Do You Have the Right Number of Facilities, and Are They in the Right Locations?
Those are the two main questions answered by a location analysis. Geographic location can be an important part of your business for many reasons. Labor markets, natural resources, and [business] regulatory markets are some factors commonly considered at a macro level. Economic Development agencies can help you with these issues. “Location, location, location” continues to be a key factor for retail siting, even as “clicks” replace “bricks” for some businesses. Market specialists work on this.
Location is a significant factor for logistical operations. (And not just for UPS although thanks to them you know what I mean). If you have a field service function, where folks travel out to customers or field assets, you will want to balance the number of facilities and travel time [costs], while maintaining your desired response time service coverage.
If you have multiple facilities (like a lot of branch locations), you will want your HVAC service call time to be within your desired service level and also to pay as little windshield time as reasonable.
Field HQ Location Analysis Model
We can help you optimize both your facility locations and the assigned service territories based on your business objectives. We use a computer optimization model and readily available data to do the assessment, so there is not a lot of time or cost to find out what kind of opportunity you have. Read more about an industry-leading model we offer to utility companies (also a benchmarking option for utilities, but may not apply to other industries):
The first step is to do a quick and inexpensive location assessment to confirm the potential savings opportunity because there is no reason to spend more on the analysis than you can save. Then if the opportunity is large enough and easy enough to pursue, you can do a more complete location analysis.
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