The only constant in life – and in the logistics industry – is change. Maybe you’ve released a new product, or are discontinuing a current one. Maybe you’re merging with another company. Regardless of your unique situation, changes in the ecommerce industry and your business can alter your capacity and impact your logistics.
There are dozens of reasons that a delivery route may need to change: a new retail outlet just off the standard route, a new distribution center in a different location, an influx of new drivers. Logistics is about making the most of the time you have, and being as efficient as possible. For delivery routes, a key component of efficiency is understanding the delivery route thoroughly, and doing plenty of research before you send your driver on the first trip.
Using industry best practices can help any company operate more effectively. According to the article "Best Practices in Today's Distribution Center" from inboundlogisitics.com, there are some common techniques that apply to most any warehouse or distribution center.
In case you missed the original post in December, here’s a quick reminder:
Recent second quarter reports show that sales were down from what was expected, so, for retailers, they have a higher inventory of old merchandise. And, partly due to those low sales numbers, many retailers have lowered their expected sales for the rest of the year. Higher inventory, lower sales projections—still, merchandise for the fall and winter is still being shipped from manufacturers, and this will lead to an overstock of inventory, both from poor second quarter sales and, now, inventory for the winter months.