In the aftermath of the 2008 recession supply chains are under increasing pressure, more than ever before, to meet the demands of a globalised, fragile and increasingly demanding consumer bases. Not surprising, as such supply chains are the lifeblood for companies across the world, and it is necessary that they run as smoothly as possible. A consequence of this is that supply chain consultants have become an increasingly prevalent enterprise in the global community, offering advice and support regarding the establishment and maintenance of effective supply chains.
But does your company really need a supply chain consultant? Well, how long is a piece of string?
Ultimately the question rests on the sort of business you have, and how large and interconnected it is. If your company numbers only a handful of buildings all located within the same town or area, and dealing mainly with easily-transported goods of no great size, then you can probably handle your company’s logistics on your own. If, however, your business increasingly finds its stock being transported across several different towns across the country, or even several different countries internationally, then you may find yourself with a bit more to work out.
Some companies may decide to forgo managing their logistics entirely and hire the services of a third-party company to transport and store their goods for them. However other companies prefer to keep things within their own hands as much as possible, so as to have more control over costs and development.
With this in mind, a supply chain consultant may be called so as to give the company an idea of how their current logistics plan can be improved. They are not usually responsible for the actual running of a company’s distribution and storage, but they can be called to plan out prospective strategies to help make them more efficient and cost effective. Such advice is, of course, not free, although some companies may offer discounts or bonuses depending on circumstances. Usually they are hired on an ongoing basis, sometimes months or maybe even years, and remain on hand to keep an eye on how distribution runs.
The arrangement with the supply chain consultant can, of course, be severed whenever the company wishes, although the contract may ask that notice be given for a period of a month or so. Use this to your benefit; you can use the notice period to make arrangements for your supply chains after the arrangement has been voided.
Whether a supply chain consultant is for you, therefore, depends on the size of your company and whether you feel you need third-party advice. The investment is certainly worth it if logistics have proven vexing, with the consultant being able to save you quick a large sum by improving the efficiency of your supply chains, certainly enough to make up for the costs of that service. Ultimately the scenario is a win-win for both sides.
For further information about supply chain consultants, warehouse design and other aspects of logistics, feel free to visit the website of Total Logistics for professional advice regarding your company’s storage and distribution. Alternatively you can phone by directly by calling 0118 977 3027.