What is a Single Source Logistics Company? Advantages and How to Book

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Sourcing Logistics Definition

Before we define a single source logistics company, we must define what sourcing means in the logistics field. Basically, sourcing is the process of finding all of your product and service suppliers.  So, when you are in the sourcing process of your supply chain, you will try to find the most cost-effective ways of getting the products you need to your door or wherever they need to go. The process of source direct logistics includes:

  • Finding the best goods or services that are suitable for your needs
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Establishing processes for receiving and processing shipments and services
  • Evaluating and improving these processes as time goes on

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What Are Single Source Logistics?

This type of logistics is when you go with one company to handle all of your logistics considerations in your supply chain, or a significant and distinct portion of your supply chain. The benefit to this is that there are tons of service suppliers involved in an entire supply chain. They may include:

  • Trucking companies
  • Ocean carrier shipping companies
  • Drayage service providers
  • Warehouse operators
  • Customs agents and officials
  • Project managers
  • And more

Dealing with all of those service providers there directly can be a lot for any company large or small. So, having one company as a point of contact who deals with each provider, or better, provides all the services you need themselves is a big time saver. It helps you stay organized.

This is great because in the rare case that something does go wrong, like when a shipment is delayed or damaged, there is a clear chain of responsibility. Without one company to oversee all of your logistics plans, you may have to chase down several different people to find out what is going on. With single source logistics, you know exactly who to turn to.

Global Source Logistics

This type of logistics is when your service providers and products are sourced from all around the world. It makes sense. By searching on an international scale you can save money. A common way that many companies work is to have factories in China, Vietnam, or Taiwan make their products and then have their products shipped to their destination country using ocean freight carriers. However, there are many reasons you may need globally sourced logistics services.

The Future of Sourcing and Logistics

Previously, supply chain management was performed on internal systems or, if you go far enough back, on paper. Now, it is easy to have transparency with the prevalence of cloud and mobile applications that allow you to see real-time information on any part of your supply chain, even if you are not the supply manager. These newer tools are great at identifying when things aren’t going according to plan.

With our cloud-based customer portal, you can set up custom alerts and notifications. You can access data on your logistics plan from just about anywhere, as long as you have wifi access or cellphone reception. Keep an eye on things from the poolside or while in transit to a meeting. Mobile sourcing and logistics are definitely the way of the future and we are proud to be on the cutting edge of technology. In today’s fast-paced world, keeping current on technology is a must.

Let Us Come Up With Logistics Sourcing Strategies

We love to solve your problems. Contact us now to get a free quote on logistics services. We are an agile team that comes up with lean logistics solutions for you. Our solutions can grow and change as your business does. Let us figure out the most appropriate solutions for your business. If we can’t help, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who can.

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