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Logistics can spell the difference between success and failure in business. Whilst there is little debate over what a ‘strategic’ view is, the term ‘logistics’ opens considerable discussion around what comprises logistics. Quite simply, the strategic view is from the most senior level of an organisation or from the top of a project management perspective.
At AML Advisory, our experienced consultants come from a variety of backgrounds, including industry, government and defence specialists. Logistics in a commercial setting generally encompasses the functions of warehousing, inventory management and distribution to meet order fulfilment.
From our involvement in a broad variety of defence projects, ‘logistics’ in a defence environment is far broader than its commercial counterpart. There are many definitions that could be debated; however, AML considers that logistics in a defence environment is the discipline of planning and carrying out the movement, supply, and maintenance of military forces. This disciplined approach can easily be applied to a commercial organisation and it has been AML’s experience that commercial organisations are embracing of a more comprehensive approach, in those aspects of an organisations operations that deal with:
- Design, development, acquisition, storage, distribution, maintenance, evacuation, and disposition of materiel.
- Personnel preparation, including training, welfare, medical and health services support and transportation.
- Acquisition or construction, maintenance, operation, and disposition of facilities.
- Acquisition or furnishing of services.
Logistical considerations have always played a strategic role in business and should be factored into each phase of the Lifecycle Management model. (refer to model above) Whether it be agriculture, manufacturing, retailers and wholesalers, strategic logistical considerations transcend your business at all levels and ultimately impact your business success.
At AML Advisory, we have proven experience in delivering strategic logistical consulting to major government and commercial organisations. It is AML’s view that having sound strategic logistics advice will support your business plan with a framework or series of guideposts that keeps an operating plan on the right path to meeting objectives. It helps define your organisation’s identity, where you want to be and how you’ll get there while addressing stakeholders’ concerns and expectations.
At AML, we believe that an effective logistics plan can help your organisation minimise fixed or variable expenditure by defining the service levels at which your organisation is most cost-effective. The result is a win-win situation: your organisation benefits from cost efficiency, and your customers get what they need, when they need it, boosting customer acquisition, satisfaction and retention.
The three major aspects of strategic logistics planning include long-term goals and the means and process for achieving those goals.
- Long-term goals: Long-term goals include customer satisfaction, your organisation’s competitive advantage and supply chain management.
- Means: The means for achieving your long-term goals include delivering value and customer service.
- Process: The process for achieving your organisation’s long-term goals, which includes how you’ll execute your logistics strategy, as well as anticipating and managing change and relating each element of your logistics strategy to the organisation’s overarching business objectives.
At a detailed level, a strategic logistics plan should include some or all of the following elements:
- An overview of the logistics strategy in general terms and how it relates to other business functions.
- Logistics objectives and how each relates to cost and service for the product and the customer.
- Descriptions of each strategy that will support the overall strategic logistics plan. These strategies should include inventory and warehousing, order processing and fulfillment, transportation and customer service.
- A breakdown of each logistic or operational plan including timing, costs for implementation and their impact on other business functions and the business as a whole.
- Forecasts of requirements for the workforce, capital and any other necessary assets.
- A financial statement that describes capital requirements, operating costs and cash flow in detail to paint a clear financial picture for executives and stakeholders.
- A business impacts analysis that details anticipated impacts on profits, customer service and other business functions.
Aligning your logistics goals to broader business objectives is a crucial component of an effective logistics plan. By partnering with AML Advisory you will be gaining a team of local experts who are committed to seeing your business succeed with a sound effective strategic logistics plan. Book a consultation with us to discuss optimising your organisation’s strategic logistics approach and planning. This could be the key to realising a substantial return on investment.