How Can You Use Logistics Management to Improve Supply Chain Effectiveness?
Logistics Management is a component of supply chain management. It is used to meet customer demands through effective planning, control and implementation of the movement of goods. Transportation of goods can be made via air, sea or road freight and even pipelines.
Good logistics management is vital to a business success as it ensures the timely delivery of the organisation’s requirement for fulfilment of its products or services in an economical, safe, efficient and timely manner.
Transporting goods via sea freight in a shipping container brings with it the challenges of import and export controls to ensure that the necessary legal documentation is in place to meet your country’s clearance controls.
Both inbound and outbound Logistics Management can be led by the organisation which may have their own fleet of vehicles. This could also be outsourced to a 3rd party logistics provider (3PL) who can support both inbound and outbound logistics to meet the business’s needs.
Tips for Logistics Management
- Plan the operation with a flow chart
- Adopt technology automation
- Invest in employee training
- Manage warehouse storage
- Measure and adapt your logistics strategy
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