Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

It doesn’t matter how you voted in the 2016 referendum; no-one could imagine the current situation. We could be days away from a no-deal Brexit and that could hurt everyone, businesses especially. There has been a lot of chatter amongst the business community about how to ramp up supply chain procedures. The aim is to keep customers happy, ensure continuity and protect a business in the light of the new movement of goods rules and tariffs.

Running a business has become more expensive for some, especially when it comes to items such as packing and shipping which is why custom kitting and assembly services, for example, can be advantageous. This is one of the many changes that business leaders are making in order to beat the price hikes and reduce the impact of all aspects of exporting and more.

The Importance of Excellent Supply Chain Procedures

Ensuring prompt transportation of goods and the correct packaging is highly important on all levels of supply. If your goods were to arrive to with the customer in question late, then they would not be very happy. Moreover, if they were to arrive in the incorrect packaging or without any quality control, then again the customer would not be very impressed.  While the majority of businesses have this built into their procedures as standard, everyone is going to have to really step it up as far as supply chain procedures are concerned to try and overcome difficulties caused by new legislation. Not doing so could lead to a negative impact on a business’s reputation.

Practical Changes to Supply Chain Procedures

What level of purchase and product packaging options do you need to consider in order to provide a high level of service? Ensuring that the inventory is sorted effectively and that no mistakes are made is essential. You need a high software solution which locates every good and every procedure. This is true whether you are selling thousands of products or have a much smaller range. You can also increase packing efficiency with order picking trolleys and the right equipment. There are obviously different procedures of sorting out goods – from small parts assembly to kitting services. You need to ensure the right method is utilised. Doing so will save you time, something that will likely be needed more in the export portion of your business.

When there are several products which are identically assembled together, kitting is the most efficient solution. All of the products will be transported to the warehouse. Here they can be sorted and the packaging procedure can begin. This includes the cutting of the packaging material, the bagging of the products, the tagging of the goods. Everything will be completed so that the goods are ready for the transportation process. This is highly efficient because kitted products can be shipped as soon as the order comes in. All that is left is the labelling of the destination address.

These supply chain procedures will depend on what your business supplies! You might offer gift wrapping. Some products, such as pens, which may come in blister packs. Alternatively, there are those which need to be tightly packed, such as modular displays, and so require shrink film wrapping. It is important for all to be aware of the packing procedure involved for each good to ensure efficiency and accuracy in dispatch.

Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

These are just a few of the points that you need to consider in order to maximise the efficiency of your supply chain procedures and look to overcome any challenges to your business, now or in the future. What changes have you already put in place to ensure your customers can still receive your products in good time? Are you having to wait until you can see what happens with Brexit? For businesses, all of this “not knowing” can be costly and frustrating which is why so many of us are having to think and plan for worst-case scenario. What a world!


Curly Rants 14/3/19

Curly Rants 14/3/19

It’s only Thursday and it’s been one heck of a week already which has brought on one of my curly rants posts.

Storm Gareth

Gareth and I need to have a bit of a conversation about 47 mph gusts and my curly hair. Not funny and not clever Gareth. Do you have any idea how much time and hair product it took me to scrape my curls back into a bobble? Something I seldom attempt as it feels like my temples may pop out. Do you think Gareth cares? I got maybe 100 metres down the road while on the school run and the bobble snapped, flew away and I became a Cousin IT lookalike, much to the amusement of my 8 year old son. Not funny and not clever Gareth.

Idiots Walk Among Us

Last night Boris Johnson said, during an interview that any money spent investigating historic child sexual abuse is being, “spaffed up a wall”. Asides from the incredibly poor choice of words, what an absolute asshat. This week I’ve seen and heard much about how the “EU dictatorship” is ruining Britain. I could say so much about Brexit but it’s too early in the day for that. What I wiĺl say is that I’m pretty sure our problems are deep-seated and much closer to home. On a serious note folks, please use your votes carefully.

Curly Rants and Brexit

When one of my sons was little he would build up towers of blocks, knock them down and then cry when he knocked them down. He’d then build it back up and knock it back down again. And cry. And that’s ok, because he was about 18 months old. It was ok for my small person to make the same mistake over and over and be upset about it because it wasn’t hurting anyone else and he’d learn eventually that doing the same thing over and over wasn’t going to get him anywhere.

I’m waiting for the Government to realise that this farce that they call Brexit is making many people cry and having flogged this particular issue to death they really now need to learn to build the blocks up a different way and stop knocking them down. It’s pretty clear which side of the Brexit fence I sit on and while I don’t generally post a lot about politics I am hoping that the end is nigh in terms of Brexit and we can go back to trying to rebuild Britain from within the EU. And continue with plans to unseat Boris.

Social Media Outages

I didn’t realise that some of the Facebook family of apps were having a wobble until it was nearly over and only because it was pointed out to me. Now, I run a business, therefore, understand and value social media and therefore how disruption can be a pain. That said if you had been on Twitter last night. Wow. You would think that the end of days had arrived. Imagine people wandering around Walking Dead style clutching mobile phones with unrelenting error messages blinking across the screens. It would have been funny if it wasn’t a little sad. Are we really THAT addicted to social media functions? 

The College Admissions Scandal

If you haven’t heard there has been some outrage amongst the ranks this week as it has come to light more than a couple of celebs and people with money have been bending the rules peeing all over college admissions rules. These parents, a fine example to their young people I must say, have been using their influence and money to shoehorn their kids into the best colleges and universities. When I think of the people who have not got millionaire parents who may have missed out, despite having worked incredibly hard and actually deserving those places I am furious, making tbis topic ripes for one of my curly rants. I’m not surprised though.

I’m sure that I have written about this before but for those who don’t read C&C regularly I am a freelance copywriter and over the past nearly thirteen years I have been asked numerous times to write college letters, do coursework, rework dissertations and so on. Parents have wanted to pay me to do their child’s school work. They have been willing to pay me well. They were all disappointed and all left with some curly rants in their ears about ethical practices and poor parenting examples. I’m not naive, I know they will have found someone else to do it. There are businesses dedicated to producing essays for schools and colleges that can be used for homework. Shame! Did these parents and colleges act badly in allowing this to happen? Absolutely! Is the problem bigger than this one issue? Most definitely.

What do you think?

Curly Rants Over and Out

That’s me for today but I feel better getting that off my chest. What’s irritated you this week? Have a think about that while I go and find some more bobby pins and extra strength hair spray to continue my battle with Storm Gareth. Or find a hat.