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Sterling Solutions is a supply chain management consulting firm with a successful track record of more than 18 years.  We work with clients in multiple industries to provide both strategic and tactical improvement solutions to supply chain issues.  Our strategic initiatives provide a roadmap for companies to successfully negotiate the competitive pressures of today’s markets.  Our tactical solutions focus on cost reductions and service improvements which dramatically and immediately improve our clients' bottom lines.

Sterling Solutions and Georgia Tech are co-founders of the Integrated Food Chain Center (IFC)

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March – April 2016

Conducted a Third Party Logistics (3PL) Sourcing and Distribution Optimization project for a rapidly growing premium quality yoghurt company.  Originally, the client was looking simply for an East Coast logistics solution to enable its expansion. After assessing the client's business strategy, we recommended outsourcing all logistics services in an integrated manner. The client's growth objectives were best served by focusing on producing great quality yoghurt, leaving the logistics to a strategic partner. The client looked to us to find the best Third Party Logistics (3PL) partner to manage their outbound logistics and implement an efficient distribution strategy that would scale with their rapidly expanding business.  We analyzed the client's existing network, customer, and product requirements and developed projections of future logistics operating levels. Food safety and quality were codified and related controls and information requirements were defined. With these requirements in mind, the team developed a comprehensive operating profile that detailed the client's distribution, product quality, and service requirements for a carefully planned sourcing process.

November – April 2016

Worked with well known consumer products company to identify and develop new inbound and outbound transportation outsourcing strategy. Client required tight deadline for new strategy implementation as well as cost savings and service enhancements over previous strategy in place. Identified candidates, analyzed results and negotiated service offerings required as well as pricing. Final strategy resulted in significant cost savings as well as improved internal transportation management cost structures. Furthermore the strategy provided an operating platform that provided improved operational flexibility and the opportunity to leverage additional improvement initiatives throughout the supply chain.

 August – December 2015

Developed strategic co-manufacturer strategy for name brand retail and institutional foods manufacturer. Identified candidates and cost structures as well as quality and cultural alignment criteria. Analyzed strategic benefits versus current practices and recommended strategy and candidates to management.

July - October 2015

Developed several tactical distribution initiatives for the national expansion strategy for a specialty foods manufacturer. Initiatives included inbound, outbound, staffing, and distribution management. Worked throughout the organization to implement transportation initiatives, distribution network changes, distribution operating improvements and transportation management enhancements. Savings represented more than approximately 20% of the total spend.

 May - August 2015 

Developed a customized production and distribution optimization planning tool which is utilized by our client to plan production on a monthly basis. The tool utilizes the monthly sales forecast and allows planners to plan production considering capacity issues, production restrictions, distribution and production costs as well as several other inputs and variables to provide a "best cost" production and distribution plan.  The plan then projects production and distribution costs for budget purposes.

 June - July 2015

Responded to client operational issue in which multiple truckloads of high value food product from a key supplier were rejected by the client because of product temperature issues.  Problem had been occurring over six years with cycles of periodic improvements and then reemergence of the issues.  Problem was costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in product costs, along with additional labor, transportation, etc. as well as potential product stock-out issues.  Performed detailed assessment of supplier production and distribution operations.  Identified processing issues causing the temperature problems and developed improvement recommendations.  Improvements were implemented with no reoccurrence of the issues noted.

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Sterling Solutions provides a wide range of services.


Transportation Management

Sterling Solutions has the capability in making advanced total cost analyses and optimization of distribution networks involving the interrelationship of all logistics components, including inbound, logistics, warehousing, outbound transportation, delivery and fleet operations, inventory, organization, outsourcing options and a host of other related functions.

Further, Sterling has the experience in projecting distribution patterns, trends, technology requirements and work processes and integrating them into a systematic design to best meet future needs.  Supply chain and logistics management is highly dynamic and as such require sophisticated tools and methodology in determining long term requirements at a lower cost structure while balancing service objectives.  The intersection of industry experience, analytical skills and project management makes Sterling more than a consultancy, but rather a firm with a high level of expertise that can be applied by industry tested practitioners.  

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Food Safety

Sterling Solutions has worked with many of the world’s leading food suppliers, retailers and ‘fast-feed’ foodservice operators in the areas of process improvement, risk assessment and disaster recovery.  Much of our work has focused on perishable logistics due to its high inherent risks and vulnerability throughout the cold chain.  In addition to this work and as a natural extension, our team of logisticians, food safety experts and former FBI agents are incorporating Operational Risk Management (ORM) into an overall assessment for our food clients.

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