Distribution Center Design | Fortna

FORTNA FRAMEWORK

Operations Design Powered by Data Analysis and Business Requirements

Fortna begins each DC design with a deep dive on your operational data and thorough understanding of your business requirements. Our proprietary tools, process and algorithms allow us to quickly extrapolate meaningful insights from the data and begin developing solution concepts that balance cost and service without bias towards a particular supplier or technology.

    Every Design Backed by a Justifiable Business Case

    Fortna understands your DC operations design must be business case justified, flexible, scalable and offer a compelling path to measurable results for stakeholders, such as your Board of Directors. To that end, Fortna designs and engineers solutions with an operator’s perspective, a design that is not too complex, easy to operate, easy to measure and one that will meet the financial, strategic, and operational goals of the business. With Fortna, your DC design will be:

    • Business Case Justified
    • Adaptive to Change
    • Implementable and Easy to Operate

    Operations Design

    Innovative and Pragmatic Solutions

    The right solution is strategically, operationally, and financially aligned to your requirements. You can’t afford surprises or added risk. Fortna holds itself accountable to business results so that you can rest assured the design is appropriate to your situation, implementable, justified, flexible and manageable.

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    Technology Agnostic Approach

    Operations design requires both science and art to balance cost, service, flexibility and return on investment. That is why Fortna starts with the data and business requirements and takes an agnostic approach to choose the best-fit technologies to meet the need.

    We draw on a deep bench of operational experience and consider software an integral part of enabling next-generation distribution solutions. The Fortna Warehouse Execution System (WES) allows us to incorporate technologies from any supplier and integrate with any system, giving you the flexibility to select the best technology to meet your needs.

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    Comprehensive, Integrated, Pragmatic Design

    Fortna goes beyond facility layout with a comprehensive and integrated design that considers more than just people, processes, systems, and assets. We consider safety and ergonomics, as well as the impact of congestion on productivity.

    We include in our designs the systems plan, labor model, description of operations and budget assessment. Our solutions design team consists of both engineering and operations experts to ensure the design is pragmatic and that your team can easily operate the facility once implemented.

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    Simulation and Alternative Analysis

    Fortna develops the solution hypothesis and performs alternative (trade-off) analysis to arrive at the optimal solution for your needs. We test and refine the proposed solution through a series of workshops with your team. We use concept designs and simulation to stress test our design and minimize project risk by identifying limits and considering alternatives to ensure operational success.

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    Business Case

    Fortna understands the need to justify the investment. We perform the financial analysis and provide you with the all-in investment requirements and an implementation and resource plan ready to present to all critical stakeholders for their review and approval. As your partner, we hold ourselves accountable to achieving business results — not just meeting equipment rates.

    Moving from Operations Design to
    Implementation

    At Fortna, we don’t just design the solution, we help you build it. Our Operations Implementation team is ready to seamlessly take responsibility for the project as a single partner, accountable for the countless workstreams, suppliers and tasks required to bring the vision to life.

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