I. Master-Planning and Designing: Logistic Parks
Infrastructure development is a critical enabler to economic growth. Although the urgency to develop India’s logistics infrastructure has been realised in the past decade, that task at hand is daunting. India’s logistics infrastructure is insufficient, ill-equipped and ill-designed to support the expected growth rates of 7 to 8 percent over the next decade.
Getting it right, however, is an exacting business, particularly when the designer is under pressure to keep costs down by making the correct initial choices, while at the same time having to remain aware that the building must have sufficient built-in-flexibility to allow for the economic or technical changes that will inevitably come along during its lifetime.
We at Coign Consulting have the right experience and credentials to assist you in designing and building logistics infrastructure, especially modern warehouses and cold storage assets.
We also have immense experience in automating and mechanising warehouses which improve productivity and reduce inefficiencies & turnaround times.
Our team has a good grasp on various industries like Pharmaceutical, High-Tech, Food, Retail, Consumer Goods, Chemical, Engineering Spares, Fashion and e-Commerce.
We take responsibility for the master plan and design keeping India in mind.
Coign has a rich and varied experience in designing Logistic parks. We have done projects ranging in size from 6 Lakhs square feet to 24 Lakhs square feet in various parts of the country.
Our Clients chose Coign keeping in mind our designs and knowledge of how a logistic park should be laid out and the in-depth functional & process understanding which ensures that the logistic park is efficient and environment friendly.
Our USP is a detailed usage of space available for construction. We ensure that there are adequate facilities like truck terminals, proper docking platforms, proper clearances, estate roads, hygiene facilities and unilateral flow of traffic with no traffic congestions. Our designs are Integrated to the business operated by the occupiers. This ensures that the Warehouses and the Logistics Park are best in class and Audit-Clear.
- Pre design study – Analyse the throughputs of vehicles and people. Understand the business's eco system which includes the proposed intent of development.
- Conceptualisation of the layout, providing facility specifications for optimising productivity and efficiency of the building(s) (warehouses) based on understanding of Supply Chain requirements, warehousing & transportation processes and operations.
- Preparing master layouts for the project. This includes warehouse and support building outlines and estate road paths.
- Providing architectural and engineering design services.
- Improved efficiency and productivity.
- Logistics infrastructure which allows the customer to expand and have scalable operations without having to make huge investments for change.
- We help you answer the following:
- Type of warehouses to build?
- Where it should be located?
- What should be the shape and size proportions?
- What proportion of loading docks / doors related to floor area?
- What should be the ratio of office space?
- What is the long term development strategy?
- What should be the specifications (Building Elements) of the warehouses?
- What should be the type of floor and what construction system should be used?
- What will be the estimated cost?
II. Intra warehouse Layout and Fit-out Planning
Coign’s rich working experience in executing Supply Chain Solutions at the warehouse level, including specifying warehouse buildings, planning layouts and fit-outs, warehouse operations, automation, transport vehicle interface, understanding of the level of skills and general practices across all regions in the country, blended with a global exposure, helps in churning the optimum specifications and design, which is long term ensures Scalability, Process flexibility and Integrity.
- Pre design study – Analyse As-Is process, process data, study the SKU profile, volume & weight analysis.
- Define processes to be executed.
- Design the warehouse layout including warehouse office and support services.
- Recommend the storage mix design and material handling equipment mix.
- Equipment Analysis – Analysing the mechanisation and automation requirements to support the processes.
- Signage requirement analysis – On the basis of flows of man and material, list the directional, instructional and warning signage for the project.
- Provide inputs for design of lighting layout, electrical design, CCTV and access control systems.
- Recommending secure flows for man and material movement.
- Smooth flow of man and material leading to increase in productivity and efficiency.
- Integration of Material Storage Equipment (MSE) ensuring perfect fit avoiding loss of space and increasing capacity utilisation.
- Comprehensive consideration of flows, structures, efficient routes; reducing turnaround times.
III. Infrastructure specifications and sourcing
As our designs are integrated to the intended use of the warehouse and its processes, building are unique designs with respect to column grids, heights and various operating structures. It is imperative to specify critical design basis for architectural, structural and service considerations.
These specifications include building equipment and furniture forming a part of the inward storage, outward and all intermediary procedures inside the warehouse.
This facilitates the tight integration of the infrastructure to the process executed inside it.
The specifications help in clear identification of equipment that is to be used and helps in quick and appropriate sourcing.
Providing user based functional, dimensional and technical specifications for
- Pre Engineered Building (PEB)
- Material storage solutions (MSS)
- Material handling equipment (MHE)
- Dock automation solutions
- Building insulation solutions
- Process furniture design and specifications
- Automation and mechanisation solutions
Creating an equipment specification document on the basis of functional and technical requirement of the client.
- Conducting the pre-bid process
- Preparing Tenders / RFQ documents
- Undertaking technical and commercial analysis of vendor response
- Rating, grading and recommending vendors
- Conducting installation audits
- Certifying compliance and completion
- Purchasing the right equipment in the right quantities and at the right time.
- Delivering a high performance building by smoothening flow of vehicles, material and man.
- Specifications aligned to human considerations, improving productivity and good working environment.
- Ergonomically designed process furniture increasing productivity.
- Comprehensive functional and technical specifications leading to higher ROI.
- Technical and Commercial analysis for quick decision making.
IV. Warehouse Network Planning
The function of the network is to ensure that the customer needs are met at the budgeted cost of meeting customer needs. It is important to evaluate the impact on customer service and costs as it compares different distribution options. The customer needs are met influencing your customer’s revenue which along with the cost decides the profitability of the delivery network.
The distribution network on one hand is influenced by key measures of customer service such as response time, product variety, availability, time to market and return ability, to name a few. Whereas, on the other hand it can affect costs related to inventories, transportation, facilities and also impact the customer service levels.
Coign consulting with its rich on field experience can advise you with the following solutions:
Suggesting where to have a warehouse for various levels of Distribution in the supply chain operations based on Logistics efficiencies – Network Planning & City Location Planning.
- Pre-strategy study
- Location identification
- Comparative analysis between locations
- Rating, grading and identification of location(s)
- Strategic locations for reducing inventory, faster time to market, optimising freight cost and carrying costs.
- Improving order fulfilment rate.
- Better network connectivity between warehouses.
- Hassle free distribution operations.
V. Pre-Occupation Site Audit
The Pre-Occupation Site Audit is advised as a best practice before occupying a warehouse for use. This service was introduced after understanding the plight of occupiers / tenants with respect to the misfit of the infrastructure to the process executed within the warehouse.
Many warehouse buildings / complexes continue to remain unfit for use as they do not provide the necessary infrastructure which includes a proper connectivity from the main road, guarded entrances, appropriate estate road widths catering to the required turning radii of the vehicles, sufficient docking yard widths, basic
and utilities, human hygiene facilities, building with appropriate column grids, and various elements that are required for fit-out equipment and gadgets that are becoming mandatory to the operations of a modern day warehouse.
On the basis of specific customer warehouse operations, a pre-occupation site audit check list is prepared covering the above and more elements for evaluating the short listed sites presented by the property agents.
This audit helps customers in taking an informed decision on the type of infrastructure hired by them. Additionally, POSA also helps in creating a list of technical deliverables by the prospective landlord before the warehouse is occupied.
Preparing of compliance checklist for infrastructure, facilities and amenities on the basis of client operations, functional requirements and warehouse hierarchy in the chain, which includes the following –
- Geographical positioning
- Approvals and certification
- Compatibility of building specifications to process
- External accessibility & yard size
- Entrance & traffic management
- Services evaluation
- Flooring analysis
- Hiring the warehouse in the right location facilitating order fulfilment at better rates.
- Hiring the right warehouse for the required functions, processes and human considerations.
- Hiring a warehouse with the right facilities and amenities.
- Reduction in capital expenditure by the occupier on account of expenses which otherwise are to the account of the landlord.
- Reduction in repair and maintenance expenses.
- Less downtime of equipment and infrastructure.
- Pre-Occupation Technical assessment of critical parameters.
VI. Process Automation
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
It is imperative to put in the right processes and weed out all the inefficiencies before initiating its automation. More often than not we tend to confuse automation with mechanisation.
Most of the warehouses equipment related to lift, shift and move operations come under the category of mechanisation. In only a few distribution centres where all or part of these activities are done using Artificial Intelligence can claim to be automated.
Critical and detailed analysis of functions, processes and their interplay in relation to the desired outputs (quantity, quality and accuracy) determines the need of automating a process or a function.
We at Coign Consulting facilitate this analysis.
- Evaluating processes for possible automation
- Conceptualize the layout design for various categories of automation
- Layout design for conveying, sorting & merging systems
- Furniture Design – Receiving, quality check, sorting, packing and consolidation stations, etc.
Automated warehousing applied to part or all of a distribution centre operation can provide a wide range of benefits including:
- Space savings
- Lower building costs
- Higher capacity utilisation
- Improved productivity with higher accuracy
- Efficient material flow
- Less human intervention
- Safer operations
- Reductions in inventory
- Increased reliability
- Reduced running cost
- Better ROI
VII. Warehouse Operations Process Consulting and Documentation
The objective of processes is to lead to standardisation and discipline. Alongside the processes are actions related to data capture, system actions, recording of information that is used by transaction managers to review on-ground process executors. Also documented processes ensure that all internal and customer defined processes are followed to exacting standards which results in consistency and improved performance.
Logistics firms would have to develop 2 levels of process while execution transaction:
The standard process followed irrespective of customers instructions.
The second will be Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) stipulated by the customer for executing some specific process seldom for transaction management and more often for reporting.
- Warehouse operations process audit
- Transport operations process audit
- Process gap analysis
- Process documentation
- No operational ambiguity
- Well documented processes can act as training material for new hires.
- Documented processes can be used by the marketing and sales teams to understand the organisations capabilities which empowers them to offer the right solutions to the clients which the organisation can deliver.
- Easier to analyse when management wants to understand the knowledge that was used to design the process. This also helps the management to decide if the process is relevant in the environment they are operating in.
- Helps in comparing processes with its previous iterations to gauge changes in performance over a period of time.
VIII. Strategy Consulting
With the rapidly changing supply chain environment the obstacles that continue to pose challenge to Supply Chain managers are:
- Increasing variety of products
- Decreasing product life cycles
- Increasingly demanding customers
- Fragmentation of supply chain ownership
- Difficulty in executing new strategies
It is important to understand the impact of the above obstacles because they are critical to a company’s ability to reap the maximum profitability from its supply chain. Supply chain strategies are primarily influenced by the key drivers which include:
- Facilities Network
- Sourcing of Service Providers
Coign Consulting works together to integrate and align the elements of Supply Chain Strategy with the Competitive / Business Strategy.
For LSPs an effective business strategy has become extremely important in the recent past as supply chain efficiency or the lack of it, is a heavy cost for Logistics Service Providers. Positioning of your service and targeting the right customers is a real challenge.
Yield and realization of price for the Infrastructure, resources and processes you execute can be difficult if your strategy and business plan does not align with your customer category and his objective.
Coign Consulting helps you with your business strategy to improve and streamline your business and operations plans. We can efficiently help you form a business plan and strategy which defines your targets and growth path towards more profitability.
In this view Coign Consulting can advise you on several levels when you want to build or review your strategies.
- Development of Business Strategy for Logistics and Supply Chain Services companies.
- Asset development strategy.
- Growth strategy
- Network strategy
- Strategic intervention
- Market Penetration
- Vision alignment
- Implementation of Road Map
- Capital expenditure estimations
- Efficient distribution network