As one of the most important parts of your company’s supply chain, it’s important to optimize transportation operations. At the heart of successful optimization is a keen understanding of the principles of transportation management. Let’s take a look at a few things your company should keep in mind.
The Importance of Optimization and Improvement
The old adage says: ‘If you’re standing still, you’re going backwards.” While many companies regurgitate this line and stress the importance of constantly moving forward and never settling for second-best, how many take it to heart? Does your company?
Every organization should implement a tangible plan to encourage ongoing optimization. This is especially true for transportation management companies, as the cost of transportation operations can vary drastically depending on one or two processes. The basis of this plan should include strategies for identifying issues, rethinking existing methodologies, and automating processes for increased efficiency.
3 Ways to Optimize Transportation Operations
If your company doesn’t know where to start, here are a few specific ways every transportation management company can improve and optimize the way business is done.
• Take a Personalized Approach. Transportation needs, problems, and issues cannot be solved with a cookie cutter approach. Instead, take on the mindset of ‘one size does not fit all.’ What works for your competition, probably won’t work the same way for you. Instead of mimicking what everyone in the industry is doing, sit down with every member of the organization and develop a highly personalized approach. Discuss with pickers how to simplify things in the warehouse. Talk to drivers about ways to improve delivery procedures. Ask front-office executives about how documentation on the floor can simplify filing and recording. Taking a personalized business approach will ensure your business responds to new implementations in a positive manner.
• Pay Attention to the Details. Effective optimization is in the details. While anyone can develop a plan, it’s the execution that determines the success of it. Often, transportation companies get caught up in the planning and don’t spend enough time with the execution details. Whether your average lead times are weeks, days, or hours, everyone should be on the same page. Optimizing the smaller details like dock scheduling, rate calculations, and excess inventory can go a long way.
• Utilize Effective TMS. If you are currently using an out of date TMS, your ability to effectively optimize operations is severely inhibited. From being able to manage orders, contracts, and invoices to interacting with drivers and customers, a high quality TMS solution can do wonders for your company.
At GTG Technology, we offer one of the most advanced and customizable truck brokerage TMS software solutions in the industry. Whether you are looking to improve efficiency, streamline documentation, enhance accounting procedures, or gain round-the-clock visibility, we can help.
While it can be tempting to choose lower-end solutions and their promises to offer comparable technology, don’t trust your transportation operations to anyone but the best. Contact us today for more information on how our truck brokerage management system can help your company succeed.