What Can Go Wrong in Logistics?

Posted on April 05, 2019

In the ever-evolving business world, supply chain management is one of the biggest contributors to a company’s success.  Due to the diverse and fast-growing market, logistics can certainly be a challenge. A successful supply chain has different characteristics and mandatory steps (such as documentation, customs information, etc) to ensure cargo can move.  These steps work like the gears in a clock – all need to work together or a shipment may have unforeseen delays.

Some events that regularly cause setbacks are:

  • Failing to comply with certifications and requirements for imports
  • Transport companies having low flexibility on client’s requirements
  • Unfamiliarity with the transit times (TT) for each part of the process
  • Poor time management
  • Increasing costs and generating hidden costs due to the lack of knowledge
  • Disorganization in the operational processes
  • Not having the appropriate software for live tracking
  • Losses or damage of the cargo

To minimize risks, it is important to trace your supply chain as accurately as possible, negotiate extendable delivery times, and count on different transport companies to guarantee price-quality service level. It is vital to establish a fluid communication with the export and import customs agents for compliance documents, have contingency plans, have proper insurance, as well as taking care of the language and cultural barrier.

The growth of companies depends on an effective implementation of logistics services with a good system of organization to distribute products, as well as being one step ahead in the process to avoid mistakes. Thus allowing, in turn, a fast expansion of the company both domestically and internationally, reaching the customer in the most optimal way.

If any of these errors are common in your daily supply chain practice, a logistics partner would add value to your bottom line. Allyn International provides 4PL services, generates competitive advantages, cost administration, and expansion of operators’ network, for each client. 

How can Allyn help optimize your supply chain?

Contributor: Maria Urueta 

About Allyn International 

Allyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for the global marketplace. Allyn's core products include transportation management, logistics sourcing, freight forwarding, supply chain consulting, tax management and global trade compliance. Allyn clients range from small local businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Allyn conducts business in more than 20 languages and has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets. Highly trained experts are positioned throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Allyn’s regional headquarters are strategically located in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.A., Shanghai, P.R. China and Prague, Czech Republic. For more information, visit www.allynintl.com.