The longer your supply chain is the longer it will take to get products to your customers. Keeping your customers waiting is certainly not a good business practice in a world where items ordered from overseas can arrive in a matter of days. This article considers some ways you can improve the delivery time offered by your company by reducing your supply chain.
Automated Communication Systems
If you are a company that makes sales and processes all orders manually then it is likely that you are wasting time in sending the details of an order to the warehouse for processing. This initial delay is a waste of time and can be easily improved. Whether orders are placed in store or online, they should automatically update to the computer systems in the warehouse. Ensuring that it is easy and simple for orders to be placed and processed is a basic step in reducing your supply chain and getting products to customers on time.
Warehouse storage can either be incredibly inefficient or streamlined to perfection. Your target obviously needs to be to streamline processes as well as possible so that goods can be stored, picked and distributed without any delays. Delays in storing items for picking are one of the biggest hindrances for businesses trying to get goods out for delivery.
Storing goods in pallet racking frames is a good way to increase efficiency, but the best investment that you can make is in an overhead crane. Being able to get pallets of goods in and out of the warehouse with increased efficiency will help you to increase your turnover of goods and significantly cut back on the time required to complete your company supply chain.
Another huge delay that is often accepted by companies selling goods is that of delivery companies. Many businesses simply pass their post on to delivery companies who then add an entire supply chain of their own to the process of getting a product to a customer.
An alternative to this is to create a company specific delivery system. Particularly where you are delivering goods of an odd shape or size, this can really reduce the costs of your delivery process and cut your supply chain too.
Whilst the initial investment in a vehicle may be expensive, within just a few months of saved delivery costs and increased supply capability, this initial investment can be wiped out. Instead of relying on others to deliver your post and slow your supply chain, seeking car finance for a company delivery vehicle can greatly ease the process and reduce the length of your supply chain.
Invariably in warehouses, if the lead-time to complete a delivery is long then the item will take longer to leave the factory. This is simply a fact of human nature in that a job will be completed in as much time as is available. By simply cutting the time that a job is expected to take, you will find that your systems are usually able to keep up with the increase and will naturally cut out any useless steps in the supply chain.