Monthly Archives: April 2016

5 Key Reasons Why Your Company Needs Professional Logistics Management Services

b16The most successful companies in all industries are applying strict logistics management principles in every compartment of their operations. Nothing is left to change or left out of scrutiny when it comes to evaluating how the transportation and logistics costs impact the company’s budget and how much waste the company generates through its manufacturing and distribution activities.

If your company is trying to reduce logistics cost, but it has not yet reached the desired level of supply chain optimization, here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring a professional logistics management company:

1. Reduce Logistic Cost by 50%

Given the previous experience of professional logistics companies in dealing with clients, they estimate that implementing lean manufacturing, sustainable packaging and logistics principles helps them reduce their overall costs with logistics by half. The implementation of logistics management procedures involves everything from rethinking the way products are handled, packaged and stored to the implementation of automated manufacturing systems.

2. Reduce The Quantity of Waste

Companies generate a lot of waste – some of which they are not aware of, because it is their end client’s job to recycle one-way packages. One of the key elements of logistics management is reducing costs and creating sustainable packaging solutions which are reliable, reusable and help both the company and its clients reduce the quantity of waste generated by the activity.

3. Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles

Besides reducing the quantity of waste, lean manufacturing focuses on increasing productivity, minimizing lost time due to unnecessary handling of products from the assembly line to the warehouse and then to the shipping trailers. This logistics management principle which originated in Japan is now the backbone of many successful companies which have implemented strategic work procedures to help employees be more efficient in their work and to help promote a corporate culture based on collaboration and open sharing of ideas.

4. Improve Your Company’s Image among Clients

Companies which managed to optimize their logistics and supply chain management and reduce their overall logistic cost will reduce the manufacturing costs of their products. Thus, they can offer to their clients more competitive prices and stay ahead of their competition. Adequate logistics management is not only about cutting costs, but also staying successful and relevant in an ever increasing competitive business environment.

5. Earning More Goodwill for Your Company

In today’s business environment a positive public image is the key to attract valuable partnerships and endorsements from industry thought leaders. This goodwill can bring to your company the kind of exposure it needs to convince potential clients to do business with you. By implementing the right logistics management and supply chain optimization principles, your company will promote the image of a modern and adaptable business which cares for its clients and the environment and promotes a solid and sustainable business model.

5 Roadblocks To Success

b161. Not Having A Daily Productivity Goal
Every morning ask yourself what you are going to do today that will drive your business forward.

As an entrepreneur, it is up to you to take action and move forward. If you have never been an entrepreneur before, this is something that may brand new to you. You are now the creator that has to make things happen. This can be a big stumbling block for people in the beginning.

At the end of the day, be really honest with yourself, and ask what you did today that actually moved your business forward. If you focus on this every single day, you will start to see the compounding results of your efforts.

The #1 focus of every entrepreneur should be to make money. Unless you make money, your will not stay in business! You must know the driving force that will continue to make money for your business.

2. Trying To Do Too Many Things At The Same Time
You cannot possibly focus on everything, but you can get good at one thing. If you jump from one thing to another you will simply spin your wheels and not get much done. Master one thing at a time and go on from there.

3. Not Being Clear About Who You Want To Attract
You must speak clearly to your target market and know what they do and don’t want. What problems can you help them solve? When you know exactly what they want, your message will be clear. Always have that image clearly in your mind so you can give them a name and craft a very clear message that will resonate with them.

4. Not Understanding What It Is You Ultimately Do
No matter what business you are in, ultimately you are in the business of one thing only. Solving people’s problems. Whether it is weight loss, network marketing, fitness, stock trading, etc, you are solving a problem for someone. Your product or service is a solution for their problem.

This has to be at the forefront of everything you do in your business. Any kind of marketing communication must come from a position of solving their problem. People don’t want to be sold stuff. They want to buy a solution.

5. Not Managing Your Expectations
You have to expect that you will win and things will go well for you, but also be prepared for failure. Understand exactly what you must do to get the results and numbers needed for your success. Dig into the numbers so you know just what you have to generate to get that success.

Overcoming these roadblocks to success start with your mindset. Keeping the right mindset and consistent, persistent action will clear these roadblocks and set you on the right track, moving forward.

Regulate Traffic and Protect Property Successfully With Barriers

b12It’s not easy to manage heavy traffic. Any event or road that attracts huge traffic can be tough to organize without proper control mechanisms. If the event is not properly planned, it could lead to a lot of confusion and chaos.

Organizers have to plan the location, travel routes, entry, and exit for free traffic movement to the site and amenities which doesn’t allow the crowd to get out of hand. An angry crowd can become tough to handle and sometimes they could turn violent leading to a lot of damage to property and people. To regulate and limit the movement of traffic peacefully you need to have a proper plan and more importantly crowd security control measures must be in place.

Crowd Control Barriers

One of the best ways to control traffic is to use crowd control barriers. They help direct the crowd and avoid any traffic congestion. These barriers can be designed in a flexible manner to prevent any harm to the people. They come in handy to regulate traffic, lead them in a particular direction, control heavy traffic to stay within limits, barricade a special place, etc.

There are various kinds of barriers which allow for peaceful regulation of traffic. It can be chosen according to the requirement of the event. Choosing the right kind of crowd control barrier ensures better management. Choosing weak barriers when the traffic is wild doesn’t serve the purpose.

Barrier Walls

Barrier walls are used extensively to regulate the traffic. They can be seen on highways and are used for a variety of purposes including property protection. They are strong and come in a wide variety of designs and quality.

Concrete Barrier

Concrete barriers are widespread especially in controlling traffic, barricading construction sites which are an ideal choice for the safety of the public. Furthermore, concrete jersey barriers are used extensively to control the flow of traffic and as dividers as well as in parking areas. The significant advantage of concrete barrier is its durability and affordability.

Water filled barriers

On the other hand, water filled barriers are made of recycled plastic and are perfect for construction sites and special law enforcement needs. They are light and compact which allows for easy transportation and installation. It also allows safe handling of the crowd and at the same time is very sturdy.

How to Run Your Business Badly Case S

b11Recently, I’ve had a run-in with a vendor providing a service to my company. I contracted with this business almost a year ago for a service she’s going to provide in the upcoming weeks. She emailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that she has to cancel our arrangement due to some work she has to have done in her business. Note that we’re talking about scheduling something 7-8 weeks before our contracted date.

Valuing connection and communication, I called her to talk this through. I called every day for three days in a row and left messages. She did not call me back. Because we have a contract, I got in touch with my lawyers to see what we needed to do, and we’re looking at our legal options.

She has finally gotten in touch with me, but the situation is still unresolved. Based on this situation, and my 14+ years in business, it’s pretty easy for me to spot the flaws in her business.

Here are the problems I see:

1. Not communicating properly or in a timely manner or at all. The business owner should have called me with the bad news. In addition, she didn’t respond to my repeated calls and voice mails. She could have at least sent an email saying she had gotten voice mails but couldn’t return the call until such and such date.

2. Going with the cheapest option. She inconvenienced me in order to save a few bucks on the work she needs to have done, whereas if she continued with our original arrangement, my payment to her might have offset any money she would have saved by going with the cheap option.

3. Not taking care of her customers. The first time I booked her services, a few months later, she told me she had gotten the dates wrong (she was off by a day). This second time, she is canceling. She’s not looking out for me and providing good customer service.

4. Not running her business like a business. She may do what she does well (the actual service she provides), but to own your own business, you have to actually be skilled in how to run a business. She doesn’t have systems in place, she makes mistakes, and she is not planning ahead.

5. Not valuing the service or product she provides. She’s running a non-profit organization, and so she thinks that means she has to be broke and not charge much money. Hence, why she feels she needs to go with cheap options.

6. Doing too much herself. She seems overworked to me. She doesn’t return emails or calls, and she drops things out (that caused the original mistake in scheduling). When she did finally get back to me after a week of no response to my voice mails, she said that she had been busy with back-to-back events. Fine, but what is her business doing in the meantime (part of #4 – not running her business like a business)? She could have easily had a message on her voice mail stating that she was busy helping her fabulous clients, and that the best way to reach her was by email.

What can you learn from this? Well, first, run your business like a business!

Your action steps:

1. Overcommunicate with your customers, prospects, vendors, and employees. Respond gracefully and in a timely manner. Even an “I got your email, and I’ll respond more fully by the end of the week” is better than the black hole of no response.

2. Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Is that option really saving you money? What’s the hidden cost (in stress, time, other resource expenditure) in going with a cheap option?

3. Your customers and team members are the lifeblood of your business. Take care of them very well. No customers and clients, no business.

4. Run your business like a business. That means systems, automation, outsourcing. If you don’t know how to do those, then find someone who can teach or mentor you. Don’t run your business off the cuff.

5. You offer a valuable service or product. You deserve to make money. You deserve to be profitable.

6. Outsource and get help when necessary. If you’re dropping out things or making mistakes, that’s probably a sign that you’re doing too much or you’re doing things that are not in your skill set. Get help.