We work with multi-drop delivery firms of all shapes and sizes across the UK, helping them to expand their businesses whilst improving their self-employment experience. Through doing this, we’ve gained insights into the key components of a successful delivery firm – so here are four top tips to help you effectively manage your logistics business.
Create a clear plan
Efficient logistics is all in the planning – a clear plan can never cover everything, but it will keep ad hoc decisions to a minimum. The best course of action in this situation is to make sure to plan far in advance to eliminate any supply chain delays.
Always have a provisional plan
No matter how excellent you think your logistics plan is, it’s inevitable that you won’t be able to prepare for every possible incident. Every section of your logistics plan needs to have backup plans, and you should know when to stick with your original plan and when to switch to your provisional, both of which can only be learned through experience.
Automate your systems wherever you can
Now more than ever, there are numerous ways to automate the logistics process. These systems take the hard work out of planning your supply chain by reporting the raw data without bias. You can improve your process around the elements that have the biggest effects on your bottom line by using technology to ensure that your business is better informed.
Learn from your mistakes
Depending on the size of your business, poor processes and a lack of communication can cost your company untold amounts each year. Regularly sitting down with colleagues from each department of your business to openly discuss mistakes you’ve made, processes which can be improved and opportunities for increased efficiency.
Keep these tips in mind, and your logistics business will be as efficient as possible! If you’re looking for a FREE workforce management platform that can help with all of the above and more, Wise can help. To get in touch with us, click here.