Across the entire supply chain there exists opportunities for delays, mishaps, mistakes, and errors, all of which can cost someone somewhere a great deal of resources. From fulfillment to last mile delivery, the more channels that a product needs to funnel through, the more chances that an error can occur. Businesses today know this fact and entire industries have been built on attempting to fix potential pitfalls in the global supply chain.
ITC Diligence International, Inc. has a deeply connected and wide reaching network of warehouses, transportation fleets, helpful customs agents and entry points, as well as cost saving foreign trade zones. This overarching reach of the entire supply chain puts ITC Diligence International, Inc. in the advantageous position of being a fourth party logistic provider for its clients.
Simply put, a fourth party logistics provider is a strategic outside partner that can offload activities that are normally handled by internal staff. A few advantages of having ITC Diligence International as your partner include:
- One point of contact
- Full open book transparency
- Industry benchmarking
- Transparent ownership and data visibility
- Realize logistic cost savings
- Global network
Delivering logistic solutions at the level that a fourth party provider does requires extensive resources. In addition, it demands a mind that can utilize a creative and functional combination of internal systems, assets, and strengths in conjunction with existing external procedures and operations. Supply chain solutions can bring your logistic team much closer together, making operations in procurement, sales and marketing, manufacturing, finance, customer service and IT more streamlined and substantially more efficient.
Each activity within the supply chain has different managers or heads of departments that have responsibilities to keep things operating smoothly, to stay within budget, and to look for opportunities to make the department better. These managers need their tools, their systems, their people, and their information to all be reliable in order for them to best do their job. If we take procurement as an example, an individual or team of individuals must ensure every step along the procurement process, from conducting an internal needs analysis to negotiating and selecting winning bids from suppliers. Each of these crucial steps has its own systems and it takes training and experience to execute acquisition properly and at the demanded expectation.
Beyond integrated function, third party logistics involves all inbound and outbound transportation, fleet, warehouse, materials, order fulfillment, and even inventory management. A bottleneck or leaky hose in any of the aforementioned areas could lead to disastrous stalls and costly setbacks. Fourth party logistic providers like ITC Diligence International, Inc. are capable of delivering the supply chain solutions needed to modern business today.
Inventory management is another issue that has been frustrating many business owners lately. Sitting on inventory means wasted money and too often businesses ditch or abandon inventory because they don’t know what to do about it. Laws can change quickly and oftentimes this leaves inventory sitting in foreign trade zones or on boats waiting for clearance. Other times business plans shift or corporations make sudden directional changes, which leads to massive inventory loss.
Having a proper plan in place for when these things happen as well as an avenue to move this kind of inventory means minimal downtime and minimal loss. Having a fourth party logistics provider integrate with your operations doesn’t just mean putting out fires. Properly implemented supply chain solutions affords business owners the time and ability to focus on their core business activities while crucial yet daunting tasks like navigating trade regulations, keeping up to date with current industry trends and law changes, finding leaner production lines, and even executing inventory distribution.
Our global economy is massive, yet incredibly intertwined and so deeply connected that it requires tenure and experience to deliver on any level of promise when it comes to importing and exporting. Sudden changes or unexpected occurrences can quickly throw off timelines. The experts at ITC Diligence, Inc. know what it takes to navigate challenging government conditions, backed up or crowded ports of entry, alarming customs and border fees, and supply chain hardship. Stop valuable resources from slipping through the cracks unnoticed and tighten up operations today with ITC Diligence International, Inc.