How can you help me be successful launching in new markets?
Can you provide me with previous examples of how you’ve helped other SMEs achieve this?
How does your business model fit with my business?
Describing your supply chain in detail can often spark additional value generation ideas and ensure a more accurate proposal.
Logistics isn’t just a tick list of costs at times. It’s about adding value.
A good transportation and logistics provider should see customer pain points which may previously have gone unidentified.
How can I prepare for the unexpected?
Be as prepared as possible so even unexpected events don’t interfere with your plans. Ask your transportation and logistics provider for information not only about service and reliability levels but ensure they have recovery and contingency plans, and they provide regular customer communications and emergency contact information. You need to be sure that your product will be properly taken care of no matter what happens.
What is different about your service offering?
Compare and contrast by ask your provider what’s unique about them. Making direct comparisons between providers can be tricky because of the different ways they all deliver their quotations. My advice would be to persevere – don’t be afraid to keep asking questions until you have the right information.
3. Knowledge is power: your transportation and logistics provider is a mine of information
Whether it’s the physical movement of goods, monitoring inventories in different places or securing access to new locations, there is a whole host of information in play throughout the supply chain. It’s up to your provider to put this information at your fingertips. Make sure you can see where your packages are at any time, what the costs of delays are and how quickly your goods will reach their destination. All of this ultimately equips you to better manage your inventories as well as your business.
These are exciting times for you and we are sure that if you ask the right questions of your transportation and logistics provider at the outset, you will soon be able to benefit from global trade and see your business grow from strength to strength. Nothing pleases us more than to be a part of your success.
Fedex gives SME’s the benefit of their wide experience in the area of logistics and transportation
“Getting Logistics to Work for You” is based on an article by: Eduardo Lopez, Director, System for Engineering and Business Planning, FedEx Express
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