If your brand delivers goods to customers, you know you’re in the peak prepping stage for the busy logistics season.
However, the rush of getting all of your ducks in a row can leave many of your seasonal or newer workers being thrown into the mix without a proper understanding of the logistics essentials.
There are five pillars of logistics no team member should ever overlook. Let’s dig deeper into them and how your team can master these supply chain essentials year-round.
What Are the 5 Pillars of Logistics?
When it comes to perfecting your logistics process, there are five areas your team should always have in focus:
- Storage and warehousing
- Information and control
Let’s have a closer look at the importance of each element.
Storage and Warehousing
Having ample storage space for your products helps your supply chain operate at peak efficiency. Remember that the ebb and flow of supply and demand can impact how much warehousing space you’ll need for your products.
So, it’s important to have a constant finger on the pulse of your market. Utilize your logistic team’s WMS to easily forecast the demand for your products and prepare for storage needs and costs accordingly.
Information and Control
Information and control are key elements of the supply chain process. When communication is top-notch throughout your supply chain, no orders fall through the cracks, and all operations move full speed ahead.
An experienced logistics team that has every step of their process in check can ensure all aspects of information and control flow smoothly during busier shipping seasons.
The easiest way to store any item in a warehouse is when it’s properly packed in a cube. A well-managed logistics team can ensure all of your inventory is properly packed before it’s stored snugly in your warehouse or loading dock. An optimized packaging team helps your brand save money and space on how it utilizes its warehousing needs.
Inventory is an element that is directly related to warehousing. Managing the inventory aspect of your supply chain means that your brand always has a pulse on past order sale dates, the flow of inventory moving in and out of the warehouse, predicted demand, and more.
Effective inventory management ensures that no product is overstocked or understocked and that your customers always have enough product availability to meet their demands.
Getting items from point A to point B is one of the biggest pieces of the logistics puzzle. Transport in your logistics process literally moves items to their final destinations. A great grasp on transport helps you build relationships with shippers that grants you access to lower shipping costs, optimized shipping routes, and reliable shipping options.
Master Every Area of Logistics With GFS Logistics
If there is one thing success in each pillar of the supply chain has in common, it’s a reliable logistics team. An experienced team like GFS Logistics can be the backbone of your logistics process.
Trust us to help you save money on transportation fees, optimize delivery routes, increase your brand’s reputation, and more!
Reach out to our team to learn more about our services and how your brand can become a part of our logistics family.