Assuming that the supply chain is the best that it is going to get is a dangerous thought process for businesses to go through and it is important that there is always a focus on finding new supply chain solutions. Beyond everything else, there are always new ways of working being introduced and new technology which can help to increase the speed and the accuracy of the supply chain. The better that the chain works the more efficient and the profitable every business within it will be, this is why there should always be a focus on ensuring that you are able to find solutions which will greatly improve the overall supply chain, and here are some ideas to do just that.
Trying Air Freight
The general consensus is that air freight is too expensive but the reality is that it is not as expensive as you may believe. If you are able to commit to a decent volume of air freight with a solid partner then you could find that you end up making some big savings by switching to air freight as possible.
Introducing Automatic Solutions
There is a notion amongst many in the supply chain that using automatic solutions will do away with staffing and that is something which they just aren’t ready to do. The truth of the matter however couldn’t be more different and there is a vast range of automatic cabinetry which you can introduce to the business which will not cost jobs, but which will change those jobs and the responsibility of the staff. This should be a constant conversation in your business as you look to become a slicker moving link in the overall supply chain.
Make Yourself Leaner
Through the finding of a single-source provider, you can really help to trim some of the fat with regards to how the business operates. Not only will you be able to negotiate better rates under this type of situation but you can also count on higher quality service and lower costs. A single-source provider just makes everything easier and whilst there is a certain risk that goes along with putting all of your eggs in one basket, the benefits far outstrip those potential risks.
Always Focusing on the Customer
This of course is not a new idea but what many companies have been guilty of in the past is ignoring the needs of their customer. Focus on the points of contention which your customer has first, and look at ways in which you can find solutions to those issues. This is what you would expect from the supply chain partners that your business uses, and so you should understand that your customers expect the same from you.
It is essential that you are open to change and that you are actively working on finding solutions which are going to increase the speed, the accuracy, and the efficiency of the supply chain and your role within it.