Expanding into other countries can be a good way to grow a company. International expansion requires a robust supply chain and best practices that strive to be responsive to customer demands. Managing international transportation is a complex process complicated by long distances, multi-modal legs, customs paperwork and more. Just to deliver the right goods to the right place at the right time in a good condition can be a nightmare.
IAS addresses these challenges with the IAS Dispatch suite that supports ocean, air, LCL/LTL, international and domestic moves. It brings together drayage assignment, appointment times, amendment management, invoicing, visibility, rates, optimization, and business intelligence.
The interoperability of assets, such as containers, chassis, railcars, and the vehicles that move shipments over the first- and last-mile of international transportation is a key requirement for improving efficiency. To drive efficiencies within the international supply chain, stakeholders need to make sure their processes fit together.
We share 5 tips for driving efficiency for goods international transportation below:
- Align your transportation objectives with your corporate goals.
- Choose your transportation providers carefully. Make sure they can meet your needs by reviewing performance reports and checking references.
- It is not always about the cheapest rate – Reliability by schedule adherence (railroads) or punctuality (motor carriers) or timeliness (shipment data) is critical.
- Collect data across the end-to-end supply chain to drive optimization. Diving deep into the data to uncover trends and gain insights for faster decision-making can cut costs while improving operational efficiencies.
- Leverage your investment in technology to standardize transportation processes based on best practices. Make sure your dispatch team works wisely and consistently follows set practices.
Next post we will share more best practices for maximizing international goods transportation efficiency.
By Blair Peterson