3 Tips for Optimum Product Distribution 61

3 Tips for Optimum Product Distribution

The following article is a guest post.

You don’t have to be an MNC to achieve a sufficient amount of savings concerning your supply and distribution network. Certain companies have been known to save money between the range of 2 to even 10 million dollars.

A slight shift in the patterns and cost of all the supply aspects can mean the difference between success and going out of business. That’s just how chaotic it’s become in today’s day and age.

A systematic approach to tackling each of the drawbacks faced by your company plus improving upon the existing conditions is a sure-shot way of nipping the problem in the bud itself.

Here are a few tips as to how to go about it:

1. Full utilisation of assets.

The key is, fewer assets yielding more productivity.

Your window of opportunity is 24 hours. The more assets you manage to use during that period, the better.

Of course, the fact of whether they are leased or owned will also be a determining factor in solving the problem of having underutilized assets.

Say if you happen to be in the transport sector, something as simple as using fewer trucks and spreading out the transport of your goods through the day can go a long way. Compared to delivering the goods during the early morning hours thus leaving your truck fleet idle through the remaining hours of the day.

In this scenario, your assets for the rest of the time period would be as good as useless.

Same applies to when you are giving away promotional products for spreading brand awareness. You must realise the potential of promotional products and fully utilise it so that every bit of it adds up to the end-results.

2. Outsourcing.

Initially, this might seem like a dicey gamble to take. But the simple fact of the matter is that a good 85% of businesses outsource a certain portion of their management or supply chain operation.

In most cases, two of the main functions happen to be warehousing and transport.

Besides generating cost savings, other benefits also include access to certain specialized skills of the other company at hand. Plus, the fact that outsourcing will provide the main company with a better chance of accessing more technology or resources.

A successful measure of outsourcing is when both companies are getting exactly what they want through a proactive and healthy partnership.

3, Performance measurement.

This is the final objective. All the other factors are merely adding up to what really matters to your brand and company at the end of the day, which is the end game objectives of your overall supply chain.

You’ll need to manage and monitor that on a daily basis, just so that you can set both idealistic and realistic goals for the future performance of your company.

Accordingly, you should pick the KPI’s (Key performance indicators) and make them part of your work culture so that anyone and everyone will notice how meaningful relevant and essential they are to the overall performance and performance improvement of your company. Setting up your very own objectives and goals will certainly help you discover the KPI’s that are unique to your company.

Finally, the overall size of your company is irrelevant.

The main fact of the matter is that if you manage to follow these steps, in time you will definitely find that your company would have generated a significant amount of money in terms of cost savings.

Then again, there are a variety of obstacles such as the problem of shifting energy costs plus the time-and-again debated topic of centralization vs regionalization, just to name a few.

In order to overcome them, you will have to chalk out a list of priorities and assess them one at a time to properly measure your strengths and weaknesses in order to reach maximum efficiency in the distribution process.

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.