What is logistics consulting?
The Logistics Consulting is part of the Management Consulting and operates mainly in the Corporate Operations. We can define it as the scope of intervention of logistics consultancy in the Supply Chain, which must be understood as an extension of the traditional concept of Logistics and also of the more advanced one of Integrated Logistics. Logistics Consulting Companies can, therefore, provide a contribution along the entire supply chain with interventions in terms of supply, demand forecasting, and inventory management, production planning, distribution network, warehouse organization, and intralogistics.
What Does A Logistics Consultant Do?
The Logistics Consultant makes diagnoses and proposes alternatives. He analyzes and apprehends his client’s problem to offer him appropriate measures. The logistics consultant analyzes his client’s request to provide him with his know-how to design and implement the most appropriate solution in response to his expectations in terms of logistics, based on three parameters i.e., cost, quality, bringing the product and service into line with market expectations.
The Logistics Consultant advises the various actors with whom he is in contact to improve and optimize their logistics chain, from supply from suppliers to in-store logistics. The Logistics Consultant can thus be brought to implement new technologies or to reorganize/optimize the sites in a more macro way.
The logistics consultant should be master the entire logistics chain, from the supply of raw materials and supplier relationships to distribution networks and customer services, including production, inventory management, etc. In this way, he can ensure a comprehensive understanding of his client’s situation, expectations, and needs. He must be able to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current operation to establish recommendations.
The role of the logistics consultant
The primary role of the logistics consultant is the organization, management, and coordination of the various activities of delivery and storage of goods. The main objective of this position is the reduction of transport costs and times as well as the limitation of stocks.
Stock and flow management
One of the logistician’s primary roles is to control the flow of goods and their storage. Indeed, he must verify that the planned delivery times are respected. His role is to regulate the flow of goods to and from the company. He checks the proper functioning of the storage and handling systems put in place and can propose new ones.
Cost reduction and control
As we have seen, all the tasks entrusted to the logistics consultant aim to regulate the costs incurred. He tries to spend the least possible budget while respecting the deadlines and standards in force. For this, it must seek the least expensive distribution and supply service without losing quality.
This job also consists of checking the quality standards of the company but also of the global rules which govern the transport of goods. Thus, the logistics consultant monitors the compliance of the delivery of goods with legal and tax standards but also their good condition.
Customer relations and inter-services
Finally, as a true logistics consultant, he contacts with the various departments of the company as well as its partners. He ensures the satisfaction of each of the stakeholders and the proper flow of information. His role leads him to establish and maintain a privileged relationship with carriers, customers, suppliers, logistics operators, sales, and purchasing.
In short, the logistics consultant must guarantee the optimal functioning of the logistics chain, from start to finish. He must carry out this mission by aiming above all to save time for the company but also to reduce costs!