The Hidden Supply Chain
Everyone knows about truck drivers, warehouses, and manufacturers. These are all things that might come up when you ask a non-logistics worker about the supply chain. They are all certainly integral parts, but they represent only a fraction of the jobs that exist within the supply chain. There are hundreds of tasks being carried out that aren’t directly related to fulfillment or transport of freight, but they have a significant effect on the success of a company’s supply chain. Many people have never heard about reverse logistics or thought about compliance departments, but without these in place, most organizations would fail.
There are many workers within any given manufacturing or logistics company that are important to the supply chain, even if they don’t have a title that jumps out as such. Logistics accounting, for example, is a lot different than a standard accounting department, and requires industry specific training to ensure accuracy and efficiency. At some larger manufacturers, there are entire departments dedicated to order entry, and they play a pivotal role in ensuring that products are shipping on time and delivering to the correct locations. Even recruiting can be considered part of the supply chain, as companies will often utilize specialized recruiters who have a focus in finding and retaining supply chain talent.
While the broad focus of any logistics team is to get a product from point A to point B, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than one may suspect. All of the employees play a major role in making this happen, and it is important to give them credit for being part of the team. When we see a truck driver pull into a dock for delivery, we know that he is part of the supply chain, but we should realize that there are hundreds if not thousands of people who contributed to ensuring that this shipment arrived on time. Being cognizant of this fact can help us to work together to improve our processes in the long run.
At Zip Xpress, we understand the value all of these people contribute to the success of the supply chain. We understand that without them, we cannot possibly be successful, as they come up with many successful ideas to the challenges we face. It is when we focus on the people that make up logistics, we all will create a better supply chain. To see how our dynamic people can help with your next shipment, start today with Zip Xpress!