A Competitive World
With the continuing changes in technology and equipment, warehousing logistics is an increasingly competitive aspect of the supply chain. The competitive pressures mean there is an ongoing demand to achieve more efficiency with every cubic foot of warehouse space. Vendors are utilizing new software and other tools to provide a heightened level of service with each step in the warehousing process.
There are many components in working to achieve the highest level of efficiency when dealing with warehousing logistics. The process involves establishing realistic objectives and managing changes in a realistic manner. Eliminating wasteful or inefficient elements of daily procedures is an ongoing process that involves the entire warehouse team.
A diligent review of the standard operating procedures and a consistent approach to efficiency are essential parts of achieving a lean operation. This is especially important in a growing organization.
Setting the Priorities
Managing growth while meeting customer expectations is one of the biggest challenges in warehousing logistics. Taking a methodical approach allows a company to achieve new levels of efficiency while maintaining customer expectations.
For many companies, it takes outside consultants, such as LeanCor, to bring the latest in best practices to bear on operations. With goals of eliminating waste, lowering costs, and creating a culture focused on problem-solving, a third-party perspective is often the quickest route to success. Establishing and maintaining priorities that place value on lean logistics is an ongoing process.
Outsourcing as an Option
For some needs, the best answer to the warehousing logistics issue is to outsource part or all of the supply chain operations. With modern, web-based solutions, lean operations through a third-party are transparent to most customers. In fact, the customer often sees significant and immediate benefits with improved communications and visibility in the logistics chain.
Enhanced information flow in real time, improved and customized reporting, more effective problem solving and improved performance are all traits of a modern, lean logistics outsource operation.
A careful evaluation of the economics of each step in the supply and logistic chains is a necessary part of dealing with the question of outsourcing. For many businesses, the opportunity to focus on core business issues while increasing customer satisfaction can come with actual savings in the logistics effort. Professionals in the logistics market are equipped to provide valuable insights and recommendations on this issue.
Enhancing Internal Operations
For existing internal operations that remain with a company, there is value in utlizing professional training and education to improve warehousing logistics. Understanding basic principles and operational practices is an essential part of the process of continual improvement.
Effective training programs help develop the skills and capacity of existing staff. Such training and education is made more valuable when there is a focus on application and implementation of the principles of lean logistics.
In addition to a disciplined program of training and education in warehouse logistics, it is often desirable to have an objective analysis of existing operations. While basic principles remain the same, the rate of change in industry technology requires a constant focus on supply chain issues. Many businesses find this difficult to maintain while dealing with their core business. Competent and experienced consultants can bring this expertise to the process, especially when dealing with warehousing logistics.
There are creative and effective ways to deal with today's supply chain issues. With customer satisfaction and lowered costs the goals, a planned and professional approach to warehousing logistics is essential to every business.
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+