Our approach to the study of logistical productivity or traceability How do we work?

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Our role is both to advise and to organise. Respecting regulations in logistics projects is becoming more and more complex: warehouses, picking centres, after sales service centres, and study of market solutions which combine:

- workforce productivity
- innovation
- stability of the solution (of a simple perennial task)
- organisation
- quick return on investment.

Approach, key success factors

We start our projects with an analysis of the situation, principally of the flow, by the VSM (Value Stream Mapping) method

Knowing and following the project from the start guarantees a better return on the investment

The respect of the regulations and the combinatorial analysis of the possible solutions on the size of a warehouse will strongly influence the return on investment in the project if one of these factors is not respected.
The cost of correcting a conceptional error in construction is multiplied by a factor of between 10 and 100.

Measure current performance, indicators

To be able to define the means to put in to action assess a realistic objective, it seems obvious to us to put in place or to observe a system of measuring current performance: an indicator that responds to precise criteria, which include being simple and easy for everyone to understand, even in the case of multi products or services.

Have everybody’s involvement to meet the target

As in all organisations, it is everyone’s job to get the result: if just one person does not join in, he can block the result target.

Most of the time, a lack of joining in is explained or motivated by a fear of change. Detecting an employee’s fear is also part of our added service as it is difficult to spot in a hierarchical relationship.
We have a vision of what will happen as the stages unfurl: this vision is reassuring for the key people.

Keeping you informed of the standards, tracking practices and warehouses

We stick to and spend time training with appropriate bodies, such as GS1 / Gen&SI, legal services.

Identify and understand logistics specific information technology and its link with your ERP / WMS

We have a wealth of knowledge Information System structures such as ERP and WMS (Warehouse Management Systems). We make sure that we keep ourselves permanently updated with new technology and materials that really help in contributing to your business. We know how to design solutions that can "communicate between themselves" easily, helping you gain time and money.

Planning the change and the steps involved

Achieving results has to be done rigourously, but also quickly: synchronisation of parallel actions, the accounts must follow a precise plan, with an exact time scale, set out in the Action Plan.
The action plan is a formal document that identifies the steps involved (or milestones), the expected results and the means of putting them in to action.

Making a quick start on the action plan

Rapid and specific actions must produce visible results to encourage project teams as the main, complex actions, which take longer to carry out can also have a discouraging effect.
Identifying these actions is part of our expertise.

Communicating on the progress

Within the same factory floor (e.g. in 3 or 5 teams), it is not easy to agree on methods and to visualise results that will motivate everyone, especially in the case of multi-production lines.
As a by-product, the project involves other teams who have to support the initial team (e.g: taking orders, transport).
Communication is made up of a message, an explanation of the methods and results, and indicators.
Putting performance indicators in place showing the performance of all levels of the teams and having an impact on the recorded gaps is in fact very complicated to achieve in a short time. However, we have experience of putting them in place efficiently.

Surveying the project’s continued progress and making it last

Keeping a close eye helps to maintain pressure to get the final result, to adapt the project according to random techniques, revise previously taught methods and to maintain cross-communication.
Driving work groups with a structured move forwards also allows everyone to bond as a group and to work together.

The changes achieved need continuous work to make them last: progress groups are formed to ensure the action is continued.
Most of the time, this last phase is left to the side as another project grips the teams before putting this one together, but it is vital in reinforcing the achieved results.