Managing logistics requires a solid plan that is tailored to an organization’s specific needs, but there are a few areas that deserve the bulk of your focus in nearly every case. Here’s a look at some of the best advice for small business logistics management.
Sound Warehouse Management
Nothing can derail a good logistics management plan like an improperly managed warehouse. Here, the type of goods involved must be considered. Some items, like perishable food, need to be kept in refrigerated facilities, while other types of goods, like grains, will require an environment that is free of moisture.
Vertical storage columns can be incredibly useful when it comes to maximizing a warehouse’s storage capacity. Software can help find the best arrangement of products and prevent delays in locating items. Staff training can also go a long way toward keeping warehouses efficient.
It might not make sense everywhere, but most operations will have at least one area in which automation can be a real game-changer. Many find that software that offers updates on the movement of items is indispensable; such software can keep track of everything from the movement of the goods from their supplier through warehouse storage and even delivery, saving time and boosting productivity. Software can also be useful in managing the details of accounts and employees.
Measure and Analyze
Naturally, there is a lot of trial and error involved in logistics. When you implement new strategies, it’s important to measure the results carefully to see if you’re benefitting enough to make it worthwhile. Analyze service and cost metrics, and consider feedback from employees as well. Then, make adjustments as necessary.
One area of logistics in which many organizations can find room for improvement is transportation. Often, there are ways that products can be delivered faster or cost savings can be made. It’s essential to make sure your drivers are using the safest and shortest routes to their destinations. Packaging is also an important consideration; make sure the goods you deliver aren’t taking up more space than needed and that package weights are not unnecessarily high.
By focusing on these areas, you can help your small business remain competitive.
This blog post was based off an article by CEO World Magazine. Read the full article here.