June - August 2014
Led a distribution study for a large food retailer to identify significant distribution savings utilizing an innovative approach to optimize the handling and delivery costs within the cold chain. The study focused on developing the proper protocols to ensure temperature variability throughout the cold chain was minimized and high product quality was maintained while at the same time consolidating product distribution requiring different temperature thresholds.
May 2014 - Current
Developed a distribution strategy for a high growth specialty food brand for a new geographic region of the U.S. Identified and selected distribution partners and created a cost modeling tool to simulate impacts of various demand forecasts and strategic operational variability. Provided implementation guidance of the strategy. The distribution strategy designed projected more than $1 million of cost savings over initial planned costs.
December 2013 - Current
Conducted a transportation optimization project for a large paper products manufacturer and distributor as well as 3PL selection and implementation across multiple divisions.
October 2013 - November 2013
Conducted an operational assessment for an investor of a rail start-up company focused on cold chain distribution from the port to company operated distribution facilities.
Tom Chicoine has joined our team and will provide expertise for Food Production and Food Safety practice for Sterling Solutions.
Completed an assessment for a large east coast food processor/distributor company. Assessed the cold chain integrity and operating controls from the receiving of product through distribution to the customer.
Performed a cold chain assessment of a food retailer’s distribution and store operations in Florida.
- Sterling implemented the pilot study for a major food retailer of custom design assessment tool to identify cold chain risks, potential customer issues and potential food safety risks at retail stores throughout the chain.
- Sterling introduced a China-based company "The Place" to 22 industry leaders in food retailing, food distribution, retail design, building construction and product development to obtain successful business models and how they can be applied to their business strategy. The work included an intensive tour around the US to visit these industry leaders and their "best in class" operations.
- Sterling conducted an assessment of the quality of produce by thermal mapping through the supplier, distribution and retail network.
Congratulations to David Sterling for winning the Supply & Demand Chain Executive "Pros to Know" award.