Distribution Optimization Strategy | FORTNA

How We Work

Implementable strategies for distribution network integration

FORTNA works with your executive team to identify and understand your business objectives. We start the collaborative visioning process with data collection and use comprehensive, proprietary science-backed tools and algorithms to develop a network strategy that meets or exceeds your cost, service and performance objectives. We work with you to align a broad group of stakeholders around a distribution optimization strategy and roadmap that is agile, executable and supported by a business case.

Where distribution strategy meets competitive advantage

Your network strategy is the first step to ensuring the business remains agile to respond to change and disruption. A holistic view that considers the upstream and downstream impacts on the entire network can be the difference between success and failure of the enterprise. With FORTNA, the distribution optimization strategy we deliver will be business case justified, implementable, flexible and backed by data science to help you:

  • Improve distribution network performance
  • Optimize transportation and reduce distribution costs
  • Improve customer service and fulfillment speed
  • Enhance omnichannel capabilities
  • Integrate and consolidate network resources
  • Improve operational flexibility
  • Increase network capacity and scale for growth
  • Analyze risk and create contingency plans
  • Drive competitive advantage

Our approach to distribution optimization strategy

At FORTNA, distribution optimization strategy is a powerful data-driven, iterative process that minimizes costs, risks and complexity, while driving the highest levels of service and agility to align with your business strategy. Our comprehensive approach includes:

  • Data analysis and baseline modeling/calibration
  • Stakeholder alignment exercises
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Network scenario development and evaluation
  • Sensitivity/risk analysis
  • Business case including capital investment and horizon operating costs
  • Roadmap/transition plan

As part of its Distribution Network Optimization Strategy, FORTNA solution design experts will factor in the cost of facility design alternatives, help you implement the final network and maintain performance with end-to-end lifecycle services.

Leverage the FORTNA network strategy tool to assess your network

The FORTNA Network Strategy Tool allows you to visualize and contrast different scenarios and explore alternatives as a part of a complete network refresh or a targeted e-Com strategy assessment. Provide us with a few data points and we will contact you to demonstrate the power of FORTNA’s Network Strategy Tool using your data.

Strategy Solutions

Developing your strategy requires both science and art to balance cost, service and return on investment.

FORTNA brings the convergence of science and art to every project with a deep bench of operations experts to interpret the data, assist with distribution network integration and ensure your distribution optimization strategy uniquely meets current and future requirements.


Network design

FORTNA will work with you to determine the most effective configuration of distribution facilities including location, size, geographic coverage, product mix, service and cost trade-offs. We go beyond your typical network design by looking at IT and facility infrastructure and considering the impacts of the strategy decisions on your technology stack and equipment choice. Together, we will develop a roadmap across all workstreams to clearly identify the steps required to achieve your goals.

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Fulfillment strategy

FORTNA will benchmark your capabilities against the industry, select peers and desired performance. We will identify opportunities, strategies and the business justification to narrow any gaps and drive competitive advantage. We consider how software and equipment can enable or constrain the decisions you make early in the process, so those workstreams are a part of the roadmap right from the start.


Facility and roadmap planning

You’re out of capacity. Your lease is expiring. Service requirements have changed. Your business is growing. How do you decide what your next step is? FORTNA provides alternative site assessment and analysis leading to a roadmap to support short- and longer-term facility plans with optimization strategies resulting in a justifiable business case.

e-Commerce shift requires new look at network strategy

Rapid acceleration of e-Commerce growth requires review of the network strategy for opportunities to alleviate capacity constraints that impede business continuity or continued growth.

Moving from strategy to
operations design

At FORTNA, we begin with the strategy and then help you implement it. Our Operations Design team is ready with a seamless hand-off when you are ready to begin working through the roadmap we worked together to create, where we identify the steps required to achieve the goals across various workstreams.

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