Focus On Customer Service
One of the ways to slash your logistics costs is to approach your customer service model differently. Consider what your customers really want, what they really need and not what what you think they will like or need. It may seem simple and straightforward, but many companies offer unnecessary services that their customers neither want nor need. These unnecessary services do not fulfill any customer needs or wants. They only serve as an expense that has no real benefit. If you spot any such services in your company's logistics process, cut it and start saving.
Have Goals That Drives Your Entire Logistics Strategy
Any company that has a good
logistics strategy has goals laid out well in advance. Create objectives for
your logistics department and the rest of your team. Once you have created an
objective, you can build a strategy around your objectives. Not having an
objective or goal will most often result in logistics being scattered and
wasteful. Set up a goal, develop a strategy and watch the efficiency improve.
Savings should follow.
Integrate Your Processes And Use Software To Help You With Logistics
Many people think that just by using a piece of expensive software that their logistics problems will be solved. Or, they think that having software programs will automatically integrate everything together. This is an incorrect approach. You need to manually make sure that logistics processes from across your various departments are in tandem and working with one another. Software is just one piece of the puzzle. Having everyone on board with a single plan and common objectives will serve to boost the efficiency of the logistics process. A more effective and efficient logistics process at your company will often mean a less expensive one.
Design Your Supply Network So That Expenses Are Kept Down
It may be easy to overlook, but creating a supply network that is closer to you can result in tremendous savings. You want to eliminate long distance transportation costs. Also factor in storage costs as well as customer delivery expenses. Think of ways to cut down costs such as creating an additional fulfillment center if you have a lot of customers in a faraway location.
Outsource Some Of Your Processes Or Services
When we talk about outsourcing, we are not talking about send your jobs overseas to India or China. Outsourcing when it comes to logistics simply means hiring someone else or another company to take care of a certain process in the overall logistics scheme. For example, you may want to outsource deliveries of your products in certain markets, if those deliveries are going to be very expensive and time consuming for you. Outsourcing also allows you to focus on other aspects of your business. If you do not have the time or expertise to handle a certain process, then outsourcing may actually help you save money in the long run.
Get More Out Of The Resources You Have
Squeezing more productivity out of the assets you currently own is another way to slash logistics costs. Instead of buying new equipment, consider making use of existing equipment. Try to use your existing resources more efficiently as well. All of this will help you save money.
Measure Your Performance And Adapt Accordingly
You should constantly evaluate your performance when it comes to logistics. If you see any ineffectiveness in deliveries for example, then make a note of it. Come up with a solution or alternative and adapt yourself. Being flexible and adaptive in logistics can reduce your costs.