Exel debuts multiclient distribution/fulfillment center solution

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Exel, a North American provider of supply chain management, has announced a new multiclient 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, the company says.

With six shared-use facilities around the country, the network is designed to allow customers to react quickly to market shifts, changes in inventory levels and seasonal demands. By locating product closer to end-users, Exel says customers achieve more timely deliveries, lower transportation costs and decreased lead times. Each facility is equipped with a Web-based warehouse management system designed to provide 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,” says Jim Damman, president of the technology and aerospace business unit for Westerville, Ohio-based Exel. “Offering a shared solution with multiple network locations, efficient processes and modern information tools will enable our customers to streamline their supply chains.”

Exel, which anticipates expanding the solution’s footprint in 2009 to include further strategic locations around the United States and Canada, says it has expertise in operating multiclient facilities not only in the technology sector, but also in life sciences, retail and other verticals. Companies that typically benefit from a multiclient network, according to the company, include:

  • Multinational corporations looking to be close to customers’ manufacturing sites;
  • Manufacturers that are launching new products or expanding markets;
  • Startup enterprises that are less able to predict product volumes; and
  • Companies of all sizes that require seasonal logistics capacity to meet holiday demand.