Integrating Complex and Disparate Networks

When a large auto parts distributor acquired a significant competitor, they needed to quickly integrate the two companies in order to show value to shareholders and the market. But each company had a very different business model (daily vs weekly replenishment, piece vs bulk picking). Fortna helped them develop a comprehensive plan to combine inventory, real estate, distribution assets, labor, and transportation across both networks. The plan called for consolidating, retrofitting, relocating and building 9 facilities to maintain inventory consisting of over 120,000 SKUs and to provide daily delivery to over 3,600 stores. Fortna was there to help at every step along the way. As a result, they have restructured their distribution network to seamlessly integrate assets from both companies, improve customer service levels and position themselves for future growth.