Your business cannot possibly meet deadlines and fulfil orders efficiently without a working, well-oiled logistics department overseeing the supply chain. Even the best logistics management systems have some room for improvement, and it is with this in mind that we propose these 5 tips for managing logistics more efficiently. These 5 elements form the basis of good logistics practices, and should be heeded well…
The entire process of manufacturing a product and delivering it to the client needs to be mapped out thoroughly and accurately, in order for each part of the process to be arranged and carried out on time. From procuring to storing to delivering goods, you need to know what is happening, where and when. Of course, there will be unforeseen circumstances from time to time, and that is where step two comes in.
Even the most qualified logistics manager cannot prepare for every possible turn of events, and so one needs to manage contingency plans. Contingency plans refer to courses of action you can take in the event of significant disruptions or disasters. For example, warehouse fires, or inclement weather keeping ships at bay. A contingency plan answers the question: “What happens if…?”
All manner of software can be introduced to the logistics department to automate critical processes. It is wise to have a tracking system in place for goods received and goods delivered, as well as inventory and fleet management systems. These automated data streams allow you to make improved decisions in response to environmental changes.
It is inevitable that sometimes, things will not go according to plan. And when that happens, it would be nice to know you have logistics managers that have good interpersonal skills to manage the disruption, appeal to angry customers or frazzled procurement officers, and calm the storm before it takes over your site. Furthermore, someone with good interpersonal skills is more likely to have a network of useful industry contacts that could help problem solve in emergencies.
Proper warehouse management has a wide scope, referring to more than just the storage of and access to materials. The efficiency of warehouse design should be considered, so that pickers can access frequently used items more easily and quickly. Vertical storage columns should be used to save space. Wastage of precious resources including raw materials, parts, time, and cost should be minimised at every possible moment.