Developing a Multi-Distribution Center Network Strategy 

Competing with Amazon and other omnichannel retailers, “time to customer” and controlling or reducing outbound shipping costs are strategic imperatives for most direct to customer companies. Multi-DC Network Strategies is one way of achieving time to customer and the lowest shipping costs.

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These are the services that F. Curtis Barry & Company provides:

  • We tailor the project scope to your company’s requirements and types of facilities beginning considered..
  • Analysis of current facilities and locations; their functions and costs; transportation costs between facilities; where orders are fulfilled and shipping costs.
  • Develop specifications for future facility functions (e.g. manufacturing, assembly, fulfillment by type of product, etc.).
  • Develop future facility specifications (e.g. warehouse floor square footage, office square footage, transportation proximity, clear span, number of dock doors, trailer parking spots, employee parking spaces, port or rail access, etc.) .
  • To project labor, facility and occupancy costs, develop research by Metropolitan Statistical Area and city potential facility site locations for existing facilities (or build to suit options).
  • Project potential labor, facility and occupancy costs for various sites considered.
  • Determine additional one-time and on-going operational costs such as inventory costs, change in shipping costs, hiring costs for new management and hourly workforce, one-time and capital costs, etc.
  • Identify the order processing and warehouse management systems WMS) functions you need to have in order to manage customer orders and inventory in multi-DC network.
  • Consideration whether 3rd party fulfillment is an option to company owned or leased facilities. Advantages and disadvantages, savings in capital, etc.
  • Risk analysis of all options.

From this F. Curtis Barry & Company will collaborate with you to develop the Multi-DC Network Strategy that will achieve the objectives of the least time to customer, improved customer service and the lowest shipping.

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