Diligent logistics planning is the basis for every successful logistics project. Starting with a logistics concept that is designed to select the most cost-efficient and customized solution, we lay the foundation for our customer's project to succeed. The logistics consulting specialists at Ehrhardt + Partner Consulting are intimately familiar with the requirements of companies for efficient logistics planning. That is why we consider all possible applications and uses - both proven and new technologies - in the concept phase to find the best solution. We also include current strategic trends, such as Logistics 4.0. Logistics planning is always manufacturer-independent and neutral with a view to finding the most economically appropriate solution. For the customer, that means maximum transparency for the individual components of the system – whether material flow, storage technology or the degree of automation.
In our white papers we give you an overview of the challenges of the last mile and explain which data is important for efficient master data management.
As a logistics expert, we work with you from defining your logistics goals to designing the warehouse.
Target work sequences, processes and material flows
Choice and assignment of logistics technology
Key figure-based dimensioning of the system
Investment and operating cost estimate, as well as approximate scheduling
Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the concept variants
Recommendation of the preferred variant
Benefit from our experienced consulting experts at EPC. Discover unseen potential in your logistics. Professional logistics and warehouse planning will help you. We support you through the strategic, tactical and operational phase of planning. Working with you, we define the long-term general conditions, design all the processes in such a way that the defined goals are achieved and make sure that everything runs smoothly for your operational logistics planning. If required, we also handle coordination and negotiation with suppliers, following a neutral and manufacturer-independent process. We make sure that the logistics at your company remain competitive, all while keeping an eye on logistics costs and long-term investment planning.
Many factors play a role in logistics and warehouse planning. It is important to identify them and get a holistic view, as the only way to benefit from efficient logistics management and to secure the long-term economic success of your company:
Based on your supplier and customer structures and taking into account your internal structures (e.g. number of warehouses and production sites), we develop the optimum location for logistics (center of gravity analysis), supported by software and using smart algorithms. For warehouse planning, we also take into account the existing transport infrastructure and fuel consumption, always with the aim of finding the most cost-efficient location.
At the beginning of the project, we work with you to determine your requirements within strategic logistics planning phase. We define the items to be stored and the material flow and include the external and other limiting factors at your company in our analysis.
The most important job for warehouse planning is to define quantity structures. This is the basis for the tactical phase down the line and involves taking a careful look at your items and your stock and transaction data. The phase ends with rough planning and an outline of your warehouse.
Operational logistics planning begins with detailed planning. This is followed by preparation of the tender documents and the catalogs of requirements for the storage, transport and IT systems.
Planning a new finished goods warehouse
Brief: Space and capacity planning of a finished goods warehouse for paints in Germany
Result: Reduction of storage and logistics space by 40% compared to original planning and creation of 15% more storage capacity. Total saving of 2 million Euros in construction costs.
Planning a new distribution centre for a leading food retailer in Dubai
Brief: Planning a distribution centre to supply 50 of the company's branches and integration of online retail
Result: 7 years (calculated) amortization period and 15% ROI (Return on Investment)
Planning a new logistics concept for a leading winery in Germany
Brief: Planning a new fully automatic high-bay warehouse with fully automatic production supply and disposal by automated guided vehicles
Result: Approx. 850,000 Euros in savings on operational logistics costs per year
Planning a new multi-channel 15,000 m² logistics center
Planning a fully automatic high-bay warehouse and automated guided vehicle for 31,000 spaces
Planning a new central 25,000 m² warehouse to supply more than 2,000 patients
Planning and implementing a new 10,000 m² central warehouse with high-performance automation
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Logistics planning, to be successful in the longer term, has to start with a holistic view of existing conditions. It is based on a concept that begins from the status quo to develop a customized solution. All possible applications and uses of proven and new technologies are also considered to exploit full potential. All the current trends are included in the concept as well. In the planning phase, EPC experts also use state-of-the-art tools to look at potential optimization from all angles, even before a new logistics center is implemented. This includes methods such as material flow simulation, e.g. in the EPG HOLODECK, as well as predictive analytics to develop warehouse planning predictively.
The aim is to get the most out of logistics by implementing optimization measures, thereby significantly increasing productivity and efficiency, no matter whether you are planning a new logistics center or want to put your existing infrastructure to the test. Sometimes even minor adjustments in intralogistics are worthwhile to achieve high potential savings. EPC's experts also support you to plan your logistics to match demand, e.g. when planning new logistics real estate.
Logistics planning only makes sense as a way to achieve goals and business success if you have defined a strategy in advance. The defined, strategic approach is the basis for all future steps. We support you through the strategic, tactical and operational phase of planning.
Companies that have planned their logistics with EPC very soon see significant savings. A 40% reduction in storage and logistics space and therefore the creation of 15% more storage capacity with a total saving of 2 million euros in construction costs is just one example. Please contact us for an analysis of your optimisation potential!
Experts who deal with the requirements for efficient logistics planning on a daily basis are the partner of choice when you want to start your project. EPC, for example, has many years of experience and has already successfully implemented a large number of projects. Together, we will develop a custom concept for professional warehouse planning.