A pharmaceutical manufacturer was having difficulty aligning its logistics operations on a global basis.
- Reduce distribution costs by 10%, reduce management complexity, and optimize customer delivery performance.
- Redesigned the warehouse network in Europe.
- Redesigned transportation flows in NAFTA.
- Accelerated the integration of a major acquisition.
Align European & US Distribution Networks
A pharmaceutical manufacturer was having difficulty aligning its logistics operations on a global basis. Having already assisted the organization to achieve logistics and distribution savings in one division, Highland was asked to support the development and implementation of a single distribution network for Europe and NAFTA operations across all six business divisions.
The Highland Group conducted a Discovery and Design process, using visual mapping techniques to identify and detail key opportunities for improvement, the specific approach required to achieve the desired results and the projected benefits.
- Mapped all distribution flows and quantified distribution operations through 14 factories, 91 warehouses in 25 countries.
- Standardized data from multiple ERP systems for analysis.
- Aligned country-level customer service needs by service channel.
- Modeled the “ideal flow” to identify the most appropriate locations for product storage and distribution.
- Aligned objectives between business divisions, country affiliates and the global supply organization.
- Developed a new collaborative organization entity, “The Supply Chain Council,” to provide ongoing cross-business governance.
Reduced annualized costs by