Basic Business Logistics

Basic Business Logistics

Coordinating company logistics can be overwhelming. When you start a business, there are many important pieces of information — and collateral — you need to concentrate on, and logistics is definitely one of them. Logistics is the planning of the flow of materials, products and deliveries, and to help you start putting that flow together, we’ve listed some basic concepts to focus on.

Whatever your business provides, you will need to plan out how and where you will get your supplies. Carefully choose your suppliers and set up any necessary accounts. Decide if you will set up automatic recurring orders or just order as your needs demand. Consider having back up suppliers just in case.

After you’ve planned out how you will receive supplies and products, you will need to figure out the best way to send out your products or provide your services. Depending on your business focus and format, you may use a local mail service for physical goods, or you might need a larger distribution plan. If you are service-based, you’ll need to understand whether clients will want or need services in person, such as photography work, or services that can sometimes be provided remotely, like graphic design work. For physical products, be sure to charge the precise shipping amount required so that you don’t lose money. Pick a delivery method that works best for your business and your customers.