Trouble with logistics? Consider hiring a supply chain consultant!
When starting up any kind of business, logistics can be a real hassle. There are just too many variables and details that need to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb before it starts to run smoothly. For new business owners just starting up supply chains, or experienced owners trying to expand, it may be too much to handle. However you don’t have to suffer alone. Many new business owners have found success by employing supply chain consultants to help get their logistics up and running.
There are alternatives to hiring a supply chain consultant, of course. One thing to do is to hire a professional in to expand upon or set up a logistics department within your company.
However doing so is not always practical. For smaller companies the problem may lie with the costs of setting up a new department and hiring the staff for it, especially as supply chain management is a specialised aspect of administration.
Larger companies, meanwhile, may not wish to upset their current work balance by introducing a new element, or may not have the space or resources to dedicate to an expanded logistics team.
Another alternative is to try and train existing team members in supply chain management, and that definitely is cost effective. Those team members can also pass on their knowledge to others within the company. However if your staff are already doing a fair share of work as it is, it may be asking too much of them to perform their current duties on top of any new duties that come with logistics.
A supply chain consultant is a very cost effective and hassle-free way of dealing with the new rigours that expanded logistics may bring up. All they are, effectively, is an advisor that can help you manage new transport links by providing experienced consultation on how they work, and ways to make them more efficient.
Some also offer to manage the chains for you as a third party, allowing you to focus your attention towards other matters of business. The arrangement lasts as long as you wish it to, and is conducted entirely on your own terms. If ever you feel ready to take control of supply chains yourself, you can always end the consultancy with no further costs or effort on your part.
In that, it’s an ideal short-term solution to transporting woes and warehousing woes.