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Improving the supply chain performance of a leading UK wholesale and cash & carry operator

A large grocery wholesale group asked Hatmill to help them provide a more flexible supply chain as their distribution network wasn’t effectively responding to their customers’ needs.

The result: Hatmill modelled a larger distribution network to accommodate the client’s future growth plans.

Executive Summary

Project Description:

Hatmill were asked to offer a solution to help the client provide a more flexible supply chain, allowing them to react more effectively to their customers’ changing delivery requirements for fresh and short shelf life items as well as direct delivered services .

Project Challenges:

  • The client was facing capacity constraints at its national ambient and chilled distribution centres
  • Branches were holding an excessive amount of stock due to localised ordering, infrequent supplier deliveries and inaccurate systems

Hatmill’s Solution:

  • Built a stock model at sub-category level and engaged with suppliers to understand the financial benefits of centralised deliveries
  • Combined the stock model with the business plan model to create a supply chain dataset
  • Flowed the supply chain dataset through a number of network options which led to a preferred option being identified.
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