Let us knock the rust off your supply chain.
Streamlining the provision of goods from origin to destination requires the right tools. If you don’t have them, it can be a daunting task.
In addition to the right tools, supply chain management also requires expert skill. Now in its fourth decade, WhiteStar leverages years of experiential know-how to straighten out the kinks in our client’s logistical systems. Overloads, backlogs and profit-killing inefficiencies soon vanish and harmony reigns.
Any company’s bottom line will be boosted enormously by more efficient movement of raw materials, in-progress components and finished stock ready to ship. WhiteStar’s well-oiled infrastructure of logistics professionals facilitates the transformation starting with a comprehensive systems review. This evaluation enables us to develop a custom logistics strategy tailored to remedy missing factors, move the necessary elements into position, and align flows throughout adjoining channels and networks, and across connections.
For example, we understand the circumstances that govern whether to centralize warehousing or branch out. Decentralization by locating regional warehouses in key zones can shorten delivery times and lower outbound shipping costs. While consolidating storage in central facilities can cut inbound costs with fewer, but larger, shipments. Additionally, centralized storage enables strategic “risk pooling” which helps balance supply with fluctuations in demand — the ebb in one area offsets the flow in another to neutralize potential stockouts.
Even more important than numbers and inventory, are the personnel who oversee and operate supply functions. People will always be the most crucial ingredient, and often are the most valuable resource, of any supply chain. At WhiteStar we never forget that the heart of any supply chain is composed of people. Thus many of our most important tools are about how to create an atmosphere of transparency, coordination and collaboration amongst all the partners and players from the first link of your supply chain down to its last.
In addition to the subjects of organization and personnel, technology and even mathematics plays an enormous role in supply chain optimization. WhiteStar has worked hard to raise standards industry-wide as with our proprietary formula by which we calculate storage overhead. Everything we do is also reinforced with best-in-class logistics protocols, high-performance software, automated inventory tracking, GPS truck and ship tracking and more.
In addition to the circulation of raw materials, components and finished goods, are flows of information and funds. Money is the energy that makes a logistics machine run; every penny has to arrive on time where it’s needed. Without accurate information on real-time events, management of a supply chain is well-nigh impossible. Luckily, the Digital Age has brought a degree of tracking accuracy not even dreamt of only a few decades ago.
In short, Supply Chain Management may be defined as the global administration of every component of a supply chain including upstream feeder lines, easement of choke points, estimation of correct stock volumes, avoidance of outages, elimination of waste, attainment of efficiency, synchronization of supply with demand, and downstream performance tracking. It’s really all about having the correct product or component in the right quantity and condition delivered to the right destination on time at a cost that maximizes your profitability.
However, no supply chain can operate 100% effortlessly. Real effort is required to get a supply chain functioning right, especially in the beginning. But the better things get, the less effort a system will require. So in all probability, your supply chain will never be as difficult to run as it is right now.
A properly functioning supply chain enables a company to hold its position against the tides of supply and demand. Contact WhiteStar today and let us find out if we can free you from the twists and kinks entangling your company in supply chain problems to free up a new range of possibilities.