Navigating Logistics Uncertainty by Being Better Prepared for Disruptions

Amit Maheshwari, Softlink Global CEO

Following nearly two years of disruption, expecting normalcy to be restored in the logistics industry seems like a distant dream now. The pandemic hasn’t been the only hurdle. The Suez Canal incident and the rise of the Delta and Omicron Covid-19 variants have further affected logistics and transport modes. Essentially, we must accept that disruptions haven’t and won’t stop. The fact remains that the need for logistics to be resilient has been getting stronger every year.


As we approach a new calendar year, a question confronts logistics service providers: How can we better plan for the new year by taking disruptions into account?


The disruptions don’t just test functional and operational feasibility, but also your corporate values and what you stand for.


In this guide, we discuss a structured approach to how companies can emerge with a stronger top line despite the disruptions.


Early Warning Systems for Gauging Deviations

To better handle disruptions, companies must remove the barriers that prevent easy operations. Functional silos hinder the flow of information. When information is scattered and delayed, companies can’t move fast. If companies haven’t digitized their operations yet, they can find it hard to get out of difficult situations.


Technology adoption creates a system for sensing any problems with current operations. Deviations are indicators for taking corrective actions. Early preparation can be the difference between operations that can continue running despite challenging situations and ones that continue to struggle.


Faster Execution for Better Response

Once you have a system for gathering information about all your functions, you can prepare the response framework. A high level of coordination is needed between functions as well as within functions. Processes and workflows bring visibility to the organization. If your teams can see low-level details from a central access point, you eliminate miscommunication. Technology is a facilitator of proactive action. Software for logistics is designed to push the advantage of technology to logisticians. Implementing efficient workflows and best practices can significantly amplify the efforts of your workforce and reduce redundancy.


Powering Up Your Business with Insights for Continuous Improvement

The pandemic may be a once-in-a-lifetime event. But it can take a long-term toll on world economies and ultimately affect many industries. The scale of the impact may not be known immediately but decisions must be taken quickly.


A decision, if taken without knowing its functional, operational, and financial impact, could hurt your top and bottom lines. But having the right technology with well-set processes and data insights puts you in an informed position to choose the appropriate direction.


Looking for the Silver Lining

Companies that can gauge the impact that disruptions can have on operations are better prepared to grab opportunities as they come by. A single and central database gives real-time visibility into all pending and processed orders. By using logistics management software like Logi-Sys, you get a view of your current capacity. Thus, even in challenging situations, you have the provision to fulfill more orders.


Setting Up for Smart Management of Disruptions

Technology becomes an enabler for companies that are striving to optimize resources. Transforming disconnected and siloed functions into a fluid system can help organizations to react faster to irregularities. Implement an ERP for logistics management and position your company for success in the face of new challenges.