February 7, 2016

Supply Chain Network Design

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The FOTi Group is widely known as an engineering consulting company, specializing in Network Design and Supply Chain Optimization, reaching right down into solving operational performance inefficiencies in distribution centers through basic Industrial Engineering process improvement initiatives and Operational Methods Training.
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Our Senior Partners have worked in line management, directly responsible for the performance of large and complex end-to-end supply chains operating globally. They have developed tried and tested methods of supply chain integration that have delivered literally hundreds of millions of dollars of auditable value.

Because of this experience, we can operate at 10,000 feet or down in the detail. It is often a blend of the two that ultimately produces the best results.

In recent years we have incorporated sophisticated mathematical optimization software into our methodology. Not only does this allow us to demonstrate the improvements in supply chain efficiency directly in dollar terms, but it also facilitates stress-testing and what-if analysis. We believe that we are at the cutting edge in this regard.

Our focus has always been on People, Processes and Technology. Although this is a common approach, we delve deeper than others into motivation so that we can create high performance work Cartoon 200environments in the shortest period of time, using minimal resources. In this way we can deliver break-through results to the bottom line because of the alignment between different areas of the workforce and, where applicable, their Trades Union.

Customers who have benefited from our services include Food Retailers, Mass & General Merchandizers, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors, Dairy companies, crop world 300 the Apparel & Drug Industries, 3PL providers and Mail & Parcel organizations.

Network Design

Conventional wisdom is that 80% of the cost, responsiveness, tolerance to risk, and efficiency of a supply chain is locked in its initial configuration.

And the more flexibility a firm has in its supply chain the greater the opportunity it has to discover better alternatives to its current supply chain network design.

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Network Rationalization

Customers, suppliers and technology change rapidly over time. Yet many firms go years without questioning their existing supply chain network configuration.

We believe it is good practice, at least once every one to two years, to revisit your Supply Chain assumptions, most importantly those upon which the network design has been based.