• 01-12-2021

What You Want From Your Inbound Logistics Partner?

We already shared the article that describes the Inbound and outbound logistics. From the article you will get cleared about that.
Let's dive into the main things that you have to require from inbound logistics partner.

These times, purchasing managers and logistics managers at manufacturing companies are looking to make wholesale improvements to their inbound logistics services. For many businesses, that could mean thousands of raw goods and parts that must be routed and tracked. Manufacturing companies that have traditionally managed inbound logistics internally are outsourcing the function to third-party logistics firms.

For small and midsize manufacturing companies, the cost of producing and maintaining inbound logistics operation can be too expensive.

But in the largest firms, CEOs would rather invest money in capital equipment or pay more engineers than invest in an internal inbound logistics operation.

Consequently, the most significant difficulty for many companies is how do you prefer an inbound logistics partner?

So let discuss

Purchase Order Management

A good inbound logistics partner is a company that does a great job at managing POs (purchase orders). Discover a company that has well-honed manners for following and tracking POs from the supplier to the manufacturer. Your logistics partner will track hundreds of POs written by your company’s purchasing managers and given to suppliers around the world. These parts have to be picked up on-time and delivered on-time. And many are sent to meet just-in-time delivery requirements.

Strong Information Systems

Behind every great inbound logistics program is a TMS that tracks all your shipments. Make sure your logistics provider offers intuitive, easy-to-use systems you can access yourself anytime, anywhere. Most are accessed over the web via computer, tablet or smartphone. IT systems that are quick to learn are important because your suppliers will be accessing them, too.

Better yet is aligning yourself with a company that has in-house developers, which gives your logistics partner the ability to customize its software to match your needs perfectly. At LPS, for example, we have eight full-time developers creating dynamic systems that support customers’ operations. Agile development is essential for any modern IT capability.

Solid Processes

There are a lot of moving parts to inbound logistics. When evaluating partners make sure you have visibility into their processes and they align with your needs. You need to be comfortable with their blocking and tackling basics. Most inbound logistics operations are built around a handful of processes:

  • Bill of lading—usually handled by the supplier shipping goods to you.
  • Dispatch—which is sending the carrier out to pick up your goods.
  • Tracking—gives you insight into when the load is picked up and if it’s on time.
  • Charge verification—confirms that the carrier charged you for what they said it would cost.


Most manufacturing companies want competitive pricing from their logistics partners. Who doesn’t? But trust often trumps low price when choosing an inbound logistics company. Hire a logistics company with deep industry knowledge, or what I refer to as tribal knowledge.