The most important thing is to focus on what you can control, and in supply chains that’s not always possible – for example, business has limited power over a shipment unexpectedly stranded on the water. But business can keep analysing its supply chain performance and its supply chain relationships, to ensure they are efficient and not overly exposed to any one supplier.
The delivery transport aspect offers some control, yet it’s an area which is often run inefficiently. There’s much to be gained in researching delivery costs, and understanding your efficiency and responsiveness. The best delivery fleets are flexible and adapt to fluctuations in demand.
When trying something new in areas like third party logistics, a trial period is generally best. Start small before over-committing, and look for partners which make your business better. Technology is key as you need to monitor and measure your efficiency. And communication is critical in managing supply chain issues.
Written by Walter Scremin, Ontime Delivery Solutions CEO.