When it comes to transportation of any kind then logistics plays a large part in its effectiveness. Whether it is planning a weekend road trip with the family or looking after the bus transport system in a crowded city, to some degree logistics will play a part. And this is an attempt to look at the pieces that make up good logistics and how to improve what you already have.
The first stage of accomplishing almost anything is proper planning. And it does not really matter what business you are in; these steps of effective logistics are the same. Firstly, the product has to be secured, then stored, and delivered to the exact location. In the case of a transport company that charters coaches, they have to have the transport at hand, the depots the vehicles will operate from, and where the vehicles pick up the passengers and take them to.
The whole purpose of planning is to attain maximum effectiveness with the least possible work. And by doing so profits will also increase. Planning should also have contingency built in, as it is very rare in business that things go exactly to plan.
Technology can be used in any business, if you manufacture, technology can help to speed up production lines. If you are involved in transportation, then technology will let you know exactly where your vehicles are and help with things such as traffic flow.
New technology can help in every facet of your business, from software that can speed up administrative duties to automated machinery for production. Technology can also help city transportation with traffic cameras helping the flow of traffic as they operate traffic signals.
Any company is only as good as the team that it employs, and it is this team that is responsible for helping the company grow. Be it the charlady or the CEO, every person has their role to play in an organization. To keep your workforce happy and skilled there are certain things you must do on a regular basis.
- Proper training
- Regular performance reviews
- Promote from within
- Invest in technology to help the workers
- Good working conditions
Regular workshops are a good way of updating your workforce on new skills and techniques. It also gives them an opportunity to meet other people from the company and interact. The role of logistics manager is a crucial one, and not only has the person got to have the skills for the job, they must also have great interpersonal skills too.
A good logistics manager will not panic when things go wrong, and can deliver advice to the correct people in the right manner to get the job done. This position also needs to have the correct industry contacts which will help to tap into third party resources. We will continue our exploration into how important effective logistics are for a business in part two, when we concentrate on transportation.