As logistics management is an important part of supply chain management, the way firms handle it required changing, too. Logistics management is a controlled and optimized flow of goods on a local, regional or global level. The efficiency of your logistics management efforts directly impacts supply chain management and the company’s bottom line.
In the coming decade, global supply chains will become more flexible. The need for agility in logistics management as well is caused by the fast-paced and changing environment of the global economy. New supply and demand requirements, new trends, and new technologies that need to be implemented cause companies to be more flexible in adapting innovations. In terms of logistics management, flexibility refers to diversifying your network of suppliers and carriers. As the previous year has shown, maintaining a narrow pool of logistics partners can put a significant strain on your logistics management. Businesses that will be more quick and agile in adjusting to the trends are more likely to outrun the competitors and stay relevant in the market.
Automation and supply chain visibility is becoming the leading priorities for businesses across the globe. As logistics networks become more complex and interconnected, the only way to reach insights from your logistics operation is to analyze historical data and monitor shipments in real-time. Companies that want to improve their logistics management should use robust automation and data centralization software, like a transportation management system (TMS). Software solutions let you integrate with the systems of your logistics partners, which gives even more opportunity to gather data and extract valuable insights.
Extending transportation lead times if possible is an old but gold rule for better logistics management. Extended lead times drastically increase the pool of carriers and equipment from which to choose. This can mean a higher quality of service or an ability to find the carrier for specific requirements. Generally, you have more control over the shipment if you’re booking it earlier. If you or your 3PL secure carriers in advance, you ensure better performance, less room for delays and disruptions, and accurate pick-up and delivery times.