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Consultancy Services

Audits of transport and warehouse operations

Apprise Consulting undertakes both warehouse and transport audits ensuring compliance with Health and Safety and VOSA Operators’ (‘O’) Licence regulations.

We also carry out warehouse and third party contract audits ensuring best practice and to guarantee optimisation of labour, space, equipment and as a result - cost. The warehouse and transport audits can both be downloaded from the HowtoLogistics web site if clients wish to undertake their own audits.

Performance measurement and benchmarking

"You cannot manage what you cannot measure."

Apprise Consulting can assist you by reviewing your current performance management systems and parameters and ensure they are fit for purpose and follow the SMART ethos.

Our benchmarking service enables you to compare your own operations to those of your peers and competitors.

Production of books and papers on logistics and supply chain

Gwynne Richards is the author of Warehouse Management, now in its 3rd edition and co-author of The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit which is now in its second edition.

Gwynne Richards' highly regarded and best-selling text on warehouse management is a complete guide to best practice in warehouse operations. Warehouse Management examines how to operate an efficient and cost-effective warehouse. It provides guidance on using the latest technology, reducing inventory, people management, location and design. Covering everything from the latest technological advances to current environmental issues, Warehouse Management provides an indispensable companion to the modern warehouse. The text considers key aspects of warehouse management, including cost reduction, productivity, people management, and warehouse operations. The book is also available in Russian and Polish.

The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit provides managers with a comprehensive set of logistics tools to use in their day to day work. The book is also available in Chinese.

Research – markets, competitors, customers

With our comprehensive knowledge of the logistics market place we are able to undertake competitor profiling, customer satisfaction surveys and market research for logistics related products and services.

We also provide parcel and pallet carrier reviews ensuring the most cost effective and optimum service.

Invitations to Tender Production and Management

We can assist you with the decision as to whether to outsource or retain your logistics operations in-house. If deemed advantageous to outsource we can analyse the current situation, gather the relevant data required, identify potential partners, produce the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents, evaluate the responses, assist in short-listing and choosing a suitable partner. Finally we can provide support with implementation and regular operational and strategic reviews. We can also assist you if you are contemplating a change in supplier.

Finally we also provide support to 3PLs in completing ITTs.

Supply chain, transport and warehouse system reviews

Our experience of operating a number of different transport and warehouse operating systems over a number of years enables us to advise our clients on the most suitable and cost effective software systems for their operation. These range from transport optimisation and route planning systems through to warehouse management and ERP systems. They also include new technologies such as Voice activated picking, RFID and other mobile solutions.

Education and training

Apprise Consulting is a recognised provider of logistics training courses by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Institute of Operations Management in the UK.

We can create and provide both in-house courses in warehousing and logistics and also arrange places on accredited courses.

We are able to undertake staff training needs assessments and suggest suitable courses for all levels of staff.

Apprise consultants also assist local universities with the production of supply chain related courses and regularly lecture on supply chain topics.

Gwynne Richards is a Module Tutor on the Supply Chain Masters course at WMG part of the University of Warwick.

A distance learning course is also available: Read More

Logistics and supply chain strategy reviews

Apprise Consultants, relying on their years of experience within the supply chain can provide your company with a comprehensive analysis of your current supply chain and logistics strategy and suggest improvements where necessary and cost effective.

Transport, warehouse and inventory optimisation

Our collaboration with experts in the field of transport optimisation and warehouse simulation ensures that our customers receive a professional service coupled with a common sense approach to optimisation.

Our services include transport, inventory and warehouse optimisation, assistance with transport planning issues, route planning and vehicle optimisation, warehouse and distribution centre location determination, warehouse layout and equipment optimisation.

We can assist our clients with inventory optimisation, analysing stock holding, stock movements and customer ordering patterns to determine optimum stock levels.

Due diligence and expert witness

Apprise Consulting assists clients in the area of logistics related due diligence where mergers and takeovers are envisaged.

We can also assist insolvency practitioners assess the current situation with their client in relation to the logistics operation and suggest areas for cost improvement.

We provide Expert Witness advice in logistics matters including preparing reports and briefing counsel.

Gwynne Richards is a Practising Associate of The Academy of Experts.

Other services

  • Project Management
    • New build warehouses
    • Implementation of new contract
    • Launch of new products/services
  • Supply of Interim managers
  • Change Management
  • Lean and Six Sigma processes