At Warehouse Auditor we love to help businesses become more efficient and streamlined. Simply the more steps there are in your logistics plan, the more efficient your entire process will be. But that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. So below, we part with some of our knowledge from working within the industry to help the operation function within your business become super slick.
Take time to think about the process to create a strong plan
Making your logistics operation slick is all in the planning. The less decisions that are made at the last minute – the better. We understand that things crop up, but if you ensure that ad hoc decisions are kept to a minimum then things will be smoother. A good logistics manager will ensure they plan ahead to ensure goods are delivered and eliminate any delays or problems.
Have a contingency plan
Leading on from the above point. No matter how thorough your logistics plan is, there can always be an element of error. A good logistics manager knows they have to think of other scenarios outside of their plan. So, it is good practice to plan for every outcome and have contingencies in place in order to put out any fires.
Have good communication and interpersonal skills
When things go wrong, and they will, it is essential that the person who sorts it all out has excellent communications and interpersonal skills. There may be a need to re-arrange things and change employee’s responsibilities to sort the issue out or even find a last minute solution outside of the business to sort the problem. So strong and clear communication and naturally being good with people is a must for any warehouse or logistics manager.
Automate your systems
We are in a digital age and therefore we need to embrace this across the industry. Software can help keep operations slick, it can help inspect, report and resolve issues efficiently and can be developed to fit into your business, providing a bespoke solution. They will also take a lot of the guess work out of your role and allow for you to be better informed and refine your processes making you more efficient.
Bad logistics management can cost a company quite a bit of money every year. Maybe the most important thing you can do when optimising your supply chain is to learn from your mistakes. Regularly sit down as a team and discuss the mistakes you’ve made in the past and researching and implementing software and systems in place to ensure they can help you be the best.
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