Internal Planning for Effective Operations in Warehousing Projects
Globally outsourcing 3PL Market is growing fast. In the US, the industry is expected to reach over $150 billion as compared to a global estimate standing at $450 billion as per industry experts estimates.
Companies aiming for aggressive growth in global scenario recognize the need to partner with 3PL logistics providers to be able to establish supply chain networks across countries. Outsourcing is the only vehicle with which they can operate and cannot afford to manage functions in-house.
Warehousing activities whether in Finished Goods logistics or Plant logistics, are very critical to the entire supply chain. Take the example of an automobile manufacturer who depends upon a 3PL to manage complete inbound activities including vehicle unloading, inventory management, and JIT supplies to the plant. The manufacturing facility completely is dependent upon the 3PL service provider. Both the buyer and 3PL co-exist together at the same location, over a period the systems and operations get enmeshed and integrated into the process of localization and finding practical solutions. In such cases, any non-performance on the part of 3PL due to any reason will affect the plant output. It is not possible to make a sudden switch to another 3PL overnight. Hence, the marriage has to be lived through and managed.
Therefore choosing a 3PL partner for your warehouse operations needs thoughtful considerations and evaluation. Of course, any project of this nature is dependent upon the relationship between the buyer and 3PL. Collaborative and partnership approaches have yielded very good results than a buyer and seller relationship. Where ever buyers have invested time and interest in engaging directly with 3PL operations, with helping in training and periodic assessments coupled with motivational exercises, have helped 3PL operations remain focused on the deliverables and maintain efficiencies.
Before you start looking for a 3PL partner, internal alignment with management, clarity of the project and criteria for selecting 3PL Partner is to be worked out in detail.
Following factors are to be considered internally to plan the exercise:
A well thought out internal proposal and RFQ document will help you find the best fit and smooth project implementation.
- Warehouse Management System
- 3PL Service & Warehouse Management
- Selecting a 3PL Service Partner
- Warehouse Design Concepts
- Warehouse Efficiency Factors
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