Stephen (Steve) T. Hopper, PE, Founder and Principal
Improving supply chains comes down to one key factor: streamlining warehousing, logistics, and distribution operations. Businesses with effective, efficient supply chain operations have happier customers and are more profitable.
Businesses aim to achieve the free f low of goods without internal friction. In other words, they want inviscid supply chain operations that drive down operating costs, boost capacity, improve service levels, and mitigate risks.
Inviscid Consulting helps clients reach these goals. They apply supply chain science and industrial engineering principles to minimize operational resistance and ramp up efficiency. They blend processes, people, inventory, facilities, equipment, material handling systems, and supply chain information technology (IT) to reduce operating expenses—sometimes 20 percent or more—to improve their clients’ bottom lines.
“Our expertise in warehousing science saves businesses time and money in their supply chain operations, from logistics and warehousing to distribution and fulfillment,” says Steve Hopper, Founder and Principal of Inviscid Consulting.
Inviscid offers innovative services in four core areas: logistics network optimization, efficient facility planning, effective information systems, and operational excellence.
For example, Inviscid helps clients determine the most effective way to arrange their network of warehousing and distribution facilities to transport products faster and at lower costs. The result is reduced transportation spend, as well as reduced costs of facilities, labor, and other operating costs.
Inviscid’s facility planning services help clients determine the right sizes and layouts for their warehouses and distribution centers to improve operational efficiency. Inviscid considers various factors, like the space needed, the number of docks required, and the right storage and picking methodologies to minimize travel (walking and driving) and ensure the smooth flow of materials.
The modern supply chain game is often won or lost based on information. This is why Inviscid helps clients select and deploy the right technology tools and software solutions, like warehouse management systems (WMS), transportation management systems (TMS), labor management systems (LMS), and order picking solutions.
By driving operational excellence for clients, Inviscid helps them optimize their existing resources, such as labor, facilities, equipment, information systems, and inventory. Inviscid also identifies ways to speed up the order picking process by reducing cycle times and improving overall warehousing and distribution efficiency.
Inviscid Consulting strives to understand every client’s unique goals and challenges. For instance, if a client is looking to cut costs, improve capacity, improve accuracy and timeliness, or reduce risk—or a combination of all four— Inviscid helps them identify and implement solutions that will take their supply chain operations to the next level.
Our expertise in warehousing science saves businesses time and money in their supply chain operations, from logistics and warehousing to distribution and fulfillment
“Inviscid’s consulting practice is a four-legged stool. The right blend of services in these four areas helps our clients serve their customers better, while spending less time and money,” says Hopper. “The question is, if they could make sensible improvements that would drive down operating cost, boost capacity, improve service levels, and mitigate risks, would they want to know?”
Unlike other firms, the Inviscid Consulting team is purely a professional services firm. Their knowledgeable, experienced, unbiased consultants sell only their expertise, recommending the right solutions for clients rather than pitching products they sell. With Hopper at the helm, Inviscid has established a strong reputation in the industry, implementing effective supply chain solutions that maximize the performance of available resources first, before recommending that clients invest in new ones.
Inviscid Consulting has numerous clients who have seen tremendous benefits without having to pay for unnecessary equipment or software. These businesses know Inviscid is their trusted partner who has their best interests in mind and helps them make improvements that will save them time and money. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?