Retail Store Freight Consolidation

Today’s retailers demand their customers must not be inconvenienced by store remodels and new store openings must also be executed on schedule. To expedite their projects, minimize retail store disruptions and minimize expenses, retailers realize the value of consolidating store assets. For new stores, remodels and special events, critical store assets must be in the right place at the right time to ensure labor efficiencies, maximize selling opportunities and minimize disruptions to the customer.

We understand your need to track, receive, manage, ship and inform. Whether by department or by an entire store, Hayes has the resources and technology to make any store roll-out or remodel project successful.

Case Study: Retail Consolidation

The Business Challenge:

A national retailer was seeking solutions to expedite the roll-out of new stores and leverage their purchasing power. However, the retailer was encountering supply chain issues: lost and damaged freight due to excessive cross docking, excessive amounts of LTL shipments, freight was untimely at remodels and new stores. Therefore, installations were delayed and costly, the buying power was lost due to individual order placements and freight dollars of LTL shipments were exceeding budget.

Hayes Solution:

  • Established regional warehouse locations to consolidate purchasing power, manage and distribute inventory.
  • Process Team established guidelines for receiving, logging, creating online visibility by regional location. Hayes warehouse personnel then worked with the retailer and vendors to establish labeling and shipping guidelines.
  • Created live online tracking for the Retailer to monitor receipts, shipments and inventory.
  • Collaborated with the Retailer to deliver a JIT process for all new stores.
  • Established systems for warehouse inventory tracking, receipts, shipments, and audits.

The Result:

The new partnership resulted in a significant improvement and cost savings in a range of areas. Due to an improved supply chain there was a cost savings in FF&E (fixtures, furnishings and equipment) due to greater vendor efficiencies. Freight costs were lowered significantly due to a drastic reduction in LTL freight. Speed of field operations were increased due to load sequencing and inventory management was enhanced with the greater use of technology. The result was new stores opened quicker and at a lower cost. Remodels completed sooner minimizing the impact on customers and disruption to the stores.

Are you ready to turn complicated supply chains into an efficient and timely supply chain strategy? Get in touch with Hayes Company.