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Physical network design

Examine the production and distribution networks of FFF and DDD and prepare a report detailing

your proposals for changes to the network in the short and long term and the potential savings

achievable. You do not need to submit your Excel model – a summary of your results should be

included in the report. Your report should be no more than 2000 words (excluding references and


Your report should include:

a) An analysis of the current distribution networks for FFF and DDD including:

a. The total cost for the FFF and DDD operations – including a brief description of the

model set up and a presentation of the calculated costs. (25 Marks)

b. A map of the current distribution networks (5 Marks)

c. A brief analysis of the current situation – including identification of the dominating

cost, a discussion of the root causes of the calculated costs and graphs (15 Marks)

b) A proposal for how you would combine the distribution networks of the two companies in the

short term (1 – 2yrs) including details of the changes you would make. Your proposal should


a. An estimate of the savings you expect to be achieved. (10 Marks)

b. A discussion and justification of the reasons for your proposed changes. (15 Marks)

(Note: In this timescale it will not be possible to acquire and open new facilities or reconfigure

manufacturing plants, but facilities may be closed if required).

c) A proposal for how the network could be modified in the longer term – you should include

logical reasons and justification for your ideas and an estimate of the savings that could be

achieved. (25 Marks)

d) A map of either your long or short term proposal. (5 Marks)

Marks will be awarded to each section according to the marks in brackets

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