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Consultancy Services

Audits of transport and warehouse operations

Apprise Consulting undertakes both warehouse and transport audits ensuring compliance with Health and Safety and VOSA Operators’ (‘O’) Licence regulations.

We also carry out warehouse and third-party contract audits ensuring best practice and to guarantee optimisation of labour, space, equipment and as a result - cost.

The warehouse and transport audits can both be downloaded from HowtoLogistics site if clients wish to undertake their own audits.The audit sheets have over 100 questions and each area can be scored and compared to previous audits.

The cost of the DIY Excel audit is £75.00

Performance measurement and benchmarking

"You cannot manage what you cannot measure."

Apprise Consulting can assist you by reviewing your current performance management systems and parameters and ensure they are fit for purpose and follow the SMART ethos.

Our benchmarking service enables you to compare your own operations to those of your peers and competitors.

Production of Books and Papers, guest speaker

The staff and Associates at Apprise Consulting Ltd have been involved in the production and publication of books, papers and blogs since the company’s inception.

Gwynne Richards has written and published Warehouse Management – a complete guide to improving efficiency and minimizing costs in the modern warehouse.

The book is currently in its third edition and has sold over 15,000 copies worldwide.

The book is also available in Russian, Malaysian and Polish.

Future languages include Chinese.

The book is supported by a YouTube Channel

Gwynne Richards has also co-authored two other books – The Logistics and Supply Chain Toolkit and The Logistics Outsourcing Handbook.

Both are available to purchase from www.koganpage.com. Enter KPFRIENDS at checkout for a 20% discount!

Research – markets, competitors, customers

With our comprehensive knowledge of the logistics marketplace we are able to undertake competitor profiling, customer satisfaction surveys and market research for logistics related products and services.

We also provide parcel and pallet carrier reviews ensuring the most cost effective and optimum service.

Invitations to Tender Production and Management

We can assist you with the decision as to whether to outsource or retain your logistics operations in-house. If deemed advantageous to outsource we can analyse the current situation, gather the relevant data required, identify potential partners, produce the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents, evaluate the responses, assist in short-listing and choosing a suitable partner. Finally, we can provide support with implementation and regular operational and strategic reviews. We can also assist you if you are contemplating a change in supplier.

Finally, we also provide support to 3PLs in completing ITTs.

Supply chain, transport and warehouse system reviews

Our experience of operating a number of different transport and warehouse operating systems over a number of years enables us to advise our clients on the most suitable and cost-effective software systems for their operation. These range from transport optimisation and route planning systems through to warehouse management and ERP systems. They also include new technologies such as Voice activated picking, RFID and other mobile solutions.

Education and training

Apprise Consulting is a recognised provider of logistics training courses by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Supply Chain Academy and Informa.

We can create and provide both in-house courses in warehousing and logistics and also arrange places on accredited courses.

We are able to undertake staff training needs assessments and suggest suitable courses for all levels of staff.

Apprise consultants also assist local universities with the production of supply chain related courses and regularly lecture on supply chain topics.

Gwynne Richards is a Lecturer on the Supply Chain Masters course at WMG part of the University of Warwick.

He is also a visiting lecturer at the Singapore Institute of Management, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A distance learning course is also available: Read More

Logistics and supply chain strategy reviews

Apprise Consultants, relying on their years of experience within the supply chain can provide your company with a comprehensive analysis of your current supply chain and logistics strategy and suggest improvements where necessary and cost effective.

Transport, warehouse and inventory optimisation

Our collaboration with experts in the field of transport optimisation and warehouse simulation ensures that our customers receive a professional service coupled with a commonsense approach to optimisation.

Our services include transport, inventory and warehouse optimisation, assistance with transport planning issues, route planning and vehicle optimisation, warehouse and distribution centre location determination, warehouse layout and equipment optimisation.

We can assist our clients with inventory optimisation, analysing stock holding, stock movements and customer ordering patterns to determine optimum stock levels.

Due diligence and expert witness

Apprise Consulting assists clients in the area of logistics related areas such as poor logistics practices, health and safety and operational issues.

We can also assist insolvency practitioners assess the current situation with their client in relation to the logistics operation and suggest areas for cost improvement.

We provide Expert Witness advice in logistics matters including preparing reports and briefing counsel. We have experience of appearing in giving evidence in the Crown Court and in tribunals.

Gwynne Richards is a Practising Associate of The Academy of Experts.

Other services

  • Project Management
    • New build warehouses
    • Implementation of new contract
    • Launch of new products/services
  • Supply of Interim managers
  • Change Management
  • Lean and Six Sigma processes