WDGC incorporates logistics into all of its manufacturing site selection studies.

This sometimes includes determining which existing plants are best suited for accommodating new capacity. We also utilize models to conduct freight cost comparison and minimization for manufacturing site selection.

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In the distribution arena, WDGC supports its clients in a number of ways. Frequently our clients’ logistics unit will define a geographic search region for a new warehouse. WDGC will then be tasked with finding the optimal location within the search region. Decision factors include labor market, unionization, sites/buildings, electric power, taxes, and incentives. Scorecards are utilized to rank areas and tender recommendations.

There are times when a client will request a distribution center network optimization analysis. WDGC teams with a strategic alliance partner to perform such studies. The network analysis examines the existing distribution center configuration. We then engage in scenario analysis by adding one or more distribution centers to the network.

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Impacts such as the following are quantified:

  • New warehouse size
  • Market coverage
  • Freight costs
  • Inbound
  • Outbound
  • Additional operation costs
  • Labor
  • Occupancy
  • Taxes
  • One-time costs
  • Site/building
  • Equipment
  • Geographic search region for siting the new DC

In undertaking a network optimization analysis, WDGC and its partner utilize various software analytical tools. One that we frequently rely on is Radical Tools

Our Logistics clients Include:

  • Brembo
  • Coldwater Creek
  • DeMets Candy
  • Lakeshore Learning
  • Lowe’s
  • New York Times (printing plant)
  • PFERD (brushes)
  • Target
  • The Children’s Place
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • Villeroy & Boch (tableware)
  • 84 Lumber

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WDGC stands ready to guide you through the alignment process to ensure that the overall site selection process advances your business objectives. Our role is flexible, we can either lead to the study team or provide selected expertise (e.g., labor market metrics) as a dedicated team member.

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