logistics consulting, supply chain, training since 1981
Simco is one of the most important Italian consulting and training companies.
Since 1981, when it was established, it has been developing over 2,400 projects for more than 600 Customers of different sizes and sectors. Our mission consists in combining skills and technologies to analyze and improve processes, motivate and qualify Human Resources in order to control and develop the company overall performances.
SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTING
GOVERNING THE COMPLEXITY OF COMPANY OPERATING PROCESSES
Simco is one of the most important Italian consulting and training companies in the Logistic field. Since 1981, when it was established, it has ...
Trying a car before buying it is a reasonable decision. Before investing millions of euros in a new distribution centre, you should try how it works. Today it is possible. Thanks to its experience in the dynamic simulation, Simco can replicate the project of a warehouse directly on a PC and follow its behaviour, thus allowing the choice to make layout changes before the real investment.
MAIN AREAS OF INTERVENTION
Check and optimization of the storage and handling system layout (traditional and/or automated) both, during the feasibility and the detailed project phases. The aim is to identify and remove any bottleneck as well as to optimize investments (value engineering)
Check and optimization of the strategies and the tactics for the right use of the storage and handling systems to be later implemented in the operating management software or automation control software such: storage policies, picking optimization, assignment of missions to forklift operators or AGVs according to different use scenarios (average day, peak day, mix unbalances, breakdowns, etc…)
Check and optimization of production planning and management methods, machine loading, etc.;
Daily activity planning of a Distribution Centre, testing the effect of several alternatives when using available resources, thanks to a detailed model
Emulation of software and hardware for the coordination and/or field for the “blank” tuning up of such systems
Comparison between the theoretically reachable performances through the present system and those actually obtained (benchmarking)
Smart 3D animated presentation of the systems in object
Definition of goals, data gathering and validation of the conceptual model
Different models can be created for each system according to the goals to be attained. A simulation requires accurate inputs (flows, performances, management rules, etc..) and therefore the gathering of data is a very delicate phase. The conceptual model has the purpose of having the whole project team share the scenarios to check as well as the hypotheses and assumptions.
Development of the SW model and design of the experiments campaign
Once the conceptual model has been “translated” into the simulation language, we define the scenarios to be tested and the expected degree of confidence for the comparison of the output results. Then, the number of runs to be launched is estimated
Output processing and their interpretation
The double competence of Simco in logistics and in simulation techniques is precious in this phase; the value added we give to our customers is actually our ability to transform numbers into project solutions.
Presentation of results and recommendations
Even the best study turns out to be useless if it is not able to “speak” its result. This phase is very important to help the costumer taking his decisions. As general rule, a 3D animation together with a report will show “critical” situations and the way to solve them.
LOGISTIC ACTIVITIES IN OUTSOURCING Outsourcing Logistic is an established practice as regards transportation (almost no company has its own fleet of trucks), while there are different attitudes in regards to warehouse management (housing and handling), that show by the way a lower tendency towards this operative practice compared to European trends.
Without any doubts, the decision to outsource your own logistics involves taking decisions that have a relevant and complex impact on the company: themes linked to logistical, commercial, financial, economic, ethical aspects shall be faced and their implications will influence the company strategy or its tactic. For this reason, choices are never easy to be taken and they require a well-structured analytical path to avoid mistakes, taking also into consideration that outsourcing your logistics is, as we already said, quite complex. It may however be more difficult to deal with the opposite process, in other words, to take back “home” your own logistics after a change of mind or a provider failure.
Outsourcing has many different shades (total or partial, speculative or strategic, short or long term etc.) the key point is to face the issue with the appropriate competence and experience; Simco has followed many projects for its customers both to verify the outsourcing opportunities or focused on the outsourcing implementation project, from choosing a supplier, to start-up assistance and to performance control.
TOGETHER WITH YOU SIMCO CAN:Evaluate the economic effectiveness, but not only, of choosing outsourcing for their logistics by comparing current costs (adjusted in case of an internal improvement process of the warehouse efficiency) to the ones expected from a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company. During this phase all aspects, both positives and negatives, will be highlighted which can bring to the choice to outsource or not.
PLANNING ALL THE OUTSOURCING PROCESS STEPS AND SUPPORT COSTUMERS DURING THE FOLLOWING PHASES:
draft of functional and technical specification of the tender for the service appointment
definition of the price structure that the 3LP participating to the tender must follow
identification of the KPI that will be used to measure the service quality expressed by the 3LP and to set a “rewards and penalties” system
logistic audit of the interviewed 3LP, in particular on the sites where they are planning the service fulfullment. Collection, comment, standardization and technical/economical evaluation of the offer, support in the choice of the 3LP, support during the transformation phases and during the start-up of the outsourcing activity.
LOGISTICS SERVICES IN OUTSOURCING: THE METHOD
Feasibility study First, it is necessary to exactly know the real costs of housing and handling and the consequent service level; after that, considering the operative needs and the company forecast concerning logistic aspects, we evaluate a series of alternative hypothesis, such as, for example: reorganization of the existing warehouse, realization of a new partially outsourced unit, entrust the warehouse to a 3LP. The comparison between different situations allows the company to identify the best option, quantifying costs and savings, and identifying transformation phases and timing.
Support to the realization The company will plan the realization steps and timing and it will then follow all the processes: from the identification and choice of the logistic Provider (through the identification of technical, performance and contractual aspects of the outsourcing service) to the organisation of the moving and the start-up phases.
Periodical efficiency checks After the commissioning, we verify the real result achieved and all the causes of the possible deviations from the expected results. We then plan new targets to be achieved, with logics of “continuous improvement”.