line with their projected growth of their international outlets and volumes. Their current central warehouse supplied all outlets and was reaching its limits.
What we did
First, we analysed the current warehousing and distribution processes to identify opportunities to extend the capacity and productivity of the existing warehouse. Next, we developed a logistical growth strategy for flexibly opening warehouses in new markets. In line with this strategy, we determined the optimal location for the second warehouse.
What we accomplished
Concrete measures were identified to improve the operations of the existing central warehouse. After implementation, these measures greatly extended the capacity of the central warehouse without additional investments; productivity could be improved and inventory levels reduced. Secondly, the optimal location, capacity and logistical concept of the second warehouse were determined. This second warehouse fits into a long-term roll-out strategy for future additional warehouses. Since then the second and a third warehouse have been successfully put into operation.