Exel improves efficiency and quality in every phase of the supply chain.
Supply Chain Analysis and Design
Many customers come to Exel with a business problem, and not necessarily a supply chain problem. Through supply chain consulting and network design studies, we show customers the big picture — what's working and what could be optimized for operational efficiency and better service to customers. We combine innovative supply chain modeling tools with the real-life practical experience we've accumulated over hundreds of implementations. The result is a supply chain that will help starting day one — and give the flexibility to meet changing business needs.
Supply Chain Management
Designing a great solution is just the first step. Exel can also help put the plan in place, becoming an extension of our customers in the implementation and ongoing management of their supply chains. Our commitment to quality assurance and continuous improvement keeps everyone focused and effective. At Exel, it's all about how we work to build a foundation for ongoing success. When our customers are more nimble as a business and achieve better visibility throughout the supply chain — well, that's when we know we've accomplished our goal.
Inbound to Manufacturing
Adapting to shorter product lifecycles and lead times is a constant challenge. That's why Exel designs and implements better ways to manage inbound to manufacturing. Our solutions provide complete end-to-end logistics management of inventories, facilities, and labor associated with the inbound flow of materials. We ensure the right components are delivered to the right manufacturing point at the right time. From material originating at the vendor to consumption at the manufacturers' production line, our supply chain event management tool gives full control of the entire supply chain. And by providing real-time visibility to inventory, customers can reduce inventory carrying costs, improve delivery times, and respond swiftly to market changes.
Our in-plant services include a range of programs provided within our customers' facilities and property fence lines. Exel is dedicated to achieving the highest level of operating safety. We can support a customer’s team — or be a customer’s team — by handling such tasks as labor management, yard management, railcar switching, and cleaning, among others. Exel in-plant services help cut costs, increase productivity, and get the best out of the most valuable resource: people. This isn't about taking control — it's about giving more control. Quality and safety are part of our culture, and we invest substantial time building consistent processes and training to achieve our goals of zero recordable incidents.
Exel offers customers a helping hand with manufacturing a broad spectrum of food and beverage products. Our Power Packaging operation is the largest contract manufacturer of food and beverage products in North America. We produce everything from aseptic beverages to cake mixes for some of the largest consumer brands in the world. And we deliver it in highly popular forms of packaging, ranging from rigid containers to handy, single-serving beverage flavor packs. We leverage our facilities, equipment, people, and processes to blend, fill, carton and case pack products in one of our dedicated or multi-customer operations. With on-site quality assurance labs in each of our seven North American facilities, we continually test products to make sure every run meets high standards.
Warehousing and Order Fulfillment
Designing and operating a customized warehouse that delivers bottom-line benefits is at the heart of all our solutions. By outsourcing fulfillment to Exel, customers can make their people more productive, their organization more efficient, and their business more competitive. Our focus on operational excellence means our customers get consistent quality across their fulfillment operations. We develop key performance measures for each site and review those on a monthly basis to ensure our customers not only get the service they expect, but the service they deserve. Our solutions allow for decreased inventory, increased fill-rates, and quick responses to changes in customer demand.
Assembly and Packaging
Our customers face the continuous challenge of meeting their customers' product requirements. Changes in package variations make it difficult to deliver the right product to the right customer. That's why they need a partner like Exel. Whether they need to assemble multiple components or create a value pack for a retailer, Exel has the solution that will add speed and efficiency to the process. Co-locating the assembly and/or packaging with the storage of products not only saves money but removes steps in the supply chain. The elimination of transportation time to a packaging facility means customers can reduce lead times and decrease inventory. And by having Exel perform all these activities, they get the same visibility and operational excellence that they've grown to expect from the market leader in contract logistics.
Moving products from manufacturing plants to warehouses, between facilities and to distributors, can represent more than half of a customer’s total logistics costs. Add international sourcing or distribution, and those costs can skyrocket even higher. When customers work with Exel for transportation, there are simply fewer vendors and tasks to manage. We can provide services from a total transportation outsource to helping find capacity when a tough load needs to be moved. Our asset-neutral approach allows us to design a transportation solution that leverages multiple modes to ensure products arrive where they need to be at the lowest landed cost. We can put our carrier sourcing expertise to work in securing and managing the optimal combination of service providers. Or, we can manage a network of carriers. With our core transportation solution, customers also get a leading-edge Transportation Management System (TMS) configured and deployed to their specifications. We add strong operating procedures and seasoned personnel to help transform transportation networks into a competitive advantage.
Service Parts Logistics
Getting replacement parts to an impatient market is not for the timid. We know customers can't afford to wait. They want their parts now, if not sooner. Through DHL Solutions, we design and maintain systems that not only get customers the parts they need quickly, but also help anticipate and prepare for that demand. We give our customers a complete perspective of their supply chain and inventory of what they've got in stock and in motion. And we manage an end-to-end model that integrates transportation, warehousing, and repair-cycle management. How do we do it all? With a strategic network of global and regional warehouses and forward-stocking locations — all supported by professionals who understand the metrics that determine success in the technology market. The result: service that's faster, more reliable, and costs less to operate.
The key to a successful supply chain is not only planning how to distribute your product, but how to bring it back — both customer returns and obsolete products. Managing returns effectively allows our customers to recapture value or reduce write-offs, while keeping their customers happy. Exel will help design, plan, and implement a reverse supply chain that supports profit goals and provides the maximum value for assets. We bring to reverse logistics the exacting management, resources, and technology required to increase control and asset recovery, improve information management, and save administrative time. Whether we're handling product returns to help recapture value, or managing recycling processes to help safely dispose of goods, we'll provide a better experience for our customer’s business.