In the business world, internal deliveries are one of the few things that you can count on to happen daily. They are also one of the logistical areas that sometimes get hidden in the shadows of the other big logistics topics. For many small to medium size businesses, it’s an issue that gets put on the back burner. Internal deliveries are operations that just need to happen regardless of how or in which order. Unfortunately, as necessary as these operations are, the current solutions offered are either too costly or difficult to implement.
Moving from Point A to Point B
To break down internal logistics you really have to understand that it is solely moving an object from point A to point B. The object could be raw materials or it could be finished goods, but they must be moved from where they are to where they are expected. In many businesses this is as far as internal delivery planning goes. It is understood that there are objects that need to be moved and it is up to the handler to decide what gets moved first and which route to take.
Though the forklift driver, or whoever is performing the move, more than likely has experience in making their best informed decision on what to move, when and how, there is often a lack of transparency to really understand what is a critical movement and what could wait until later. Without an overall tracking and planning system, many businesses make movements at the wrong time and have multiple trips which are not only inefficient but also create situations where production could be affected.
Intelligent Moves and a Happy Plant Managers
What if it was possible to have your internal deliveries scheduled and routes optimized using intelligent planning? Such optimization would lead to a much more utilized workforce, lower equipment maintenance costs, and increase overall competitive advantage. With decreased waste and increased productivity, the return on investment could potentially begin being paid back during the initial week of use. Talk about a happy Plant Manager.
We Need Your Help!
In order to better understand the issues associated with internal logistics, we need your help. We promise not to bombard you with a 100 questions survey that will take hours to complete. Instead we have compiled 10 questions that we feel will help to build a better “big picture” for the entire logistics community in order to cover the current status of internal logistics as well as identify opportunities for growth. Follow this link in order to add your input today!