The global supply chain has become a complex and demanding industry, which has spurred the growth of the supply chain logistics provider. These companies specialize in and provide a full range of supply chain management and logistics services, far above and beyond, for instance, freight forwarding. All third party logistics companies tend to offer the same types of services, though the specific details and benefits may vary. Typically, a third party logistics company will offer a full spectrum of services to cover the supply chain function as well as the logistics function to integrate tightly with your business. A logistics provider will provide strategic consulting to help your company optimize its current supply chain and logistics functions, which result in a measurable return on investment.
Though a supply chain logistics provider is an external agency, their job is to function as a seamless extension of your own company. Through network optimization and its benefits, such as better lead time and fulfillment rates, increased network flexibility and adaptability during fluctuations of customer demand, the supply chain logistics provider helps your company improve its supply chain logistics strategy. Their function is to optimize and continuously improve upon your current network operations with a comprehensive and integrated array of supply chain and logistics services.
A supply chain logistics provider supplies your company with transportation management and logistics services. This includes inbound and outbound logistics solutions that reduce delays and errors, assist in inventory management, allow shipment visibility, help with shipment planning, freight optimization, auditing, management, and accounting. An effective transportation management solution will help your company identify, analyze, and take advantage of opportunities to streamline your network flow.
In addition to inbound and outbound logistics, warehousing and transportation solutions are part of the supply chain logistics provider's service package. Logistics providers' typically offer flexible and scalable warehousing and inventory solutions that will be designed meet your business needs. From supplier to customer, a logistics provider's goal is to help your company develop and continuously improve its inventory strategy.
Today, the supply chain management industry is highly complex, and demands a supply chain logistics provider whose information infrastructure can function globally and offer immediate access to operations data. A third party logistics provider offer information technology that provides real time visibility into shipments and total network operations. Technology services offered by providers allow you to track production, warehouse operations, shipment management, order management, and a number of other functions that vary from provider to provider. A provider's technology services package usually includes analytics and other services that help them analyze and measure improvements in network functioning.
While some specific services may vary from company to company, a supply chain logistics provider's goal is to take your business's focus off of supply chain and logistics management, so your business can concentrate on its own core functions. Their solutions will create a return on investment through continuous improvement, optimization, and management of your supply chain logistics.
Posted by LeanCor Supply Chain Group
LeanCor Supply Chain Group is a trusted supply chain partner that specializes in lean principles to deliver operational improvement. LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – help organizations eliminate waste, drive down costs, and build a culture of continuous improvement.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Google+