Improve your distribution center operations — maximize efficiency, safety and customer satisfaction.
West Monroe Partners leverages a proprietary workforce optimization methodology called FUSION to deliver measurable and sustainable savings and operational improvement.

Imagine getting more from the same staff and space you already have. Imagine that your clients receive their orders on time and in perfect condition—every time. Imagine your staff working effectively and safely. West Monroe Partners can help you make this happen—with Fusion for Distribution.

What is FUSION?

Fusion is an overall workforce optimization methodology developed by West Monroe Partners. When applied to distribution centers, Fusion can dramatically improve your operations. Fusion for Distribution includes a suite of offerings and tools that help clients establish new distribution Strategies, gain Intelligence into existing operations, evaluate improvement opportunities and implement solutions that Optimize their distribution workforce and operations.

We focus on quantifiable business value delivery, backed by data gathered in our clients’ environments to deliver measurable savings and operational improvement. We have hands-on experience in all distribution center operations West Monroe Partners succeeds where others have failed. That’s because our experts have done the jobs we will help you improve. We have picked cases, driven forklifts and shipped products. We have run distribution centers and managed operators in domestic and international settings. From receiving through loading, to transportation and customer delivery, automated or non-automated environments, West Monroe Partners has the hands-on experience and proven approaches to deliver sustainable improvements in performance for your operations and workforce.


We seek to understand the challenges you face in your distribution environment and establish achievable strategies that will solve your issues, improve processes and increase the performance of your workforce and operations. Specifically, this includes:

  • Distribution technology and equipment diagnostics and selection
  • Facility and process diagnostics
  • Activity-based compensation program strategy
  • Labor relations strategy


We help you gain visibility into the true performance of your operations and workforce, simulate improvement options, and validate the true impact of technology, equipment and automation on your operations and workforce. We assist you with:

  • Engineered labor standards
  • LMS configuration and implementation
  • Distribution process, equipment, automation and layout modification simulation
  • Capital investment ROI validation – technology, equipment and automation


We optimize your operations and workforce performance utilizing data gathered from your operations combined with our optimization approach that applies concepts from both Lean and Six Sigma along with our industry experience to deliver measurable and sustainable process and productivity improvements. We offer:

  • Associate and supervisor training
  • Activity-based compensation program implementation
  • Distribution center labor planning and scheduling

Engineering managed services

Our talent pool is ripe with experienced industrial engineering professionals that can supplement your existing staff or execute priority studies and projects under your management in cases where you do not have in house industrial engineers or your team is operating at capacity. From strategic project management to industrial engineering staff augmentation and outsourcing, we are equipped to act as a natural extension of your team.

A thoughtful foundation with a customized approach

Regardless of where your workforce and operations land on the performance spectrum, our experts can help you design a tailored solution to meet your needs. We partner with clients to take their distribution operations to the next level.