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The Three Main Aspects of Logistic Planning

Choosing the right partner can make or break the logistics, customer service and repeated purchases of your company. Using a fulfillment center like Shipfusion frees you from navigating the fulfillment landscape with zero stress. Below are some insights on how Shipfusion can take your business to the next level.

To understand the concept of logistics planning better, it is essential to consider the three principal aspects that make up this function.

Long-Term Goals

When working on an organization plan, long-term goals form the basis of the design process. Some of the most important goals of any business should include customer satisfaction and defining your business’s competitive advantage. The other most important part of long-term goals when designing logistic plans is the management of the supply chain. When designing your long-term goals, these three pillars should form the heart and soul of the process.

Means

Delivering value and using the resources available to ensure successful implementation is often missing in most new and old business plans. When setting up a plan, the means to implement or execute your logistic strategy is a critical matter. Before starting your logistical planning phase, consider how you as a client want to achieve the intended result.

Process

A major goal in designing a logistic plan is to ensure that your supply chain functions seamlessly. Once the long-term goals are well-defined and have also been named the means to achieve the goals, the next challenge should be the actual process of implementation of the new plan. This process involves defining the perfect execution of the logistic strategy. It also involves other factors, such as managing changes during the implementation process to withstand and overcome any new variables.

Features You Should Look At When Searching For A 3PL:

  • Data Analytics
  • Increase Visibility
  • Innovative Connections
  • Inventory Security and Backups
  • Real-time sync and visibility
  • Deadstock Prevention
  • Inventory Alerts
  • Barcoding & Tagging

Inventory Forecasting

Inventory forecasting lets you find out which products will be out of stock soon and what is in abundance. This is an excellent tool for creating an ideal user experience for your customers.

Reporting Tools

Get updated with real-time data about product status, driver’s whereabouts, order status, shipment and more. Shipfusion’s Inventory Management software integrates various reporting tools and features that make the reporting process more efficient.

Everything you need to handle the complexity of multiple locations is found in our advanced inventory management and eCommerce Fulfillment software.

·  Categorization of products in stock

·  Measurement of product

·  Inventory/Product history

·  Cycle counting

·  Stock reports in real-time

Shipfusion provides clients with a full suite of reporting options to check inventory levels, including SKU history, incoming warehouse receipts, and scheduled inventory reports across various warehouses. We also offer data analytics on SKU velocity, expected days of inventory left, and 30/60 days (about two months) of inventory usage.

Shipfusion’s Inventory Management Software allows you to:

  • Check inventory levels at each location.
  • Integrates with UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL and all other major couriers to quickly get shipments out of the door.
  • Transfer items easily from one Shipfusion facility to another.
  • Monitor long-term trends to see key insights on which Shipfusion location sells more of a particular product.
  • Ensure ecommerce fulfillment shipments arrive at their destinations on time. If a supply chain gets disrupted, you will hear about it first, so you can resolve the problem.
  • Quickly updates your inventory data so you always know where it stands at any given time.

What other services beyond functionality should you look for in any Inventory Management Software offer?

·  Data Migration

·  Training

·  Customization

·  Technical Support

·  A Dedicated Account Manager

Shipfusion sets your business on autopilot and combines flexible, reliable fulfillment with powerful, real-time technology. Shipfusion has multiple fulfillment centers across the US and Canada– making it easy to manage your eCommerce business. For more information on how to set your business on autopilot, contact one of our fulfillment specialists today.

“Part of the theme at Shipfusion is that we don't constrain our clients. We work with them as business partners, which allows them great flexibility to work with other 3PL solutions and still take advantage of Shipfusion services.”

Dean Bentley-Falcke
Senior Solutions Architect and eCommerce Specialist
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