In any business dealing with moving products from one place to another, solid transportation management is vital. Supply-chain management requires plenty of vigilance, as the global marketplace is in constant flux. Below are a few tips to consider in order to speed up shipping times, while keeping your business running smoothly.
1) Implement technology
There are new ways to streamline logistics reaching the market every day. RFID chips and QR codes are fast ways to scan products when they arrive or depart a destination. Smart cargo that is able to communicate with the people sending it, thereby making the company aware of any problems it detects in transit, is becoming a reality. Many logistics companies automate their logistics as much as possible, which expedites much of the process as well.
2) Plan ahead
Clients who need products shipped occasionally rush through paperwork or make changes at the last minute, this can and often does, lead to costly mistakes. Creating order forms that are unambiguous can help reduce much of the confusion. Developing concise and well structures fees for accessorial charges will clarify expectations and reduce billing issues with service providers.
3) Internal Communication
One of the most important factors to consider is ensuring everyone is working as a team and a solid communication strategy is implemented with transportation coordinators. When everyone knows exactly where they are supposed to be at any given moment, downtime is drastically reduced and faster overall service is achieved.
4) Staying on top of International Changes
The global market is in constant change and can be extremely unpredictable. Laws and treaties governing what can and cannot be transported into foreign markets change frequently. It’s essential to check policies, as economic and political situations often arise without notice. When shipping to new markets, do diligence and extensive research is crucial to ensuring a solid understanding of all current laws and regulations.
5) Keeping Customers in the Loop
Much of the time spent by customer service representatives is figuring out where a specific shipment is at any given time. By implementing an easy-to-use interface that allows clients to check on these details remotely, both staff and clients save valuable time.
Constant re-evaluation of your procedures and supply-chain management will ensure a more consistent and reliable operation. Regardless of current efficiency, chances are there is room for improvement. RFX has a team of dedicated professionals committed to streamlining your entire operation, give us a call at P-800-225-2350 and experience the difference of “running on trust”