Labyrinth Logistics Strategy Services

What do we do? We provide

  • Labyrinth's Vendor Assurance services check that -
    • Existing and proposed suppliers are fit for purpose
    • They present a known and manageable risk to your business

How do we do it?

  • Assistance with the selection of new suppliers
  • Use of an approved set of Vendor Assurance questions to test suppliers' vulnerability to a range of risks
  • Areas covered are agreed in advance with the client and are tailored to include specific risks associated with the client's business or product
  • A visit programme to each supplier under review to obtain tangible evidence of risk management and resilience across each category of the questionnaire

What do we produce?

  • At the end of the visit the client and supplier would be scored, with recommended actions and any significant risks highlighted

What are the Benefits?

  • Reduction of the risk of business interruption due to the failure of logistics services providers
  • Improved service levels
  • An invaluable and objective tool in comparing and selecting prospective suppliers

 

Labyrinth’s work on strategic and operational analysis is underpinned by our modelling capabilities. Where appropriate, models can be created as bespoke solutions for a particular project; however our normal approach is to use industry best-in-class and supported packages such as Supply Chain Guru by Llamasoft for supply chain and network modelling and optimisation or DiPS or Paragon for route planning.

What do we do? We provide

  • Definition and summary of the critical options under review
  • Data cleansing and manipulation
  • Supply chain optimisation and modelling including network design, stock management reviews, sourcing solutions
  • Warehousing modelling to compare and cost different warehousing design solutions, racking options, sizes etc.
  • Transport modelling including strategic and tactical studies using detailed routing software
  • Combinations of the above modelling options
  • Benefit analysis and road map for implementation

How do we do it?

  • Initial care is taken to work with client to define the critical options under review
  • Data gathering and data cleansing supported by the client
  • Establishment of base case model to reflect today’s situation
  • Option elimination using high level analysis & challenge to stakeholders to ensure that the options going through to detailed modelling are viable and limited to a critical few
  • Detailed modelling using best-in-class software
  • Frequent client reviews are crucial to getting the right solution and blending analysis with practical reality
  • Opportunities arising from the analysis are quantified in terms of benefits and size of change/risk to support options selection and road map creation

What do we produce?

Dependent on the type of analysis but normally includes:

  • PowerPoint summary of findings and benefits

  • Network maps & centre of gravity diagrams

  • Detailed transport routing diagrams & vehicle utilisation tables

  • Detailed warehousing cost analysis

  • Costing tables of options versus base case

  • Business case summaries

What are the Benefits?

Modelling supports strategic business decisions and provides quantitative input to a business case. Labyrinth provides experience and a challenging partner for this type of review which can easily lead to wasted resource and a proliferation of options if not carefully managed.

Labyrinth’s work on strategic and operational analysis is underpinned by our modelling capabilities. Where appropriate, models can be created as bespoke solutions for a particular project; however our normal approach is to use industry best-in-class and supported packages such as Supply Chain Guru by Llamasoft for supply chain and network modelling and optimisation or DiPS or Paragon for route planning.

What do we do? We provide

  • Definition and summary of the critical options under review
  • Data cleansing and manipulation
  • Supply chain optimisation and modelling including network design, stock management reviews, sourcing solutions
  • Warehousing modelling to compare and cost different warehousing design solutions, racking options, sizes etc.
  • Transport modelling including strategic and tactical studies using detailed routing software
  • Combinations of the above modelling options
  • Benefit analysis and road map for implementation

How do we do it?

  • Initial care is taken to work with client to define the critical options under review
  • Data gathering and data cleansing supported by the client
  • Establishment of base case model to reflect today’s situation
  • Option elimination using high level analysis & challenge to stakeholders to ensure that the options going through to detailed modelling are viable and limited to a critical few
  • Detailed modelling using best-in-class software
  • Frequent client reviews are crucial to getting the right solution and blending analysis with practical reality
  • Opportunities arising from the analysis are quantified in terms of benefits and size of change/risk to support options selection and road map creation

What do we produce?

Dependent on the type of analysis but normally includes:

  • PowerPoint summary of findings and benefits

  • Network maps & centre of gravity diagrams

  • Detailed transport routing diagrams & vehicle utilisation tables

  • Detailed warehousing cost analysis

  • Costing tables of options versus base case

  • Business case summaries

What are the Benefits?

Modelling supports strategic business decisions and provides quantitative input to a business case. Labyrinth provides experience and a challenging partner for this type of review which can easily lead to wasted resource and a proliferation of options if not carefully managed.

Labyrinth’s work on strategic and operational analysis is underpinned by our modelling capabilities. Where appropriate, models can be created as bespoke solutions for a particular project; however our normal approach is to use industry best-in-class and supported packages such as Supply Chain Guru by Llamasoft for supply chain and network modelling and optimisation or DiPS or Paragon for route planning.

What do we do? We provide

  • Definition and summary of the critical options under review
  • Data cleansing and manipulation
  • Supply chain optimisation and modelling including network design, stock management reviews, sourcing solutions
  • Warehousing modelling to compare and cost different warehousing design solutions, racking options, sizes etc.
  • Transport modelling including strategic and tactical studies using detailed routing software
  • Combinations of the above modelling options
  • Benefit analysis and road map for implementation

How do we do it?

  • Initial care is taken to work with client to define the critical options under review
  • Data gathering and data cleansing supported by the client
  • Establishment of base case model to reflect today’s situation
  • Option elimination using high level analysis & challenge to stakeholders to ensure that the options going through to detailed modelling are viable and limited to a critical few
  • Detailed modelling using best-in-class software
  • Frequent client reviews are crucial to getting the right solution and blending analysis with practical reality
  • Opportunities arising from the analysis are quantified in terms of benefits and size of change/risk to support options selection and road map creation

What do we produce?

Dependent on the type of analysis but normally includes:

  • PowerPoint summary of findings and benefits

  • Network maps & centre of gravity diagrams

  • Detailed transport routing diagrams & vehicle utilisation tables

  • Detailed warehousing cost analysis

  • Costing tables of options versus base case

  • Business case summaries

What are the Benefits?

Modelling supports strategic business decisions and provides quantitative input to a business case. Labyrinth provides experience and a challenging partner for this type of review which can easily lead to wasted resource and a proliferation of options if not carefully managed.

Stakeholder engagement is a critical component of all our strategic reviews, major outsourcing or tendering exercise and much of our operational improvement work. While not a standalone service we believe it is of crucial importance and raise it with our clients early in any project.

What do we do? We provide

  • Face to face or telephone interviews with internal and external stakeholders including with customers as required
  • Detailed interviews and discussion with incumbent supplier(s)
  • On line surveys to larger groups of stakeholders where response against a consistent set of questions and in a consistent format is important
  • Challenge to specification and outcomes based on stakeholder feedback and input

How do we do it?

  • We work with our project sponsor to agree appropriate stakeholders to be included as part of the budget setting process
  • We interview stakeholders and current provider(s) and write up all interviews for later reference
  • We feedback key themes and requirements to the project sponsor but keep confidential specific comments where appropriate
  • We cross check input from stakeholder input against other data sources and follow up contradictions where appropriate
  • We closely involve internal staff who will operate the solution
  • We structure any formal surveys so that they can be repeated post implementation

What do we produce?

Dependent on the requirements of the client but normally includes:

  • Summary of stakeholder interviews and recommendations for changes to services
  • Detailed write ups for each interview to be held on file for future reference
  • Reports on any stakeholder surveys
  • Comparison of ‘before’ and ‘after’ engagement findings where relevant

What are the Benefits?

The client ensures wide input is taken while reviewing services and objectives; opportunities are created to improve service to customers and other stakeholders. Critical success factors are based on stakeholder input and final handover and internal operation is supported in the early stages of a project.

Understanding the costs associated with different routes to market and different customer behaviours is key to developing a coherent customer service strategy. Fulfilment costs are normally divided between those that are fixed per order and those that are volume dependent. Modelling this with data from your business will inform your business decisions.

What do we do? We provide

  • Analytical services to determine costs per order and costs per case or pallet of fulfilling customer orders
  • Interpretation of the results to inform decision making
  • Further support to use Cost to Serve data to build price card models

How do we do it?

  • Initial engagement to understand fixed and variable fulfilment costs
  • Extraction of cost, order and logistics data for analysis
  • Data cleansing and verification including clarification with client
  • Development of model for cost to serve

What do we produce?

  • Model showing key costs per order, per case, per tonne depending on business application
  • Graphs of cost curves
  • Summary of results and recommendations for next steps

What are the Benefits?

The client receives feedback on the key costs relating to the service provided by customer. Analysis by customer can demonstrate the relative profitability of different accounts.

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