Commercial Services – Logistics Planning

Acquisition Strategies

As companies expand to new strategic opportunities on a Global platform, acquisition strategies require complex logistics evaluation, design and engineering. Corporate strategies are focused on the utilization of variable cost strategic alliances that provide flexible responses to changing market conditions. Bennett incorporates a data evaluation and assessment methodology for implementing core internal structures and services. This data is used to design and engineer tailored solutions for outsourcing and acquiring operational, logistics and administrative support services. Bennett’s worldwide expertise and service partners provide a level of expertise that determines the most cost effective strategy to design, engineer and implement new projects and business expansions. We provide the following services:

  • General and Specific Market Conditions and Operational Restrictions
  • Technical Reviews for “Best in Class” Operational Structures and Continual Cost Analysis
  • Vendor Sourcing and Purchase Order Procurement Management
  • Life Cycle Inventory or Services Strategies & Construction
  • Operational Structure Recommendations
  • Personnel Recommendation and Cost Evaluation

Whether Commercial or Government based projects, Bennett brings the professionals to provide an expanded level of logistics planning and support tools for our customers.

Consulting

Since 1974, Bennett has achieved recognition as a leader in planning and executing logistics projects of all types and sizes. Bennett’s consultants leverage the firsthand knowledge gained from running the day to day operations of the entire Bennett family of companies to recommend and develop full spectrum logistics solutions. This includes the integration of asset and non-asset service providers, IT supply chain systems and visibility, vendor management, vendor audit and payment and implementation strategies to meet your organization’s goals. Using our extensive knowledge of industry best practices, Bennett delivers products and services that are tangible, demonstrable, and measurable. Our consulting services provide the following separate or integrated capabilities:

  • Evaluation of the Existent Supply Chain Application Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Architecture Design of a Modified Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Core Carrier, Service Provider, and Vendor Compliance Review
  • IT Requirements for TMS, WMS, EMS, QMS Module Integration
  • Life Cycle Management Planning
  • Integration and Execution Planning
  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Quality Metric Development and Management Systems Review

Bennett provides the foundation for proper planning, evaluation, and preparation before and during implementation of Supply Chain systems.

Full Life Cycle Planning

Life Cycle planning is an extremely diverse and complex process, depending on the required end objectives. The planning process incorporates management disciplines, IT systems engineering, data retrieval, data evaluation and data management systems. Product qualification and feasibility incorporates financial management and future supportability requirements.

Logistics planning begins at the moment the need for a new product arises. Bennett’s subject matter experts leverage decades of experience in the logistics environment to develop innovative solutions that embrace the newest technologies and lean methodologies to keep costs low and delivery trouble free. Bennett designs logistics systems from startup surge through sustainment and finally recycle and disposal. Bennett provides you with single point accountability across every facet of your supply chain.

Logistics System Design / Engineering

Bennett’s logistics consultants provide logistics system design services tailored to the specific needs of our customers. Bennett will design a system that sources components, materials and equipment at the lowest possible cost. Likewise, it will transport those items in the most efficient manner possible. Bennett will provide analysis of the various modes of transport available to sustain strategic inventories at every point in the supply chain. Bennett’s decades of experience provides powerful insight into today’s dynamic marketplace. These insights help us anticipate our customer’s needs and engineer complete logistical systems that are failsafe and lean.

Outsourced Traffic Management

At our customers’ request, Bennett has applied our asset and multi-modal transportation expertise to deliver outsourced traffic management. As seasoned traffic professionals, our subject matter experts fulfill customer specific needs in transportation, warehouse, distribution, compliance, supply chain and project management.  Bennett has the ability to support all of your Logistics, Transportation, Distribution, and Administrative programs with our staff, equipment, IT systems, and operating systems. Outsourcing provides the following benefits:

  • Improve Company Focus on Immediate Needs
  • Incorporate “World Class” Capabilities
  • Freeing Up the Clients Internal Resources
  • Obtain Resources Not Available Internally
  • Accelerate Re-engineering Strategies, Goals and Objectives
  • Implement a Variable Cost Structure as Needed

Our capabilities range from short term project design and execution to long term dedicated personnel support to insure continuity and program success. In the Bennett model, we custom design and procure “Skilled Specialist” to fulfill competencies extracted from the customer’s scope of work. Each job position is designed to insure optimum job duty functionality for associates with a logical career advancement plan. We specialize in Commercial applications for the following arenas.

  • Logistics Personnel
  • Vendor Procurement and Purchase Order Inspection and Expediting
  • Warehouse and Distribution Personnel
  • Field and On-Site Project Transportation Personnel
  • IT Logistics Systems Programming and Development
  • Process Systems, Vendor, Production, Training and Execution Compliance
  • Quality Assurance and Inspection
  • Administrative and Support Personnel
  • Dedicated Driver, Equipment and Pool Management

Bennett has the people, knowledge, experience and history to bring the “Work Scope Specialist” into your existing structure. They will perform as valuable team members to accomplish your established goals with added value as a variable cost.

Project Logistics Organization

Bennett’s seasoned team of Project Managers will manage your project in alignment with the strategic goals of your organization. Bennett embraces the Project Management Institute’s idea that there is a strong correlation between an organization’s capabilities in project and program management and the organization’s effectiveness in implementing strategy. Our history of heavy-lift and out- of- gauge cargo planning requirements provides our customers hands-on experience in project management.  With an asset and non-asset logistics support capability; we can bring specialized knowledge, project organization, project pre-planning, and experienced personnel to provide an execution level that is “Best in Class”.  We offer a full suite of services and personnel to lead and support logistics efforts. Our project model incorporates the following services:

  • Determine Project Scope, Parameters and Constraints
  • Define and Benchmark Present Conditions and Operations Processes
  • Define Specific Operational Requirements and Project Exceptions
  • Evaluation of Client Expectations and Technical Requirements
  • Conceptual Objectives and Strategic Goals Design
  • Define Project Costs and Supporting Infrastructure
  • Detailed Project Organization and Execution Plan
  • Operation Plans and Identify Support Resources
  • Support Vendor / Service Provider Compliance and Organization
  • Project Management Teams Constructed and Personnel Requirements
  • Master Time Line Scheduling
  • Project Communication Systems
  • Implementation Management Support Service with Milestone Definition
  • Project Cost Management and Metric Management
  • Vendor / Contractor Audit Payment Processes
  • Post Project Compliance and Reporting

Bennett’s long history of Commercial and Government project management models provide the expertise, skill sets, processes and systems for success with your next project.

Project Organization and Project Personnel

Bennett’s seasoned team of Project Managers will manage your project in alignment with the strategic goals of your organization. Our history of heavy-lift and out- of- gauge cargo planning requirements provides our customers hands-on experience in project management. Bennett embraces the Project Management Institute’s idea that there is a strong correlation between an organization’s capabilities in project and program management and the organization’s effectiveness in implementing strategy. Today’s logistics marketplace is increasing in complexity daily, as are today’s logistics projects. Bennett excels at providing solutions to these complex and difficult problems. We offer a full suite of services and personnel to lead and support logistics efforts. Examples of Bennett’s Project Organization services include:

  • Determine Project Scope, Parameters and Constraints
  • Define and Benchmark Present Conditions and Operations Processes
  • Define Specific Operational Requirements and Project Exceptions
  • Evaluation of Client Expectations and Technical Requirements
  • Conceptual Objectives and Strategic Goals Design
  • Define Project Costs and Supporting Infrastructure
  • Detailed Project Organization and Execution Plan
  • Operation Plans and Identify Support Resources
  • Support Vendor / Service Provider Compliance and Organization
  • Project Management Teams Constructed and Personnel Requirements
  • Master Time Line Scheduling
  • Project Communication Systems
  • Implementation Management Support Service with Milestone Definition
  • Project Cost Management and Metric Management
  • Vendor / Contractor Audit Payment Processes
  • Post Project Compliance and Reporting

Bennett has a long history of private sector and government project management. Our models provide the professionals, processes and systems to make your project a success.

Purchase Order Management

Today’s logistics marketplace is increasing in complexity daily, as is today’s logistics supply chains environment. The vendor, origin for purchased products, has the greatest impact to supply chain on-time performance.  The costs to manage the coordination, expedite and transport vendor products has grown exponentially. This has created the need to eliminate non-value added costs.

Real time supply chain visibility and operational management systems that can react to transport delays, changes and backlogs are a necessity to reducing costs. Bennett’s solution is a specialized application designed specifically for project logistics and supply chain solutions that captures the purchased good at its earliest point of production. The system parameters are set to track vendor estimated and actual shipping dates; organizing, coordinating, tracking, tracing and providing problem resolution to insure on-time delivery.  The key to our success is providing notification and updates electronically and verbally when needed. Our services incorporate the following purchasing support:

  • Vendor Contact and Product Actual Ship Date Monitoring
  • Time Line Delivery Updates as Ship Dates are Revised
  • Transportation Carrier Selection and Coordination Defined by Product Priority
  • Transportation and Shipment Support Services Executed
  • Tracking and Tracing Notifications
  • Consignee / Destination Communication and Coordination
  • Problem Resolution and Contingency Plan Implementation
  • Web Based Customer Portal Visibility
  • Vendor Order Reconciliation and Payment Management
  • Claims Processing
  • Vendor Shipment History Reporting

The costs savings realized by eliminating non-value added time and waste with personnel time, rescheduling equipment, detention and cost over-runs for expedited material provide the basis for real measureable impacts to the bottom line.

Regulatory & Security Compliance

New federal regulations have added additional liability and risk to the qualification, selection and approval of transportation service providers.  This risk has increased the need for an advanced level of vendor vetting and compliance review by many contracting entities. Bennett has proven vetting systems in place to assist our customers with qualifying transportation service providers. Our team of subject matter experts will design a tailored vetting process specific to the customers’ requirements.  Our services include:

  • OSHA Compliance, Reporting Evaluations and Historical Risk Assessment
  • Financial Compliance,  Economic Evaluations, Historical Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Compliance, Reporting and Historical Risk Assessment
  • Human Resource Compliance, Reporting and Historical Risk Assessment
  • Quality Program, Assessment of Implementation and Compliance
  • Safety Review, Compliance, Risk Assessment
  • FMSCA - CSA Evaluation,  Performance Monitoring and Risk Assessment
  • DOD – Security Procedures Analysis, Risk Assessment and Metric monitoring
  • Personnel Security Compliance
  • Nuclear Compliance and Chain of Custody Review
  • Nuclear Transportation Plan Compliance and Performance

Bennett provides the skills and systems to properly and thoroughly evaluate your transportation service providers. We insure they meet your compliance requirements and standards with continual evaluation. As risks develop, alert mechanisms provide the customer with recommended intervention.

Transportation Planning

Bennett has developed and executed logistics and transportation plans for decades. The supply chain has become more complex over the years as well as transportation services and costs. When designing and engineering your logistics solution, Bennett provides a full spectrum evaluation of available resources.  Thorough analysis and attention to detail are the hallmarks of a Bennett logistics or transportation plan. Some of the areas that a Bennett logistics and transportation plan may cover are:

  • Freight Movement and Lane Segment Assessment
  • Freight Cost Analysis and Freight Cost Control Recommendations
  • Carrier Performance, Cost and Capacity Evaluation and Recommendations
  • Transport Routing and Carrier Option Recommendation
  • Carrier Compliance Review and CSA Evaluation and Continual Monitoring
  • Financial Planning and IT Programming
  • Freight Management – Metric Performance Systems 
  • Systems Management and Operational Support Systems
  • Customer Service and Management Report Support
  • Continual Goals and Objective Monitoring
  • Contingency Planning
  • Safety Processes
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Federal and State Regulatory Considerations

Transportation preparation and planning is the foundation of performance for your supply chain.

Vendor Management

Bennett provides a full scale vendor and freight tender program supporting all modes of logistics and transportation service providers. We offer complete multi-modal freight tender modules incorporating worldwide service providers.  Bennett’s program is designed to reduce workloads, increase the market visibility of available service providers, and enhance the evaluation and decision making process.  We provide Vendor Management support with the following services:

  • Quick Quotes Services and Bids
  • RFQ and Formal Bid Templates
  • Full Bid Preparation
  • Vendor Bid Analysis / Pricing and Value Assessment
  • Centralized Procurement Services
  • Vendor Audit and Payment
  • Vendor Management Tools – Focus Dashboards
  • Vendor Reporting and Metric Performance Monitoring
  • Claims Processing
  • Corrective Action / Lessons Learned Implementation

Our global experience and dedicated Information Technology solution provides the fundamental assistance you need to maximize efficiencies within your Global Supply Chain.