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Network optimization

For more than a decade, 4flow consulting has been successfully optimizing networks in all industries and regions around the world.

Due to the globalization of markets and the international orientation of most businesses, planning and managing logistics networks is becoming more complex. An efficient logistics network that meets the requirements of dynamic procurement and sales markets is essential nonetheless.

It is important that logistics networks are optimized as a whole and as realistically as possible. Due to networks’ complexity, it is critical that powerful solutions and methods are utilized. These types of projects call for experience so they can be completed quickly.

Today's networks need to be optimized on a continuous basis.

Benefits of Network Optimization

4flow consulting plans logistics networks according to individual requirements or adjusts them to meet new situations. This leads for example to optimized facilities, warehouse locations and transportation processes. Additional results include:

  • Identification of areas for optimization and potential cost savings
  • Reduction of fixed costs and costs for transportation, handling, and inventory
  • Optimized service levels and delivery dates
  • Process and cost transparency across the entire network
  • Optimized allocation of recipients to shippers and warehouses
  • Identification and realization of quick wins

Solutions from 4flow

4flow consulting has extensive experience optimizing logistics networks. We look at the specific requirements of various network types and fields as a whole. We develop customized solutions for global networks whether for manufacturing, inbound, distribution or transportation.

Project phases of network optimization with 4flow consulting
Project phases of network optimization with 4flow consulting

When optimizing logistics networks, 4flow consulting examines the interplay between the strategic and the operational planning levels. In addition to logistics networks, processes and systems below the surface are analyzed and adjusted if necessary. 4flow consulting has developed a proven procedure to do this.

The following aspects are among the factors for success in our network optimization projects:

  • Whenever possible, costs should be optimized, not auxiliary figures.
  • The data gathering phase should be limited from the beginning – no data can be 100 percent accurate.
  • Advanced software should be used to realistically assess a sufficient amount of scenarios.
  • To ensure the best possible results, comprehensive sensitivity analyses must be performed.
  • A continuous optimization process should be utilized.

In addition to projects with 4flow consulting, we also implement our network optimization software 4flow vista and optimize networks long term as an outsourcing partner.

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