Services

Studies Offered

Strauss Consulting Group offers different options for studies based on our clients’ needs with numerous and varied core competencies.

Growth Studies to ensure that our clients are always in complete control and are always in a planning mode. No matter what happens, they will know what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and what it will cost. We perform growth modeling studies so the client can choose their preferred growth plan and provide exception report monitoring studies so as things change, they can respond immediately.

Inventory/Product Mix to learn which products are not selling and their financial impact; actual vs. planned inventory levels; recommendations for corrections; and provision of methods and retraining to avoid repetition of mistakes. When offering the proper product mix and reducing excess inventory, the client's bottom line is increased as costs for space, inventory, labor, and equipment are reduced substantially.

Conventional Studies to provide a complete understanding of present and future business requirements regarding operating systems; space planning and layout; equipment; and staffing with accompanying ROI, based on growth projections for optimal distribution and/or manufacturing center design.
 

Audit/Quick Fix Programs to analyze the present system, recommend quick-fixes which can be implemented immediately at little or no cost and detail areas that require further study for long-term solutions.
 

Data Processing Analysis & Acquisition perform gap analysis to determine how well the present system, both software and hardware, and other technology can serve present and future needs. Recommendations will be provided to tweak or modify the existing system; to acquire a new software package; or a comparison of both options will be provided so the client can determine the best course of action.

 

Custom Studies based on the client's unique requirements.
 

Buy or Sell Audits for those buying or selling a business, please click here.
 

 
 
 
 

Facility Design & Space Planning

  Evaluate how much space is required for a given operation or how to best use available space

  Move vs. changeover and/or building additions analysis

  Optimal layouts for warehousing, distribution, or manufacturing operations combining best options for facility flow and space utilization

  Site and Location Studies for optimal service and reduced costs

  Guidance for selection among available facilities

  Material flow pattern analysis

  New facility and building addition requirements

  Feasibility Studies for all options

  Building Configuration recommendations

  Computer Aided Design (CAD) based layouts

  Complete implementation services of projects to ensure success

 

Operational Systems & Process Analysis

  Plan operational procedures and systems and document existing methods for

  Receiving

  Put-away

  Dock management and cross-docking

  Facility flow

  Manufacturing/assembly

  Replenishment

  Order picking distribution

  Picking - batch, wave, zone, etc.

  Order consolidation

  Order checking

  Packing

  Shipping

  Internal, external transportation

  Cycle counting

  Returns

 

Material Handling Equipment Requirements, Acquisition

 Determine applicable material handling and storage equipment to meet operational goals for conventional and automated systems including:

  Storage modules (pallet racks, push-back racks, pallet and case flow racks, drive-in racks, bins, etc.)

  Material handling devices - pallet jacks, conveyors, lift trucks (very narrow aisle, narrow aisle, side-loader, Bendi)

  Dock equipment requirements including safety systems

  Packing station design, methods, equipment

  Automation at cost effective levels:

• Barcode and scanning devices

• RFID chip technology

• Carton and unit sortation

• Pick/pack to light rack

• Pick to light and RF carts

• Carousel

• A-Frame and other automated picking systems

• Rack runner

• AS/RS

• AGV

• Mini-load

• Hands free, paperless systems

  Gap analysis – existing equipment vs. business requirements

  Provide material handling systems specifications and selection criteria

  Estimate project and equipment budget costs with associated ROI analysis

  Bid packages and associated services:

  Develop bid requirements and request for proposal

  Bid analysis & vendor selection 

  Meet with vendors to assist with their selection

  Assist the selected material handling and storage equipment vendors with equipment design

  Evaluate and report on vendor quotes for material handling and storage equipment to assure all vendors meet quality, service, cost, and scheduling requirements and note differences among bids

 
 

Manufacturing/Assembly

  Manufacturing Flow Analysis

  Work station planning, layout, ergonomics, storage

  Methods & Techniques

  Lot Sizing

  Equipment Needs, Automation

  JIT Planning

  Production performance Measurement

Materials Management

  Study present inventory levels and product mix

  Recommend changes

  Find causes of inappropriate levels

  Retrain purchasing & Inventory staff

  Location systems to simplify operations and shorten pick line and time

 

  Product slotting, planographing

 

  Order processing analysis

 

  Paperwork & Office Procedures

 

Information Technology, Data Processing, WMS Study

  Determine IT requirements to support present and future operating requirements

  Review of present operating software and perform a gap analysis to determine if modification or a new package is required

  Based on review, provide Internal Systems Design or new software specifications and acquisition assistance

  Warehouse Management System (WMS) services

  Determine if existing software is able to be modified to delay WMS purchase

  Provide WMS planning, requirements, request for proposal, vendor review, and acquisition

  Work with company ERP software team for smooth implementation and transition

  Hardware specifications and acqusition services

 

  Technology planning and design based on requirements, budget, and ROI

 

Planning/Control

  Supply Chain Analysis

  Benchmarking studies

  Company, division, staff, employee performance reporting, control and tracking systems with associated staffing estimates 

  Budget projections:

  Capital Budgets

• Equipment cost estimates 

• Comparative analysis

  Operating Budgets

  Customer service programs to determine present levels of satisfaction and methods for improvement

  Security and Safety Programs

 

Project Implementation

  Implementation of quick fixes

 Critical path chart, planning, scheduling, and management

 Preparation of move plans specifying personnel, material handling equipment, number of trucks, and supplies required in each facility and a budget and schedule for the move

 Development of locator systems transition methodology to assign locations from the old to the new system for the move

 Work with staff to select and apply locator systems and product group placement to the chosen facility layout

 Slot product in the new facility. Determine picking location/type strategies and assist in assignment of product groups to warehouse sections and rack types with designated member of the client project team

 Plan the set up of the new facility including rack labeling, floor striping, sign hanging, etc

 Meet with vendors before installation and start-up, monitor their progress during installation, and inspect the completed system to ensure adherence to project requirements

 Provide an experienced presence during the move or changeover, assisting management whenever necessary to assure a smooth and efficient transition

  Hands-on assistance during the start-up and debugging of the new operation

  Complete project management services as required

 
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OAKLAND, NJ

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