Supply chain  and Logistics Consultants

Supply chain strategy development

Over the last 10 years many companies have begun to realise the inherent value in their supply chain. The supply chain is now seen as a key service differentiator for both commodity and high value products. Supply chain strategy development involves working with our clients to understand the way in which their supply chain can be optimised. This process takes into consideration the internal improvements that can be made and/or any external synergies that may be established with other companies. With Dawson Consulting’s extensive client base, we have the unique ability to form partnerships between two or more companies for the mutual benefit of all.

Supply chain strategy development also assists the client to understand upstream and downstream impacts of specific business decisions.

Development of a supply chain strategy involves a detailed examination of what we term the 5 levels of integrated supply chain functionality. Commencing with an evaluation of the way in which products physically move from supplier to consumer, we then optimise physical flows and adjust processes, systems and communication accordingly. The final step is to review and restructure the way in which the operation is managed and where asset ownership is best placed.

A number of other services associated with supply chain strategy development are also available as follows:

Network Development.

Network Development works in conjunction with the examination of the physical product flows. The physical flow of products is determined by a number of factors including the location of production, where inventories are held and the customer service levels required. Many businesses have developed complex networks based on these three areas. Dawson Consulting assists clients in identifying and harnessing internal business synergies that will simplify processes and reduce costs. This may involve the amalgamation of storage and movement of particular products. Issues such as modal preferences, warehouse size, national vs regional stockholding and cross docking are all examined.

Distribution channel design.

In addition to assisting companies optimise their entire networks, there is often a need to support an individual product line. This may be due to its strategic importance to the business or as a result of the requirement to establish a logistically distinct channel. Channel design looks at the task of optimisation from this perspective and seeks to maximise the value of the existing network where it is complementary to the specific product type.