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about that solution, but now this
makes perfect sense," he adds.
A feature that is unique to Logistix
Solutions' software is its Proximity
Radar View application, which shows
users how much it would cost to not
have plants and distribution centers
in optimum locations.

Immediate Savings
A large national home improvement
and construction industry supplier
that ships products from overseas as
well as from a manufacturing plant
on the East Coast recently benefited
from Logistix Solutions' platform.
The distribution optimization project took between eight and 10 weeks,
which Camozzo says is the average for
larger projects.
"[The supplier's] expansion, mergers and the daily effort to maintain
product availability resulted in a
chaotic flow of products at a very
high cost," Logistix Solutions says.
"[Our software] first optimized
flows through the current network
of distribution facilities and then
optimized the number of facilities to
reduce inventory costs and an overly
complex process.
"Changes were quickly put in place
and savings were immediate, at approximately 30 percent," the company
adds. "Next, we modeled hundreds of
scenarios and combinations resulting
in a hub-and-spoke distribution network with major and satellite distribution centers, optimized port of entry
and supplier-direct shipments. This
transformation would require a twoto three-year implementation plan
while current facilities come off-lease
and are replaced with optimally located facilities, new technology is implemented and financial systems are
improved to track expected savings of
several million dollars annually."

Nearly all of the manufacturers that
use Logistix Solutions' software are
running into the same issues while
trying to balance both inbound supply and manufacturing operations
and outbound delivery simultaneously. "We often hear questions like
'what does my optimum distribution
network look like if I increase [or decrease] my overseas production or
bring in products from alternative
ports of entry,' or 'what if I ship products directly from the supplier to my
customers?'" Camozzo says. "These
are often complex issues that cut
across the entire supply chain and are
not easily addressed by spreadsheet
solutions that only reflect what you
want to see or logistics service providers that may be primarily focused only
on the delivery side.
"We nearly always see an interest in
modeling e-commerce or omni-channel distribution and the impact on the
current or future-state distribution
network," he adds. "No one wants to
be stuck with a distribution network
that's not responsive to e-commerce
challenges, whether that's faster customer fulfillment times or changes in
how distribution centers operate and
the inventory they carry."

Ease of Use
Logistix Solutions software is available by subscription and is easy to use
and install. "We offer enterprise-level
software without the enterprise price
and without the burden associated
with acquiring and implementing expensive and overly complicated technology products," Camozzo says.
Logistix Solutions software can typically produce a model mirroring the
current distribution network within a
few weeks.
The advantage of being an "on-demand" application allows Logistix
Solutions to continuously develop
new features and applications for its
software. Recently, the system added
the ability to perform simulations using probabilistic demand functions.
"Once the baseline model is set up
and validated, it's very gratifying to
simply push a button and optimize
a solution from scratch or simulate
future patterns in demand or changes in the marketplace and see how
that might impact operations down
the road," Camozzo says. "[Users]
can see what might happen or how
they could set up manufacturing and
distribution if they could start from
scratch or see into the future." mt

logistix solutions can show
users how much it would
cost to not have facilities in
optimum locations.

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