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Got Deliveries to Fulfill? This Guide Is Essential

At some point or another, a lot of businesses are going to have to deal with transportation or even complex logistics. This is especially true if you’re looking to sell things across the country or even the world. So here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when you deal with this sort of transportation.

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Keeping things demand-driven

If you’re shipping products out before they’ve been sold to the consumer, then this is additionally important. Businesses often make the mistake of sending out far more products that the demand has actually called for. What this means is that the “middle person” has to start selling the overstock at a reduced price. Which they hate doing, by the way. This, in turn, will decrease demand for the product you sent out. And it doesn’t sound like you needed less demand! While it’s good to a bit of a surplus sent out, you can easily take it too far.

Sales and operations planning

This is a holistic approach to improving your business that is very important if you’re involved in logistics. The primary functions of such a business are all brought together and considered in the art of “sales and operations planning”, or S&OP. Sales, product management, marketing, warehousing, manufacturing, transportation… It’s all brought to the table and discussed in one big, effective team effort. It’s often done incorrectly, though! Forbes has some more information on getting S&OP right.

The right outsourcer

Of course, most businesses who need something transported aren’t going to do it themselves. If you’re a really small business that has found itself in need quick transportation, then you could easily rent a van. But most of the time, you’re going to need an outsourcer. And no two logistics outsourcers are the same. If the job is simple and you may need to repeat it often, you could simply use the national postal service. But with challenging global jobs, you’ll want to consider a company like EON Logistics Forwarders.

The logistics wizard

Are you going to have to deal with transportation in your business a lot going forward? Then it might be best if you hire a full-time or even a part-time logistics expert. This could be an employee on your payroll, or it could be a freelance expert. Either way, having their insight into your logistics processes might be invaluable. Especially because they’re likely to have connections in the transport industry that could help you out a lot.

Speed, cost, risk

The transportation method or company you use is going to depend on how you want your business to be perceived. A lot of people believe that speed is everything when it comes to delivery. Well, speed is definitely important. But what good is speed if the product is damaged? Of course, if you want agility to be the main advantage you have over your competitors, then speed is what you’ll have to focus on. If you want sheer quality to be the aim, then you need to aim to have as close to 100% satisfaction as you can. Any slip in satisfaction numbers must be dealt with swiftly and mercilessly!

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