Multi-Location Distribution Networks Seen as Future for Supply Chains

Multi-Location Distribution Networks Seen as Future for Supply Chains

Challenges in supply chains, such as shifts in global sourcing and new and multiple channels to market, are likely to cause a switch to multi-location distribution networks, said Peter Ward, cargo supply chain commercial manager at DP World London Gateway, at a Jones Lang LaSalle meeting in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 9.

The multiple stocking locations approach is the reasoning behind DP World’s massive investment in London Gateway, the UK’s new international hub port and Europe’s largest logistics park, Ward explained.

The hub uses a port-centric logistics model, where distribution centers are located close to a port to reduce transportation distances, and will enable customers to reconfigure supply chains, Lisa Fitch, associate director of supply chain consulting for BNP Paribas, told attendees.