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Web of Efficiency

Logistics and distribution


As intricate as a spider’s web, logistics and distribution networks are highly complex, making the movement of products and materials from point to point on a global scale a significant challenge for many companies. Networks become outdated rapidly due to the constant addition of new suppliers, customers, sales channels and the changing expectations of customers and suppliers. Business events, such as mergers or acquisitions, create redundancies. Emerging markets increasingly represent both distribution and sourcing locations. These and other factors contribute to escalated costs, reduced efficiency and logistical complexity. Most companies also struggle with automation, often operating with antiquated technology that is costly to maintain and doesn’t provide requisite data on carriers, rates and spending across the organization.

Whether a company is seeking a global transformational initiative or a series of effective tactical efforts, Deloitte’s Logistics and Distribution practice offers knowledge, skills and experience to help companies plan and efficiently operate their networks globally while executing effectively at the local level. We work with companies to develop strategy, identify opportunities and create innovative alternatives that provide supply chain improvement for shareholders and customers.

Featured insights:

Moving forward in reverse: Why reverse logistics needs a dedicated channel
As businesses seek new ways to gain competitive advantage, the often-overlooked returns function can be a practical source of cost-cutting and revenue generation. Discover the potential benefits to be gained from having a dedicated reverse logistics channel.
Supply chain leadership
In the midst of growing supply chain complexity, some businesses are identified as supply chain followers, while others are distinguishing themselves as supply chain leaders. Read the results of the 2014 Global Supply Chain Survey and learn what differentiates the two groups, including actionable advice for companies aiming to build on the leaders’ strengths and join their ranks.
Supply chain resilience
Supply chain resilience provides a framework for identifying and analyzing all forms of supply chain risk.
us_consulting_handholding4_56x56_061610.jpg Delivering the goods and more
The case for third-party logistics (3PL) firms elevating to 4PL status.
China access: The opening of the distribution sector
Its impact on how foreign companies do business in China.


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