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4 tips for supplying your logistics

Procurement is the part of the supply chain that ensures that the company provides itself with the materials and raw materials necessary to carry out its activities. But the fact that it is a part should not make us fall into the error of not paying enough attention to it. The role of facilitator or enabler that procurement has means that the rest of the actors in the chain and, therefore, the company will be able to benefit from its smooth running.

Tips to achieve a good provisioning
Refine your risk management

The risk management of a company establishes the possible dangers that it runs and establishes a series of measures so that they do not happen and to mitigate their effects if they do occur. In the case of provisioning you have to worry about several factors. The interruption or delay of the supply is the most obvious, but there are also possible risks in the non-compliance with the quality of what is received and even legislative non-compliance, which can have particularly serious consequences.

Develop quality relationships with your suppliers

It is not enough to have good suppliers; it wouldn’t even be enough to reach the holy grail of having the best. Oftentimes, building a quality relationship with suppliers will result in better results than having a mediocre relationship with even higher-quality suppliers.

In an efficient relationship you will get your provider to better understand your needs and can even provide you with solutions that you had not thought of. On the contrary, if you have a superficial relationship, you will not get everything that a good provider can offer you outside of the ‘service manual’.

Detect the pain points of your provisioning

Pain points are those particularly sensitive sections of our company where problems easily become serious issues. Companies have lots of processes, and not all of them have the same hierarchical importance, and the same is true of procurement. This process goes hand in hand with risk management, to know where you can’t afford to fail so that the package continues to work.

To do this, you must also know your product and what your customer appreciates about it -or what improvements they need or would like-. This way you will know what you need that does not fail in your supply or what you could incorporate to optimize your product. For example, perhaps it is the lead-time -the total amount of time that elapses from the start of the production process of an order until it is delivered to the recipient- and you need faster or closer suppliers that avoid waiting.

Establish an overall vision with your supply chain

As we have already mentioned, procurement is a part of the supply chain. While more and more companies are recognizing a central role in the supply chain, there is still work to be done in highlighting the role played by the parties in the supply chain.

Getting the firm to value all this will allow you to have the necessary resources, whether human or material, so that supply and logistics are an added value for your company.

You have to make the staff aware that if the company wants its product to reach the customer in the desired way, time and quantity, it must begin by being aware of all the work that goes into making it happen.

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