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Moving forward from here

The majority of consumer packaged goods companies have looked to their supply chains to help them through the recent economic downturn.

They recognized the distinct impact that network changes in areas such as warehousing and transportation can have on their bottom line.

As they enter a period marked by less economic turbulence, these companies are continuing to look closely at their distribution networks. They realize that the strategies which helped them to trim costs and increase efficiencies in troubled times have the potential to serve as a point of differentiation for their businesses as the economy improves.

A substantial number of companies look to outsourcing to effectively and efficiently manage their distribution network. They see value in the convenience, flexibility, and cost savings that experienced third-party providers can offer. As companies are called on increasingly to streamline operations, Saddle Creek concludes, they will continue to refine their distribution network design and management to optimize performance.

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