- 3PL Selection & Implementation Transition/Assistance
Johnson Stephens Consulting assisted Wild & Wolf, a manufacturer and wholesaler of design-led gifts and lifestyle products, which supplies retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Walmart, Target, Williams-Sonoma and numerous others, with the selection and implementation of a third-party logistics provider. At the start of the project, their internally operated, low ceiling height distribution center provided no internal or external expansion path for needed capacity growth. The company also shared the facility with a sister organization which decided that Wild & Wolf should exit the facility in order to provide for the sister company’s business plan. In addition, Wild & Wolf acknowledged that many of the distribution center’s current work methods were not optimal, had little to no MHE technology in the facility, and customer service levels of 4 to 6 days for order picking cycle time were not acceptable. Their objective was to find a logistics partner who could migrate their distribution operation into a different space, create a more efficient layout in a high bay facility, utilize more automated MHE systems, and operate in a manner which minimizes labor while improving service levels to customers such that an order cycle time of 2 days or less would be attained (measured as order dropped to order shipped).