In going door to door trying to sell a Freight Management service, as well as in my experience working in companies, I have had the opportunity to see a variety of ways in which companies, large and small, were managing their Freight and Logistics spend.
Most everyone felt they were doing a good job already. But I’ve seen instances where Freight is one of the top 5 largest expenses within a company. Yet it is managed by one or two people, with no support, and no visibility from upper management.
Depending on the industry your transportation spend can make up anywhere from 1-10% of your company’s total revenue. Aside from the cost impact the service implications of a poor Freight management system are enormous.
So do you have a strategy for managing Freight and Logistics or are you spinning your wheels?
Continue reading “Freight and Logistics (Part 2) – Do you have a Freight Management Strategy or are you Spinning your Wheels?”
When you order something Online there is great excitement in anticipation of opening your package when it arrives. With any luck the company you have ordered from has provided a positive experience in the online ordering and payment process. Now you are just waiting for the package to arrive.
Most recently we ordered a couple of items online. They were relatively small items and could easily fit in the palm of your hand. Within a couple of days a large box arrived at the front door. I wasn’t quite sure what it was because the box was rather big, big enough for a toaster or perhaps a couple of large board games.
I was surprised when we opened the big box, removed a bunch of crumpled paper and packaging material, and found the 2 small items we had ordered sitting on the bottom of this box. The items could have fit inside a standard envelope. Instead they were deliberately packaged in a box which could have held 200-300 of the items.
What a waste!
Continue reading “E-Commerce (Part 4) – Stop Shipping Air!”
Why have so few companies adopted a Transportation Management System (TMS) solution? There are tremendous benefits but there are obstacles, real or perceived, that get in the way. I believe that the benefits far outweigh the obstacles but the obstacles often do not have anything to do with the benefits.
Many years ago I started a Supply Chain Services business as a new service within the company. The fundamental premise was that we had great Supply Chain expertise, tools, systems and processes which we could easily offer to customers.
One of the services that was very compelling was our Freight Management service. We had a tremendous amount of spend leverage globally, a seasoned team, great supplier relationships, very strong processes, and an excellent Transportation Management System (TMS). With all of that we went to market!
Continue reading “Freight and Logistics (Part 1) – Why don’t you have a TMS Solution yet?”
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Both Logistics and the wider Supply Chain are vital to how companies run today, but the two are still so often confused. We put together an Infographic outlining some of the key differences and points of overlap between them. While it may be an obvious distinction to many pros across the field, there’s still a lot of ambiguity – sometimes within companies, as well – about what constitutes Logistics, and what constitutes Supply Chain Management. As a recruitment firm with over a decade of experience specialized in this area, we figure we’d weigh in!
In short, Logistics is a part of Supply Chain Management that deals with the physical movement of goods for just in time delivery. Supply Chain, as a field, grew out of Logistics in the 80s to encompass a wider strategic consideration of everything that’s involved in bringing a product to market.
Check out the Infographic below, where we dive into the topic in more detail! We’ve stepped up our game, if we do say so ourselves.
Continue reading “What’s The Difference Between Logistics and Supply Chain Management? (Infographic)”
No matter what industry you are in and no matter what channels you are serving your Customers expect delivery of their goods on time.
You may have different pressures, to increase profits for instance, but you must take care of the basic expectation of on time delivery first.
If you don’t have on time delivery all your other pressures will not matter. Your customers will go elsewhere and your business will fail. Even if you have a unique product that no one else in the world has (for now) you must deliver on time to your customers. If not there will always come a time when your customers will be able to go elsewhere.
Providing on time delivery may seem basic. But it is the foundation on which the rest of your business must be built.
Continue reading “On Time Delivery – Get that right First before all else!”
Having come from a company wherein we were selling Freight management services I was curious about Freight spend at this new company. But I could find no one answer to my question.
“How much were we spending on Freight?”
The fact that no one knew the answer raised the first alarm bell. The answers that I got raised a whole slew of other alarm bells.
This was going to be an area that was full of opportunity!
Continue reading “Freight and Logistics (Part 4) – Do You Have Hidden Freight Costs?”
Does anyone like being stuck in a Traffic Jam?
Prior to one Holiday season several years ago the volume that was coming into the Distribution Centre receiving area was unprecedented and unpredicted. We were out of room on the docks and we were out of storage space but trucks kept on coming. And we were still weeks away from being able to ship product to stores to relieve the pressure.
We were gridlocked. We kept inching our way along but we were very, very close to having this traffic jam of activity shut us down.
Continue reading “Freight and Logistics (Part 3) – Breaking the Traffic Jam that is your Supply Chain!”