The Industrial Sector
The Industrial Equipment Sector is defined as the goods producing element of the economy and hence obviously covers a wide range of different types of businesses. The products of the sector can be used in manufacturing, construction, and the primary industries such as agriculture or mining.
Historically, supply chain in this sector have been less-developed than other sectors, with logistics often not been represented as a core function within the business. However, in recent years this has begun to change with many de-centralised regional or global manufacturers starting to tackle the issues of supply chain optimisation, improved internal collaboration within the group and creating supply chain data, (which could help them to drive improvement activity).
Bisham have worked with a variety of industrial equipment manufacturers and distributors, both in spare parts & aftermarket supply chains but also in ‘inbound to manufacturing’ supply chains. Some examples of the type of projects we have undertaken in this sector or detailed below:
- ‘Rapid Diagnostic’ operational reviews to identify process, productivity, non-conformance issues within logistics physical operations; also, to review the suitability of existing IT systems in delivering cost-efficient solutions.
- Logistics centre or DC design & layouts, sizing buildings, racking layouts & types, resource models and incorporating relevant key requirements in material flow capacity, storage density, safe working environment, operational costs, operational flexibility, stock rotation etc.
- Supply chain infrastructure reviews, looking at existing infrastructure locations, (costs, performance, suitability of location) and creating optimised models for a future-state based on a lowest cost/service - level trade-offs. This has included the optimal location and design of a single European & single US-based DC. In all these projects, we include an implementation strategy, which incorporates our operational experiences and mitigates the risks of supply-chain transformation.
- Supply chain IT specification & procurement, creating a functional specification for a global transport management system, selecting TMS applications for consideration and then managing a selection process.
- Global Transport Strategy Review and Re-Procurement, reviewing existing strategies, processes & performance. Creating a global air and ocean freight RFQ, designing/writing an RFQ, creating a global logistics dataset, selecting prospective bidders, evaluating the RFQ responses and project managing the selection process.