The importance of being nimble: In a world of constant change, do-it-yourself transportation may no longer be the best way to go.
Fluctuating currency rates. Natural disasters. A tumultuous economic environment. And micro-challenges like supplier issues or a promotion that spikes unexpected demand. Any of these stressors can tax even the most agile of supply chains.
However, while many supply chains have been streamlined for cost savings, efficiency and productivity, most have not been optimized for flexibility. Consequently, organizations struggle with the “new normal” – a fast-changing and
unpredictable business landscape.
Keeping up requires a fluid supply chain that can respond to volatility with ease – one that adapts to changing demand signals and market conditions, while facilitating collaboration among supply chain partners. As companies look to add that flexibility, the focus is shifting to a supply chain link that’s often overlooked: the transportation system that keeps the wheels of business turning.
And for good reason. Market conditions, customer dynamics and staffing and service requirements are in a state of flux. Driver churn has reached an all-time high. Capacity is at a premium and fuel costs are rising. New safety and regulatory requirements are more rigorous than ever.
Given these complexities, the transportation of goods and materials has reached an inflection point, where success depends on flexibility in capacity, resources and personnel.