Across the global economy, consumers are wanting more. In fact, it is not just a desire for more; it a demand. Consumer actions are shaping how shippers and carriers interact, ranging from contract negotiation to exploring new technologies. With the rise of Amazon, consumers have also been able to access an endless product array at historic, record-low shipping costs.
After Google’s autonomous car has crashed in Mountain View, many critics have jumped to the conclusion that the whole idea behind autonomous vehicles in logistics is unsafe. They’ve forgotten to mention that Google’s autonomous vehicles have driven more than 1,4 million miles, without a single incident.
Content marketing is a form of inbound marketing in which vendors publish digital content to attract customers who are searching for products and services like theirs. If done right, it is highly effective in growing brand awareness, generating and converting leads, and driving sales and repeat business. Think content marketing isn’t for supply chain and logistics businesses? Guess again.
Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from our friend Robert Everett who gives us some fantastic tips for effective logistics management.
Efficient management is the key to success, especially in supply chain management. There are various factors involved in effective logistics management, for example, automation and perfect coordination. But, there is always a scope for improvising the process.
Most shippers have existing vendor compliance programs in place within their vendor inbound logistics guide. Unfortunately, the traditional logistics of sending out paper guides and even keeping updated online versions has grown complex and difficult to control.
An inbound vendor routing guide is comparable the beating heart of your operation. It manages inbound freight, not unlike the incoming blood supply from the lungs, and pumps it out to the remainder of your supply chain.
Shippers often forget about the possible savings through an effective inbound logistics strategy. Unfortunately, this disconnect could be costing tens of thousands of dollars and eating away at your bottom line.
Most transportation costs in a company arise from inbound logistics cost. If other words, the costs associated with transportation of items from vendors make up the biggest portion of will transportation costs, reports Amy Roach Partridge of Inbound Logistics. Part of the problem lies in misconceptions around inbound logistics, including manual, data-intense processes and added stress.
Modern shippers must oversee thousands of individual processes and activities. With the added pressure to lower costs to end-users, your customers, it’s no surprise that the need for increased scrutiny and cost reductions among inbound logistics partners, your vendors, has gone rogue.
Across a wide number of industries, the way companies interact with customers has changed dramatically. There is no shortage of claims that we have now entered the age of the customer. A golden age, where customer desires dictate the actions of companies. Through the hype, there is a lot of truth to these pronouncements. Companies are now, more than ever, responsive to the needs of customers.