• INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: So what is Transportation and Logistics Management?

    The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) defines logistics as ‘the process of planning, implementing, and controlling procedures for the efficient and effective transportation and storage of goods including services, and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements’.

    This definition includes inbound freight management, outbound, internal, and external movements.

    Often, outsourcing logistics to an expert provider, who can not only offer software, such as a transportation management system, but also integrated services to deal with accounting, claims, transportation routes, documentation, custom clearance, transportation including sea, air and road transportation and building custom inbound freight programs will allow the internal logistics team to have more meaningful collaborations with others in the supply chain and company at large.

    Rather than focusing on all of the details and complexity of both transportation and logistics management, it allows the logistics team to really focus on results and strategy for further logistics optimisation, as opposed to tactics. When you can focus on results, and have a trusted partner help you, often both hard and soft costs savings are realised at a much more efficient and quicker pace. But how could this help you and how do you choose a partner? Well we thought we would ask one of our valuable customers what they think.

    Lionvest is one of the UK’s largest independent wood flooring wholesalers and is currently use Meachers for all of their supply chain needs International and across the UK. They have a full supply chain solution from International import, custom clearance, container movement, warehousing, stock management through a WMS system and delivery across the UK and Europe. 

    Mark Warrington, Shipping Manager at Lionvest Trading, said: “Meachers’ dedicated and knowledgeable team can always be relied upon to provide an efficient and friendly service. They provide a tailor-made service, offering the flexibility that we need to cater to the demands of our customers. Their excellent attention to detail combined with their modern warehousing, latest bar-coding and picking technology, enables the highly efficient despatching of over 200 of our product lines.

    “Meachers’ management, administrative and warehouse personnel fully understand our products and logistical requirements and frequently go the extra mile for us enabling us to shine in the eyes of our customers.”

    If you would like to look at outsourcing your supply chain management or any part of your supply chain then please contact Meachers at sales@meachersglobal.com or call us on 023 8073 9999

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