Today’s business has to be concerned about more variables than ever. Companies that depend on their supply chain, and those that distribute goods, need to be able to rely on their management to coordinate efficient and effective business. In the past, business moved slower, and the management of a supply chain was done by a department of people. Today, the process is significantly more streamlined. Today, we’ll take a look at contemporary supply chain management and how thorough logistics can be a real difference maker.

What Are Logistics?
Logistics are the coordination and management of resources from their point of origin to the point of purchase or consumption. As a result it is a core variable for every manufacturer, especially ones with distribution arms. With the improved analytics systems that are available today, data can be visualized to make it easier to decipher. This, in turn, allows companies to optimize their procurement, production, packaging, and distribution systems to fit the needs of their clients more effectively.

Production Logistics
Managing a supply chain can be difficult. Procurement hardly ever goes as smooth as you’d like and production itself has its headaches for sure, but without a detailed and functional plan on how to get the resources you need to create the products your customers expect, at the price they expect, your business is likely going to have a tough go of it.

The pieces that it takes to create the products that you sell, the management, the labor force, the resources necessary for production costs, and the schedule are all variables that have to managed. Production logistics provide the glue that makes all of this possible.

Production logistics can also deliver a clear platform to view all produced products and where they need to be on the supply chain.

Asset Control Logistics
Asset control is typically utilized by retail organizations. These companies need to have some control over their products, so asset control logistics encompass strategies such as brand management and public relations.

Distribution Logistics
For the manufacturer that has a distribution arm of their business, and for distributors, their logistics can get pretty detailed. Transportation management, warehouse management, order fulfillment and more make up this process. The Internet of things has been a major benefit for businesses looking to build efficient and effective distribution policies.

Consumer Logistics
How do consumers acquire and utilize the goods and services they purchase? Consumer logistics not only deal with the supply chain, but also the production, packaging, shipping, and support from the company in which they purchase the goods and services. Knowing how their company affects the people that utilize their products helps manufacturing companies make better decisions to improve their coordination and distribution.

Is your business having trouble managing their logistics of their business? Call Reciprocal Technologies today at 317-759-3972 to talk to one of our knowledgeable IT consultants.