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September 20, 2017

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 Increasing challenges constitute a substantial part of a logistics manager’s daily routine. We can never quite emphasise enough how much multitasking is involved in a logistics manager’s role and just how many problems they are expected to deal with daily.

Logistics managers have to deal with a wide range of responsibilities, ranging from the health and safety of employees and other road users to managing fuel costs, creating shortest routes, maximizing fleet capacity load —the list could go on and on… Fleets can be big or small, but they all share similar issues and points of concern; some of which are quite typical for all Logistics Managers. Throughout this blog, I will talk about the most common challenges logistics managers face every day. 

Route optimization and fleet management have changed.

Especially taking into account what customers now expect from their favorite brands and companies.

To be successful at the job it is no longer just about delivering “the goods”.

It’s about delivering goods, in the shortest amount of time, at the lowest cost while offering the best possible service.

Those in the industry are turning to fleet management systems, in order to achieve the goal of keeping the client happy, and standing out from the competition.

In logistics departments, planning; examining procedures and processes to find better ways to positively impact the bottom line of your business can be very challenging. When business is booming, fleet managements are usually forced to react to growth, this means in many cases, squeezing their current resources to meet the new needs. Why not use this time  looking for new ways to improve the way you manage your fleets?

In 2014, a survey done by BVL International interviewing 62 international supply chain executives as well as over 1800 respondents from the logistics and manufacturing industry found that the top priority for logistics managers was “meeting customer expectations” followed by “on-time delivery”.

 

A successful CEO knows that a company’s strength doesn’t rely only on its present capacity to deliver goods and services, but on its ability to come back from difficult situations. In the logistics business, it is not uncommon for a logistics manager to have situations such as power shortages, adverse weather, data breaches or third party issues in the rest of the transport network, which cannot only impact their present deliveries but can threaten their future productivity and insurance premiums.