Let’s talk logistics. You’ve heard this word used in business hundreds of times but unless you specialize in its handling, you may not really know all that it encompasses.
At the most basic level, logistics in business refers to how supplies and materials move from point A to point B. That might sound simple, but there’s a lot of data, timelines and moving pieces that go into streamlining the process of that movement.
If your company doesn’t have its logistics under control you can end up with hectic, dangerous warehouses, employees who are confused and tired, lost or late products and a lack of data to help you identify problems before they happen or find places where you can be maximizing effort or reducing costs to ultimately help you grow your company.
This is the main reason why companies of all sizes choose to outsource the handling of their logistics to a logistics company. The transportation and storage of goods, products or data within a supply chain and between points of origin and consumption is organized, executed and managed by a logistics company. Some or all of these supply chain roles are performed by different logistics companies, depending on the operational needs of a company.
Supply Chain Logistics
Supply chain management is the monitoring of products, information, and finances as they travel from supplier to producer to distributor for consumption. It is an essential part of logistics that outside experts can manage for your growing business.
A supply chain is the network of all people, organizations, services, activities, and technologies involved in creating and selling a product, from the supplier's supply of source materials to the producer, to its final distribution to the end-user.
We can’t forget about the flow of information and communication that’s required of any successful business. Logistics operations for physical goods and services are huge, but information logistics is just as important. Similar to how supply chain management ensures a product travels through all the appropriate avenues and tracks its progress as it does so, information logistics make sure data and communication are delivered to the correct person or people in the correct format.
Security is a big issue these days. If you’re dealing with customer information you need to be sure that your methods of passing on the information to the correct department are secure. While billing needs a customer’s payment information and shipping needs their address, you have to be careful that this sensitive information has no way of leaking into the wrong hands. Information logistics can also help turn complex data into readable trends. When collected and complied correctly, this data can give you valuable insight into your own business and help you to streamline and scale to maximize your profit.
American Manufacturing Solutions wants to ease the stress of logistics management for your growing company. Our experts already have tried and true solutions to common logistics issues and we want to help you solve your logistics hassles quickly and easily. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel when we already have it under control. For more information about our Logistics services, please contact us today!