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Lief dagboek #86 – De laatste loodjes?

Goedemorgen! Inmiddels is het alweer negen uur wanneer ik dit typ. Ik had allang bezig kunnen zijn met het tentamen van morgen, maar stiekem zit ik nog aan mijn ontbijt. Tijd om nog even snel een blogje te typen voordat ik weer verder ga, want dit zijn de laatste loodjes! (als het goed is!) Continue reading

What is good logistics and how can I improve my supply chain?

I’ve worked with supply chain management and logistics for more than 15 years. And during this time, people have often asked me what constitutes good logistics. Mostly because they want to know how to improve their own supply chain. So I decided it was time to share my thoughts on the matter. And hopefully this article will offer some insight and help you improve your own supply chain.

So, what is good logistics?

In an ideal world, your shipments would arrive instantaneously, cost next to nothing and be 100% reliable. Preferably without having any impact on the environment whatsoever. However, when reality kicks in you will realise that there will always be a trade-off. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to decide what matters most to you and your company in terms of cost, speed, reliability and sustainability.

What questions should I ask myself, as a transportation manager, before planning a logistics chain?

What is the first thing you should do before planning a logistics chain? My advice here is to start by taking a step back to examine your entire supply chain. Because it’s hard to successfully streamline one process without seeing how that might impact all of the related processes. The next step involves asking yourself what your main objectives are. What is it you want to achieve? Take a really good look at your goals, design a business strategy that will help you to achieve those goals and then set up your logistics chain around that.

Pinpointing your main logistics priority is key to improving your supply chain

This is where those parameters of cost, speed and reliability come into play. Use them as your starting point when planning the logistics chain and ask yourself which of them is most important to you. Regardless of whether cost, speed or reliability is your main priority, don’t forget to take sustainability into account. Reducing your environmental impact is not only crucial for the planet, it’s also important for your business. A good way to pinpoint your logistics priority is by imagining that you’re balancing those parameters on a three-dimensional weighing scale. Depending on whether you choose the fastest shipment, the cheapest shipment or the highest quality shipment as your main priority, that choice will affect the other two. For example, if you want the fastest transportation, then start looking at air shipments. Or perhaps you already know that you aren’t going to be the fastest, so be the most sustainable! And start looking into the most sustainable transportation options, like sea shipping and rail cargo.

If price is your main logistics priority, then look beyond the direct costs

One common mistake companies make when planning logistics, is placing too much focus on direct costs, i.e. the actual transportation costs. Whereas, in this industry, it’s the potential indirect costs you need to look out for. Say you work in the retail industry, for example. You’ve been planning your range of holiday season articles for months. You’ve spent a hefty proportion of your marketing budget on pre-Christmas television ads and direct marketing. And you’re relying on the sales revenues from those goods to cover your investments. Imagine the financial impact of your shipment not arriving on time, just because you wanted to save a few quid on your initial transportation cost. I imagine it would be slightly more of a challenge selling Christmas jumpers at full price in January. Get the best vehicle deals at T&M Buy Now.

Streamline your supply chain processes by looking at the bigger picture

At the end of the day, you have to look at the bigger picture to find your priorities. The above scenario, for example, demonstrates that reliability of service and delivery precision are particularly important in the retail industry around certain dates. Whenever I discuss supply chains, planning and streamlining logistics with customers, I often talk to them about this. It’s all about pinpointing your logistics priority and working everything else around it.

Terug van weggeweest – XXL update!

Hola, dat was me even geleden dat ik achter de computer heb gezeten voor een blogje! Maar nu, maandag 10 juli is het eindelijk weer zo ver. Nippend aan mijn rosé (het is immers vakantie) praat ik jullie bij. Tijd voor een XXL update! Ik vertel jullie graag meer over wat ik in de tussentijd heb gedaan. Continue reading

Lief dagboek #72 – Eindelijk weer!

Hallo!! Eindelijk, ik heb weer even de tijd gevonden om op het toetsenbord te ratelen voor mijn blog. Want, het is een enorm drukke tijd geweest de afgelopen maand. Zo is het alweer meer dan een maand geleden dat ik de schreef in mijn digitale dagboek. Tijd om dat weer eens te doen, want ik heb ondertussen niet stil gezeten! Continue reading