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Decision Support Systems

The following decision support systems are available either to support logistics strategy studies or to solve particular logistics problems.

 

Decision Support Systems: Warehousing

Warehouse Location Models

Recommendation of the most appropriate location for warehouses based upon a combination of inbound volumes and outbound demand plus such factors as warehousing, labour and transport costs.

Warehousing Size Models

Determination of the approximate size of warehouse needed based upon the combination of data on such factors as inbound quantities, order cycles, days stock holding, product volumetrics, warehousing operations (picking, marshalling and despatching) and transportation methods.

Warehouse Operations

The application of warehouse simulation modelling to highlight both bottlenecks in the process and utilisation of each type of resource used. The simulation allows sensitivity analysis to test the resource utilisation under alternative scenarios such as increased volumes, reduced labour or variations in customer service levels.

Warehouse Layout [1]

The application of warehouse simulation techniques to test potential warehouse layouts and to highlight areas of congestion and potential improvements in the layout.

Warehouse Layout [2]

The application of a heuristic algorithm to locate individual products in a warehouse based upon a combination of sales volume data and product characteristics (weight, height, length and depth) including the critical dimension. This also selects the storage media required for each product.

Warehouse Animation

An extension of the warehouse simulation model is the warehouse animation which shows a proposed warehouse operation pictorially highlighting operational errors. Artificial intelligence techniques establish operating rules and processes.

Warehouse Management Systems Improvements

Developments to warehouse management systems may be tested using data sets to ensure that any changes are implemented smoothly based upon knowledge of potential system reactions allowing such factors as correct documentation to be issued before any change is implemented.

Decision Support Systems: Transport

Isocromes

Calculation of the distance which could be travelled from a location where distance is determined either by travelling speed on each category of road travelled or by travel time on the road at particular times of the day.

Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Different types of vehicle routing algorithms to solve particular operational requirements all of which include the relevant legal, operational and customer service constraints.

Fleet Mix and Size

The calculation of fleet mix and size based upon historic (or forecast) demand patterns combined with vehicle characteristics and vehicle operating methods. Additional features such as vehicle access restrictions may also be added.

Depot Territory Allocation

The application of vehicle routing and scheduling models to provide either fixed routes or territories for single or multiple vehicle deliveries.

Decision Support Systems: Profitability

Product Profitability

The application of activity based costing techniques either on historic or forecast data sets to determine individual product profitability. Specific product group profitability may be separated.

Customer Profitability

The application of activity based costing techniques either on historic or forecast data sets to determine individual customer profitability. Specific customer groups by category or geographical territory may be separated.

Region, Area or Branch Profitability

The calculation of fleet mix and size based upon historic (or forecast) demand patterns combined with vehicle characteristics and vehicle operating methods. Additional features such as vehicle access restrictions may also be added.

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