Logistics Cost Management Consulting
This is an extensive subject generally covering the movement of goods within a firm’s supply chain and is considered to be strategic to a firm’s success. The category includes both imports and exports by air, road or sea and frequently includes UK road transport.
We also specialise in all aspects of warehousing to include own or out-sourced and ‘3 and 4PL.’ Our warehousing expertise extends over the full range of product types to include frozen and ambient, to hazardous goods and chemicals.
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The Logistics Team focuses on delivering cost savings across the logistics category for medium to large businesses in manufacturing, wholesale, retail and on-line environments.
Our expertise also extends to the associated distribution from own or 3rd party warehouse to include hazardous goods, pharmaceuticals and controlled drugs into secure environments. We also include 3rd and 4th party pick and pack operations.
The approach is to appraise each client requirement to develop a case by case strategy to maximise the scope for savings. Our main strength is to accommodate client needs with experienced yet innovative solutions and strong supplier relationships that focus on receiving value for money and the best result for the client.
A testament to the value of the solutions provided by the ERA Logistics Team, are the numerous long-term relationships developed with clients and the successful programmes that continue to be employed for many years.
Cost Areas Include:
• UK Freight
• International Freight
• Supply Chain
• Temperature Controlled
Our logistics services embrace a review of a client’s logistics spend, analysis and advice on alternatives and conducting tender exercises.
International freight has become a very challenging market, particularly containerised seafreight and airfreight. Our in depth knowledge of these markets has allowed us to develop strategies for our clients, which help them to overcome the challenges.
The Logistics Team has extensive contacts across the supplier database and attends supplier forums, presentations and exhibitions. In recent years our experts have been guest speakers at national events like the Multimodal Exhibition held at the NEC where suppliers showcase their wares. The Team has appropriate skills to deal with most logistics situations and deliver the best solutions.
Owing to the competitive environment in which we work, many clients are unwilling to allow publication of the detail of the cost improvements that ERA has been instrumental in achieving for them. Three recent successes that are willing to allow ERA to use them as a case study are:
• UK Flooring Direct a top 3 performer in the Sunday Times growth league. This is an on-line business that supplies retail domestic customers with flooring for the home. Significant and sustainable savings have been achieved for inbound ocean freight, warehousing and UK distribution.
• A top ten worldwide pharmaceutical company for whom drugs were imported into a European hub for the required testing and approval before distribution within the EEC. ERA re-organised the inbound air and ocean freight and recommended a new warehouse facility in the UK that offered all the facilities needed for storage of general pharmaceuticals and secure storage of controlled drugs at both ambient and controlled temperatures. The distribution from the European hub was also re-organised by ERA at significantly reduces costs. ERA was also responsible for recommending an appropriate supplier for UK deliveries of the drugs to wholesalers, pharmacists, clinics and hospitals and achieving tough targeted annual savings.
• Flybe (the airline) where an extensive supply chain and distribution exercise has been completed by the Team that has produced considerable sustainable savings that has been rewarded with an industry commendation.
Businesses change as time moves on and the Logistics Team is available to bring market knowledge and industry expertise to support clients to take advantage of opportunities and deliver best value.