What is the Future of Third Party Logistics in 2020?


The Future of Third Party Logistics in 2020

What Can Your Business Expect from 3PL Providers in the Ever-Evolving Digital Age?

There’s no doubt the third party logistics (3PL) landscape has altered significantly within the last decade. As mobile technologies and ‘smart’ working practices continue to develop, further growth, and potential benefits, are inevitable.

With expected growth in third party logistics markets forecast to be as high as 15 percent, the demand to service in these markets in 2020 is sure to generate fierce competition.

A greater consumer demand for 24/7 services and reduced costs means efficiency and accuracy are going to be a crucial points for successful 3PL providers. Businesses will remain focused on the goal to drive down their own operational and labor costs by outsourcing logistics to 3PL service providers. But success will also depend on their willingness to adopt new technologies.

The following are the most influential changes predicted within the next 7 years. There’s a very good likelihood they will become common among most third party logistics companies.

1. Extended Collaboration Between Shippers and 3PL Companies

Third party logistics companies will rely heavily on technology to collaborate, connect, and interact with customers. Electronic data exchange services are going to be critical, not just for the performance and integrity of the info, but also to accommodate the speed of change.

Vendor managed inventory, where the supply chain vendor monitors the buyers inventory and makes periodic resupply decisions, are going to be commonplace and allow smaller 3PL services to operate via web-based portals and user-friendly access systems.

2. Mobile Application Expansion

Dependency on paper records in warehouses is becoming a continually diminishing memory. Everything will be focused around agility through mobility. As we’re already seeing, mobile devices are becoming more commonplace and will eventually be used by all third party logistics firms.

With the potential for RFID enabled devices to carry data information with them, product and providence for identification and traceability become easier. Customers are going to be ready to order and process freight shipments anytime, anywhere, 24/7.

3. Dedicated Smart Technology from Third Party Logistics

Third party logistics providers will see the advantages of investing in smarter IT and software systems which may deliver a quick and solid ROI.

By decreasing inefficiencies, software like Transportation Management Systems (TMS), will drive down costs and save time. As voice recognition becomes more accurate, voice prompts and commands are going to be standard within the supply chain process, like stock inquiries or freight tracking.

Improved speech recognition software also will allow workers to speak directly with their Warehouse Management System (WMS) to enhance stock records, speed up order turnarounds and shorten staff training periods.

4. Leveraging Massive Data and Knowledge Sharing

Cloud-based technologies are going to be employed by the bulk of third party logistics companies as they embrace the new age of ‘Big Data’.

3PLs will recognize the necessity to permit client access to their own systems to enhance efficiency in areas linked to seasonal trends, and therefore accommodate the demands of flexible operations. Shared data will also allow the traceability of an item at any given point within the supply chain.

5. A More Globalized Economy

In 2020, an increasingly globalized economy is going to be more integrated. 3PL providers are going to be expected to figure on a bigger scale with a distinctly international outlook.

Distribution will also expand globally with more opportunities opening up. This will create a more complex supply chain, varied costs, increased integration processes, and thus a rise in expert third party logistics.

The 3PL industry will face many challenges within the future, but by 2020 the world will also have grown dramatically, largely due to the expansion of emerging global markets.

As we’ve seen with the meteoric rise of technology itself, change can happen swiftly. We will see more and more mergers & acquisitions over the approaching 7 years within the third party logistics world.

With such a competitive landscape, we will also see more standardization in the expectations of shippers and supply chain managers. The foundational businesses, those that actually start the wheels turning, will experience the end benefits.

At Brimich Logistics, we strive to stay on the most productive cutting edge of 3PL technologies in order to serve you better.

What Makes a Warehouse Food Grade?


What Makes a Warehouse Food Grade?

If You Value the Quality of the Food Products You Supply, Isn’t Your Warehouse Partner Just as Valuable?

Storage is an integral part of food supply chains between the producer, processor, retailer, and consumer. Warehouses that store food products must meet extensive requirements and undergo continuous evaluation. If a facility doesn’t meet regulatory standards, they must discontinue operation.

There are several types of food-grade warehouses. Dry storage, frozen food storage, and refrigerated storage are the most common types and the most likely options for food warehousing.

Dry storage warehouses are suitable for food products that do not require temperature regulation. These products include canned food, rice, and grain. Frozen food storage warehouses have facilities to maintain a constant freezing temperature to handle perishable food products.

A refrigerated warehouse has all the necessary equipment to store food products below a specific temperature without freezing it.

Health and Sanitation Issues

Health and sanitation are crucial in food storage. If a warehouse doesn’t manage cleanliness carefully, it can result in food contamination by bacterial growth, fungi, rodents, or other pests.

Indications that a warehouse’s sanitation is compromised include:

  • Rodent tracks or burrows in- or around the warehouse
  • Standing water, weeds, or trash in the vicinity of the warehouse
  • Leaks in the warehouse’s roof, foundation, or walls
  • Holes in the warehouse windows
  • Signs of damage to the warehouse building’s exterior

Cross Contamination

In addition to the issues listed above, the odour from other products in the warehouse can result in cross-contamination. Food product packaging can absorb odours from other products in the warehouse. When storing a new food item, the warehouse should consider the other products in the warehouse.

Customers who are selecting their 3PL should also consider the products that a warehouse stores as many facilities don’t pay attention to products that can result in cross-contamination.

Four Principles for Food Grade Storage

Pest Control

Substances for pest control at strategic locations around food grade storage perimeter eliminates the presence of rodents, insects, birds, and other animals. A warehouse should inspect the perimeter at least once every quarter to check for infestations.

Master Sanitation Schedule

The warehouse should schedule and document regular cleaning sessions to ensure that the food-grade facility is sterile from the roof to the floor. Records of cleaning sessions should be readily available. The warehouse should either appoint a skilled cleaning staff or hire an industrial sanitation service provider.

Personal Hygiene and Training Program

All the employees who work in a food-grade warehouse should regularly wash their hands at company-supplied stations with soap and hygienic hand-drying devices. Employees should also undergo training in personal hygiene, food safety, incident and crisis management, and quality awareness. The warehouse must keep a record of all employee training sessions.

Lot Traceability

The warehouse’s food-grade logistics operation unit traces lot and date codes on the products to ensure that the warehouse rotates them on a first-in, first-out (FIFO) basis.

Conclusion

The four principles above are central to the operations of a food-grade warehouse. Contact Brimich Logistics to learn more about our 3PL warehousing solutions and value-added services.

What is Co-Packing?


What is Co-Packing?

Contract Packaging Just May Be The Ticket To Growing Your Business

When people hear the term co-packing, also known as contract packaging, there are two questions they ask. “What is co-packing, and how does it work?”

This is an arrangement whereby a firm (let’s call them firm A) allows another firm (firm B) to handle the packaging of its products. Let’s look at co-packing agreements in depth.

How does co-packing work?

What is a co-pack agreement? Co-packing is an agreement between a firm A and its co-packer, firm B. It allows firm B to handle all the packaging processes for firm A.

This contract allows firm A to focus on its specialty, which is production, and firm B focuses on the packaging, branding, and logistics. The two companies have to come to a formal co-packing agreement which outlines the nature of their relationship.

Why do firms opt for co-packing?

There are many reasons why your firm might want to consider co-packing as a way of streamlining its business operations, including:

  1. Cost – For most firms that opt to enter into a co-packing agreement, cost is the main driving factor. Instead of firm A establishing a packaging unit, these costs can be saved by outsourcing the services of a co-packer.
  2. Technology – Co-packers invest a lot of resources in technology that helps to make the packing exercise smooth and time efficient. Many companies lack this technology, so it is necessary to seek a partnership with a co-packer.
  3. Spike in demand – A co packer’s services can come in handy if a company is experiencing a spike in demand for its products. This sudden increase may mean the company is unable to meet the packaging requirements at its facility, so they need to enter into an agreement with a co-packer.
  4. Specialization – Specialization is a core principle of economics and running a business. Companies that choose to specialize in one specific task might find the services of a co-packer to be necessary. This may inform their choice to enter into a co-packing agreement.

Which industries can co-packing serve?

Co-packing, as has been established, focuses on the packaging and branding of products given to them with permission from another company. The services of a co-packer can cut across many industries.

With the question of what co-packing is and how it works answered, the following list of industries stand to benefit most from agreements with a co-packer.

  • Cosmetics – The cosmetic industry is one that relies heavily on the right packaging to make a dent in the market. The services of a co-packer can help a firm in this industry to transform into a market leader.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Many times, medicine isn’t packed by its manufacturing firm. Co-packing is a crucial aspect of collaboration in this industry.
  • Beverages – Bottling companies are a must have for the beverage industry. Without them, it would present a challenge for a company to distribute its products.

Is Co-packing Right for You?

The answer to this question will be based on two things; what you produce and in what quantity. This is what determines whether your firm needs a co-packer.

Types of Managed Inventory – Part 2


Types of Managed Inventory – Part 2

Who Do You Trust to Manage Your Products Within The Supply Chain?

Transit Inventory

Transit inventory consists of goods that are still in transit between companies. When a transaction involves the shipping of large quantities, it can take days or even weeks to occur.

Transit inventory can also result in accounting and ownership issues for companies that don’t track shipments between locations.

Large firms use the services of freight consolidators to combine inventories from several locations into one shipping source to establish economies of scale and reduce the input cost per unit. Consolidating shipments increases the size of transit inventory as well as the transit time.

Buffer Inventory

Some firms find themselves in volatile conditions, uncertainty in terms of product quality and delivery times from suppliers, and fluctuating demand.

To protect themselves against these conditions, companies keep buffer or safety inventory, which is stock at hand that exceeds demand.

When a firm runs out of existing inventory, it doesn’t have to backorder items, and as it can source them from buffer inventory.

Customer service is a crucial motivator to hold buffer inventory, as the firm is less likely to run out of stock and make the customer wait for the next order cycle. Buffer stock also mitigates the risk of customers switching to another supplier for their orders.

Anticipation Inventory

Anticipation inventory is stock that firms purchase in addition to their current need when they anticipate an increase in demand.

When there are anticipated events like seasonal increases in demand or labor strikes, firms ramp up their orders or production to be able to meet all orders.

Retailers typically stock anticipation inventory before demand increase for, for example, Christmas or the back-to-school season.

Manufacturers also maintain or increase production when demand is low, so they have stock available when demand rises again.

Producing anticipation inventory also eliminates the need to employ additional means of production in reaction to a demand increase.

MRO Goods Inventory

MRO goods are the maintenance, repair, and operating supplies that support production processes. Firms consume MRO goods during production, but they don’t form part of the finished product as raw materials or work-in-process inventory.

Examples of MRO goods include:

  • Fuel, oils, lubricants, and coolants
  • Janitorial supplies, protective clothing, and uniforms
  • Packing materials and storage products
  • Tools, screws, nuts, and bolts

Secondary supplies to support the production infrastructure can also fall under MRO goods, for example, stationery, paper, and toner.

Theoretical Inventory

Theoretical inventory is the average inventory at a given throughput while assuming an ideal situation where is inflow, processing, and outflow rates are equal. In other words, no work-in-process item has to wait for processing.

Firms determine theoretical inventory to calculate the minimum amount of stock that is necessary to maintain the given process throughput.

Theoretical inventory = Throughput x Theoretical Flow Time. Theoretical time includes the sum of all processing times for one unit and doesn’t include wait times.

Work-in-process inventory is equal to theoretical inventory when the actual process flow time is equal to theoretical flow time.

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of this article here >>

Types of Managed Inventory – Part 1


Types of Managed Inventory – Part 1

What Can Be Measured Can Be Controlled – for Profit!

Most businesses that supply products carry inventory, which is a stock or store of goods. A company manages its inventory and keeps it at hand so it can meet demands or carry out its daily operations.

The types of managed inventory that a business has depends on the industry. For example, retailers have finished products in stock, and manufacturers use raw materials or work-in-process.

An organization must manage its inventory carefully to ensure that it can fulfill its reason for existence, especially in volatile conditions with fluctuating demand.

In this section, we’re looking at the different types of managed inventory.

Raw Materials

Raw materials are a type of managed inventory that manufacturers use in the production of product components, subassemblies, or finished products.

Raw materials typically consist of commodities, extracted products, elements, or objects that the firm extracted or purchased.

Commodities that organizations implement in their production process as raw materials include things like minerals, ore, wood, steel, and chemicals.

Raw materials can also be finished products like nuts, bolts, wheels, and engines if the firm purchased the inventory to produce components.

Work-in-process

Work-in-process is a type of managed inventory that:

  • Is not a raw material,
  • Is a component of a parent,
  • Is processed or about to be processed in the production system

Work-in-process inventory includes materials, components, subassemblies, assemblies released for initial processing.

This inventory can also be fully processed materials that are awaiting inspection before inclusion in finished products.

Finished Goods

Finished goods are completed products that underwent and passed final inspection and that are ready for order by wholesalers, retailers, or final users. This type of inventory does not have a parent in the production process.

However, the end-user may purchase a single unit to use as a component in another product, for example, car engines that are manufactured as finished goods and sold to wholesalers.

Decoupling Inventory

The machines in a production facility typically don’t have the same output rate. One station can take longer to process parts as the one before it in the production process.

Additionally, some machines may be removed from the production line for repairs or maintenance.

When looking at a functioning line, however, it may appear as if all the machines have a corresponding output and that the production process is flowing smoothly.

Production flows because of decoupling inventory or safety stock that ensures an indirect feed between devices and acts as shock absorbers in a production line.

Decoupling inventory prevents inventory from piling up at slow-moving stations in the production process, eliminating bottlenecks that can affect other stages in the process.

Cycle Inventory

Ordering or producing large quantities, the ordering cost per unit decreases. However, ordering large quantities can increase carrying and holding costs.

Economic order quantity is a concept that businesses follow to balance carrying and holding costs with the costs related to orders or production.

When the costs related to holding and carrying costs are equal, the total cost per unit is at its lowest. Cycle inventory is the excess stock that the business order to achieve this minimization point.

Continue to the second part of this series: Types of Managed Inventory Part 2

What Is EDI and How Is It Used?


What Is EDI and How Is It Used?

Is Your Current Warehousing Provider Utilizing the Latest Electronic Data Technology?

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) refers to a means by which businesses replace paperwork and the sharing of physical documents with the use of electronic documents.

The use of this technology has found its way into the logistics industry. Let’s look at how this solution is used in logistics and its benefits.

What are the standards of EDI?

EDI standards is a broad term used by software developers to describe templates used in EDI. These are standard across all platforms on which they are to be used or, if not, can easily be suited to the businesses that use them. EDI standards are necessary if business communication is to be effective, especially for logistics companies.

What are the types of EDI?

There are several types of EDI that a logistics company can work with. The following is a list of some of the most common EDIs.

  • Direct EDI – Also known as point-to-point EDI, this is a prominent EDI that allows a business to deal with each of its partners as separate individuals. This is very beneficial for a business that partners with several logistics companies or a logistics company that partners with many businesses. Each business can book work, manage its account, and send invoices without interfering with another business on the same platform.
  • EDI via AS2 – This is a type of EDI that allows documents and data to be shared over the internet. It continues to gain market in the logistics industry because of its ability to connect with several computers.
  • Web EDI – This is an even better form of the EDI via AS2. This type of EDI allows access of documents via an ordinary browser.
  • EDI outsourcing – Here, a firm chooses to hire another one to help it manage its EDI systems. This is common for many businesses that may need EDI services without the capacity to set up in-house teams.

What is the Importance of EDI?

If you are asking yourself, what is the importance of EDI, anyway? Then, to answer your question, the word ‘efficiency’ comes to mind.

EDI helps to streamline logistics services and allows easy record keeping and sharing of files. This allows for more efficiency in the handling of value tasks that help make logistics more possible.

What are the Benefits of EDI?

Aside from its importance in improving the efficiency of a logistics company, EDI also benefits a company in other many ways.

  • Saving on costs – Logistics firms don’t need to set aside a massive budget for printing and mailing of documents. With EDI, the files can be shared with clients instantaneously.
  • Time-saving – Compared to the past, when the document had to be crafted from scratch and then submitted to clients, EDI increases efficiency and cuts down on lost time. EDI systems have in-built templates that help make work easier.

Why EDI?

EDI is an aspect of technology that can’t be left behind in today’s logistics industry. If a  logistics company is to streamline its transactions with clients, EDI is necessary.

Pharmaceutical Warehousing Requirements


Pharmaceutical Warehousing Requirements

Pharmaceuticals Help Keep Us Healthy, But How Do You Keep Pharmaceuticals Healthy?

More than 131 million people use prescription drugs, which is 66% of all adults in North America according to the Georgetown Health Policy Institute. Many people depend on these drugs to manage severe or chronic conditions and maintain a certain quality of life.

The supply chain of prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical products must meet specific requirements. If a drug loses its quality or potency at some point between production and consumption, it offers no medicinal value.

Warehousing is a crucial component of the pharmaceutical supply chain management that contributes significantly to the wellbeing of millions of people.

General Information

In Canada, pharmaceuticals are regulated by the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFD) of Health Canada. In the United Sates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceuticals.

There are numerous regulatory standards that apply to pharmaceutical warehousing, products, and processes through the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMF) standards.

Included are several pharmaceutical warehousing requirements in the GMF standards:

  • Warehouses must store drugs in a manner to prevent contamination, and that allows for thorough inspection and cleaning of the area.
  • Each drug lot must have a unique and traceable code to allow for lot identification and lot status identification (approved, quarantined, rejected.)
  • Each drug in the warehouse must have written procedures that describe the processes for distribution and recalls.
  • The written procedures of each drug must describe appropriate storage conditions.

Appropriate storage requirements present unique challenges to pharmaceutical warehouses. Each drug has individual storage requirements in terms of temperature, lighting, and humidity. The warehouse must follow the drug manufacturer’s storage requirements to the letter.

Meeting storage requirements often involves setting and monitoring the environmental parameters of a storage section’s temperature- and climate control.

Temperature control involves controlling and monitoring the temperature of the facility.

Climate control refers to the regulation of a storage unit’s temperature and humidity.

What to Look for in a Warehouse Partner

A pharmaceutical warehousing provider should not only meet GMF standards, but the facility should also meet the following requirements:

  • The warehouse should be sterile with enough space for storage, maintenance, and inspection.
  • The facility should have sufficient ventilation and lighting.
  • The facility should have a dedicated quarantine area for drugs that are no longer usable.
  • The warehouse should have indoor and outdoor security systems in place to prevent unauthorized entry and theft.
  • The warehouse should be able to store drugs without specific storage requirements at room temperature.
  • The warehouse partner should be able to provide the client with written documentation of policies, distribution, inventory, and procedures.

Brimich Logistics for Pharmaceutical Warehousing

Brimich Logistics in Ontario provides a wide range of warehousing and value-added services. Our facilities are HACCP-compliant, and SQF certified. The benefits of Brimich Logistics include:

  • Real-time data on inventory
  • Efficient warehouse staff
  • Facilities to store pharmaceutical drugs according to manufacturer instructions
  • Industry-standard safeguarding against drug contamination

Brimich Logistics provides pharmaceutical clients in Ontario with responsive and reliable warehousing solutions. We are ready to assist you with your pharmaceutical warehousing solutions today. To learn more about our warehousing, logistics, value-added, and transportation services, contact us today.

What Are CFS Charges at Customs?


What Are CFS Charges at Customs?

If You’re Shipping Internationally, You Need to Know This

A Container Freight Station (CFS) refers to an area of a port where the loading and unloading of containerized cargo is completed.

This area, in most cases, is an extension of the port but still under the jurisdiction of the customs authority. Here is how CFS impacts logistics.

CFS Charges

One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to matters of the logistics of importing and exporting goods is, “What are CFS charges?

CFS charges refer to the fees that apply for each activity performed at a CFS, namely the import and export of goods through customs.

Various parameters determine these charges. In some cases, CFS charges can be uniform for a specified category of goods being handled.

CFS charges have a high impact on logistics when it comes to shipping goods into or out of a country. These charges can and will eat into a logistics budget if they happen to be higher than was expected.

If you are an exporter, it’s especially crucial that you understand what export CFS charges are. These are the charges that are involved when your containerized goods are packed onto the ship.

In some instances, the customs authority may liaise with customs authorities at the target destination so that they can charge an all-inclusive CFS fee that will cater for both countries, but this is uncommon.

This means that an exporter needs to always have the right information before exporting his or her goods.

How Does CFS Affect Logistics?

The smooth movement of your containers from one place to another is necessary for a logistics team to manage their products effectively.

This gives you both the peace of mind that is required to run a business and also allows you the confidence needed to make the right business decisions.

With CFS charges in play, a lot can change with regards to your logistics. This is how CFS affects logistics.

  • Delays – A failure to negotiate CFS charges on time is one of the leading causes of delays that are experienced in the logistics industry. It is necessary to have an agreement in place to prevent these delays.
  • Increased costs – CFS charges contribute largely to increased costs of logistics. For people thinking about getting into imports or exports, it is vital to partner with a firm that helps you with logistics to avoid these inflated costs.
  • Deteriorating relationships – CFS charges are usually a bone of contention between custom authority officials and the importers and exporters. Many of the deteriorating relationships between their parties are caused by CFS charges and the failure to agree to a figure that appeals to both.

How Logistics Companies Help

  1. Negotiate – Logistic companies help you negotiate CFS charges with customs authorities. This takes the stress off your plate, especially if you are not knowledgeable about matters of customs.
  2. Streamline the logistics – Logistics, handled on an individual level, require that you keep track of each movement. This can be quite hectic. Logistics companies do this for you.

Final Thoughts: Dealing with CFS Charges

There’s no such thing as a way around them when it comes to CFS, customs, and charges that may apply to your goods. It’s essential as a business, to partner with firms and agents that help make this easier for you.

How Has Satellite Tracking Changed Logistics?


How Has Satellite Tracking Changed Logistics?

No More Tom Tom, and This Is Just the Beginning

In an era where business and logistics have become global, satellite tracking has become a conventional means of pinpointing a person or object’s location anywhere in the world.

This tool for monitoring has changed logistics tremendously since its inception back in the 50s. Satellite tracking technology uses the Global Positioning System (GPS).

The GPS measures the distance between your location and the satellites that orbit the earth.

How Does Satellite Tracking Work?

The GPS is a worldwide radio-navigation device that is formed from a constellation of 24 satellites and their stations on the ground. The system works to find out exactly where an object is located.

The tracking system may be connected to items for this use, such as a vehicle or cell phone. The satellites will work to distinguish where it is located at all times. The device has a function of tracking the movement of the object across a geographical region. This form of satellite tracking has proved useful and changed logistics in several ways.

Real-time Satellite Vehicle Tracking

Satellite tracking has improved logistics by ensuring real-time monitoring of vehicles. Some of the tracking firms, such as Linxup have tracking equipment for vehicles that enable you to locate your car easily and quickly.

You can do so while it’s in motion or on-site. Here is how this happens:

  1. Vehicle satellite tracking systems offer updates once a minute when they are moving and each hour when turned off.
  2. Equipment, on the other hand, offers updates once each day when on battery and at an interval of 10 minutes when powered and in motion.
  3. A Google Maps interface that is intuitive distinguishes which objects are vehicles and which are equipment when at work.
  4. The system also offers updates on the fleet movement as it would with normal traffic conditions.
  5. Finally, the system gives you access to a bird’s eye view of every vehicle you have on the road and their logistics details.

Conventional satellite tracking systems have these functionalities and even more depending on their in-built conditions which influence logistics. This real-time GPS tracking allows you, at a glance, to identify:

  1. The direction as well as the speed the vehicle is traveling
  2. The interval between the GPS reports
  3. The current address of the equipment or car on the move
  4. The driver nearest to the location

What is the Difference Between GPS and Satellite Tracking?

In GPS Tracking, a GPS device receives and later transfers signals that it receives from the satellites around the region. With satellite tracking, the satellite tracker makes use of the signals that emanate from a GPS device.

The satellite software then uses these signals and combines them with a complete map to get the exact coordinates of an object.

GPS tracking systems have a variety of components that use the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network.

The network includes a variety of satellite trackers that send microwave signals back to the GPS device and give real-time locations, speed of the vehicle, and direction as well as the time that this data was captured.

Validating the Satellite Tracking Argument

Ultimately, GPS tracking through various satellites can provide both real-time and historical data to improve inventory management and delivery. These innovations in satellite tracking have enormously influenced logistics.

Does Your Business Need Warehouse Logistics?


Does Your Business Need Warehouse Logistics?

Is It Time to Move Your Business in a Different Way?

You have a business, big or small, and it’s doing great. Your products are moving, and your orders keep growing—but as usual, you wonder, could we do more? The answer is yes, and warehouse logistics can help you expand.

What is a Logistics Warehouse?

Logistics refers to elaborate planning, organizing, and management of materials and products, as well as the implementation of various complex operations. Within several industries, such as warehousing, logistics also extends to define the flow of goods, both physical and informational.

Warehouse logistics encompasses all the details of product and information flow within a warehouse. Some of these details include shipment and receiving of parcels, management of the physical inventory, and the movement of more abstract goods such as time and information.

What is the Difference Between a Warehouse and Warehousing?

Beyond the definition of a logistics warehouse, one separates a warehouse from storage by the external use of each factor. A warehouse, for instance, serves as a commercial building that stores goods and is often used by business people.

Warehouses come in various forms; some can be temperature controlled while others have specialized designs to receive different kinds of goods.

Warehousing describes the function and actions required to ease the storing of goods. The intricate process of logistics within the business chain comes from efficient warehousing.

What are the Objectives of Warehousing?

The main goals of warehousing are:

  • Essential storage-warehousing should result in a safe, central location to store your materials and product
  • Accessibility -that location should be accessible and suitable for your product
  • Better inventory management-increase turnover and decrease shrinkage by tracking your inventory more efficiently
  • Shorter lead times-accessible, well-managed storage facilitates shorter lead times, which increases customer satisfaction
  • Reduce cost-efficiency in the warehousing process should result in reduced costs

Why is Warehousing Required?

The benefits of warehousing are far-reaching, both in the short-term and long-term. Here are some benefits that are proven from businesses who have consistently adopted a warehouse logistics model and a clear argument of why warehousing is required.

  • The inventory counts are real-time and accurate all the time. In a unified system, the warehousing process will calculate the inventory available at any given time, their specific locations, and their use.
  • The accuracy of the inventory also means a decrease in return items. In most cases, the goods get checked before being sent.
  • The inventory details also mean the stock will always be available. In most cases, the stock levels operate with a required minimum, which, when hit, will trigger the purchase of more stock.
  • Warehouse logistics also ensure that space is utilized effectively.

What is Warehousing in Supply Chain Management?

Warehousing forms an integral aspect of the logistics and supply chain management pattern. Put simply, warehousing is the process that makes a warehouse or storage area run smoothly within the supply chain.

The success and expansion of any business largely depend on its ability to perform well in warehousing logistics.

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