Logistics Management

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Technically, logistics management is essential at every step of the process when it comes to the transportation of goods using carriers. The shipper must arrange an area in his building so that his products can be safely and quickly loaded onto trucks or rail. He must know the exact count of boxes, parts, or units that are loaded onto the carrier. He must also know the value of the goods he is shipping.

Warehousing and Logistics

In some cases, the products shipped are sent to third party warehouses for short-term storage until their final distribution. Logistics management is especially important to the shipper when his goods are out of his control. At that point, logistics services can be vital to his interests, especially if his products are high value units. If the number of items delivered to the warehouse do not match the number that leave, the shipper is losing money.

Bar codes on boxes and on inventories can be scanned at the dock to insure that the right number of pieces are loaded onto the next carrier for eventual delivery to end users. Truck identification can be verified and tracked while the goods are on the road. The same principles, of course, apply to containers travelling by air or water.

Logistics Management Activities

Logistics managers help to reduce transportation costs by consolidating shipments and negotiating rates with common carriers. They often work on LTL programs, route and load planning, tracking and tracing, pool shipments, and intermodal services. The goal is always to select the best carriers providing the best services at the lowest prices. Finally, proof of delivery audits can be a critical component when it comes to payment verification.


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