Effective Storage Logistics

A fairly new component (since the 1960s) of many businesses is logistics. The term is used for the movement and storage of goods from the distribution to the final delivery of the goods to the end user. It can also include the recycling and disposal of any waste produced.

In any business, having goods stored properly and moved to other locations on time is very important. Efficient storage logistics is a large part of a variety of companies that require secure and readily available storage space.Storage logistics deals with proper warehouse management which becomes increasingly important to maintain when dealing with large warehouses with thousands of unique goods. Improper management can lead to an array of problems including delays on delivery, improper stock count which can lead to incorrect restocking amounts and negative values in the accounting books due to “lost” goods.A few basic strategies employed by companies in their warehouse can dramatically help turnaround times when trying to retrieve different goods from storage. A central location for fast-moving goods is advised to minimize the time it takes workers to retrieve items that sell on a continuous basis. Both movement and allocation strategies must synergize in order to create an effective space for storing goods. Additionally, there are two methods of operation that is generally employed in a warehouse allocation structure. The one is fixed item storage where even if an item is not being stored at the time, a space will still be kept for it. The second type is the free space allocation where if a space is available, any type of good can be placed there. There are benefits and downfalls to each system and the best system is often decided upon based on the type of goods being stored, the speed at which the good is moved again and time management.

Efficient storage system is as important as production itself as it can have a wide range of impact on the running of the business. Businesses will spend a small fortune to ensure that their warehouse system is as effectively managed as the goods and facility can allow for.

efficient returns processing

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Having a dedicated team that can offer efficient returns processing is essential to any business that wants to survive in today’s busy and constantly evolving markets.Traders that do not provide this service or treat it as an after thought will quickly find that customers will not use them again if they have a bad experience, the customer will also be likely to share their experiences with friends and possibly use internet forums and message boards that will possibly result in thousands of people learning of the negative experience of the customer – one poor instance of this can lead to a huge negative impact on a company.

So as we see – it is a required step that all serious business providing a product must pay careful consideration to how they will deal with customers returned items, we will now look at one important areas in this field, how to ensure that returns are kept to the absolute minimum.

Looking at online companies that deliver a product to customers in particular, it has been found that some companies have a return rate of 40% – we can look at ways of driving this figure down in the first instance to lessen the load on the team that deals directly with the returns – thus keeping the business cost down as well as having happier customers.
Goods are normally returned due to being faulty, not being as the customer expected them to be, So let`s look at these three main causes on an individual basis and see how we may reduce or even negate their impact on a returns department of a company.

1.Faulty Goods – Having a team that checks items before dispatch may be time consuming and ineffective for some products, but it could pay dividends for companies that do offer this service in the long run.

2.Not being as the customer expected – If more information was offered at the point of sale and also during the final checkout phase these types of returns could be reduced – it is understandable that companies may not wish to dissuade the customer from purchasing but is essential to understand that one sale that may have been lost is better than potentially thousands lost in the future due to an angry customer letting the world know of their negative experiences