Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tips for a Flawless Global Supply Chain: Expedited Shipping

Planning and great management helps to reduce the cost of expedited shipping. Controlling all the factors will further reduce the costs and these tips will help you to achieve your goals within budget:
  1. Hire employees with relevant logistics management experience to help correctly determine and assess shipment mode.
  2. Evaluate the need for expedited shipping, what is causing the requirement? If it’s due to problems such as poor planning you can tackle the issue at the root of the problem.
  3. Reduce fulfillment times through improved processes.
  4. Find the correct metrics to measure and manage your systems more efficiently. Share your metrics with the management and come up with solutions that will reduce the need for expedited transport.
  5. With improved sales forecasts you could reduce the need for expedited shipping.
  6. Stick to the original delivery times throughout the entire logistics chain, don’t allow for time to be added as a safety net.
  7. Costs are increased unnecessarily by using the wrong type of expedited mode – pick the right one from the options.
  8. Get the information correct to avoid costly problems. Always double check size of the shipments and weight.
  9. Research into the expedited service providers and use someone you can trust.
  10. Provide customers with door to door visibility of each shipment. Suppliers, shippers and carriers need to be kept in the picture.

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