25 July

A modern day supply chain must be well oiled and agile to rise to the daily demands of a fast growing business, being rigid with your logistics operation creates bottlenecks in the movement of goods and products from you to the consumer.
The capacity to swing into action within a moment’s notice, and meet the supply demands of consumers round the clock, is quite often the driving factor behind the success or failure of an enterprise. For this reason amidst many more, a flexible supply chain network must be prioritized.

Here are some thought starters on how to improve flexibility and facilitate the free flow of the supply chain.

Container Logistics:  The maintenance of mediums of storage like the container must be placed at high priority, with extensive care on the part of personnel in dealing with these modes of storage during transport. Secondly, digital records of containers must be kept, in line with maintaining organization and avoiding errors and mix-ups, this entails an organization or Enterprise would have a larger presence in a largely digital world.

Supply Chain Transparency: Streamline connectivity and increase transparency with customers, suppliers and trading partners across your supply chain by digitizing and automating B2B transactions on a digital business network. In other words, this means scaling up into the digital space and taking advantage of the ease and speed the internet gives you, from improved B2B transactions to simpler public relations. This all matters because business has become increasingly international – often global – in recent years, thanks to the reduction in traditional barriers to the cross-border movement of products, services, capital, people and information

Sourcing: Selecting suppliers who will provide the goods, raw materials, or services that create the product is a critical component of the supply chain. Not only does this include creating the contracts that govern the suppliers, but also managing and monitoring existing relationships. As part of strategic sourcing, supply chain managers must oversee the processes for ordering, receiving, managing inventory and authorizing invoice payments for suppliers.

Expansion and Growth: With the growth in technology and logistics over the last few years, the global economy has allowed businesses to grow and expand their businesses outside of their countries. With a strong supply chain solution in place, businesses have the opportunity to go global. Leading the forefront of a web of  storage spaces would be a sophisticated database which contains details of container movements, order fulfillment, and inventory records. This ensures all assets are accounted for, leaving no margin for error and reducing inevitable and unavoidable personnel errors.

Customer Service: As is the case with all fields of business, customer relations is a vital part of operational proceedings. Maintaining a stable line of communication with customers whilst generating regular feedback ensures that consumer needs are understood and well met. A good relationship between the consumer and supplier guarantees a lasting partnership. A streamlined supply chain solution can help businesses not only focus on expanding their current product line but also provide add on services to customers.