Manufacturing companies have a very extensive list of tasks to attend to. Among them are the design of products, the estimation of the demand and the supply of materials and materials. A lot of fuss that often leads them to pay less attention to the final part: the delivery of the merchandise. This fixation on the first steps of the production phase facilitates the creation of certain misunderstandings about freight transport companies and how they can help manufacturers and product loading companies.
Myths and misunderstandings about freight forwarding companies
I need to adapt to freight transport companies
This, at best, will be a half truth. Logically, each logistics operator will have working conditions -delivery times, permitted dimensions of the merchandise, digital platforms, etc.-. However, a good transport provider will allow you to be more flexible in your operations.
For example, imagine that your company has planned production of a certain size and its consequent distribution on certain dates, but due to production problems or changes in plans, those figures change once you had planned everything. In these cases, among others, you will appreciate the flexibility of your logistics operator.
If you had planned to load trailers as the merchandise was being produced, your operator may try to help you by looking to complete the trips so that your shipments are not delayed, or having to pay for empty trailers. Or it will be easier to accommodate the amount of space you now need, whether it is more or less than expected.
My work and my control end when the merchandise reaches the carrier.
This misunderstanding stems from the days when traceability was still a pipe dream, but it still persists today. Visibility in the shipments should allow us to know their status, so that we do not feel that we are losing control over them.
The warehouse is for storage only.
There are many freight transport companies that are not limited to the pure movement of materials but also offer storage and logistics operator services. When you work with them, notice how they can add value far beyond being a simple depository of objects. Among the complementary activities are the preparation of shipments, help you with the optimization of stocks, locate the merchandise by level of rotation to streamline processes, recondition products, complete reverse logistics, etc.
Believing that the cost will be greater than if you do it yourself
Why am I going to give it to someone else if I can already do it myself and thus save costs? This question hides a trap: do you know how to be more efficient than freight transport companies? Economies of scale -those that reduce costs by moving large volumes- will usually play in favor of your logistics operator, which with the total number of its clients will move more merchandise than your company. Thanks to this, it is easier for you to optimize routes, drivers, warehouse space, operators, etc. Too many freight companies own vehicles that sit idle for too long.