Mastering The Logistics Of Business
If you have recently set up a small business that specializes in importing, selling goods on, or producing new inventions every time you think of them, you will no doubt have plenty of logistics to think through. Logistics, when planned to the nth degree, are the very foundation of your startup. If you have a warehouse with ten thousand units in it, but you have no way to shift them, your business will not be successful. Every journey that an item takes needs to be accounted for and planned out. Processes need to be solidified and followed without fail. Take a look at how you can master the art of logistics for your startup.
The Supply Chain
Your supply chain will have a variety of stage gates that your product needs to pass through such as manufacturing, packaging, shipping, storage and importing. It’s not wise to have too many mini stages within these larger ones, as your supply chain can become overwhelming and the chances for errors become too heightened. Instead, think about simplifying your supply chain. Don’t always seek out the cheapest supplier or producer as the quality of the part or product may be inferior to your requirements. Instead, opt for product pickers, importers and suppliers with solid track records and spend a little more. Consider each stage gate and look for ways to streamline the process. Can you ship faster? Can you order a larger container for storage? Always seek out efficiency savings.
Just because you have a warehouse that is vast and spacious, and can fit three soccer pitches in, doesn’t mean it is useful to you if it is only ever half full. Instead, seek out ways to cut the cost of your warehouse lease fees. Seek out the services of one of the many equipment moving companies to transport your products from a large warehouse to a more moderate storage facility. You always want to be at around eighty percent capacity to ensure that you are making good use of your lease. Any less and it’s wasted space, and any more and you won’t have wriggle room should a large order come in.
The storage facility that you use needs to be streamlined to ensure seamless shipping and dispatch. If your warehouse is a mess, it may take hours to locate the product that a customer wants. This product may also be damaged or inferior due to lack of storage care. Ensure that your warehouse is optimized and fit for purpose. Make sure your sorters and dispatchers know where items are, use data management tools so that you have your most popular products within easier reach, and get your warehouse layout as streamlined as it can be.
Being a master of the logistics aspect of your small business can be difficult. You need to be organized, flexible and willing to change to meet the needs of ever changing industries. However, follow this guide, and your startup will be more adept to compete with your well established rivals.