Transport costs continue to increase despite huge improvements in technology, planning and equipment. It is not only the traditional cost that now impacts on transport and distribution costs, environmental issues and demands to supply the just-in-time supply chains combined with ever-decreasing customer delivery windows. Increasingly we see additional complexity as businesses further develop their integrated transport and distribution networks. Whilst system advances in tracking and planning and their integration now make these available and cost-effective too, these are primarily and there to optimise existing networks. Never before has there been such a requirement for transport systems to work so efficiently and for there to be such tolerances on cost and service delivery.
Integrated Transport Management.
Sigma has helped several major high street businesses develop their networks to improve efficiency and reduce transport costs. From establishing a new complete transport system to reviewing, re-vitalising and modernising an existing network. We are experts on ITMS (Integrated Transport Management Systems) having implemented, operated and developed such systems over many years.
Transport networks must operate to new levels of efficiency.
From introducing a fully integrated model incorporating routing software, establishing or developing your backhaul operations to waste stream and cooperative working. Ultimately these all have a dramatic impact upon your supply chain costs. We can help you with whatever you are thinking about doing with your transport including:
♦ A full review of your transport network efficiency and capability KPI’s and costs.
♦ Gravity modelling exercises, fleet analysis and performance benchmarking.
♦ Implementation of an integrated transport management system.
♦ Review existing planning and monitoring systems.
♦ Support with implementing and embedding new systems.
♦ Consideration and migration to a Third Party Logistics provider.
Plan Do Review.
Within transport and distribution over the years the equipment, technologies, tolerances and demands have changed dramatically. However, the underlying principles for any good transport network remains unchanged. Over the years we have based all our transport reviews on the founding principle of Plan -Do – Review. This long-serving approach, when applied at all levels, remains the single and most powerful operational principle by which to reduce cost and maximise operational efficiency.
Ultimately it is all about Plan-Do-Review.
Transport operations will always be a fundamental part of any end-to-end supply chain. It will also continue to be one of the biggest cost centres heavily impacting on business profitability. In all organisations, it will remain under pressure to deliver more for less and in an environmentally friendly manner. Developing your transport network to operate efficiently and effectively is an ongoing journey to embrace, whatever you are considering with your transport network we can help.
Give us a call to find out more about how we can help you.
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