The Benefits of End-to-End Logistics

From behind a desk, the path of a product from its start at a production facility to its destination at a point of sale can seem simple: It's just a route on a map. The reality is more complicated. That product has to travel on real roads, waters, and airways, subject to all manner of unpredictable problems and delays. To avoid costly slowdowns and make estimated arrival times, a product should have the support of an end-to-end logistics program. This thorough, realistic approach to logistical planning drives supply chains and shipping with a mindset of efficiency and contingency.

End-to-End Logistics at a Glance

A good end-to-end logistics program accounts for all means of transportation, all warehousing or other storage along the way, and all personnel involved with a shipping operation. This not only includes the initial shipping and assembly but also return operations and supply adjustments based on demand.

Transport Support

Covering all elements of goods transport goes beyond simple routing. End-to-end logistical planning identifies not only optimal routes but also alternate routes in response to weather or other mitigating conditions. With contingencies in mind, a good program also has a rapid response reaction to breakdowns, diversions, and other problems along the way.

Storage and Data

It's not enough only to plan for where goods will be stored at every stop on the supply chain. By having a fully integrated, end-to-end program, it's easier for different locations to share information about contents, weight, and even assembly instructions. Because the data comes from a single point of contact, there's no chance of missing or inaccurate information between stops. This also makes it easier to calculate optimal loads, especially if there need to be adjustments based on capacity restrictions at different legs of the trip.

Staffing Control

Using an end-to-end model ensures a consistent set of standards for personnel, handling, and safety. Every employee or contractor from start to finish is hired using the same practices, just as every warehouse, depot, and assembly floor has a uniform efficiency system and the same high-quality safety training.

Integrated Returns

Return calculations and reverse logistics are already complex and often costly factors of the business. Therefore, there's no need to make them more expensive and complicated by having a separate system to handle returns. End-to-end logistical planning handles returns with all the same benefits and efficiencies as first-run shipping. Plus, because returns are fully integrated into the plan, it's easier to collect and distribute data for supply adjustments based on demand. This means fewer returns in the future and fewer miles carrying wasted weight.

Considering end-to-end logistics services for your own business? A properly designed plan is an investment in ongoing efficiency and a program capable of handling real-world conditions at every step in the supply chain. Each program is tailor made, but it's built on expertise cultivated by many programs over many years. The end-to-end approach cuts out uncertainty and ensures a consistent experience, from the simplest route to the most complex, multimodal shipping plan.

Posted: 7/7/2016 4:00:09 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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