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Industry Experience

Industrial Products Manufacturing and Distribution

This is a fragmented industry sector, which is maturing quickly in supply chain thinking, and undergoing a significant change in industry players. Our experience has been that no two players are alike in the way they take on the unique challenges of this sector.

The parts element of this sector is characterised by demanding service requirements and the high cost associated with delivering a premium service. We have worked across the diversity of the region, including the industry consolidation dynamics in ANZ, and the early stages of the emerging industry development in South East Asia.

The industry supply chain problems we have solved across this sector include:

  • Logistics network design initiated by distribution centre consolidation
  • Smarter ranging and inventory management to improve product availability
  • Operation excellence in distribution centres including the embracing of automation to deal with the high number of items handled
  • Warehouse systems requirements
  • Transportation operating models to cope with changing customer delivery frequencies
  • Branch logistics process redesign to improve product availability
  • Procurement of industrial property and resolution of unwanted leases

Our experience includes partnering with a multinational specialist in electrical component manufacturing to develop global logistics operational standards and implement a transport control tower. Our client had multiple variations of logistics processes, definitions and no global Centre of Excellence.

With decentralised process control across each region, our client was unable to scale efficiencies, competencies and control globally. XAct Solutions brought best-in-class practices to the client by developing process frameworks and standard operating procedures.

This was followed by the implementation of a control tower for our client to increase visibility and governance of outsourced logistics operations, whilst delivering a shift in customer service from reactive to proactive. The shift in service was paramount to the client’s ability to compete in the time sensitive project-based industry.

For a leading chemical manufacturer, we delivered their manufacturing and logistics network design for ANZ. We then took on a greater challenge with the same network modelling assignment for the business’s operations in China. Our partnership has continued over the years to design the networks of many other regions in SE Asia. Case Study- Bunzl – VIC RDC

We have partnered with industry leaders across the region including:

  • Blackwoods
  • Bostik
  • Bunzl
  • Davey
  • Ecolab
  • Fletcher Insulation
  • Inenco
  • Iplex
  • Jasol
  • Laminex
  • Reece
  • Schneider Electric
  • Stramit
  • Tradelink
  • Wattyl
  • Westfarmers Industrial Safety Workwear