The success of any distribution network depends on the ability of the entire process to run smoothly. You should be able to transport goods from one point to another when they are required. An example is when you are supplying farm produce to a restaurant. It does not make sense to deliver the produce in the afternoon yet they are required since morning. As such, it is necessary to develop a transportation schedule that will prevent such inconveniences at your distribution facility. Below are various reasons why you should always have clear transportation schedules.
Prevents wastage of resources
Each time a truck leaves the premises, it should have a clear plan of the route that it should take. Additional details include the items that are to be picked along the route, the quantity and their destination. The deliveries should be planned based on their location, whereby all deliveries on one side of the town can be made before moving to another section. Suppose you want to transport different farm produce to the market, it would be better to pick items from multiple farms before proceeding to the market. If you pick items from one farm and take them to the market before making another trip to the nearby farms, it results in the wastage of fuel and time. It also facilitates increased wear and tear on your truck, yet such trips are not necessary.
Ensures goods arrive or are picked up on time
As long as there is a clear transport schedule, you will have a prescribed time when you should pick or deliver goods at different areas. One way to prevent disruptions to the schedule is to make a call to the various pickup points and confirm details as outlined in the transport schedule. It is only when you have received a confirmation will you proceed to visit the various distribution points. In case no confirmation can be received, the particular delivery will be suspended temporarily. This ensures that the rest of the deliveries are made on time.
Prevents disruption of clients' business operations
Clients have different needs, and all these should be accommodated when preparing the transport schedule. This will prevent inconveniences that might arise when there are delays in deliveries to different clients. An example is a fast food restaurant that requires meat and vegetables daily. In case of any delays, this can disrupt the business operations of the outlet and lead to a significant financial loss.Share