House of Fraser - ABC Receiving & Slotting Model

House of Fraser is a British department store group with 57 stores and 2 outlets across the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1849 as Arthur and Fraser. By 1891, it was known as Fraser & Sons. The company grew steadily during the early 20th century, and after the Second World War a large number of acquisitions transformed the company into a national chain. More recently it has been owned by several Entities including the Chinese Sanpower Group and now Sports Direct.

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Topics: Warehouse Management, Warehouse Review

Baxi - Industry 4 Review

Baxi is a part of BDR Thermea, one of Europe's largest manufacturers and distributors of domestic and commercial water and space heating systems.

It employs 6,400 people throughout Europe with a turnover exceeding €1.2 billion. The group has significant market shares across all major continental territories and in the United Kingdom.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

FJ Need Foods - Transport Review

FJ Need are a manufacturer and processor of cheese. They have an in-house fleet complemented by hauliers.

Their parent company Ornua were concerned with whether the transport arrangements within Need Foods were correct, wishing to establish:
  • Whether third party haulier usage was effective or not
  • The required changes to current fleet
  • Whether to keep fleet as is, reduce fleet, disband fleet or expand fleet
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Topics: Network Optimisation and Transport

Zip Waters - Re-engineering


In the United Kingdom, Zip has customer service offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and near Norwich, plus warehousing near Norwich and manufacturing facilities at Southport, Merseyside.

Zip Waters warehousing and fulfilment operation in Norfolk had grown and expanded its sales over the years such that they had needed to take on additional space for storage and packing in a number of smaller units on the industrial estate.

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Topics: Facility Re-Engineering

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust– Review of Commercial Transport Services


The remit was to review the commercial transport (courier) services currently undertaken or commissioned by NHS organisations within the Sussex & East Surrey Sustainability & Transformation Partnership and make recommendations for improvements in service delivery and cost and environmental performance (CO2 savings).

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Topics: Network Optimisation and Transport

Baxi – Transport Review


Baxi has an in-house fleet complemented by hauliers. The remit was to quantify:

  • The impact of having no in-house fleet and using hauliers only.
  • Increasing the own fleet and to what point.
  • The cost increment of delivering to merchants’ sales outlets instead of their distribution centres.
  • The cost increment of delivering direct to end users.
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Topics: Network Optimisation and Transport

Hancocks – e-fulfilment


LPC have significant experience in picking and packing operations and were engaged by Hancocks to design a new standalone picking and packing operation dedicated to the business e-commerce fulfilment. In determining its location and layout within the facility the operation had to take into account:

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Topics: Facility Re-Engineering

DHL Tradeteam – Wholesaler Fleet Review

LPC were retained by DHL Tradeteam to review a wholesaler client’s fleet requirement and how distribution ought to change to maximise efficiency and minimise cost to serve.

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Topics: Fleet Review

B&M Bargains - Warehouse Design

Following on from their continuing growth B&M were looking to open a Southern DC to support their Southern Stores. A site had been identified and LPC were initially retained to carry out a validation of the proposals for the site prior to submission of planning applications by the developer.  The high level brief was to validate the requirement for a 1 million square foot warehouse with consideration to automation.

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Topics: Warehouse Design

ENOTRIA&CO – Wine Distribution

LPC was originally approached to review the layout and fit out requirement for a new DC to ensure that it could meet its service levels and HMRC compliance.

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Topics: Distribution Modelling

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