Distribution structure planning and network design

VCE GmbH helps you determine the optimal number and location of your sites and the networking of your supply chain.

The services we offer for distribution structure planning are easy to formulate: We will develop the optimal location and configuration of your logistics and production sites for you as well as the ideal transportation connections between them. The high level goals of this optimization are to

  • Reduce transport costs (inbound and/or outbound)
  • Reduce location costs
  • Reduce inventory costs
  • Increase the level of service for deliveries


VCE – Distributionsstrukturplanung und Netzwerkdesign


The way to achieve these goals is to use our methods: First we capture data about all of the relevant locations from the supplier to the production and warehouse sites up to the individual customer. We store this data along with master data and shipping data in a specialized IT planning tool and use it to analyse and visualize the as-is situation. From this we identify concrete and targeted areas for actions.

Working closely with you we will use this method to develop possible measures for optimizing the distribution structure, such as optimization of the

  • Assignment of the warehouse sites to the points of use
  • Range of products at the warehouse sites
  • Number and location of the sites
  • Function of the sites (central/regional warehouse, hub)

We also develop suitable alternative scenarios for the future state of your logistics in the design phase. We can compare these with the status quo by using key performance indicators and key cost indicators. This makes it possible for us to perform a detailed assessment of the potential for optimizing the distribution structure.

Any decisions resulting from this are made on a solid basis.

Select the variant you want implemented independent of the development of your business and we will develop step-by-step implementation recommendations that take into account the actual implementation costs.


Contact person:
Dr. Achim Fränkle
Fon: +49.231.97 50 60-0
E-Mail: info(at)vce.de