What to consider when choosing a time-critical logistics provider
In an age where technical equipment is designed to the highest specification, and cloud based information technology is being refined daily, businesses searching for the perfect time-critical logistics provider have many things to consider; as specific criteria need to be reached to allow them to make this important decision.
Speed is of paramount importance; your chosen logistics partner should have a proven track record, specifically in being able to provide a quick response to the client brief and ultimately delivering the consignment to its final destination on time, whilst exactly meeting the speed required to minimise asset downtime and optimise the supply chain.
Your consignment should arrive on time, every time. Reliability is not a luxury, it is an essential part of every-day life in the world of time-critical logistics. Having peace of mind that your consignment is safe and secure means that you can rely on your logistics provider to have security firmly at the forefront of its mind. You should know where your consignment is, every step of the way, 24 hours a day.
As the world becomes a faster place, customer service has never been so vital. Your logistics provider should always be at the end of the phone for you, globally, 24/7, 365 days a year, to answer all queries. Trust and Transparency go hand in hand when choosing a time-critical logistics provider. You should be able to trust that your consignment is in safe hands and be given control and visibility over your consignment at any given time. In order to provide an efficient, flexible and reliable service, an open and collaborative relationship is a must.
Adaptability and flexibility are two further essential factors to consider, in an ever changing environment a provider must be adaptable to changing circumstances and the changing landscape. Inevitably, conditions and surroundings can and do change, but this should never impact delivery of your consignment. A good emergency logistics provider should effortlessly manage change and ensure your consignment is kept on track. The chosen solution should always be based around your needs, not the other way around. It is clear that one size does not fit all in this industry, particularly when the clock is ticking.
When contemplating the factors above, two further aspects should be seriously considered, not least the cost effectiveness and the sustainability of using a third party. A logistics partner should always offer value, both when it comes to money and quality. You should enjoy fixed management rates that they have negotiated on your behalf and by being sustainable, passing environmental benefits onto you.