1. The Suppliers of Your Supplier
Physically inspecting the source of components and materials that your manufacturer uses is very important. Never assume the best. Companies will try to cut corners to save money, so they need to be held accountable and closely watched to ensure that quality never diminishes.
Customs holds have caused many missed deadlines. Before making any shipment make sure to look into what type of goods can cause a hold by the customs department of both the shipping and receiving country. If you are worried that your shipment may experience a customs hold, contact a government agent for clarity.
3. Choice of Shipping Service
Cost is not the only factor when considering the shipping service to use for your goods and materials. It is important to develop a relationship with a representative at your preferred company so that you get optimal service and have a person at the ready to contact if any issues arise during the shipment.
4. Factory Cleanliness
A dirty factory is indicative that corners are cut in other places of the business. It may seem like a small thing but being clean and organized is something that should be insisted on for everybody in your supply chain.
5. Holidays, Disasters, and Shutdowns
Keep track of all federal holidays in the countries you operate in. These non-working days need to be accounted for when creating logistics timelines. More unforeseen events such as natural disasters and government shutdowns, such as recent Covid lockdowns, can also add additional days to shipping time.
6. Utilize Technology
Avoid employees performing monotonous tasks that could be instead done digitally. This will reduce human error and allow your workers to spend their time elsewhere. Innovative technology and software can automate tasks such as label creation, tracking, and inventory management.