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Streamlining Shipping and Logistics: 4 Tips for Emerging Businesses

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From the automotive sector to the world of fast-moving consumer goods, any industry suffered the major supply chain disruptions related to Covid-19. In this post-pandemic era, consumers are looking for extremely short delivery times, at no cost to them. At the same time, they will be looking for products that are authentic, and for supply chains that are transparent. 

If you are running a small business looking to grow in 2022, improving your logistics and shipping departments on a small budget can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there is plenty you can do to level up your operations. 

Use Smart Packaging Solutions To Gain Better Control

Smart packaging solutions are by far the hottest trend in supply chain development. Smart packaging solutions are tailored packaging systems that are enhanced by a piece of technology. Some of the most common systems used in smart packaging solutions include:

  • Holograms
  • Barcodes 
  • QR codes
  • Anti-peeling and anti-tampering labels
  • NFC (Near-Field Communication) tags
  • RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification

Lastly, blockchain technologies are establishing themselves as an essential tool to improve supply chain efficiency, transparency, and trust. Thanks to a tailored blockchain solution for your company, you can safely track each transaction, preventing counterfeit, fraud, theft, and diversion from the supply chain. 

All this doesn’t just help you streamline your operations, but it can also help you provide your clients with more transparent service. 

Outsource Your Logistics for Higher Scalability

If you have a limited budget and your business is growing at an unprecedented rate, you might consider the benefits of outsourcing your logistics. 

Specialised companies allow you to leverage state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technologies, and streamlined operations at a minimal cost to you. Even if this isn’t part of your growth strategy, you could consider using outsourced services to improve the scalability and resilience of your emerging company while it grows into an established corporation.

Alternatively, consider investing the machinery, tools, and facilities necessary to upgrade your current warehouse, prevent quality inconsistency, and avoid disruptions.  

Invest in Customised Solutions That Fit Your Business’s Needs

Each business is unique, and so is its growth strategy. Whether you have opted for market development, product development, or diversification growth strategy, you should always strive to find customised solutions and systems for your company. 

And, your logistics and shipping departments aren’t any different! From management systems to pallet racking solutions, batteries for machinery, and tools, the systems you invest in will be efficient only if tailored to your needs. 

Use Data To Plan Ahead

Today’s businesses are more reliant on data and information than ever. If you are looking to streamline your operation and reduce wastage of materials, supplies, and labour, you should consider collecting more data about your orders and supply chain. 

By collecting and analysing this data, you can prevent demand peaks, cut losses during moments of lower demand, and optimise your resources.  Some key information can be collected from private data sources, from the Internet of Things, and from internal statistics. 

And, don’t forget to use a tailored cloud system that allows your managers and executives to have full control over key information – at the touch of a finger!

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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