In an age where almost everything is just a click away, or available through your smartphone, no entrepreneur can take it easy. E-space has grown many folds, in the last few years, and to survive the stiff competition, e-portals need to have it all sorted – pricing, products and most importantly logistics, right from the beginning.
At some point every product based business will need to transport goods from A to B and beyond. Choosing the best logistics company to do this means striking a balance between time and budgetary constraints. Get it wrong, and you will end up with some unimpressed customers. This situation majorly occurs due to fault or delayed deliveries.
With the growth of ecommerce, the logistics sector has emerged as the second fastest growing sector. Choosing a right logistic partner is the key pick for an e-space entrepreneur. Surprisingly, the selection of something as important as the right carrier or logistics provider is often an afterthought. For a dedicated distribution manager or frequently a receptionist, the task of selecting the right carrier can be a stressful one. However, if the delivery goes wrong, you get noticed for the wrong reasons. With thousands of companies all purporting to offer similar services, how do you go about selecting the one that best suits your requirements?
You must look into your customer’s requirements – such as, how fast they expect the delivery? How cheaper is a two-day than a same day or next day proposition? Which service is most suitable for you – parcel carrier or direct courier etc? One must also access restrictions at the point of delivery.
Here are a few tips you should keep in mind while choosing your logistic partner:
National & Technologically Sound Carrier
With so many logistic company doing rounds, you must select a national service provider vis-a-vis a local one. It is good to have a web based booking and tracking system to ensure transparency regarding the levels of service. Timely information is a key to success. Online technology makes for quick reports and a more efficient distribution system. Logistics companies must have advanced IT systems that allow you to access your account remotely on line. From this you see exactly, what stock you have in their warehouse, what and where your goods are in transit etc.