The current situation
Having had to cope with shutdowns, which also contributed to the rising trend in on-line shopping, the industry is now facing the Omicron scourge. This is leading to temporary staff shortages which then creates a domino effect throughout logistics.
The phrase “we are all going to have to learn to live with Covid” is being bandied about regularly by the media and politicians.
So, the conclusion is that we are going to have to plan accordingly.
What can be done?
Recently, the government announced that industry must be prepared for 25% reductions in staffing levels.
Given that industry already manages on minimum staffing levels on simple cost grounds, it means that steps need to be taken now to protect the efficiency of each business going into the future.
Here are some ideas:
- Automating your Distribution Centre
- Outsourcing logistics
- Carrying out a business transformation programme
Automating your Distribution Centre
An automation project typically involves eight stages and The Logistics Improvement Group (LiG) have applied this process in a number of successful projects.
When a business is looking to use outsourcing it needs to follow a clear and defined process so that the choice of partner, contract negotiations and implementation are concluded successfully and done without any business interruption.
LiG has developed a comprehensive process that will enable businesses to take the right decision.
Carrying out a business transformation programme
Transformation programmes require a significant degree of data analysis, financial assessment and presentation to the Board of Directors for approval, prior to any programme being launched.
The transformation process needs to be managed within a governance process that is supported and sponsored by the CEO and board.
The management of that programme then requires structure, with milestones agreed and project teams constructed with clear and accountable objectives.
LiG have successfully concluded several transformation programmes and could help with yours.
If your change project is not performing as expected or you require short term support for a poorly performing operation, LiG can also bring their skills and experience to turn it around.
Programme and Project Management
LiG have particular experience in successfully delivering projects using standard project methodologies.
They also bring their personal experience of working with people to facilitate change, which is ultimately always the key requirement for success.
If you are looking to find ways to safeguard your operation against staff shortages and maintain sustainable profitability just give The Logistics Improvement Group a call on 01604 212440 or drop us a line at email@example.com – we’ll be glad to help.