If you are one of those who think that a logistics operator is someone. Who is only in charge of taking merchandise from one place to another, you are very wrong. Although transport is one of the most common logistics tasks. Companies increasingly include more solutions to meet the needs of their customers.
Traditional Transport Services
The use of a trailer loaded with the merchandise of a single client to take it directly to its destination. The full load is one of the most used services due to its simplicity and because it offers good prices. For those companies capable of filling an entire truck for their shipments.
Groupage is the little brother of the full load. Groupage is designed for those companies or shipments in which. The load does not occupy an entire trailer. And groupage offers the possibility of improving the cost in exchange for sharing space with other merchandise.
Urgent pallet shop
The constant reduction in the size of the batches has generated a new market niche. With the shipment of small pallets below what is generally known as groupage. This new service, which is experiencing tremendous growth in recent years. Has served both large companies – which have increased the frequency of their shipments to minimize inventory costs. And small ones, which do not reach the volumes of the full charge.
The urgent shipment of pallets is also experiencing a great development in delivery times.
The parcel is another transport service that is experiencing a sweet moment. The explosion of electronic commerce has been an indispensable ally in the development of parcels. E-commerce has forced parcels to transform, and they have responded by providing new delivery forms and deadlines unimaginable until recently.
As we have already commented, firms want to reduce their stock levels since these represent an expense. However, reducing them does not mean that they can always be eliminated. The alternative that the company in charge of transport also stores the product is still a very common solution and one of the most used transportation services in Israel.
Despite the road’s reign, air and rail are claimed as alternatives for transport services. However, from certain distances, the plane is unbeatable in delivery speed. And the same happens with the boat when we talk about the price, even though we have to extend the delivery period. As a result, these methods of transport usually end up resorting to the road as a last resort.
Ten transport and logistics services to complement customer service.
Logistics operators have never stayed in the previous points but have always added products and services to complete their offer. Let’s see some of these activities that add value to customers:
If we want our pallet to arrive safely at its destination, we must prepare it carefully. Logistics operators are specialists in ensuring that the merchandise that passes through their hands comes out in the best conditions. The steps to prepare a pallet range from reviewing the pallet itself to fixing the merchandise on it and the order of placement of its components according to their weight and dimensions.
If storage was one of the traditional logistics services, its development implies a whole series of functions that add value to the user company. Among them is inventory control, which makes it easier for the client to know their stocks, the speed of rotation, the supply of demand, etc.
The need for door-to-door deliveries is growing in a market where deliveries to individuals continue to rise.
Logistics operators can also get involved in the work of packaging. Both when it comes to preparing orders and conditioning pallets so that they travel safely, as well as acting as consultants with their clients, helping them decide the ideal way to pack their goods and make them travel more safely.
The more complex the logistical needs of a company are. The more difficult and important the preparation of their orders usually entails. And it is another of the areas that have benefited the most from technological advances. And process automation, such as assisted picking and warehouse automation. However, it is important to know how to assess the investment that we are going to make in these tools. Since making them profitable will depend, to a large extent, on the volumes that we are going to have to treat.
Once again, we find ourselves with a transport service that is gaining importance as the complexity of the supply chain grows. Unfortunately, smaller customers sometimes do not feel the need or belief. They do not have the resources to create a risk plan that analyzes their processes. Either because they seem simple enough or because. They cannot allocate the necessary effort, time, and resources (staff assigned to create it, duplication of materials or facilities, etc.).
However, companies need to know their potential risks and what times they could manage in the event of a ‘logistical crisis. ‘This is where the logistics operator can help companies anticipate difficulties and calculate replacement periods, necessary safety stock levels, etc.
If there is a transport service that, by definition, goes beyond delivery: reverse logistics. This encompasses the actions that occur after the product has reached its destination. The ability of logistics operators to collaborate in the reverse logistics of their clients. Collection, classification, return, etc.) in service with increasing demand in recent years. And, again, currently promoted by electronic commerce, with all the tasks associated with the return of shipments.
Delivery at convenience points
Another new service is related to the e-commerce explosion. Although home deliveries are still the preferred option, they have difficulty because the recipient is often absent. Again, this is a case where transportation services go beyond traditional delivery.
Technology is one of the factors that are most influencing supply chains. Shippers are implementing big data to gain insight into their customers. The markets in which they compete, and their logistics capabilities and performance. Transport companies can help in this task by offering a wealth of data on the supply chain.
Indicators of performance
We need to design performance indicators to translate all the Big Data figures. Logistics partners can collaborate when designing which indicators are the most relevant for the company and in providing said data. For example, knowing the orders that we can process in a certain time, the delivery times. The percentage of erroneous orders, etc., will be much easier to achieve with the help of your logistics operator.
All these examples make clear the distance between a comprehensive logistics operator today and mere conventional transport services. Today the logistics operator is not a mere messenger for the merchandise but a key business ally. For the success of the companies and vital support for the logistics of the companies.
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