We have already discussed the importance of a good inbound program in one of our previous blogs. As the title suggests, we are going to discuss the top 4 roadblocks to effective inbound logistics management in this blog. Lack of visibility and control remain the top reason for modern shippers to not be able to manage inbound logistics properly. No, you don’t need to track every detail involving inbound logistics on your own. We’re listing down the biggest roadblocks to effective inbound logistics management for you.
1) LACK OF UNDERSTANDING
If someone doesn’t know what you need, he cannot give it to you. Same goes for your vendor. If your vendors do not understand your company’s policies and needs regarding inbound freight, how can they fulfil it? All they need is high-quality and accurate instructions and this is where an effective inbound logistics guide becomes important. If you’re giving the instructions accurately and not getting the desired results, all you need is a vendor compliance program to stop vendors and suppliers from violating or disregarding your instructions.
2) NOT USING A TMS
We have already discussed the importance of a TMS in our previous blog. But the majority of supply chain entities don’t use a TMS which result in confounding data that may be highly affected by metrics not being measured.
3) MORE DATA AND ANALYSES
An inbound freight management program means the need for more data and analyses. Needless to say, effective inbound strategies and modern freight management systems like automation can save you money. Read our blogs to know more about automation.
4) FAILED COLLABORATIONS OF DEPARTMENT
The procurement department manages inbound product and the supply chain department manages the outbound product. The slightest disconnect between departments means loss of cost savings. Buyers and sellers may look different but they are codependent and need to work together. This results in a better flow of products to the end-user and a flow of orders back to vendors or manufacturers cutting all the extra costs down.