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 in order to keep customers happy, ensure continuity (as much as possible) and protect a business in the light of the new movement of goods rules and tariffs. Needless to say, I’m pleased as ever to be someone who works primarily online!

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? First and foremost, it is pivotal to ensure that the inventory is sorted effectively and that no mistakes are made. 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 whereby they can be sorted and the packaging procedure can begin imminently – 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!

 

Setting Up A Farm Business

Setting Up A Farm Business

There are many good reasons why you might want to get into the farm industry. For one, you will actively be supporting something which is one of the most important bedrocks of the culture and society we live in. After all, without farms and farmers we would not really be functioning as a society at all. It can also one of the most profitable kinds of business there are however don’t think that farming is easy or that this profit appears very quickly. Farming takes a lot of hard work, planning and grit but it’s also a great way to make an honest living, and that is what draws a lot of people to it.

In this article, I am going to look in particular at some of the early stages of running a farm and setting it up. This is not a comprehensive guide but a few points to get you thinking if you are considering farming for yourself.

Sourcing

First of all, you might be struck by just how much there is to get hold of in order to be able to run a  farm business. There are a whole host of machines and equipment which you are going to need, and the more aware you are of what exactly you need, the easier it will be to get started on finding it as soon as possible, and with as much chance of spending little as possible.

When it comes to sourcing equipment, bear in mind there are some essentials to focus on. You will need to find quad bikes for sale if you have a larger farm, so you can get around more easily. You will also need to look into tractors, combine harvesters, and – if you are excavating before starting your farm – a digger. Get all this, and you can start actually building your farm. Without it, you will find that much harder indeed. Do your research and get the equipment you need and only that as remember, profit can take a while to come through.

Marketing Your Farm

You need to start telling people about your farm, ideally as early as you possibly can. If you leave this too late at all, then it will only result in you not quite being able to make the right kind of money early on, and that will mean your business is more likely to tank before you have even really begun. To market properly, you need to spread the word in person, and to make the most use of local advertising that you can.

People like to support their local farms, so keeping it mostly local is going to really be an advantage in most cases. However, you should also make a point of using digital marketing wherever possible too, to really get the word out there. Look at what your unique selling point is and focus on that, be it that you are local, organic, have a certain type of crop, a certain way of working, if you have something interesting about your farm to share, share it!

Hiring

You might find that you need some help for the farm. If you do, then you should look into hiring as soon as possible in order to stay on top of all the work that needs to be done to maintain a farm. Remember that when hiring someone you need to look at tax, national insurance, workplace pensions etc so get some proper advice about this. Also, consider what kind of employer you are going to be.

 

Running a farm is hard work, very hard work. It can be rewarding though, if done properly. Make sure you do your research before taking the plunge.

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