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Transportation and Distribution Optimisation

Bisham Consultants are experts in Transport and Distribution Optimisation. We help improve transportation efficiency and effectiveness for our clients across all transport modes.

Transportation and Distribution Optimisation: Overview

Bisham Consultants have undertaken many transportation projects covering a national, regional or global scope and incorporating all transport modes. We in Bisham have a flexible approach from ‘light- touch’ to ‘heavy-lift’, dependent on client requirements and capabilities. In general, our clients call us in if they have a clear NO to at least one of the following questions:

  • Do you have a published transport management strategy and is it consistent with the overall business objectives?
  • Are you satisfied that your present freight spend is optimised and fully in control?
  • Are your logistics service levels meeting your customer’s requirements?
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Transportation and Distribution Optimisation: Service Elements

  • Health check of existing arrangements; operational baseline assessment
    • Are appropriate modes in use and are management processes robust?
    • Are service requirements defined & are they being met?
    • Is the transport network cost &/or service optimised?
    • What is the data environment like? e.g. measurements, KPI’s, financial reporting & budgeting.
  • Transport management strategy
    • Adapting to changes e.g. new markets, new products, new sourcing
    • Retaining procurement flexibility but leveraging global spend
    • In-house capability versus out-source, 3PL or 4PL solutions
    • INCO terms for inbound & outbound shipments
    • Role of IT in automating processes and improving administrative efficiency
  • Transport Network Optimisation
    • National, regional or global network design
    • Impact of improved planning, mode changes, routing changes or infrastructure rationalisation
    • Improved vehicle utilisation and load-fill
    • Scenario modelling and total cost comparisons
    • Cross-border flow efficiencies
  • Transport Procurement
    • Tender management – domestic road transport to global freight forwarding
    • Fleet management – procurement, leasing & maintenance services
    • Selection of appropriate potential suppliers through an RFI
      Design, structure and detailed specification for a formal RFQ tender
    • Analysis of bid responses
    • Contract & service level agreement support
  • Project management & Implementation
    • Project management support for operational changes
    • Accompanying IT requirements e.g. TMS
    • Change management planning
    • Measurement of savings
    • Ongoing advice on transport arrangements
    • Interim transport management or recruitment support

Transportation and Distribution Optimisation: Client Benefits

Bisham clients have enjoyed some or all of the following long term benefits:

  • Cost saving delivery (10% - 30%) through:
    • Optimizing transport networks & improving fleet utilization
    • Improving planning processes
    • Ensuring effective procurement of transport providers & improving audit processes for carrier charges
    • Creating an internal function that can deliver continuous improvement in transportation
  • Improving supply chain visibility through:
    • Shipment status updates
    • Proactive exceptions reporting
    • Introduction of improved supply chain IT
  • Improving supply chain responsiveness and flexibility through:
    • Process re-design
    • Organizational changes
    • Implementation of IT improvements
  • Improving reliability and customer service levels through:
    • Introduction of a proper performance management regime
    • Service level agreements, (SLA) with carriers
    • Key performance indicator (KPI) implementation
  • Improved financial management of freight spend through:
    • Visibility of costs at shipment or transaction level
    • Cost to serve information
    • Improved budgeting processes
    • Accurate monthly reporting of freight spend & explanation of variances to budget
    • Improved freight bill audit & checking processes

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