While a fluid and dependable supply chain is the central ingredient to prosperity for many industries, the constant struggle for warehousing and transport space, coupled with a lack of suitably skilled freight forwarding and logistics personnel has led the modern-day supply chain industry to become more cramped and cutthroat than any time throughout history. Such conditions leave no margin for error but despite this, many issues are still exceedingly hard to identify and resolve. For this reason, companies are forced to conduct a supply chain examination to develop a more complete understanding of the issues affecting the business.
When creating a blueprint for a brand new enterprise or diagnosing and correcting underlying problems, it’s essential to deal with the issues before they evolve to uncontrollable proportions.
Here is a list of several typical supply chain administration issues that can cripple any company. Thankfully, however, all of them can be resolved.
1) Inability to accurately view current supplies
If a supply chain fails to provide its shareholders with an accurate insight into current supplies, then it’s not fulfilling a fundamental service of a supply chain. Products that are either unavailable or in excess generate large disparities that damage overall supply chain integrity, so it’s essential that companies diligently tend to such problems.
Utilising a sophisticated computer application is considered one of the most effective ways to identify and deal with these issues. Such programs are able to help companies deal with all supply related problems and can seamlessly coordinate with physical stock management devices.
2) Rigid Processes
There are many factors that affect supply chain efficiency, including bad weather, transport gridlock, and personnel miscalculations. When this happens, your supply chain must be able to readily adapt. Beyond this, the mere nature of supply and demand are at the mercy of erratic changes, of which the supply chain must be prepared.
Constructing a versatile supply chain is challenging and often calls for a certain degree of ingenuity, something which freight forwarders specialise in. A significant amount of time must be invested into procuring quality business rapports with shipping and domestic transport companies and initiative from executive personnel that comprehends the need for bipartisan discussions.
3) Mismanagement of business resources
Whether it’s inadequate warehousing configurations or lackluster dispatch procedures, proper resource optimization is an area of significant importance. Most companies fail to understand just how great an impact their existing methods, processes, and technologies could have upon their profitability, if only they were used in a more effective manner. Where this is the case, companies typically waste needless amounts of money to acquire products and services that aren’t necessary.
To help ensure better organisation of business resources, selecting an appropriate computer software package is once again the recommended solution. Such packages offer businesses in-depth knowledge of their supply chain.
4) Old and obsolete technology
In the field of logistics where overhead costs can be severe, it’s no surprise to learn that many companies hold off purchasing new technologies until it is absolutely necessary. This is particularly so for domestic transit companies who are tasked with upgrading their expensive to buy and run trucks every number of years.
While the costs involved in replacing the existing vehicles with new ones are high, continuing to rely upon increasingly older vehicles to fulfill business duties results in transit companies hemorrhaging costs through increased fuel consumption, increased risk of engine failure and damage to other internal parts, higher insurance premiums and so on. While some companies are able to renew their vehicles all at once, for most others it will require routine inspections of existing equipment to determine which equipment must be replaced.