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SEDLAK SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTANTS

Process Boosters

Sedlak Supply Chain Consultants helps retailers and others improve their supply chain
and distribution operations. BY JIM HARRIS

F

or the past 60 years, Sedlak
Supply Chain Consultants
has helped retailers and
others navigate through a
constantly changing marketplace.
"There are existential challenges
for retailers who are trying to deal
Patrick Sedlak,
with today's market, and our job is
principal
to help them through that space,"
www.jasedlak.com
Cleveland
says Dave DuBose, vice president
of business development.
One of the most obvious of these challenges is competition from e-commerce giants such as Amazon.
Meeting next-day and same-day delivery expectations
without driving up costs is a constant challenge for
retailers. The Cleveland, Ohio-based company helps
many of its clients build their e-commerce distribution capabilities. "In-store sales might be declining
and stores are closing across retail, but online sales are
growing by double digits," DuBose adds. "We help retailers think about ways they can leverage the assets in
their in-store networks to creatively meet online sales
demand, such as shipping from stores or using stores
as pop-up distribution centers."
Amazon and others also absorb a lot of labor in
many markets, which places an additional challenge
on retailers. "If Amazon puts a 1-million-squarefoot distribution center in their backyard, that puts
a lot of pressure on retailers who are scrambling for
labor," he says. "We help companies stay on the cutting-edge of material handling - such as automatic
sorters and robotics systems - to help them operate
more efficiently."
As the industry has changed over the years, Sedlak has been successful at understanding clients'
needs and bringing order to chaos. On one of its
recent projects, the company worked with a retailer that wanted to bring its distribution in-house.
"They had a number of reasons for wanting to do
that, predominately because they wanted to have
greater control over the service and customer experience," DuBose says.

Sedlak helps customers stay on the cuttingedge of material handling to help them remain
efficient and competitive.

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