Most of the logistics and transportation companies would nod their head in affirmative if asked whether they would want to manage their logistics workforce themselves. This is because it gives them full control over operations and a much deeper insight. But today it’s possible to achieve the same level of control and “insider knowledge” even when working with a third party logistics. That’s not all! Working with a 3PL can also reduce your staffing to 20%. But how is it possible? One word – transparency. Let’s have a look at how third-party logistics can operate as a seamless extension of your operations.
COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT PROCESSES FOR DEEPER INSIGHT
It’s not necessary to be physically present on the warehouse floor now for the information you need. The quick and reliable information is just one click away. With today’s technology, it’s possible to be virtually present anywhere to provide input or inquire about the ongoing process. Want to see the new product made in your far off warehouse before launching? Want to see the new design of your warehouse? Want to inquire something immediately? All of this and more is just one click away. All you have to do is log in or call. Apart from giving you power and knowledge, it also saves your precious time.
TRANSPARENT PERFORMANCE FOR BETTER ANALYSIS
Why waste your energy and time when you can use that for numerous other important things? Most of the logistic companies think that working with 3PL will affect their performance adversely as they wouldn’t be able to have a proper check and control on the operations.Here, Visual management comes to the rescue and real-time metrics boards on the warehouse floor announce the performance of work teams against target KPIs to staff and customers. Like this, the performance is measured regularly and the results are reported and made available online for you to analyse.
TRANSPARENT OPERATIONS FOR MUTUAL BENEFITS
The third party logistics will encourage your efforts for working directly with them as they need it more than you to run the business effectively. Most of the 3PL managers collaborate daily with customer teams and you, sharing ideas and reviewing work plans. Thus the mutual collaboration and transparency in operations benefit the both parties.
TRANSPARENT SYSTEMS FOR CONVENIENCE
Let’s imagine you want to know about a random topic or company, for e.g, Zurich Logistics. You’ll type ” Zurich Logistics” in the search bar and the search engine will do the rest for you. In other words, you demand a certain information and the search engine gets it for you. Getting any information from your 3PL is as easy as that. You can demand any information, from order status, QA metrics to inventory status and everything can be instantly accessed on-demand in real-time regardless of where the data resides. The modern sophisticated technology has made it easier to connect the data of two systems regardless of their locations offering you the desired transparency in systems.
The advanced technology has made it possible to shake hands with a 3PL company without worrying about losing the level of control that is important for any company and decreased costs associated with maintaining in-house staff come as a cherry on the cake.
Himani Pirta is a literature student and freelance content writer based in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The tools of her art include a camera and an eye for colour in her travels. On her blog, she publishes her thoughts about random and ordinary things.
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