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June 18, 2024

Stop Wasting Time Doing Your Own Logistics and Fulfillment

Wasting timeWhen you are not “in” logistics and fulfillment, it’s hard to appreciate how much time it consumes.

We’re not just talking about the time it takes to locate, pick, pack, ship, and deliver an item (though that’s important too). But actually managing logistics operations and maintaining control of your own data can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Few people realize this until they are in the thick of it.

To illustrate, check out this blog post published by our strategic partners over at Infoplus. In it, they outline several processes that tend to waste the time of operations managers, VPs, and COOs — things like slow reporting, stock replenishment, labor management, and good old-fashioned problem-solving (or putting out those metaphorical “fires”).

Why do such “time sucks” abound? Typically, it is because businesses are concentrating on their products — as they should. Most of their efforts go into product development and marketing. Fulfillment, if anything, is an afterthought. But this attitude is precisely what leads to inefficient systems — or the lack of any systems whatsoever. Without a good system, fulfillment, customer service, and leadership get tied up trying to get the right products to the right customers.

Streamline Logistics and Fulfillment To Eliminate Time Wasters

The folks at Infoplus are 100% correct when they say, “Nobody wants wasted time. But there is an even more powerful argument to be made for taking positive action to eliminate these time sucks. Each and every one gets in the way of more important strategic activities that can actually grow your business.”

That, in a nutshell, is the argument for taking a long, hard look at logistics and fulfillment.

So, if you don’t want to waste that precious time, consider doing the following:

  • Start tracking how much time is wasted. When you measure a problem, you get a true grasp of its extent. Once you start measuring, you will be floored at how much time is wasted on mistakes and old-school practices.
  • Investigate whether you have “systems” or “heroes.” In a truly resilient organization, all procedures are documented and tracked. Any qualified person can pick up where someone else left off. In contrast, some operations are led by “heroes” who do everything themselves because they have all the knowledge in their heads. Heroes are great to have… but a problem when they quit, leave, or are otherwise unable to work. It’s only then that you realize how much was being done manually.
  • See what you can outsource. 3PLs, for example, have systems in place for fulfillment and logistics. That’s what they do. Not only can they bring tons of knowledge and know-how to logistics operations, they can guarantee continuity of service and economies of scale.

Free Up Your Time and Unlock Growth With a 3PL

3PLs can free up more time than you realize. Ask us for an estimate, and we’ll prove to you how much savings a 3PL can bring. At Materialogic, we specialize in optimizing logistics and fulfillment processes, allowing you to focus on what truly matters — growing your business. By partnering with us, you gain access to cutting-edge technology, strategic insights, and a dedicated support team committed to your success. 

Don’t let inefficiencies hold you back. Discover the Materialogic difference and elevate your logistics operations to new heights.

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