From Here To There: Why Logistics Is Crucial To The Success Of Your Business

Good business is all about flow. You need to nail down a smooth workflow process that sees productivity maintaining a set level. Your cash flow needs to ever be improving. So it’s only natural that your material goods need to have a certain flow to them as well. Make no mistake, losing track of your inventory, supply and deliver leads to disaster. Below, we’re going to look at how you nail down all three elements of your business logistics.

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Your supply chain

Ensuring a smooth flow of inventory into your business is where you need to start. Your supply chain is what ensures the future of your business. You lose track of it, you lose your ability to do business. So, find out not only more about your suppliers. Find out who supplies them. Learn the risks to their own supply chain. That way you can pre-emptively prepare for any problems they might face. The same goes for anyone involved in the manufacturing side of the business, too. Businesses like Hastings Machine Company can help you by outsourcing aspects of your manufacturing. That means you have less on your plate to deal with, yourself.

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Protecting your assets

When you have your inventory in your possession, that’s when you should be most worried about its security. Loss is a serious problem that can eat up the profits of any business. An electronic inventory system can help you by tracking each individual item. Meaning you can pinpoint who had access at the time that anything goes missing. At the same time, you should look into how you secure any premises where you keep inventory. CCTV can help you not only monitor the premises but also help you deter any potential thieves. You should consider investing in heavy-duty doors and reinforced windows for any storage you use for the business, too. Businesses are always a target for crime, so you need to make it clear that yours isn’t vulnerable.

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Faultless delivery

We’ve looked at how you improve stock coming in and how you keep it. Now we look at how you have it going out, too. If you run a delivery system, there are a few ways you can consider improving it. For instance, if you have your own delivery vehicles and drivers, you can track their progress with GPS devices. This way, you can look at their efficiency and how they manage delivery times. If your delivery grows more demanding, you might also want to consider outsourcing to a fulfilment company. This means a lot of the responsibility passes from your hands, but it also means you have less control. Still, if you don’t have the means to effectively deliver and protect your stock, it can tide you over until you do.

Know your suppliers inside and out so you know you can trust them. Keep a close eye on your inventory right down to the last item. Look at expanding and measuring how you deliver to your customers to make sure everything goes to its right place. These are the keys to successful logistics in a business.

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Look More Professional (Without Resorting to Business Suits)

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I’m not a fan of suits. Sure, they look kinda cool. But using them to make your business look more professional? It’s lazy. Suits are becoming less and less popular in modern businesses, and for good reason.

Don’t weep for the death of the business suit. There are plenty of other ways for you to look more professional.

Improve that website

A shocking amount of business websites look like they were created in the early 2000s and haven’t been updated since. And many of the ones that look modern look like they were set up in just a few seconds using free website creation tools. Your website needs to look stunning and unique. This will help you look more professional.

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Don’t mix personal and business

People say you should do this. It’s becoming more acceptable in the age of smartphones and social media. They say it helps bring personality to your business. But let’s face it: it’s difficult to control what happens in either our business or our private life. You don’t want some unexpected (or embarrassing!) event in one to damage the prestige of the other. So do your best to keep the two separate.

Let the world know you’re real people

Yes, I did just say that you shouldn’t mix personal and business as much as some may suggest. But you should still be able to let people know who you are, especially if you’re the one running the business. Your website should feature photos or even small bios of you and your team. You may think this makes you look like you’re treating the site as you would social media. What you’re actually doing is demonstrating that you’re proud to have your faces associated with the business.

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Look into uniforms or name tags

I am trying to stay away from the “suit” suggestion. But some jobs certainly do function better when uniforms are in place. Let’s say you’ve got a restaurant or a brick-and-mortar retail business. Uniforms simply make it easier for customers to identify who works here and who doesn’t! If you don’t want to use uniforms, you could always look into corporate name tags. These work great with uniforms, but if you want employees to wear their own clothes, then name tags can do the trick.

Get an office…

Offices can be pretty overrated. And it’s true that you don’t need an office to run a successful business. Teleworking has made success outside of the office pretty feasible, after all! But let’s say you have a lot of employees. Or that you need to meet and impress clients quite often. In this case, you should probably look into getting an office. You don’t have to move all of your employees into it. But having a main hub of operations definitely makes you seem more professional.

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…and keep it neat

Of course, offices can look pretty darn unprofessional if you’re not careful. Yes, it’s true that a bit of clutter makes it look like you’re hard workers. I’m not saying your office needs to be spick and span. But it does need to look neat. It shouldn’t look like utter chaos. Besides, an office that’s too messy can pose a safety risk!

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Keeping Your Business Cultured

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Having a well-cultured workplace doesn’t mean that you have a vastly diverse pool of staff. It means that you and your staff are well-connected and understand each other. Your staff is happy, and they respect your authority.

Building up a relationship like this with your staff can be hard. So, it’s best if you begin building these bridges from the moment you meet them. This post will go through some of the ways that you can build your company into a cultured business.

 

  • Assessments

 

Your staff will struggle to understand how well they are doing, without being assessed. Assessments should be done on a regular basis and should be aimed at developing your staff’s skillsets and work ethic. This will allow you to let your employees know when they are falling short. But, it will also give you an excellent opportunity to tell them where they’re doing well. Without their weak spots being the focus, you can make even a negative assessment leave the employee feeling confident. This is one of the key steps in building a culturized company.

 

  • Rewards

 

When your staff perform well or go out of their way to help, they should be treated as such. It’s best to give rewards out in groups so that people don’t feel unappreciated. Taking your employees out for a meal or a few drinks is a great way to say thank you. Rewarding your staff like this will make them feel as though you really care about them. This will build rapport and give you an excellent chance to get to know your staff, outside of work.

 

  • Disciplinary Action

 

Unlike rewards, disciplinary action should be taken against individuals only. It will hurt moral if you punish a whole group for one person’s mistake. Instead, take people aside in private, and deal with them in a personal manner.

When it comes to the severity of your discipline, you have to be reasonable. If you go over the top over something small, it will scare your other staff members. But, if you are too relaxed about something larger, your staff will start to walk all over you. It’s important to put policies in place to account for this so that you know how to act in any given situation.

 

  • What Will You Gain?

 

By taking steps like these, you’ll gain the trust and respect of your employees. The benefits of this can be astonishing. Your staff will work harder, and they will listen to you more. It will make it easier to roll out changes to your company, and even give your employees bad news. Ultimately, you and your staff will all be happier.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working on your company’s culture. These methods will make your company look better from the outside, and they could even boost your revenue. Do some research yourself, and decide what you want to do for your company. Every business is different, after all. And your staff will need different treatment.

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