GCL Group
Logistics & Supply Chain Consulting

Logistics Information System

Logistics Information System Minimizing Risk

More and more organizations recognize the need for establishing a permanent logistics function to improve their customer service.

Along with this recognition, managers realize the complexity of the issues and discover that logistics information management is at the centre of logisticians’ concerns. Information management is essential when undertaking customer service improvement through better product availability or personalized delivery. In all cases information will be at the centre of each decision. Consequently, business leaders today work together to set up IT tools for capturing and managing information.

There are usually three main avenues logisticians can take to manage distribution centres: firstly the internal development and adaptation of IT solutions with new desired features; secondly there is the integrated software (ERP) approach which will offer a very integrated but limited functional coverage; and finally the integration of specialized software packages. The optimization of integrated logistics processes generates considerable savings. These savings cannot however be achieved without appropriate management of information, resources and costs. The popularity of logistical information systems has grown in recent years in order to meet the requirements of today’s logistics managers. Analyzing and setting up the available systems can sometimes prove to be a difficult task.

Our offering for logistics information systems is governed by the following principles:

  • Functional Analysis: Analysis of business processes. Establishment of functional requirements based on optimal processes, development of specifications, operational impact study, cost/benefit analysis of the logistics information system implementation, organization and training of the resources, presentation to top management.
  • Software selection: Definition of requirements and establishment of an evaluation grid. Identification and evaluation of potential suppliers. Selection of optimal solution based on pre-established parameters. Vendor information analysis, pre-qualification and selection.
  • Selection and integration of technologies: Identifying needs and establishing an evaluation grid. Identification and assessment of potential suppliers. Selection of optimal technologies: voice recognition, RFID, RF, pick-to-light, based on pre-set parameters. Analysis of pre-qualification and assistance in the choice of a supplier. Implementation project management.
  • Software integration: Establishment of optimal business processes, detailed functional analysis for development, analysis and tracking of specific required development, testing of specific developments and training on the new software. Loading of operational data and assistance in start-up.