Many professional and experienced shipping companies wear many different hats which fill the gaps which act as glue to hold the entire supply chain together. Mostly, you find that the 3rd party logistics systems are the ones that either connect the suppliers to the manufacturers or even the manufacturers to their retailer customers. The same applies to the Canadian trucking companies.
In other words, you most of today’s shipping companies offer much more services than just the hauling and transportation of goods from one point to another.
This article aims to shed some light on some of the many other services you can get from the shipping companies
1. Shipping services
This is the obvious service and the main reasons why most individuals and businesses use shipping companies. Product and item shipping fall into four major categories and all full-service shipping companies need to be familiar with each of these modes of shipping. They include;
Road: this is a typical mode of shipment within national borders and most of these shipments usually contain either full or mixed loads.
Rail: this is also a typical domestic shipping option where shipments are done in bulk quantities. Here, the shipping companies can add local delivery to ferry the goods to their destinations as well.
Ocean shipments: this mode is usually used more for the international shipments and the ocean freights are most common and done for the full containers. The transit of goods using this mode can take anywhere from a week to several months depending more on the destinations and delays by customs clearance.
Air shipments: this mode of shipment take shorter transit time. It is also more convenient and safer.
2. Digital warehousing
Most warehousing now depends more on computerized management systems which can be used to track any incoming inventory, maintain FIFO control, select slotting locations, stage products for loading and identify picking locations. Basically, each shipping phase depends more on e-management systems, scanners, and electronic logging devices for real-time recording.
With digital warehousing, you will always know where each product is to prevent any loss or damage to the items. A good digital warehouse needs to be internet-enabled to ensure that real-time data and information is recorded and uploaded to the company systems and logged.
3. The inbound processes
Businesses must make sure that all inbound inventories are handled quickly and accurately. Any mistakes during the recording of recently arrived products can create a lot of unnecessary problems throughout the warehouse. Accurate data like the manufacturing dates, serial numbers, expiration dates, back orders, and purchase order tracking all need to be clearly logged and recorded.
4. Warehouse fulfillment
Warehouse professionals are equipped and trained to manage all inventories of the business, maintain the turnover rate of all individual items, make use of every available space, and replenish products as needed. After all the products have been received and warehoused, they now await picking and loading ready for transport to the customer’s location.
5. The outbound processes
It doesn’t matter whether the orders were placed by the customer or even a “push” system, all placed orders and shipments need to be shipped based on the prearranged agreement or forecasts, inventory must be picked and then moved to the staging area for loading. The picking strategies vary a lot depending on the company or type of product.