Inbound Ain't Outbound

I was reflecting about the progression of LeanCor’s managed transportation services. There is no question that our initial work started in inbound through manufacturing and then naturally grew to include outbound. There is a big difference between inbound and outbound logistics.

The most important difference is that inbound logistics is more accepting for visibility, control and stability. Unlike outbound logistics where we react to customer orders, inbound logistics is triggered by our internal processes: specifically material planning, procurement, Plan For Every Part (PFEP), and S&OP processes.

With this in mind, why does inbound logistics still present challenges although we are in control of all the known variables -- including demand planning, supplier selection, and lead time commitments?

There is a gap somewhere.

Our experience building inbound logistics processes and technologies has led us to conclude that inbound still remains a distant priority in many organizations. This is despite it representing at least one half of overall flow in the supply chain. One half of the flow and one tenth of our attention?

As always friends, our Kentucky Logistics Control Center is always open to share best practices in logistics and managed transportation.


Posted by Robert Martichenko

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Robert is CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group. He is also a speaker and award-winning author of several business books - including "Discovering Hidden Profit" and his first novel - "Drift and Hum." Robert has spent over 25 years learning and implementing lean and operational excellence with a focus on end-to-end supply chain management across a wide array of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an MBA.

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