In today’s fast-paced market environment, businesses are constantly implementing new things. Whether it is a supply chain strategy, technology or business process, to achieve the best results the implementation should be in perfect alignment with the overall business strategies. This requires three things: efficient management, control, and resources. Abandoning any one of these factors is likely to lead to unsatisfactory results. Not surprisingly, many times business managers find a variance in outcomes compared to original plans.
With warehousing, an efficient layout, a skilled workforce, technology and inventory norms are all important items that need to be implemented impeccably. All these factors are very specific to each individual business and so is the implementation process for each individual business.
While many businesses in Australia continue to manage their warehousing in-house, at BCR, we are seeing an increasing number of businesses shifting to an outsourced model. 3PL providers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth and all over Australia have proficient skills, experience and resources to implement strategies according to customers’ individual requirements and within timelines that meet customer requirements.
Read on to learn 4 valuable things a 3PL in Melbourne will deliver within the implementation process.
1) Suitable warehouse layout and material handling equipment (MHE)
An appropriate warehouse layout assists with maximum space utilisation, smooth process execution and increased the productivity of a warehouse. However, to receive these advantages, one should have the experience and skill to design and implement the layout as per the requirements. Efficient implementation of a warehouse layout requires defining the space and storage allocation, forecasted throughput, and vendor and material selection along with selecting the appropriate material handling equipment (MHE) to handle the cargo.
A lack of supply chain experience and knowledge makes the task of implementation significantly more challenging for managers while increasing cost and implementation time. This is likely to lead to unsatisfactory results.
To overcome this, consider outsourcing to an experienced 3PL provider. Experienced and knowledgeable providers of 3PL Melbourne can assist your businesses by designing an efficient warehouse layout within their warehouses. They will also be able to implement your stock into the 3PL warehouse with precision so that you get the most from your warehousing.
2) Skilled workforce deployment
The workforce chosen to work within a warehouse plays a significant part in productivity and on-time task completion. Managing a skilled workforce is less hectic and more productive than managing an unskilled one. A skilled workforce assists with seamless process implementation requires less management skill, is highly productive and provides much-needed flexibility.
Many successful businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and all around Australia are aware that the selection and deployment of a skilled workforce for their warehouses can be challenging and expensive.
On the other side, providers of 3PL in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and other cities in Australia deploy skilled workforces in their warehouses and continually train their work force to upgrade their skills. This workforce easily understands how to implement 3PL customers based on their experience in working within a 3PL warehouse. They will quickly learn your requirements and perform the tasks required to support your business as agreed in the SOP to assist your business in meeting customers’ expectations.
3) Modern warehousing technology
The implementation of appropriate technology tools that support your supply chain can bring revolutionary changes to your business. Modern technology can save time, increase productivity and reduce costs if implemented correctly. Improper and incompatible technologies complicate processes, consume time, decrease productivity and ultimately produce an incorrect output. This will decrease your growth rate.
Further, implementing a new technology usually requires some customisation and can prove to be very costly for an individual business. To overcome these challenges, providers of 3PL services in Melbourne or in any area of Australia implement modern technology, including a WMS in their 3PL warehouses and provide easy and economical customisation according to the business requirements.
By outsourcing to a 3PL provider, you can gain access to modern technology with less risk.
4) Inventory norms
Inventory norms vary from business to business and each norm has its unique character. Defining and implementing inventory norms are two independent and important tasks that need to be executed with proper alignment. Demand-supply ratio, transit time, replenishment schedule, product type and storage space are factors affecting inventory norms and assist in defining inventory norms precisely.
Supply Chain and Logistics solutions Managers know that there should be a perfect fit between defined and implemented inventory norms to maintain the demand-supply ratio with optimised inventory levels. To maintain supply chain sustainability, these should be continuously monitored. Before on-boarding, a new customer, providers of 3PL in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and all around Australia assist in defining and implementing inventory norms.
In a warehouse, the implementation phase is the most critical phase. Implementation should be completed in a timely manner and economically with perfect alignment to the Supply Chain and business strategies. Implementation of the warehouse layout, labour, technology and inventory norms are the most critical ones and require extra attention. Errors or delay with the implementation process into a warehouse directly affects output and the customer satisfaction level.
Outsourcing warehousing services to a 3PL provider such as BCR in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Townsville or Cairns can reduce the challenges you face in implementing these critical functions in your warehouse. This can save your business time, effort and cost. Providers of 3PL have already implemented the latest technology and processes in their warehouses, and businesses in Australia can benefit from customised 3PL services with a minimal monthly charge.
For more than a century, BCR has continued to help small, medium and large businesses achieve an optimum logistics solution with warehousing and transportation, including air freight and sea freight services to and from the major ports including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth).