Small (but significant) ways to improve your supply chain right now

There’s no doubt that supply chain and logistics issues are critical to any company’s success. But dramatic improvements don’t always involve large-scale strategic overhauls or process changes that require months to implement. Here are 10 smaller, less daunting ways to improve logistics processes, from Rayford Collins, a supply chain optimization expert with UPS Customer Solutions.

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Drop-ship from suppliers.

A major trend in controlling transportation cost and saving time is shipping direct from your manufacturer or supplier to the customer, using third-party billing. “When a supplier ships direct using your UPS account number, you get the benefit of managing your transportation decisions of carrier selection, leveraging your transportation spend, while reducing your inbound and…

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Consider on-demand packaging.

Rightsizing packaging is more critical than ever now that dimensional weight is an industry standard. “With on-demand packaging, a machine die cuts the right size box for each order from rolls of corrugated board,” Collins says. The payoffs: Reduced packaging and transportation costs, as well as enhanced sustainability, an increasingly important consideration for customers.

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