Capital is precious. Make better strategic decisions.

From optimizing your existing operations to assessing new capital projects, LIDD helps manufacturers and distributors design supply chains for the long-term. Our multi-disciplinary teams are experts at improving distribution networks’ efficiency and throughput, engineering new capabilities, and developing benchmarks and action plans for investment. In all our work, solutions are driven by your data and needs.


How LIDD can help

Optimizing your Supply Chain’s Infrastructure and Processes

The key to a resilient supply chain rests in a company’s capacity to consistently adapt its infrastructure and processes for optimal efficiency. Driven by millions of lines of operational data and a thorough survey of a supply chain’s physical assets, our analysts perform rigorous audits that highlight functional gaps and underperforming processes that threaten productivity.

We help you improve manufacturing processes, eliminate bottlenecks, and enhance the I.T. systems that support your employees’ activities. LIDD’s experts design and implement supply chain transformations that are truly aligned with your business goals.

Capital Projects and Automation

Distribution and manufacturing companies are increasingly considering implementing automated, robotic systems in their operations. Supply chain transformations of that magnitude entail significant capital investments and should not be undertaken without rigorous scrutiny.

It is essential to evaluate capital projects relative to your company’s current size, financial state, and projected growth. Invest too much, and you risk squandering your capital on projects you cannot sustain. Conversely, invest too little, and your supply chain’s assets will not be able to support your activities efficiently.

LIDD helps distribution and manufacturing companies right-size their capital projects. Our experts have the deep industry knowledge to advise boards and executives on when and how to automate. We help develop and manage roadmaps for future supply chain investments.

Distribution Network Design and Outsourcing (3PL)

At LIDD, we do more than just model your network and tweak your routes: we think each of your network’s nodes as key enablers of your ability to serve customers across all channels. Each node in a distribution network has a throughput, storage and pick face capacity, and each facility sits on a site with a fixed capacity to expand. LIDD combines operational and financial analysis to determine the optimal location for your facilities.

When necessary, we advise clients on choosing contract manufacturers and outsourced distribution centres (3PLs). Our experts have extensive knowledge of the North American market to help you identify potential partners. We guide you through issuing an RFP, selecting a partner, and moving into a new facility.  

Ask LIDD’s experts how they can help you reduce your operations and transportation costs and give your distribution network the flexibility it needs to meet your business goals in the future.   

Due Diligence: Acquisition and Exit Planning

Any plan to buy or sell a distribution company should be built on a careful capitalization of its assets and liabilities. The due diligence process should give you a clear sense of what to expect regarding a company’s current worth, capacity for growth, new revenue, and estimated profitability in coming years.

However, distribution companies are often complex, their supply chain infrastructure hard to audit, and their worth harder yet to assess. At LIDD, we have the knowledge and experience required to evaluate all the relevant aspects of a distribution network and give you a clear picture of its worth. For example, we can determine how the debt-to-equity ratio of a given distribution company compares with that of similar firms. Our hands-on expertise also allows us to know when and why that ratio might fluctuate over time, and whether those fluctuations should worry you.From supply chain audits and capitalization, to the evaluation of soft issues, let LIDD’s expertise in distribution and manufacturing industries become an asset in your acquisition and selling strategy. 


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Meet our team

Read Sean’s Bio

Sean Butler Managing Director
Sean Butler Managing Director

Sean Butler is the managing director of LIDD’s Los Angeles office. He leads LIDD’s global Demand Chain and Strategy Practices. Sean is an expert in the consumer products & retail industries.  

At LIDD, Sean advises boards and executives on supply chain reorganization, including strategies for the selection and implementation of new software systems, distribution centers, 3PL partners, and organizational structures. Sean also works to identify acquisition and merger targets, and to manage the efficient integration of supply chains, pre- and post-closing. Sean advises large CPG and retail companies on process and organizational integration with start-ups, as subsidiaries and/or commercial partners. 

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. 

Sean holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University. 


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Jennifer Hall Director
Jennifer Hall Director

Jennifer has executed numerous distribution center design, expansion and implementation projects focusing on food, beverage and consumer goods. Her work involves helping clients design, justify and implement facilities’ infrastructure, e-commerce platforms and meal-solution operations. Jennifer holds a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University.   


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Jasmine Joseph Project Manager
Jasmine Joseph Project Manager

Jasmine works with operational data to drive strategic recommendations and improve warehouse and/or network operations for companies in retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors. She has successfully managed projects that help companies grow their business and deliver mandates on time. Jasmine holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto. 



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