In Supply Chain management, pretty often manufacturing companies store goods ahead of season. In such case, one of the critical factor is storage space in network being DCs or factories. Best example I found was in Water business at Ne.. or Da…
Often additional storage space is contracted to 3rd pty logistic. From the execution side, this is never a big problem, even if expediting is the most common way to proceed (nervousness and stress).
Downside of spreading goods in network is about planning DRP as it is organized to have demand placed (Forecast and orders) on normal DCs. Therefore the DRP planning engine determines shortage situations and calls for replenishment, as on the other hand additional storage place are out of reach of DRP engine, not being modelled thru transportation lane or even in hidden locations. To avoid this unwanted effect, and optimize production requirement to the only real required qty, many scenario are possible which are either complex, tedious or not robust, and in all case not easy for users.