Step 1 - Requirements Gathering
The first step of our process is to meet face-to-face to discuss your requirements and begin the process of establishing a project brief.
At this stage, we want to get to know your business and operation in more detail and also, why you’ve engaged with SEC and what your ultimate objectives are for the project.
Before continuing, we will introduce our approach, how we work alongside our clients and establish the route that you feel best suits your requirements.
Step 2 - Data Gathering
The next stage is for us to begin arguably, the most important part of the process: The data gathering and analysis stage.
We will first provide you with our Data Request that will ask for Volumetric, Goods In and Order-Profile Data. Shortly after, we will arrange a Site Walk for our Operations Analyst; at this appointment our Analyst will try to gain a detailed understanding of your operation and will walk you through the information we require, the reasons we need it and assist in helping to establish data capture methods.
Not every business has access to hoards of high quality data, however, we will work closely alongside you in order to get as high a quality data as possible that will be utilised extensively to inform our design decisions.
Step 3 - Design Production
With your operational and throughput data to hand we will now be able to begin the design process by carrying out extensive statistical analysis that is designed to provide high-quality information that will inform our decision making.
Armed with this information, the project team, consisting of the project sales director, operations analyst, projects designer and suppliers will work together to form an initial concept layout.
The layout will be drawn into a working discussion document before being represented to the Projects Team for further development. The team will continue to develop the design until there is a unanimous belief that the solution is the right one.
Step 4 - Design Optimisation
With the initial concept design produced, the next phase is for us to subject the design to rigorous testing and further analysis.
A combination of relevent techniques including simulation, through-put analysis and hot-spot testing allow us to pressure test the solution to ensure that it truly achieves the original project brief. Amendments, tweaks and continual improvements are made until such time the project is signed off as ‘client-ready’.
We are now in a position to start calculating the operational improvements and return on investment opportunities that the solution offers, ready to present to you.
Step 5 - Presentation & Sign-Off
It is only now that we are ready to submit the design back to our clients. At this stage, we will present not only the solution but also relevent analysis and expected operational performance levels.
Hopefully, the design meets all of your expectations, however, we know that our clients know their business better than anyone and this is generally a point of collaboration where we combine our knowledge and experience of warehouse design with your deep understanding of your business and market requirements.
Ultimately, at this stage we work together until you are completely happy and the solution can be ‘signed-off’.