Exel announced a new multi-client distribution and fulfillment center solution that provides customers in the technology and aerospace sectors a more scalable and flexible supply chain solution. The network includes six facilities in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Memphis that enable businesses to locate material and finished product inventory closer to customers’ consumption points, says the company.
With six shared-use facilities around the country, the network allows customers to react quickly to market shifts, changes in inventory levels and seasonal demands, says Exel. Each facility is equipped with a tier one, web-based warehouse management system that provides end-to-end inventory visibility, as well as order management capabilities.
“Technology and aerospace companies are increasingly demanding supply chain flexibility, controlled risk and minimal capital investment in a market driven by volatile consumption patterns,” said Jim Damman, president of Exel’s Technology and Aerospace business unit. “Offering a shared solution with multiple network locations, efficient processes and modern information tools will enable our customers to streamline their supply chains.”
Exel also operates multi-client facilities in life sciences, retail and other vertical market segments. Companies that typically benefit from a multi-client network include:
- Multi-national corporations looking to be close to customers’ manufacturing sites;
- Manufacturers that are launching new products or expanding markets;
- Start-up enterprises that are less able to predict product volumes; and
- Companies of all sizes that require seasonal logistics capacity to meet holiday demand.
In 2009, Exel anticipates expanding the solution’s footprint to include further strategic locations around the United States and Canada.