Transportation & Distribution

LMI gives our clients a clear window into their assets as they move along the supply chain from warehouse to end user.

 

From business case analyses to building actual prototype demonstrations, LMI helps our clients explore the new distribution strategies and technologies that will give them a better handle on their in-transit visibility, efficiency, and reliability.

LMI’s transportation and distribution capabilities include the following:

  • Strategy and planning
  • Third-party logistics (3PL) strategies
  • Advanced tracking technologies.

Strategy and Planning

LMI provides long-range research and analytical support to clients looking to transform management of their distribution networks. For example, LMI has developed several logistics investment business cases and examined process reengineering options for in-transit visibility improvements, 3PL implementation, and outsourcing solutions across USTRANSCOM’s many business areas.

LMI often works in the project management office (PMO) of our clients, helping develop acquisition strategies, source selection plans, independent government cost estimates, CONOPS, and performance work statements.

3PL Strategies

Third-party logistics, in which an organization procures logistics services from an external company, often makes sense for governments, particularly for the transportation of freight. The logistical oversight a third party can provide over a specific geography, for example, can lead to consolidation of multiple individual shipments (both government and commercial). The economies of scale a 3PL provides can translate into significant cost savings over the common one-off approach of many individual shippers.

Implementing a 3PL raises a range of issues that LMI can help address. For our clients, we redesign supply chains using complex models of 3PL scenarios, build rock-solid business cases to show cost savings and other benefits, and provide acquisition support.

Advanced Tracking Technologies

Advanced tracking technologies offer governments a way to reduce operating costs and manage mobile assets more efficiently. For cargos that present a security risk, they are essential.

LMI can help governments stay abreast options, by providing the following:

  • Unbiased research and assessments of tracking technologies
    • Next-generation wireless
    • Unique identification (UID)
    • Radio frequency identification (RFID)
    • Bar codes
  • Overarching strategies for tracking shipments across lines of communication in hostile environments
  • Recommendations on the best places to install transponders in a fleet.

We also create prototype demonstrations so that our government clients can see these technologies in action in a real-life context. For example, LMI is now helping a number of military recruiting centers use RFID technology to keep better track of uniforms issued to new troops.

 

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