Distribution centers play an integral role in the B-to-B and B-to-C order fulfillment process. A strategic approach to the design and management of the distribution network is critical to be competitive in today’s marketplace.
Business objectives, geographic footprint and service-level expectations are just a few of the factors that companies should take into consideration when determining the number of nodes and facility locations, according to a new report published by Saddle Creek Logistics Services.
Finding the right network configuration can deliver a significant ROI, says Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek’s Senior Vice President, Transportation Services.
“The primary benefits of finding the optimal DC network are controlling costs and providing faster service/deliveries,” Patterson explains. “That’s particularly important for the burgeoning omnichannel marketplace, but also for any logistics operations that need to serve multiple geographic locations – direct-selling, subscription services, etc.”
The 2018 Distribution Network Trends Report explores key factors contributing to strategic network configuration, common challenges for implementation, opportunities for operational improvements, and the role of outsourcing. It also provides a brief case study detailing a network configuration solution for Talking Rain, a leading beverage company.
To learn more, download the whitepaper.