Goods and raw materials don’t just end up where they are supposed to be out of chance. There is often a lot of work put into the back end to get them where they need to be – and when. Large companies – global companies – that rely on these transported goods need to make sure that everything is ironed out for a smooth transition.
This, in essence, is what logistics is all about. And many retailers, manufacturers, and other industries – both large and small – require a deep understanding of logistics to stay afloat. Let’s take a look at what it is all about.
What Does Logistics Mean?
Logistics involves the nitty-gritty details of transporting goods and materials between two or more places. It is the planning, control, and coordination of moving materials involving, for instance, a manufacturer and a retailer, a retailer and a customer, or even one manufacturer to another.
There are two major components in getting this done efficiently and it includes transportation and warehousing. When you are trying to meet a customer’s demand, yet also be timely and cost-efficient, you have to look at all the details of moving goods.
Look at the questions that involve just this one simple example. A company needs to purchase raw materials for a product they are manufacturing. What is the best way to obtain the materials? Would it be faster to transport it via the ocean rather than the air? Truth be told, traveling by boat is much slower than by air, but it is also much more cost-effective. How important is the cost? How important is timeliness? Is there a different place the items can be purchased from that may make more sense logistically? Where will the materials be housed until they make it to you? Will they be secure?
And to think that these are just a few of the things that have to be considered when it comes to logistics. Finding the solution while still keeping the customer happy, being cost-efficient, and getting things done in a timely manner can be quite a challenge.
Why is Logistics So Important?
Logistics is important for one simple reason – the success of your business depends on it.
If you don’t effectively move your materials and goods from one place to the next, you could be in trouble. Not only does the actual mode of transportation need to arrive, but you need to make sure it will be safely handled, securely stored, and still end up getting to you when and where you need it.
Without good logistics management, your business may be negatively impacted.
How to Succeed at Logistics
Finding success with logistics could mean hiring a team and allowing them to figure out the best way to handle the transport and delivery of goods and materials. But sometimes, it pays to turn to those who do it best. Procurement companies are often dedicated to offering solutions that will help streamline your logistics. They can:
- Assist you in developing a strong supply chain that will benefit your operation – often thanks to their relationship with manufacturers in the global economy.
- Increase your ability to be efficient in your processes because you will have everything you need – when you need it.
- Reduce your costs because you have access to a greater market – and you won’t be wasting your own resources trying to work out the logistics.
To get the best results in anything, you seek out the expert. When it comes to logistics, you seek out a procurement service.
Global Procurement Services at DXL
At DXL, we offer global procurement services in all types of chemicals, machine parts and industrial components, metals and high purity materials, as well as computer systems and components.
Our logistics team is highly skilled at securing what you need and safely getting it to you within your time demands.
Place your focus on your business and let DXL handle the logistics.
To learn more, contact us today.