“FLS is a pioneering supplier of digital freight forwarding services based in the UK. FLS provide worldwide logistical solutions based on our experience and backgrounds in commercial, supply chain and freight logistics – with the ultimate goal of increasing our clients’ transportation service levels while reducing costs.” – Matt Taylor, Freight Management Consultant. FLS was named by EYELA (the European Union) as one of the world’s top 100 companies for its commitment to energy-efficient and green shipping.
Freight logistics solutions are defined by a defined set of activities. These activities include, carrier management, truck scheduling, load planning and pick and pack handling, loading, unloading, pick and pack handling and warehousing. A successful company must be able to provide end-to-end supply chain solutions to its customers. End-to-end means providing a service that allows the customer to send their materials to where they need to be and to receive them in good condition. This includes both domestic and international shipments.
The term ‘end-to-end logistics services’ encompasses a wide range of activities which improve the ability of the freight logistics provider to meet customer needs. One of these activities is warehousing. Warehousing is a term used to describe the process of storing raw materials or finished goods until they are ready for shipment. Most warehousing providers will provide a range of options for storing finished products and/or raw materials. Typical warehousing options include cold storage, hot storage, or a combination of both cold and hot storage.
The other term that is commonly used in the freight logistics solutions industry is transportation. Transportation can be broken down into two general categories. The first type of transportation is that which occurs between points of origin and destinations. The second type of transportation is that which occurs between different points in the supply chain. While most companies in the freight industry would prefer to focus on one of these two main types of transportation, some have begun to adopt a mixed approach to transportation and warehousing.
There is much flexibility within the range of available Freight logistics solutions. There are a variety of software programs, web based applications and in-house developed systems which can be used to improve the efficiency of the supply chains. Some of these software programs and online applications are commercially available, whereas others may be more cost effective to integrate within existing business processes. In-house developed systems are generally designed to support short and medium term projects whilst at the same time being scalable to meet the long term goals of large scale projects.
Another aspect of logistics, which requires a significant amount of planning is quality control. Quality control is a very important part of logistics as this is an effective way of ensuring that materials and goods are delivered in accordance with correct standards and specifications. Quality assurance is an ongoing and systematic process which involves overseeing the complete process from beginning to end. This includes everything from material management to the packaging and labelling of finished goods.
Managing the logistics of distribution and storage can also have a significant impact upon project delivery times. Controlling the transport service levels is a key factor in both decreasing transportation costs and also improving customer satisfaction. Increasing the supply chain management and coordination across all business departments will also contribute positively to project delivery timeframes. While some of these solutions may seem complicated or technologically difficult to implement, when properly managed and serviced, they can be of substantial benefit to businesses.
Freight logistics solutions are a major factor in the overall efficiency of any business in terms of operations, customer service and overall productivity. This process focuses on efficient and effective transport of raw materials, resources and products to and from production sites and outlets to ensure that supply chain management and storage issues are effectively addressed and controlled. Using efficient and effective solutions can have a positive effect on company profitability through reduced cost of supplies, improved customer service, greater organizational efficiency and ultimately a reduction in wastage.