Logistics managers are tasked with every last detail in a retailer’s supply chain and managing it effectively requires partnering with vendors you can trust, as well as investing in technologies that help streamline processes.
If your trucking and warehouse vendor is still relying on faxes, phone messages and spreadsheets to keep track of your inventory, it may be time to consider investing in a more forward-thinking provider utilizing today’s technologies to keep your operations running smoothly.
Inspect every element of your current process with a fresh eye to determine if there may be opportunities to tighten up process or upgrade vendor services if necessary.
Go Smaller To Grow Bigger
While smaller, boutique vendors may come with a slightly higher price tag, they often provide their customers with a major advantage in the world of shipping: agility.
Rounding up your port logistics, drayage, trucking and warehouse services so that they are all being handled under one roof can provide huge advantages for logistics managers looking to capitalize on last minute market fluctuations or unexpected situations related to inventory and fulfillment.
It’s All In The Details
A finely tuned warehouse in motion is a thing of beauty, a series of fluid movements that store, locate, package, and ship items in synchronization. Warehouses should be places of strict organization and efficiency, and for good reason: they have to be. Items are ordered in a manner that facilitates the optimal balance of incoming and outgoing product.
You’re probably already relying on warehouse management systems, but in the hands of personnel unwilling or unable to pay close attention to the major details, WMS will not improve KPIs. Only in the hands of a diligent, detail-oriented staff willing to carefully collect and store all inventory data, will a WMS prove to be an invaluable tool that improves performances and ROI all around.
If you’re a logistics manager and need a partner to help you strategically manage and successfully move your products out of the port and onto their final destination, feel free to reach out to us to discuss your needs.
And for detailed information, maps, and contact information for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, be sure to download a free copy of our Comprehensive Port Service Guide.