Many companies may lose sight of the entire order lifecycle as visibility to inbound shipments take back stage to outbound shipping operations. Gaining visibility to inbound supplier shipments enables improvement in planning and scheduling and can positively improve profitability through lower freight expense. Companies that focus on inbound freight management enable total cost to serve analytics that directly drive sales and operations.
It’s understandable why this happens, as inbound freight management is typically more complicated and doesn’t serve as the primary driver of a company’s revenue stream. That said, faulty inbound logistics can end up costing your business nearly 40 percent of the available freight budget, which can place unnecessary constraints on what you can accomplish.
If you want to implement a new approach that provides increased savings and better operations, Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions will deliver on your expectations. We’ll complete a full analysis of the order lifecycle, and from there we can produce a customized solution that maximizes the potential of your inbound logistics.
What Issues Do Businesses Face With Inbound Shipping?
Outbound logistics are often more straightforward due to increased control, but inbound shipping operations can suffer from multiple issues including:
- If you’re receiving freight from various suppliers, lack of consolidation will increase the number of shipments that you receive, thus driving up freight expense and dock congestion.
- That situation can also create unpredictability, as visibility to what may be inbound to your manufacturing or distribution sites may be lacking. This inefficiency can make preparations difficult, and your dock and warehouse workers will suffer preventable consequences because of it.
- A failure to establish defined terms between your company and supplier can also drive up the cost of goods, as well as create additional supply chain problems. A routing guide can help you create more efficiency through better control of shipments, and delivery volume and timing.
Putting together an all-encompassing plan and enacting it on a consistent basis can be difficult, but we will gladly handle it for you.
How Can We Improve Your Inbound Freight Management?
From the onset, we’ll review your current state to determine your current workflows. From there we design a future state that identifies opportunity to improve current processes. Some steps we can take to optimize your inbound logistics include:
- Compiling big data sets and analyzing them to pinpoint patterns and trends in your inbound operations.
- Reviewing your supplier base, and optimizing proposed shipment patterns to reduce your overall freight expense while streamlining inbound receipt of shipments.
- Looking over your operations schedule and making recommendations on how to improve shipment scheduling and handling between you and your suppliers.
- Aiding in consolidation by setting up larger truckloads whenever possible, therefore reducing shipping and unloading costs.
- Offer advice on gaining realtime visibility of your supplier shipments through an ASN, supplier portal, or carrier connectivity, supporting a more robust production schedule.
Trust Rockfarm to Improve Your Inbound Shipping Operations
Rockfarm manages inbound logistics and other forms of transportation management for many different companies across multiple industries. Since our inception, our inbound management solutions have provided increased visibility and lower cost to our clients.
Your improved inbound freight management remains within reach, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Stockwell International’s website to discuss an inbound assessment of your supply chain.