The logistics industry is on track for significant changes in 2019. Consumer confidence and spending are up, and companies are enjoying the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Unfortunately, failures to effectively manage inbound freight still exist, and freight costs are rising at record levels. For shippers to continue saving money and meeting the expectations of consumers, they need to understand the state of inbound logistics, including the driving forces of higher inbound logistics costs and the benefits of effective inbound freight management. Of course, that’s too much to handle in a single post, so this series will delve into every aspect of inbound freight management and what shippers can do to rise to the occasion of better inbound freight throughout 2019.
The state of inbound logistics is in the perfect position for continued growth throughout 2019 as a result of a confluence of factors contributing to a strong economy and demand for an increase of greater product variety (i.e., SKUs) from resellers. In addition, consumer spending, while increasing, is on track to beat all records, and companies across the country are turning to new technology and resources to give consumers more buying options. In a sense, this is the result of strong e-commerce growth, and brick-and-mortar retailers have developed new technologies, such as online order vending machines, to stay competitive with Amazon. For over-the-road carriers, growth throughout the industry will lead to higher demands in a constrained industry. Vendors and suppliers also have a duty to streamline operations and meet the orders from shippers. Unfortunately, this creates problems with inbound freight management.
For example, more orders to vendors will naturally lead to an increase in the number of inbound freight shipments. At the same time, new vendors and suppliers are growing in popularity, presenting new challenges for shippers with tight dock schedule. However, effective inbound freight management can overcome these problems.
The leading benefits of effective inbound freight management include:
This series will explore the state’s inbound logistics and what shippers can do to restore visibility and control over inbound freight management. Some of the top posts to expect throughout this series include:
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