Lack of supply chain visibility has been a common transportation challenge for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business businesses. Unfortunately, these challeges are linked to not only additional costs, but also unsatisfied customers. Which is why Millennium Logistics Management explains the importance of increasing visibility with a 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) Partnership.
The thing about visibility is that without visibility, inventory management suffers, deliveries become significantly slower and it is much more difficult to manage risk. By partnering with a third-party logistics, clients who normally outsource are able to gain strategic cost savings and operational visibility that allows them to get ahead of their competitors.
Companies generally outsource in order to cut costs, enhance operations, acquire experts, knowledge and resources that are not available internally and to let company management focus on core competencies.
Let’s explore the following scenario as an example:
A client is one of the leading retailers in the industry and needs to increase visibility to overall transportation strategy and spend. This particular client relies on vendors to manage the transportation of supplies and equipment for its multiple locations. In this case, because the vendors are the ones arranging and billing the shipments, the client is unaware that they are overpaying an incredible 15 to 50 percent on every inbound shipment!
What is a good solution for this scenario?
A third-party logistics is trained to obtain highly capable and cost effective carriers for inbound and outbound shipments. Third-party logistics are also capable of evaluating the market and provide the best insight to a company about best performance, practices and metrics so they can implement strategic operational changes that would boost productivity and create a more efficient supply chain process.
As a result, companies are able to benefit from the following: control over transportation processes and transportation spend through detailed cost reports and TMS (Transportation Management System) reports; more bandwidth and resources; more than 10 percent cost saving on LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipments, inbound shipments and truckload lanes; accurate budgeting based on capital expenditure projects and transportation costs; and most importantly, visibility across all transportation decisions and spend.
The benefits are many, therefore we encourage you to consider partnering with a third-party logistics to increase your visibility and obtain maximum success. Millennium Logistics Management has been providing corporations with the logistical expertise, guidance and solutions to establish programs that produce major savings since 1998. At Millennium Logistics Management, we stand ready to find the solution that is right for you. Please contact us for more information.
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