Logistics and supply chains are an essential part of today’s global business. Designing networks and supply chains requires an understanding of the company’s strategy, field operations, technology, underlying trends and potential risks.
Complex logistics systems are found in every part of our environment, in retail, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and the military for instance. These systems require provisioning, operations, maintenance, people, skills, and information and financial flows. Our approach to the design of or evaluation of complex logistics systems starts with a keen understanding of the business environment. This is followed by the design of concepts of operations (CONOPS) and technical requirements.
Supply chains form the backbone of today’s logistics systems. decision analysis partners works with clients to develop supply chain networks that are more flexible, cheaper, customer-centric, safe, and risk-averse. Many of today’s supply chains have been built for stable, just-in-time and lean operational environments. Now, these supply chains are challenged by rapidly changing conditions that require a structural ability to react while maintaining customer performance, safety and security.
The role of transport and material handling equipment fleets in logistics and supply chains is often under-appreciated. Fleets must be properly sized and maintained. In complex networks, empty equipment such as air or postal containers, or railcars must be re-positioned to ensure that there are always available at loading points. decision analysis partners has experience with fleet sizing and fleet management in several transport modes.
Today. transport modes (highway, rail, intermodal, air) are themselves part of a larger network where carriers both compete and cooperate. Each transport mode is subject to different pressures, such as the cost of fuel, labor costs, network congestion, and competition for capacity. Our consultative approach to transport management brings an understanding of the industry as a whole, knowledge of the intrinsic characteristics of each mode, as well as hands-on operational experience. This understanding enables us to provide strategic insight, recommendations for the efficient allocation of resources, and detailed process improvement advice.