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What is a Supply Chain Consultant?

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How do you know if your business could benefit from hiring a supply chain consultant? We’ve seen many warehouse businesses over the course of nearly four decades in business. That includes some with very complex inventories that have been able to make significant improvements to operational efficiency with a few tweaks to their processes.

In this post, we’ll explain what is meant by supply chain consulting and why you should consider enlisting assistance.

What is a Supply Chain Consultant?

We differentiate supply chain consultants from warehouse consultants.

While the latter focus on everything going on within the four walls of a warehouse, the former works on everything outside of them. This can involve the movement of company goods overseas, on interstate railways, in and out of shipping ports, and anything else along the entire supply chain. Needless to say, it means that this person has many components and variables to check.

Consultants don’t need to know every aspect of the business they’re consulting, but they better know the important functions so that they can assess things, ask good questions, and begin to address problems. They need to have a working knowledge of the logistical functions end-to-end. Our clients hire us to diagnose and address severe bottlenecks in the supply chain process, which often requires us to dig into pertinent business details.

How Our Consultants Solve Problems

Monarch has worked with difficult supply chain log jams over the years. One such case involved a client trying to relocate its operation from distribution centers on the east coast and west coast to a more central location. This is very common nowadays given the global supply chain crisis which continues to force companies to rethink how they coordinate their services.

In that case, one of Monarch’s global consultants had to work with multiple distribution centers with finished goods in several locations. We found that they had a lot of inactive and obsolete merchandise creating congestion and slowing down the rest of the process. Our mission was to identify obsolete goods at the various centers and cull them out in order to alleviate warehouse overflow. This led to substantial improvements in that company’s transportation process.

Monarch’s Consulting Method

We like to break our consulting approach into a simple, four-step process: Listen, Analyze, Recommend, Hand Off.

  1. Listen: Our consultants carefully listen to the issues and concerns without making assumptions or forging premature solutions.
  2. Analyze: Our trained team knows how to objectively assess any supply chain, utilizing the latest WMS or financial reports to gather information and diagnose problems.
  3. Recommend: As soon as we identify failure points, we’ll be able to tailor an effective solution to your supply chain difficulties.
  4. Hand Off: After implementing one of our solutions, if it works, all you have to do is maintain it. Don’t forget that if problems arise following a consultation, we’ll be more than happy to lend further support.

This approach has been the key to success in getting to the bottom of numerous supply chain calamities, ultimately eliminating them.

Monarch: The Industry’s Best Supply Chain Consultant Firm

Monarch has the best team of trained consultants capable of addressing a plethora of business and logistical concerns. Today’s market conditions and shortages mean that managing the supply chain better is more essential than ever. We can help you with this as many other similar concerns such as quality control, physical inventory counts, and much more.

We can vouch for our excellent customer service with several positive testimonials as well as a nearly perfect rating on Google Reviews. Our dedication to the warehouse, supply chain, and inventory solutions goes all the way back to 1985.

Contact us today and find out why we’re your best option whenever you need a reliable supply chain consultant.

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