Coordinating the supply chain process isn’t easy. Logistics Companies face steep challenges and have to anticipate every obstacle.
Supply Chain Digital lays out 5 ways how logistics companies run a smooth supply chain process:
Take the Time to Make a Solid Plan
Efficient logistics is all in the planning. The less decisions that need to be made off the cuff during the transportation process, the better. And, while a solid plan can never cover every extenuating circumstance, it will keep ad hoc choices to a minimum. A good logistics manager will therefore make sure to plan well ahead in order to eliminate any delays in the supply chain as best they can.
Always have a Contingency Plan
No matter how fool proof you think your logistics plan is, it’s impossible to prepare for every possible eventuality. A good logistics manager therefore knows their job is far from done after their plan has been made, as they need to follow the supply chain at every point and put out fires whenever they crop up. To do this effectively, you should have contingencies for every element of your logistics plan. You should also know when to stick it out with your original plan and when to switch to your backup — something that can only come with experience.
Hire a Logistics Manager with Strong Interpersonal Skills
When your logistics plans go awry, it’s crucial that the person tasked with sorting out the mess has great interpersonal skills. This is because they’ll not only have to re-arrange things with the employees within your business, potentially making life more awkward for them, but also occasionally have to find a last-minute logistics supplier to fill in.
If your logistics manager is good with people and has a solid network of industry contacts, he’ll be well-equipped to get your business out of any logistics problems. Whether someone within your business fits this profile or you need to look outside of the company, finding the right person for this position is a part of effective logistics management.
Automate your Systems Wherever You Can
In the digital age, there are a number of ways you can automate the logistics process, including tracking and monitoring each delivery. These systems take the guesswork out of planning your supply chain by reporting the raw data without bias. Ensuring your business is better informed by using fleet and inventory management software will allow you to refine your processes around the factors that impact your bottom line the most.
Learn from Your Mistakes
Depending on the size of your company, poor logistics management can cost your company up to hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. Perhaps the most important thing you can do when optimizing your supply chain is to learn from your mistakes. Regularly sit down as a team and openly discuss the mistakes you’ve made in the past, focusing on what systems you’re going to put in place to ensure they don’t happen again.
Keep these tips in mind and your supply chain is sure to be as effective as possible, potentially saving your company thousands of pounds each year.
How MVP Logistics Runs a Smooth Supply Chain Process
The quality of your distribution process is vital to your business. As your logistics partner, it’s crucial to MVP that you have the top logistics planning services to ensure your project is successful. In order to do this, we put the process and project requirements into writing with all action items outlined.
Each project MVP executes involves a planning document to ensure we don’t miss a single turn; all dynamics are reviewed and accounted for in the process. Planning documents take into account the “uniqueness” of each project, promoting information exchange between your company’s project managers and the dedicated MVP team.
All projects are summarized daily for the client to ensure full visibility of performance and planning. We understand the importance of communication when your projects are in full swing. Proper planning leads to a successful outcome.
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