We’ve drawn up a series of easy to follow tips to get you started. The advice is based on my professional experience of several years in the transportation and logistics business and on my personal interactions with numerous SMEs.
Understand how logistics can help your business
To help you get off to a flying start, let’s start at the very beginning. Logistics is about more than simply transporting goods from A to B. It’s a solution for getting the right thing to the right place at the right time – and in the process bringing real value to your supply chain. Logistics is about access; access to a solid integrated supply chain, access to new markets anywhere in the world and access to new revenue streams… It’s about maximizing your business’ potential in the complex marketplace we live in.
Ask the right questions up front
By selecting the perfect transportation and logistics partner, you can reap a huge variety of business benefits. In order to achieve these benefits; however, you first need to make sure you are asking the right questions and sharing the right information from the very beginning of the relationship.
Over the years, I’ve met with many SMEs. Often they’ve come to the first meeting armed with very tactical questions about prices, terms & conditions and transit times. It’s only when I’ve broadened the conversation, discussing the possibilities of leveraging our knowledge and expertise to tap new markets for example, that we have been able to provide much more valuable strategic advice.
With this in mind, I’ve provided a handful of topline questions that I recommend you ask:
How can you support my business objectives?
How can I prepare for the unexpected?
What is different about your service offering?
Knowledge is power: your transportation and logistics provider is a mine of information
Whether it’s the physical movement of goods, monitoring inventories in different places or securing access to new locations, there is a whole host of information in play throughout the supply chain. It’s up to your provider to put this information at your fingertips. Make sure you can see where your packages are at any time, what the costs of delays are and how quickly your goods will reach their destination. All of this ultimately equips you to better manage your inventories as well as your business.
The tips I’ve shared should give you an insight into dealing with transportation and logistics providers and the reassurance that you can indeed rely on us to help you achieve real success. These are exciting times for you and we are sure that if you ask the right questions of your transportation and logistics provider at the outset, you will soon be able to benefit from global trade and see your business grow from strength to strength. Nothing pleases us more than to be a part of your success.