We not only find the optimal locations for your retail outlets, distribution centers and/or plants, but also evaluate everything that goes with it.
Today's supply chains have become increasingly vulnerable to external challenges. We focus on managing your supply chain so that it can be more agile, adaptable and sustainable in the face of risk and environmental instability.
We strategically guide your growth through sophisticated analytical tools that allow us to promptly identify the areas with the greatest potential.
We implement tools that will allow you to identify and manage the inventory levels necessary to meet demand and mitigate costs.
Balance your buyers' personal experience with analytical tools to accelerate results and reduce costs.
Optimize your inventories in each of the parts that make up your supply chain. Implement a comprehensive supply system that takes into account the variables of the company, suppliers and the market.
Guide the efforts of your commercial, logistics, production and financial areas towards the same objective, to effectively balance the workforce with the company's strategy, mission and vision.
We will help you optimize your processes and resources used during shipping, transportation and delivery of your products to their final destination, achieving significant savings in your operations.
Here are some of the capabilities that our expert team has in relation to Supply Chain improvement.
Globalization has put pressure on customs operations to keep up with the border crossing by people and products. Even though in some cases the number of crossings might not statistically grow much, there’s a negative loop effect triggered by increased security policies and scrutiny, which negatively affects wait times and in turn might limit the amount of border crossings.
In other words, as wait times increase it’s expected that less people and products will move across borders. To keep the economic and cultural relationship among countries, the strategic planning of border ports of entry is extremely important as it assures capacity without sacrificing security.
Globalization has made an impact on the process of opening new facilities for production, distribution, warehousing, etc. Suddenly, the supplier base of companies has become global, as well as its markets and so its location possibilities.
In great part, the facility location problem is a logistics problem (although many other factors must be considered, e.g. labor, security, quality of life, among others). Our service focuses on the logistics portion of the decision by analyzing current and expected supply chains to determine optimal locations and discriminate possibilities based on the total landed cost impact.
This service provides our customers with both a comparison among possible locations and a preliminary look at how new logistics networks will look like.
One of the first and most important decisions in starting a new retail operation is the location in which it will be built. Oversimplifying the example, company A can have the greatest product and service, but located in the middle of nowhere won't sell; on the other hand, company B might not have the greatest product and service, but in the perfect location can sell a lot.
But in reality, the location process is a scientific analysis and accounts for many more variables than just location –e.g. position, traffic, size, demographics, points of interest, visibility, competition, among many others. Moreover, it must account for the dynamics of business and consider the usability in decision making.
One of the main restrictions in agribusiness has to do with logistics. Each product has characteristics about weather, geography, seasons and shelf life; that makes them unique to commercialize. Even when harvesting and ripening techniques can be coordinated, logistics still plays an important role in linking production and demand.
Moreover, given the high variability of prices in the industry, logistics becomes increasingly important in maximizing revenue through vertical integration and business intelligence tools. Finally, it is in great part thanks to better logistics networks and operations that farmers can aspire to a larger share of the market value.
We also evaluate everything that goes with it: financial feasibility, shipping costs, logistics costs, manufacturing and sourcing requirements, regulations, taxes and tariffs.
All these factors are analyzed dependently and independently in econometric models and compared from a logistics perspective and at strategic and tactical levels, so that their operation has a global and valuable impact on your business.
This is just one of the many ways we have to make data-driven decisions in the value and supply chain area.
All the links in the value chain are equally important for the continuous and efficient flow of your inputs, products and services. The management of each of them should not be considered an obstacle but an opportunity to bring your chain to a level that is appropriate for your customers and competitive for the market.
Using modern research tools we create a comprehensive and focused picture of what you need to know - or discover - about the market.
Our methodology complements traditional market research techniques by incorporating analytical tools to interpret and filter market information so that market objectives are based on competitiveness and not just availability.
This serves two purposes: it provides a 'real' estimate of the market that can be obtained and it also provides a basis for the level of service needed to attract that market share.
From our data-driven perspective, we provide market research by gathering and analyzing available data from public and private sources; to assess market opportunities. Complimentary to pure-market data, we also use optimization modeling to slice the Total Available Market, the Serviceable Available Market and the Serviceable Obtainable Market –subject to the expected logistics competitiveness of a given company and its main competitors.
Inside our Market research toolbox, we can find for example:
There are many different engineering and mathematical tools applied to balance the supply of your products (or inputs for their production) with the demand they will have in the market, as well as with the business objectives.
We can also implement production or labor techniques to minimize inventory cost.
Traditionally, purchasing in companies has been established within the framework of a purely transactional internal service. However, the purchasing and procurement process has to go beyond the simple operation of executing a purchase order.
The order-to-payment macro-process involves several stages that can become competitive advantages if they are executed in a planned and efficient manner. We accompany you in the implementation - or transformation - of a proficient purchasing structure and models, based on international best practices and using modern data analysis tools.
Throughout the entire chain, it is important to have a planning scheme that allows visibility for all parties involved and thus avoid falling into the vice of performing only reactionary tasks.
To support this, integrated planning, logistics, materials, work-in-process and cost planning are just some of the processes we can help you implement in your company and business.
Accordingly, many companies find that the objectives and goals set by management are generally not correctly transmitted to the rest of the company. This may be due to communication problems, lack of understanding of the objectives set, or simply because these objectives are not transformed into actions at all levels of the company.
We can support you with the implementation of modern methodologies, processes, structures and international best practices that allow the flow of actions to be uniform and focused throughout your whole organization.
It’s widely known now that maritime traffic has exploded in the past couple of decades. Globalization and the introduction of container traffic has made maritime transportation the benchmark for moving products across the globe. Through the years shipping lines have invested to increase fleet capacity both in number and size; and ports on the other hand struggle constantly to put up with demand and traffic. Forecasting and assessing capacity of maritime ports during design, operation and redesign are a MUST for ports to stay competitive and attract ships.
Logistics has been one of the larger users of operations research throughout time. The transportation of goods and services, from raw material to the shelf and to the end customer, implies a methodological process that runs on logistics networks –many times worldwide.
This flow of goods can be highly optimized –many times with counterintuitive measures that can only be possible and work by the usage of supply chain analytics and operations research.
From the strategic design of logistics networks to the operational decisions of vehicle routing; we can aid our customers to be more efficient while improving service levels.
One of the most traditional applications of operations research is related to process optimization, queue management and logistics. Once you have a set of activities that are done in a methodological manner and in which products, people and resources converge; you have an ideal framework to apply operations research for planning and optimization. This includes system design, queueing management and optimization, logistics network design, vehicle routing, among many others. Solutions might be related to strategic planning, CAPEX decisions, operational tools and software, and much more.
The first step to plan for the future is to understand the future. Using statistical tools, we can assess the future based on historical data and complement experienced-based information of your team. For example, you may want to know if an investment in capacity will be required in the future and allocate CAPEX for the next 10 years. Using statistics, we can forecast demand year by year, assess confidence intervals and provide recommendations.
Inside our Advanced Analytics toolbox, we can find for example:
We love data. But more often than not data is not ready for use. It must be inspected, cleaned, transformed, validated and just then used for decision making. Once ready, we can work from simple tasks such as sorting, summarizing, classifying and reporting; to complex analysis using statistics, data mining, descriptive and predictive modeling, visualization, among others.
Inside our Data processing and analysis toolbox, we can find for example:
Sorting, summarization, aggregation and classification
Exploratory data analysis
Mathematical optimization was just ‘invented’ in the 1940’s but has come a long way since then. New techniques and larger computer processing capabilities have made it possible to implement optimization in virtually all industries and problems. In summary, if you can establish the characteristics of any process, then you can optimize it based on important variables and the restrictions under which it operates.
Inside our Optimization toolbox, we can find for example:
Heuristics and algorithm design
There are some cases in which data isn’t readily available or complementary data is required. Depending on each situation, sampling might be enough or an automated data acquisition system may be required. We will assess each individual case and define the type and complexity of sampling activities; as well as design any acquisition systems that could be needed to retrieve data from systems or processes.
Inside our Sampling and data acquisition toolbox, we can find for example:
Sample size estimation
Extract, transform and load process
Data acquisition systems