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Strauss Consulting Group
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-400-1501
scginfo(at)scg4u.com
The Strauss Consulting Group provides a full range of consulting services in Supply Chain Management; Material Handling Logistics; Warehousing and Distribution; and Manufacturing. We study, scrutinize, plan, design, and implement projects that are customized for each client which provide for projected growth, and can be implemented with minimal disruption to ongoing business.

We work very closely with our clients to form a cohesive project team providing “temporary executive management” for specific corporate goals. Our offerings provide the client with the choice between comprehensive studies or mini projects such as audits in different areas of expertise, so you may want to hire us for an audit, an inventory study, or to determine effectiveness of the current data processing system. We offer complete implementation services to ensure that the various technologies, systems, staffing, and equipment all operate as a unified, functional whole. The client will be provided with the tools to plan growth rather than react to it.

Strauss Consulting Group offers different types of studies based on our clients’ needs with numerous and varied core competencies

Conventional Studies to provide a complete understanding of future business requirements regarding operating systems; space planning and layout; equipment; and staffing with accompanying ROI, based on growth projections and design year

Audit/Quick Fix Programs to analyze the present system, recommend quick-fixes and detail areas that require further study for long-term solutions

Inventory/Product Mix to learn which products are not selling and their financial impact; true vs. planned inventory levels; recommendations for corrections; and provision of methods and retraining to avoid repetition of mistakes

Data Processing Analysis to determine how well the present system, both software and hardware can serve present and future needs. Recommendations will be provided to tweak or modify the existing system; to acquire a new software package; or a comparison of both options will be provided to determine the best course of action

Buy or Sell Audits for those buying or selling a business, please click on the “buying or selling a business” link


STRAUSS CONSULTING GROUP COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES:

FACILITY DESIGN & SPACE PLANNING

MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS AND PROCESS ANALYSIS

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DATA PROCESSING, WMS STUDY

MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS, ACQUISITION

PLANNING / CONTROL


MANUFACTURING / ASSEMBLY


PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION


FACILITY DESIGN & SPACE PLANNING

Evaluate how much space is required for a given operation or how to best use available space

Move vs. changeover and/or building additions analysis

Optimal layouts for warehousing, distribution, or manufacturing operations combining best options for facility flow and space utilization

Site and Location Studies for optimal service and reduced costs

Guidance for selection among available facilities

Material flow pattern analysis

New facility and building addition requirements

Feasibility Studies for all options

Building Configuration recommendations

Computer Aided Design (CAD) based layouts

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OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS AND PROCESS ANALYSIS

Plan operational procedures and systems and document existing methods for

Receiving
Put-away
Dock management and cross-docking
Replenishment
Order picking distribution
Picking - batch, wave, zone, etc.
Order consolidation
Order checking
Peacking
Shipping
Internal, external transportation
Cycle counting
Returns

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MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS, ACQUISITION

Determine applicable material handling and storage equipment to meet operational goals for conventional and automated systems including:

Storage modules (pallet racks, push-back racks, pallet and case flow racks, drive-in racks, bins, etc.)
Material handling devices - pallet jacks, conveyors, lift trucks (very narrow aisle, narrow aisle, side-loader, Bendi)
Dock equipment planning including safety systems
Packing station design, methods, equipment
Automation at cost effective levels:

• Barcode and scanning devices
• RFID chip technology
• Carton and unit sortation
• Pick/pack to light rack
• Pick to light and RF carts
• Carousel
• A-Frame and other automated picking systems
• Rack runner
• AS/RS
• AGV
• Mini-load
• Hands free, paperless systems

Gap analysis – existing equipment vs. business demands

Provide material handling systems specifications and selection criteria

Estimate project and equipment budget costs with associated ROI analysis

Bid packages and associated services:

Develop bid requirements and request for proposal
Bid analysis & vendor selection
Meet with vendors to assist with their selection
Assist the selected material handling and storage equipment vendors with equipment design
Evaluate and report on vendor quotes for material handling and storage equipment to assure all vendors meet quality, service, cost, and scheduling requirements and note differences among bids

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MANUFACTURING / ASSEMBLY

Manufacturing Flow Analysis

Work station planning, layout, ergonomics, storage

Methods & Techniques

Lot Sizing

Equipment Needs, Automation

JIT Planning

Production performance Measurement

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MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

Study present inventory levels and product mix

Recommend changes
Find causes of inappropriate levels
Retrain purchasing & Inventory staff

Location systems to simplify operations and shorten pick line

Product slotting, planographing

Order processing analysis

Paperwork & Office Procedures

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DATA PROCESSING, WMS STUDY

Determine IT requirements to support present and future operating requirements

Review of present operating software to determine if modification or a new package is required

Based on review, provide Internal Systems Design or new software specifications and acquisition assistance

Warehouse Management System (WMS) services

Determine if existing software can be modified to delay WMS purchase
Provide WMS planning, requirements, Request For Proposal

Hardware specifications and acqusition services

Technology planning and design Including Barcode Systems

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PLANNING / CONTROL

Supply Chain Analysis

Benchmarking studies

Company, division, staff, employee performance reporting, control and tracking systems with associated staffing estimates

Budget projections:

Capital Budgets

• Equipment cost estimates
• Comparative analysis

Operating budgets

Customer service programs to determine present levels of satisfaction and methods for improvement

Security and Safety Programs

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PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation of quick fixes

Critical path charting and scheduling, Gantt Charts

Prepare a move plan specifying personnel, material handling equipment, and supplies required in each facility and a budget and schedule for the move

Develop a locator system transition methodology to assign locations from the old to the new system for the move.

Work with staff to select and apply locator systems and product group placement to the chosen facility layout

Slot product in the new facility. Determine picking location/type strategies and assist in assignment of product groups to warehouse sections and rack types with designated member of the client project team

Plan the set up of the new facility including rack labeling, floor striping, sign hanging, etc

Meet with vendors before installation and start-up, monitor their progress during installation, and inspect the completed system to ensure adherence to project requirements

Provide an experienced presence during the move or changeover, assisting management whenever necessary to assure a smooth and efficient transition

Hands-on assistance during the start-up and debugging of the new operation

Complete project management services as required

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