Growth is important to all businesses, but small ones will find it especially exciting. Growth means your product is in demand and revenue is increasing, but it also means you may start struggling to keep up with the regular demands of your growing supply chain and distribution operations. You might be running out of room to store products or you may be finding your manpower taxed as you try to get everything packed and shipped in a timely manner.
Situations like this are when turning to third-party warehousing and distribution services can be beneficial. Such services enable you to meet the demands of your growing business while minimizing stressors, avoid the full burdens of warehousing and distribution management, and otherwise focus on continuing growth.
Get Warehousing and Distribution Management to Focus on Building Your Business
Coordinating shipments, managing storage space, organizing order delivery, working out logistics, and more are all basic parts of warehouse and distribution management. Unfortunately, they also take up a lot of time that you could put to better use focusing on your core business and growth. Third-party warehousing and distribution services provide skilled management and supply chain integration, allowing you to devote your energy to the projects that matter most to you.
Reaching a Larger Geographic Area
As you try and grow your business, it is natural to try and expand your reach and start finding customers who are farther and farther away. As a result, you will need to find a way to properly scale up your distribution and supply chain operations to match these new distances while also making sure customers aren’t kept waiting inordinate amounts of time. Third-party warehousing and distribution services have centres in key geographic areas that allow for better regional access. By taking advantage of their infrastructure, you can get a larger reach than would be possible alone.
Smaller Initial Investment
Getting a warehousing and distribution service started on your own takes a lot of time, money, and energy. You need to find a property, buy the property, hire workers and managers, make sure everything is up to code, organize processing and shipping procedures, coordinate with the supply chain, and plenty more. As mentioned above, third-party providers already have most if not all of this infrastructure in place already. Furthermore, warehousing and distribution service providers split costs among multiple clients. This allows greater flexibility in how you take advantage of their services since you only need to pay for what you use. Smaller investments mean smaller risks and also free up more funds for core business activities.
Finding the Right Third-Party Partner
Ideally, you will partner with a warehousing and distribution company that shares your preference for flexible, cost-effective services. This is part of the reason why Lean Supply Solutions created the Lean Methodology. Our proven philosophy is based around eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your supply chain. By ensuring the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, we offer consistent, predictable, and quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
When most people think about ways to optimize supply chain management, a few things commonly come to mind, with improving delivery times, reducing errors, and better customer service being common ways of enhancing supply chain efficiency. However, there are a number of additional means through which you can get extra value from your operations, though some are more hidden than others.
Make Use of the Cloud
The cloud is a form of virtual storage that hosts files online. The advantage of cloud storage is twofold. First, essential information is safe in the event something happens to your systems and computers. Second, that information can be accessed from any internet-enabled device, so you can monitor reports or prepare documentation from anywhere with a signal. While the cloud should not be the only form of storage your business uses, taking advantage of its features can streamline many managerial elements and help keep everyone on the same page.
Use Social Media
Facebook, LinkedIn, and the like are probably not the first things to jump to mind when looking for ways to enhance supply chain profitability, but these tools can be surprisingly useful. Social media lets you keep an eye on developments among clients, manufacturers, and suppliers, allowing you to stay abreast of current issues, network with other businesses, and forge better connections with customers. While these are not directly tied to supply chain enhancements, they can all lead to improvements and attracting more business.
There is a careful balancing act between keeping inventory low (only having as much as you need) and having enough extra stock on hand to cover unexpected developments like late shipments or last-minute orders. Developing a robust inventory management system will help alert you to possible shortfalls ahead of time, more accurately anticipate customer demand, and create an adaptive but efficient means of controlling stock levels.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
One of the more useful technologies in supply chain management is Radio Frequency identification (RFID). By placing these chips on each product, inventory tracking becomes a highly simplified and manageable activity. This makes it easy to improve supply chain efficiency since errors in orders can be quickly recognized and fixed and maximum visibility over shipments is present at all times. The integration of RFID and computerized systems also allows for simplified supply chain services and lower operating costs overall.
You can’t improve unless you know what needs improving, and getting proper metrics established plays a huge role in this. You may find that your current evaluation misses key factors or is otherwise looking at the wrong thing. It’s also possible there are odd inefficiencies entrenched in your practices just because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” Taking time to not only develop a proper means of assessing performance but putting a critical eye on your own operations can find areas of value, areas that need improving, and areas that need to be cut out altogether.
Analyze Information with Customer Needs in Mind
The first part of customer-focused analysis is to make sure products are getting delivered in a timely and affordable manner for both you and the recipient. The second part is not considered as often: figuring out if what you have is what customers actually want. Every product has its own niche and popularity, or lack thereof, and being able to track and analyze this information can give insight into customer desires and help you plan out future approaches.
These tips are just some of the things Lean Supply Solutions keeps in mind when carrying out the “Lean Methodology,” a proven philosophy based around eliminating any operations, equipment, and/or resources that are not capable of adding value to our clients’ supply chain services and efficiency. By striving to ensure that the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, Lean Supply Solutions is able to offer consistent, predictable, and quality results.
To learn more about the Lean Methodology or Lean Supply Solutions’ warehousing and distribution services, or to ask any questions you may have, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
When outsourcing to a 3rd party logistics (3PL) warehousing provider, your business can acquire several key benefits that increase supply chain efficiency and fulfillment productivity. When considering whether or not to outsource your warehousing needs, keep the following in mind.
Benefits of Outsourcing Warehousing and Distribution
Warehousing is not a single process; it involves coordinating multiple individuals, some of whom might be from different companies. Trying to coordinate between freight carriers, warehouse workers, drayage operators, and more can start making your workflow charts a headache to read. When outsourcing, this process becomes much simpler because all of these roles are filled by the same company. This ensures that everything is kept on track and coordinated, as well as makes communication easier.
Maintaining a warehouse, its equipment, and the necessary staff is an expensive endeavour. However, you do not need to pay all of these if you engage with a 3PL warehousing provider. This is because 3PL companies usually have multiple clients that use their facilities. By allowing clients to only pay for what they need, these companies are able to diffuse operational expenses and businesses get to see lower costs than if they tried going at it alone.
Lets You Focus on the Core
Unless your core business is already shipping and warehousing, chances are you have better things to do than devote time and energy to running a warehouse. Outsourcing allows you to focus more on your core business operations while knowing that you have a talented and experienced partner fulfilling your warehousing needs.
It’s natural for businesses to grow and shrink over time and e-commerce and retail operations naturally see peaks and valleys depending on the time of year. 3PL warehousing services are flexible and scalable so you can dial down or ramp up the storage and distribution services on an as-needed basis, creating a more efficient and productive supply chain as a result.
Location, Location, Location
If you were to run your warehousing or distribution efforts in-house, you would quickly find yourself held back by location. Unless you have the finances to establish multiple distribution centers or warehouse sites, your potential delivery radius is going to be constrained. 3PL warehousing providers already have multiple facilities that you can choose from, so you can not only pick the site that works best for your business’s needs, but also jump right in and get started without needing to wait for building and hiring.
Reasons to Outsource Warehousing and Distribution
If you find yourself looking to improve in any of the following areas, you should consider the possibility of outsourcing your warehouse and distribution needs to a 3PL provider:
- You are looking to create a more unified and efficient warehousing operation
- You want to expand into new geographic areas but lack the distribution infrastructure
- You find it difficult to split your time and focus between warehouse management and growing your business
- You want to avoid gaps in productivity that come from needing to find and hire new warehouse workers in anticipation of spikes in demand
These problems and more can be solved with Lean Supply Solutions and our Lean Methodology. This is a proven philosophy that is based around eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to our clients’ supply chain, warehousing, manufacturing, fulfillment, or distribution efforts. By striving to ensure that the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, Lean Supply Solutions is able to offer consistent, predictable, and quality results.
To learn more about the Lean Methodology or Lean Supply Solutions’ warehousing or distribution services, or to ask any questions, give us a call at 905-482-2590
For decades, product distribution largely remained the same. Products were delivered to set retail locations in bulk and often on a set schedule. With the rise of e-commerce business models, this traditional form of supply is starting to show its age.
E-commerce, with its direct-to-consumer model, has variable destinations, much smaller volume per shipment, and is expected to reach the customer within a few days of an order being placed. These new realities mean regular distribution centres aren’t going to cut it anymore. You need fulfillment facilities that are designed to be agile, efficient, and flexible to meet the demands of e-commerce.
Unfortunately many small businesses lack the infrastructure or funds to launch such enterprises on their own. This is where third-party (3PL) supply chain comes into play and how forming third-party partnerships can boost your e-commerce success.
Assessing Third-Party Fulfillment Capabilities for e-Commerce Operations
Third-party partnerships are becoming more common as businesses turn away from in-house fulfillment. This allows businesses to draw on the fulfillment partner’s established distribution network, warehousing services, and other features, without having to engage in the upfront investment it would take to obtain them alone. Although every fulfillment service operates differently, there are some common elements that you should keep an eye out for. These services represent key needs in the world of e-commerce, and you will struggle without having them in place through one method or another.
Warehousing and Distribution
Distribution centres and warehousing still play a key role in e-commerce. As long as your products have to sit somewhere before getting ordered, warehousing services will continue to be important. However, a warehouse is useless without a way to get products from storage to the customer, hence the need for distribution channels. As mentioned above, the distribution and shipping method must be flexible enough to get products to customers within a few days, ideally no more than 48 hours under normal conditions.
Pick-and-Pack Fulfillment Services
Although normally defined as a value-added service, pick-and-pack is becoming increasingly necessary in e-commerce operations. This is because customers expect a degree of customizability in their orders and you cannot always assume that products will be sold in set combinations. Therefore, being able to pick the ordered items and quickly pack and ship them is even more necessary than ever.
Online orders are returned at a much higher rate than products purchased at brick-and-mortar locations. As a result, no product fulfillment operation can succeed without a way to efficiently process returns with minimal burden on the customer. Additionally, the third-party service provider must have a way of recapturing value from returned merchandise as a way to minimize costs.
Integrated Information Technology
One of the benefits of e-commerce is that it is much more responsive to technological integration. By linking online ordering systems to warehouse management software and inventory control programs, portions of the warehousing and shipping process can be automated, and products can be tracked in real time. This allows a constant, eagle-eye view of the supply chain that ensures nothing gets missed.
A Lean, Mean, Fulfillment Machine
What all of this adds up to is that your ideal third-party fulfillment service comes in a lean, agile form that can respond to the unique needs of your customer base and shipping operations. This is part of the tenets behind Lean Supply Solutions and the Lean Methodology. Our proven philosophy is based around eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your 3PL supply chain. By ensuring the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, we offer consistent, predictable, and quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to provide e-commerce fulfillment services, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
When it comes to getting the most value out of your warehousing and distribution systems, efficiency is crucial. Being efficient saves time and money that can be used to grow other parts of your operation. To that end, it’s time to look at one option that can help almost any business save money. It’s time to talk about kitting.
What Is Warehouse Kitting?
Kitting process refers to combining two or more finished products into a larger group, which is then sold or delivered as a package. Kits are considered a single unit no matter how many individual products make them up even if they have their own SKUs and tracking numbers. Kitting can apply to many types of products, but it is seen in some more than others. A few common examples of product kits are:
- Book series
- Product samplers
- Promotional packets
- Computer or video game bundles
- Media kits
- Commonly purchased bundles, like “two for one” or “two for the price of three” deals
Basically, a kit is any pre-defined set of products that would be commonly grouped together or are purchased as a single package.
How Does Kitting Save Money?
The key way kitting saves money is by speeding up the productivity flow of the warehouse. Without kitting, workers only assemble the package when the order comes in, taking time to pick-and-pack individual components before wrapping them up and adding the proper SKU. With kitting, all of this is done beforehand. The kit itself becomes an inventory item that can be taken from the warehouse shelf and sent along to the customer.
The Benefits of Kitting
- If you do your order fulfillment in house, you save time that can be used to stay on top of (or get ahead of) other orders.
- If you outsource fulfillment, kitting can save you money since it results in lower pick-and-pack costs (since each kit is considered a single unit)
- Shipping items in kitted form, instead of assembling them later, means fewer mistakes and returns.
- You can develop custom boxes to allow for more efficient and cost-effective packaging.
The Key to Efficient, Effective Operations
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics provider that uses the Lean Methodology to help clients by overseeing all elements of the supply chain, including providers, infrastructure, and participants. Our proven philosophy is based around eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your supply chain. By ensuring the right products are provided to customers at the right time, we offer consistent, predictable, and quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
When compared to their big-box counterparts, small businesses face unique challenges. The ability to focus on a company’s core competencies is vital to ensuring the sustainable growth of your business. Activities such as accounting, supply chain and information technology can become a drag on a company’s growth unless they are a core competency of that company. As an example, small businesses are more likely to lack the ability to finance and lead dedicated management teams; therefore, oversight of the supply chain becomes one of many duties that the owner or store manager has to handle.
Finding ways to improve efficiency and overall supply-chain management isn’t just a matter of saving time and money for your small businesses: it becomes a way to ensure you can devote maximum time to growing your operations rather than struggling with complex supply chain needs. Here are some ideal techniques for improving your overall efficiency when managing a supply chain.
Use the Cloud
Engaging a cloud service has several benefits. The most direct benefit is that your own company does not need to have an IT department. Instead you can leverage the expertise of your cloud provider and get quality software, hardware, and support without having the full infrastructure on your end. This will further free up staff and time and allow the company to better focus on core business activities. The other benefit is that the cloud is often platform-neutral. You can upload data on your computer at the office, check it on the go using your phone, and make adjustments later on another terminal entirely.
The phrase “knowledge is power” applies particularly well to running a supply chain. Being able to see at a glance what your inventory, order, and shipping statuses are can be a great way to both improve access to information and allow for quick response to changing situations in supply needs. When considering options for dashboard displays you should have an eye for multi-platform functionality. Being able to check up on supply statuses on the go is very important, so you will want a dashboard that adjusts itself to be easily readable regardless of whether you are looking at it on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
Supplier Sharing and Integration
Suppliers want to properly meet the needs of their customers, both big and small. You can help them do this by engaging in logistic integration and information sharing. Whether this is accomplished by special enterprise-resource-planning software, joint cloud access, or some other means is up to your individual preference. The key is that your supplier should be able to view your inventory status and information, such as how quickly (or slowly) you go through your inventory. This can allow the supplier to be more proactive in how it meets your needs and reduce any delays when you need to make adjustments.
Shopping Cart and Transportation Companies
Today’s client expectations are changing, especially when it comes to seamless ordering entry and processing, as well as with quick ship cycles and order visibility. This is why integration with shopping cart providers, such as Amazon or Shopify, and transportation and courier companies is not only a great feature to have, but it is also a necessity to ensure you maintain a platform that can satisfy your clients’ needs.
Efficient and Effective
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics provider that uses its Lean Methodology to help our clients by overseeing all elements of the supply chain. Cloud computing is just one element of our proven philosophy of eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your supply chain. By ensuring that products are provided the right service at the required time, we offer consistent and predictable quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business please read more at www.leansupplysolutions.com. You can also contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (905) 482-2590.
In the modern market, consumers are used to being able to get what they want. This not only refers to the ability to find a product, but to get their orders customized to their preferences, delivered in the right time frame, and sent to their doorstep. These and other elements of personalization affect all steps of the supply chain from stores to manufacturers to logistics providers and suppliers. Unfortunately, personalization comes with a cost and costs will inevitably add up. As a result, it is more important than ever to derive added value from existing warehousing and distribution activities.
Methods to Get Added Value
Value-added services come in numerous different forms and some are more suited to certain product types over others. Consider the following possibilities when looking for ways to derive extra value from your warehousing and distribution systems.
Kitting can be understood by using a television as an example. When buying a television, you are receiving a few different things in the box. There is the television itself, along with a remote and possibly HMDI cables or other plugs. The television cannot be changed, but the other elements can. By mixing and building kits of these other items beforehand then adding them to the finished good (the television), extra levels of customization and value-added speed-to-shelf improvements can be obtained.
This is what happens when an existing product needs to be changed in some way prior to being shipped to the customer. Examples of repackaging could be changing a product’s manual to a newer version, swapping a phone’s casing for a new or more popular model, or some other form of design alteration. Repackaging can also be used when a defect of some sort has been found in the packaging itself and more protection is deemed necessary. Effective repackaging allows for products to retain or increase in value and or be sold faster.
Pick-and-pack is a form of value-added warehousing service that adds product distribution and fulfillment on top of a warehouse’s storage activities. Under this service, the warehouse becomes both the site where products are held as well as from where they are distributed. Pick-and-pack has a fair level of overlap with bundling and kitting since it means that the warehouse is also where product packages are assembled and customized for the consumers. Pick-and-pack is best for warehouses that are in centralized locations so they can be efficiently placed distribution centres with a large reach.
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics provider that uses its Lean Methodology to help clients by overseeing all elements of the supply chain. By ensuring that products are provided the right service at the required time, we offer consistent and predictable quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
E-commerce is a rapidly growing sector. Having your business sell through cyberspace—or even exist purely on the Internet—affords a great deal of flexibility and agility that can help small retailers stay competitive. This edge is at increasing risk, however, as big-box stores begin to step up their online presence. In light of these heavyweights and their superior resources, supply channels, and infrastructure, it can be daunting for small businesses to try and carve out their own share of the market. It’s very possible to do so, however. All it takes is some help.
Swing Big With 3PL Warehousing and Distribution
Small- and medium-sized businesses can get the same kind of reach and breadth of big-name companies by taking advantage of third-party logistics (3PL) services. 3PL companies provide an integrated warehousing, packaging, and parcel-delivery operation, as well as e-commerce fulfillment services that let you enjoy an established distribution network at a manageable cost.
The Keys to 3PL Efficiency
3PL firms create efficiency by pooling resources and clients. This allows you affordable rates and numerous savings on supply-chain elements that might otherwise be out of your reach.
A 3PL company maintains an extensive warehousing operation that is likely exceeds your own business needs. You can take advantage of this by only paying for the space that you require. This creates a flexible environment where you can easily scale your warehousing operations up or down, depending on seasonal shifts, for maximum efficiency. As a bonus, warehouse staff does the pick-and-pack services for you so that your personnel costs are even lower.
One of the biggest differences between using a 3PL provider and trying to go it alone is how it affects your efforts to ship products to customers. Most shipping providers offer bulk discounts on their rates, but you may not have the necessary volume to take advantage of this. A 3PL provider takes care of the shipping needs of multiple firms at once. Together, this combined workload creates more than enough shipping volume to let a 3PL firm get you the best rates possible. Since one of the biggest points of competition in e-commerce is shipping costs, you can pass these savings on to your customers and maintain a competitive edge.
Efficient and Effective
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics provider that uses Lean Methodology to help clients by overseeing all elements of the supply-chain. Our e-commerce fulfillment services are part of our proven philosophy of eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your supply chain. By ensuring that products are provided the right service at the required time, we offer consistent and predictable quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business, give us a call at 905-482-2590.
The goal of conventional logistics is to move things forwards from manufacturer to warehouse to shipping to customer. However, not all products stay on the customer’s end. Warranty returns, damaged or defective products, equipment upgrades, buyer’s remorse, or simple delivery errors can all result in products getting sent back through the supply chain, potentially all the way up to the manufacturer level. This process is naturally referred to as “reverse logistics” since it represents an inversion of the typical flow of a supply chain. Depending on how well run a reverse logistics process is, costs from these steps can be anywhere from minimal to colossal. Therefore, being able to keep things efficient is extremely important.
What Triggers Reverse Logistics Services?
Although the specific cause of an individual product’s return can vary wildly, there are a few common categories they can fall in to.
Whether as the result of a legal mandate or precautionary measure, a business will sometimes be forced to issue the recall of a batch of its products.
This often comes up when your business serves as a supplier to other stores. Eventually shop managers will decide (or be told) to stop selling older goods and make way for newer ones. Any of the older products that are left over will be sent back.
Holidays mean special products and sales, but when the festivities end, there is usually inventory left over that needs to be sent back because it’s no longer seasonally relevant and to free up space.
Parts or Repair
If a product becomes damaged, a customer may send it back to be repaired and returned to them. This can be the result of a warranty or other customer service programs, but it can also be due to mishandling during delivery.
The Three ‘R’s of Reverse Logistics
An effective and efficient reverse logistics service is one that can not only easily move products back up the supply chain, but one that is also capable of recapturing value and minimizing losses. Much like with recycling, reverse logistics has its own little components—called the three ‘R’s—that govern its main operating goals.
If there is nothing wrong with the product itself, the most logical solution is to repackage the item and prepare to sell it elsewhere. This could mean returning it to the warehouse shelf or sending it off to another brick-and-mortar location to be resold. You may not be able to restock some products easily, so they will have to be liquidated in a secondary market instead.
Repair or Refurbish
If a product is not in sellable condition then it must be mended. It may need new parts, a bit of cleaning or a number of other tasks in order to get it in good-as-new condition. Repairing and refurbishing does cost more than restocking, but that cost is still less than writing the whole thing off as a loss. This process is also used in the case of warranty-related returns where the product will be fixed and then shipped back to the customer.
In the worst-case scenario, a product is not in a condition where it can reasonably be fixed or resold. These instances call for the product to be disassembled for spare parts, if at all possible. Disassembly is common in machinery, cars, tech products, and similar items. How effective this process is at recapturing value will naturally vary depending on what the product actually is along with its condition.
Efficient and Effective
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics provider that uses the Lean Methodology to help clients by overseeing all elements of supply-chain providers and participants. We provide a set of tools and processes to facilitate lean reverse logistics that help to maintain the value of goods throughout the process, while also tracking relevant information needed. Our philosophy is to eliminate any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to your supply chain. By ensuring that products are provided the right service at the required time, we offer consistent and predictable quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology and how we can use it to help your business, call us at 905-482-2590.
Supply chains are rapidly changing in the face of new technology and practices, and supply chain management needs to be able to adjust accordingly. Changing systems, streamlining formerly bulky practices, and harnessing the power of new tech will determine the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains going forward. Tackling the steps needed to join this wave of the future may seem intimidating, but it is both a necessary task and one that is easier than it may first appear. Most of the burden revolves around how supply chain management can handle planning amidst an increasingly complex field. The answer is to streamline functions so that they can remain lean and competitive while also reducing the managerial burden.
How to Streamline Planning for Tomorrow’s Supply Chain
The following is a list of some basic tasks that make up supply chain management. Streamlining or automating these tasks will help maintain efficiency and competitiveness within your business and help promote growth and effectiveness in operations.
Accepting New Orders
Many companies currently make use of web-based order systems that allow the rapid collection of orders from customers across the country and sometimes beyond. However, most of these systems only provide customers with fixed delivery dates based on average performance and estimates, meaning the promised lead times often don’t correlate to the actual conditions at the time of fulfillment. Streamlined planning, in this part of the supply chain, means finding ways to create smart systems that can assess and schedule orders based on the capacity and capability of the supply chain as a whole.
Releasing Orders to Manufacturing
Whenever you order from the manufacturer, the main hurdles are making sure that the raw materials needed are actually on hand and verifying that there is enough capacity to release the order. Devising automated routines can help make this a leaner process since such systems will be able to check and verify that an order is clear to be released before proceeding. On the more advanced end of the spectrum, a system might stagger releases and pre-build products when possible in order to prevent the supply chain from getting overloaded.
Sourcing Decisions and Alternate Parts
You likely have multiple options when deciding from where to source. Each option has its own pricing implications, but basic business sense says that higher costs can sometimes be worth it if a better product or reliability is obtained in exchanged. This is not always a clear-cut calculation, though; automated selections of sourcing based on elements like cost priorities, lead times, and even the potential for a source to be overloaded can help maintain efficiency of both cost and speed.
Collaborating with Suppliers
Supplier agreements dictate how orders become physical products for delivery, volume limits, and similar functions. Paper purchasing orders are all well and good, but digitizing the process allows for the creation of unified portals that customers can use to view, change, cancel, or create orders remotely. Systems that can provide these services as well as make sure such entries are automatically incorporated into orders and manufacturing will go a long way to maintaining a lean environment.
Finding a Partner in Streamlining Supply Chain Management
Lean Supply Solutions is a third-party logistics (3PL) fulfillment company whose operations are based around the Lean Methodology, a proven philosophy focused on eliminating any operations, equipment, or resources that are not capable of adding value to clients’ supply chains. By striving to ensure that the right products are provided to the right customers at the right time, Lean Supply Solutions is able to offer consistent, predictable, and quality results. To learn more about the Lean Methodology, outsourcing to Lean Supply Solutions, or to ask any questions, give us a call at 905-482-2590.