The Future of Supply Chain Consulting: The Vision Behind the Waller Associates Acquisition

June 11, 2024

As the supply chain and material handling sectors continue to innovate and evolve, the recent acquisition of Waller & Associates by Designed Conveyor Systems (DCS) marks a pivotal moment of transformation. The merger symbolizes a strategic alignment poised to redefine industry standards and service offerings. According to industry forecasts, companies are increasingly investing in comprehensive supply chain solutions, with significant growth anticipated in the integration of consulting expertise and material handling capabilities.

How does this acquisition shape the future of supply chain consulting and material handling? This critical question is addressed in the latest episode of “On Time In Full,” where host Gabrielle Bejarano sits down with Jeff Waller, President and CEO of Waller & Associates, and Curt Kincaid, EVP of Solutions and Growth at DCS. Together, they explore the synergies and strategic benefits brought about by this landmark acquisition.

Key Takeaways from the Conversation:

  • Founding and Evolution: Jeff Waller discusses the challenges and growth of Waller & Associates since its inception in 2009, highlighting their initial focus on government subcontracting and eventual expansion into the commercial sector.
  • Firm’s Philosophy: Emphasizing independence and operational expertise, Waller underscores how their approach differs from other consulting firms, ensuring clients receive seasoned professionals for every project.
  • Strategic Acquisition: Curt Kincaid explains the motivation behind DCS’s acquisition of Waller & Associates, noting the complementary nature of their services and the cultural fit that facilitated a seamless partnership.
  • Synergies and Client Benefits: The merger combines Waller’s strategic consulting with DCS’s robust material handling solutions, offering clients a comprehensive, one-stop shop for supply chain needs while maintaining Waller’s operational independence.
  • Addressing Challenges: The conversation highlights current supply chain challenges, such as workforce issues and the need for enhanced supply chain visibility, with Waller providing strategic consulting to help clients navigate these complexities.
  • Future Trends: Looking ahead, the discussion covers the rapid technological advancements in robotics and AI, positioning supply chain consulting at the forefront of industry transformation, with a focus on delivering strong ROI for clients.

Jeff Waller brings a wealth of experience from his leadership at Waller & Associates, while Curt Kincaid contributes his strategic vision for growth and integration at DCS. Their combined insights provide a comprehensive overview of how the acquisition is set to drive innovation and efficiency in the supply chain and material handling sectors.

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