No matter what you deliver - wine and spirits, beer, soft drinks, snack foods, or food products...or where you’re delivering to - stores, restaurants, or homes...crafting an efficient delivery operation is critical. Once in place, your customers will enjoy a top-shelf experience. Management can focus on product development and sales instead of getting product onto the truck and delivered on time and in good condition.
Each delivery operation is unique, with its own challenges:
Define Your Goals
Each step your product takes toward delivery is an opportunity to reduce costs or improve performance. Assigning a monetary value to each issue will help determine what to attack first.
For example: By implementing a Demountable Line Haul Operation Republic National Distributing Company was able to close two regional warehouses and reduce inventory costs. This freed-up capital to acquire a state-of-the-art conveyor system. This move saved a considerable sum AND improved the efficiency of RNDC's delivery operation.
Begin with a logistics audit. Analyze your operation and create a wish list of improvements. This will help you establish what needs attention now - and talking points to help you build consensus with stakeholders.
Examine how trends in your industry could influence your goals over the next 72 months.
The future is hard to predict, but a solid plan will yield greater success.
Choosing the Right Partners
Crafting the perfect delivery operation will likely involve vendors. Choosing new, or making sure you have the right partners in place is as important as determining the right course of action. Before committing, be sure they'll be there when you need them and they understand your business. They should be dependable, have a proven track record in your industry, and have the resources to grow with you.
Operations Wish List:
Delivery Wish List
Logistics Partner Questions
Consider Adding Demountables to Your Research
In the spirit of applying continual improvement strategies to your logistics Demountable truck bodies, a.k.a. Swap Bodies and/or the Warehouse on Wheels line haul operation should be part of your due diligence. This lean and efficient container-style system is designed to reduce loading expense while smoothing out workflow and increasing the number of deliveries possible per shift.