A New Resource for Cold Supply Chain Operators in Canada

In recent years, supply chain operators across all industries have wrestled with repeated disruptions and the accelerated evolution of online demand. In particular, companies in the Food & Beverage industry have had to improve their operation’s resilience and capacity. To augment their cold storage capabilities, many distribution and manufacturing companies have sought to add new facilities to their network. As a result, industrial real estate in Canada has become more difficult to procure – and much more expensive.

The LEC Cold Storage Advisory combines expertise in real estate management, supply chain operations, and plan-design-build-cool services to provide Canadian companies capital-efficient solutions and facilities for a competitive cold supply chain.

LIDD is always on the lookout for new ways to help its clients develop world class operations. By joining forces with Encor Advisors and Coldbox Specialists to create LEC Cold Storage Advisory, LIDD is now better positioned to offer an even more comprehensive range of services to Canadian companies looking for solutions to their cold storage problems. LEC Cold Storage Advisory helps cold supply chain operators augment their throughput, improve their service levels, and stimulate growth while ensuring every investment dollar is rigorously validated.

Comprehensive Integrated Services for Capital-Efficient Cold Storage Solutions

At LIDD, we tackle every project with one fundamental objective in mind: protect our client’s precious capital. With that , we have developed a multidisciplinary approach that enables us to rigorously assess our client’s end-to-end operation and to identify capital justified solutions that truly deliver the required capabilities and rapidly lead to significant ROI.

Today, the LEC Cold Storage Advisory takes this holistic approach further.

Through the LEC Cold Storage Advisory, LIDD deepens its ability to help cold supply chain operators across their entire operation. LEC combines expertise in supply chain and facility operations consulting, real estate management, and cold storage plan-design-build-cool services. This enables LEC’ s three-member companies to develop a rich and unified view of a client’s assets, from real estate to facility to material handling equipment to operations to technology and identify investment opportunities that achieve significant operational gains and ROI.

Facility and Operations Assessment


Replenishment in your cold storage area has Replenishment in your cold storage area has become an activity reminiscent of Tetris. Hard to reach items are slowing down your picking activities? Inventory inaccuracies affect your service levels and causing losses, shrinking your profit margins?

With LIDD Consultants on board to help you With LIDD Consultants on board to help you detect the causes of bottlenecks and capacity shortages in your cold storage area, you guarantee that the right solutions are rapidly implemented that protect your capital and optimize your throughput.

LIDD Experts rigorously assess your end-to-end operation, viewing all your assets – from facilities to material handling equipment to technology architecture – as a unified structure. Our analysts produce rich quantified models that enable our LIDD Experts rigorously assess your end-to-end operation, viewing all your assets – from facilities to material handling equipment to technology architecture – as a unified structure. Our analysts produce rich quantified models that enable our engineers and technology experts to custom design solutions that dramatically improve your cold storage capacity and operational efficiency. When in-house design solutions are no longer an option, LIDD expert designers and engineers collaborate with LEC’s real estate advisors to procure and design profit-efficient environmentally controlled facilities that are tailored to your specific requirements.

Obtain a complimentary facility and operation audit from LEC Cold Storage Advisory.

Real Estate Advisory


If your current facilities cannot be adapted to If your current facilities cannot be adapted to improve your cold storage capabilities, Encor Advisors provide industrial real estate experience and expertise to help you procure environmentally controlled facilities adapted to your operation, cold storage needs, and available capital.

Encor Advisors’ real estate services also include tenant representation. Through their services, the Encor Advisors’ real estate services also include tenant representation. Through their services, the LEC Cold Storage Advisory identifies potential savings and rebates and provides expertise to help you gain leverage in negotiating advantageous leases. Our experts anticipate future operational requirements, market evolution, and tax increases, to help clients benefit from real estate advisory that gives them the capacity they need and minimize TCO to gain a competitive edge in a frenzied market.

Obtain a complimentary lease audit from LEC Cold Storage Advisory.

Cold Storage Plan-Design-Build-Cool


The design and engineering of environmentally controlled facilities presents its own specific set of challenges. It may be that the facility is located in a hot environment or that different temperatures must be maintained in different locations across the storage area, all of which place particular demands on the refrigeration and HVAC systems. This, in turn, impacts how the building must be structured to handle the systems’ weight load and facilitate efficient operations on the floor.

Coldbox’s team of architects, engineers, and construction professionals are dedicated to Coldbox’s team of architects, engineers, and construction professionals are dedicated to planning, designing, building and cooling environmentally controlled facilities. Through their services, the LEC Cold Storage Advisory provides cold supply chain operators:

  • Facilities custom-fitted to operational requirements
  • Refrigeration and HVAC systems seamlessly integrated with the facility’s design to maximize capacity and operational efficiency
  • Significant utility costs savings
  • Minimized TCO by anticipating future requirements and avoiding costly retrofits

Obtain a complimentary discovery meeting to better understand your cold storage requirements and their possible impacts on your operations.


Insights

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Chris Hagle Managing Director
Chris Hagle Managing Director

Christopher Hagle is a Director with LIDD’s Design team at our Toronto offices. He is responsible for managing client relationships and leading teams of designer in the execution of projects such as network studies, warehouse designs and implementation, and operational process improvements. He has deep industry expertise in Retail, CPG, Grocery, Alcohol, Cannabis, and eCommerce.

Chris began his career on the warehouse floor, supervising distribution operations at Canadian Tire. Soon thereafter, he was implementing process improvements that drove positive value across local and national supply chains. Prior to joining LIDD, Christopher was working as a supply chain transformation executive. He has helped the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and other large North American distribution companies achieve large-scale transformational projects such as distribution centre implementations. Throughout his career, Chris has leveraged his experience to design and implement efficient end-to-end supply chain infrastructure solutions.

Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Ryerson University.


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Sean Butler Partner
Sean Butler Partner

Sean Butler leads LIDD’s global Strategy Practice and firm-wide Sales & Marketing. Sean is an expert in the consumer products & retail industries.

At LIDD, Sean advises boards and executives on supply chain transformation, including strategies for the selection and implementation of new technologies, physical infrastructure, and organizational structures. His streamlined project management approach enables him to deliver on major projects that involve many of LIDD’s practices at once.

Prior to his career in consulting, Sean was instrumental in the design and scale of key innovations in the consumer products and retail industries. He served as Senior Vice President at meal kit company Chef’d, Head of Operations, Partnerships & Business Development at Purple Carrot, the leading plant-based meal kit brand, and in key leadership roles at LeanBox, the unattended workplace foodservice retailer.


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David Beaudet Senior Partner
David Beaudet Senior Partner

David has worked on a wide range of logistics mandates across North America since 2004. He has been involved in network design, warehouse design and expansion, process re-engineering and the selection of warehouse management systems. His experience lies within all segments of the food industry, pharmaceuticals as well as industrial distribution. David holds a master’s degree in Logistics from HEC Montréal. 


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Charles Fallon President
Charles Fallon President

Charles has been working as a supply chain consultant since 1998. He has worked with clients at all levels of the supply chain, from manufacturers to retailers, in a wide array of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, garments and construction materials. He has extensive experience in supply chain strategy, technology, facility design & implementation and operations. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. 


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