4 Tips to Implement a Successful Logistics Strategy
As the old adage goes, successful logistics is equal parts strategy and planning. Your strategy should encompass tactics to make the movement of goods work in your favor. Your plan should outline all the steps the company will need to take to bring your strategy to life.
1. Spatial management:
Logistics requires sufficient space for goods; warehouse and material handling equipment; and people to receive, store, pick, package, label and ship goods. Your warehouse management strategy should focus on maximizing space to allow efficient handling of goods, while in turn keeping square footage and maintenance costs as low as possible.
2. Management & staffing:
One of the greatest expenses in any warehouse is staffing, so reducing picking time is a money saver. Inventory management software can show staff exactly where items are shelved and the smartest routes when delivering more than one item. Is your business seasonal? Plan for the necessary upsizing and downsizing in staffing to meet demand. You’ll need policies to guard against theft without making your people feel over-policed. Don’t forget to consider benefits packages, workers’ comp insurance and other HR-related functions, which are all crucial to a well-managed logistics team.
Logistics requires specialized equipment, such as a truck fleet, conveyor belts, robotics and forklifts or some combination, depending on the type of materials or goods your company handles and how much of the work you outsource. Besides the capital expense, managing equipment and related issues including maintenance, insurance and depreciation, requires careful planning and tracking.
4. IT infrastructure:
Your IT infrastructure must to be optimized to accommodate functions from online ordering and purchasing to warehouse automation, IoT and other technologies which are imperative to your logistics strategy.
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