The best part of working in Logistics, Distribution, Supply Chain or Manufacturing is the immediate gratification for your team’s efforts and only a fellow industry member can relate to you on that one. Every order shipped o delivered is a story of its own and it can be very stressful. For this reason, we have gathered 5 tips from a logistics expert for you:
- Have a Plan B, C, and D: Other industries may be “prepared” having a Plan B, in logistics one must always have a Plan B, Plan C and Plan D to supplement a shipping plan in case of an emergency. Industry leaders have several quotes from several providers recent and handy all the time to avoid being left with a feeling of hopelessness as there are too many factors that can delay a driver or drivers from one provider to be on-time for pick up.
- Avoid Fridays: Most manufacturing companies work weekdays running from Monday to Friday and on Friday most providers are completely booked, the roads are crowded, and drivers may not be at their prime as they are very stressed out with the wave of pickups and deliveries. Try to tweak your operation and pick another day of the week for your urgent orders and this will release some pressure from your shipments.
- Double and Triple Transportation Documents: As a general rule, a driver must receive the transportation documents such as packing list, bill of lading and purchase order at the time of shipping but it is not uncommon that at the time of receipt the documents are mixed, misplaced or damaged due to human error. A good practice is to put an additional set of documents inside the shipped box or in between the shrink wrap and the product of the last pallet loaded to the truck or container and clearly mark it with a bright color so that it is easily identified.
- Know the transportation rules from the state or country of the receiving country: A common mistake in interstate or international shipments is to assume that the rules that apply to us apply to them, do your research before shipping and review their requirements such as Grade A pallets, and height dimensions for transportation.
- Take ownership of your tracking systems: In our current times, most transportation companies provide with GPS and tracking systems for their team, but a good recommendation is to use your own tracking devices for more accurate information and we can provide with solutions with that.
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