There’s a lot of industry buzz about the current supply chain disaster. In fact, we’ve even covered the big picture ourselves.
However, if your brand is seeing a reduction in sales, it isn’t always the current state of affairs to blame. Unfortunately, your actual supply chain process could be the problem.
Here’s a look at some of the top supply chain mistakes that could be slowing your immediate logistics down and how a team like GFS Logistics can help get your supply chain back on track.
Your Supply Chain Runs Too Many Projects
Industry progress is important, but it’s also necessary to focus on the projects you need to succeed. If your business is constantly running numerous projects at the same time, this action takes up valuable time and resources that lead to imperfections and the stalling of all of your essential projects.
Instead of forcing your logistics team to juggle multiple projects at once, take a step back and prioritize your projects before sending them to your supply chain. Ideally, your supply chain should only focus on one project at a time; so make sure that the one you focus on is the project you truly want to see shine.
Your Process Contains Too Much “Handling”
The most efficient supply chains don’t contain too much handling of products from warehouse receipt of a product to final delivery. Remember, every step of the handling process costs your brand time and money. Ideally, the process should have between 6 and 7 total steps.
An example of efficient “handling” that saves your supply chain money could be:
- Checking items
- Moving items to storage
- Order picking
If you find that your process goes beyond these steps, it may be time to look into a logistics team like GFS Logistics that uses an automated WMS that helps cut down and speed up some of your supply chain tasks.
Failing to Review Your Supply Chain Data
Supply chain data is invaluable to successful supply chain management. Without reviewing your data on a regular basis, you’ll have no idea how well or poorly your supply chain is actually performing.
KPIs like your brand’s inventory turnover, cost per unit delivered, fulfillment times, and cost per order handled should always be accessible for your review.
Working with a supply chain management team that operates with an up-to-date WMS gives you the opportunity to always access your essential KPIs and make changes to your supply chain where they are necessary.
Shortage of Warehousing and Logistics Resources
If your current logistics team doesn’t operate with an advanced WMS it’s likely that your warehousing and logistics experience isn’t going to live up to your standards. When selecting a logistics company to help perfect your supply chain, make sure you work with one that operates on a WMS and has the resources and experience to help push through any obstacles that come its way.
Without a fair amount of warehousing and logistics resources, your supply chain can easily fall behind on schedule and leave you with unhappy customers and a tarnished reputation.
Make Your Supply Chain Management Pristine With GFS Logistics
Don’t enter the new year wondering if your supply chain will get better on its own. The answer is that it won’t and without help from the experts, is likely to get worse.
The logistics team at GFS Logistics is experienced with perfecting the supply chain process of the brands we serve and are ready to help you rise to the top of your industry.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.