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We bring your warehouse to life – even before construction starts. Right at the logistics planning stage, we use virtual reality software to actively involve you in the design of your logistics processes and to incorporate actual material flow data into a virtual warehouse tour. By identifying bottlenecks early on, we can implement cost savings and avoid mistakes in the planning phase. Our 3D visualization system improves planning reliability and delivers efficient process workflows. You too can benefit from Logistics Planning with EPG CONSULTING. Let us help you plan your logistics processes, proactively and accurately.
Simulation, emulation and visualization of logistics processes. Without using VR glasses!Experience our HOLODECK live
Actively involving customers is of particular importance to us, especially when it comes to planning and designing complex in-house logistics concepts. Which is why – with our visualization, simulation, and emulation solutions – we are offering a decisive advantage, including virtual reality software. Get a 360-degree overview: on the basis of actual material flow data we’ll provide you with insight into your logistics planning processes, making sure that you fully understand each process. In collaboration with you, we can make adjustments quickly and easily, e.g. to your warehouse layout, which is a crucial aspect of improved long-term planning ability and cost-effectiveness. Our solution can be visualized using our HOLODECK, a Oculus Rift, or similar virtual reality hardware, and it’s easy, straightforward, and results-driven. Why not use these virtual reality visualizations for secondary processes as well: send your models via email, use the display options on your PC or mobile device – and it is even technologically possible to output the results to a 3D printer.
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The experts at EPG CONSULTING guide you through the individual planning phases, define strategic goals together with you and support you in process optimisation for your warehouse planning. On your request, we also take over negotiations with external service providers and suppliers and ensure that your logistics remain cost-efficient and competitive.
You can contact us easily via our contact form with your contact details and initial information about your warehouse planning needs. You can also book a no-obligation appointment directly via Microsoft Bookings. As well as getting to know each other, the first meeting is about an initial overview of your processes. Our logistics consultants will discuss the challenges your warehouse with you and work with you to formulate the objectives you would like to pursue with warehouse planning. We then provide you with an tailored offer.
If you decide to accept our offer, we start the project with a kick-off meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to get to know all the people involved in the project team and their roles in the team. We discuss next steps, set up a schedule with you and define the warehouse planning project objectives, taking into account your strategic objectives.
During the actual state analysis, we take a snapshot of the existing process in person at your warehouse and get a picture of the function and productivity of your warehouse, the work steps involved and where there is potential for improvement. The results are documented and validated. From the data you provide, we work out the essential key figures for your warehouse for further warehouse planning, taking data from your inventory, goods receipt, order picking, orders, picks and goods out. We also create a visual analysis of your intralogistics workflows. We validate the results with you and work out the details for the next warehouse planning steps. Questions about the development of your company, your expected growth in the next business years and any changes to your product range or to your sales structure are clarified at this point. Based on this data, we develop scenarios that capture the action that needs to be taken in your case.
Benefit immediately from our years of experience in logistics consulting: Once we have analysed your logistics data from the warehouse and analysed your objectives and current challenges, we show you the warehouse systems that are suitable for the warehouse key figures we have analysed and which warehouse and logistics processes are the very best fit for you. We outline several roughly planned versions for your future material flow and work with you to determine which alternatives to look at in more detail.
Further developing alternatives involves finalising the dimensions of the individual functional areas, such as goods receipt, order picking, storage and shipping. We create initial layouts for the alternatives, analyse the warehouse type and calculate the costs that will be incurred. In addition to the initial investment, we also look at the ongoing costs for personnel, equipment and operations. After further developing alternatives, we compare and assess them on the basis of jointly defined quality criteria and for economic efficiency. After a detailed profitability and utility analysis, you get a final recommendation from our logistics experts and, based on the recommendation, you can decide which alternative you want to implement for warehouse planning at your company.
The goods receipt area should ideally be located directly next to the unloading ramps and have dimensions that are suitable for handling all goods. Goods are received and quality control takes place here.
The main objective in this area is to make optimum use of the space. For warehouse planning, this means the turnover rates and products need to be analysed in more detail. A distinction is made between low, medium and high turnover. The turnover rate is highly dependent on the type of product or goods. Block storage or a compact storage system is suitable where there is high turnover of homogeneous goods. This is true in particular where the focus is on speed and less on accessibility of the goods. Rack systems are suitable for heterogeneous goods that tend to stay in the warehouse for longer.
The shipping area is critical to success when it comes to warehouse planning. The fact that the areas for compiling orders and for packaging (if applicable) interact with the shipping area has to be taken into account. The shipping area should be sufficiently large and not only provide all outgoing lines, but also an additional consolidation area for unscheduled peaks in demand. A modern warehouse management system (LFS) supports compiling orders and ensures that your logistics processes are organised in a highly efficient manner.