We all know that managing the supply chain is a careful balancing act. It can be hard to avoid expensive and unplanned freight costs, no matter how much planning and forecasting has been done.
Even just a couple of ‘emergency’ shipments can disrupt supply, and, if you’re using different or third-party fulfilment partners or warehouses across numerous locations, then this becomes a costly problem that inevitably causes friction.
Customs and borders
Every business and fulfilment partner wants products and goods to import or export seamlessly across borders, but it can be a point of friction for the supply chain. Poor compliance, inaccurate information provided to customs authorities or and lack of awareness of new regulations, such as the IOSS or the impact of Brexit, can cause delays.
A smooth supply chain works when logistics services stay on top of customs requirements around the world; relying on a logistics company that is global, with warehousing facilities in key locations for effective forward stocking, can mitigate delays and ensure goods are picked, packed and shipped quickly.
Manual processes and paperwork
From invoices and POs to customer service, the back office of any logistics service can become a friction point as staff time is used to deal with supplier and partner enquiries regarding invoices or on admin tasks that could be automated.
Digitising and automating administrative tasks using software is a quick fix to removing friction from a supply chain, while also offering digital records of payments and POs. This kind of visibility opens up the entire business, making it easier to spot wider inefficiencies and creating a more productive, and profitable, service overall.
Logistics is a lengthy, complex process involving numerous services and partners. From a lack of visibility over stock levels to outdated processes and even poor utilisation of warehouse space, multiple minor delays add up to a bigger problem.
Many such delays are easily solved, for example using barcode technology reduces the need for numerous staff members to pick, check and load goods. Similarly, warehouse planning can make a significant difference to how quickly items are shipped; ensuring fast-moving stock is kept near the front of the facility is a simple way to save warehouse staff time.
Sprint Logistics: Friction-free fulfilment
It’s clear that reducing friction across the supply chain should be a priority for any business. As specialists in complete fulfilment services; from pick and pack, delivery and courier services, both locally and across the globe. We ensure fast, efficient and reliable delivery, as well as outstanding service, for you and your customers.
Not only do we help reduce friction across the supply chain, but we also ensure you have complete control over your e-commerce infrastructure with seamless integrations across all the leading marketplaces, including Amazon, Shopify, ebay and Magento.
Our team of experts are on-hand to help you improve every link of your supply chain, while our logistics services support you from order to distribution and returns.
Get in touch and learn more about how we can help your business.