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Supply Chain Design and Optimisation


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Identifying the optimum number of distribution centres and their location, together with the right number and type of vehicles that result in the least cost to serve your customer base, requires the ability to process and compare a variety of data.

Supply chain evaluations are performed for many reasons, growth, merger and acquisition, new territory expansion to name but a few. Whatever the reason, the analysis task can be considerable and time consuming.

Cirrus has developed COST2SERV Network Strategy, an application which enables companies with complex national and international distribution networks to formulate their supply chain strategies to identify the least cost method of fulfilling demand whilst maintaining a high customer service level. COST2SERV can be used to optimise your network by analysing the number, location and capacities of depots and compare these with current and forecast customer demand in terms of volumes and geography. Data can be imported through easily configurable spreadsheets and different scenarios can be performed to compare the merits of different strategies.

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  • Significantly reduces the time to analyse supply chain cost dynamics
  • The mapping of results provides visual context of proposed changes
  • No IT integration is necessary as data is imported from spreadsheets
  • Rationalise assets and reduce operational expenditure
  • All the functionality in one application, simple to deploy and quick to learn

Examples of decisions supported by Cost2Serv are:

  • Am I serving my customers from the right depot?
  • Where should I put an additional depot and what capacity should it have?
  • Can I reduce my sourcing costs?
  • How do I reduce my transport costs?
  • What is the impact/cost of extending the customer base?
  • Can I achieve the same service level and reduce cost by changing my network design?
  • What is the impact on transport of changing delivery frequencies / delivery days?#
  • What cost savings could be realised through integrated transport: Primary / Secondary / Customer Collections?
  • How do I reduce inventory costs and maintain high service levels?
  • Where should I manufacture product to minimise my overall supply chain cost?

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