In the last several months, we watched countries and states come together, taking proactive measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and the supply chain is no exception. In fact, coordination between the purchasing, shipping, and receiving departments, and furthermore, their relationship with outside carriers, has never been so paramount.
Every successful business is built on excellent communication practices, which start from within. Unfortunately, many carriers find difficulty getting the purchasing department at a customer on the same page as the traffic person with whom we speak. Now, today, you want your purchasing and your logistics fully integrated so you are on the same page with what’s coming in and what’s going out. This, in turn, will not only help your bottom line, but will decrease your exposure to the virus. Here are a few ways how:
*Less Dock Congestion: Coordinating the arrival of a shipment into your facility with an outbound load cuts back on the number of trucks interacting with your employees on a daily basis, thus, limiting your employee exposure.
*Decreased Transit Time: Reducing the number of drivers bumping your dock helps support compressed hours of operation as well as reduces empty miles to the distance between receiving and shipping doors. Many drivers are limiting their service area, staying away from states such as New York where the virus is at its highest and where strict vetting procedures are being taken by shippers/consignees before being allowed to enter the property. Coordinating a delivery and pick up cuts back on your vetting of drivers from 2 to 1. All of the above helps reduce transit time, getting your products to market faster.
*Sanitization: “Wash, disinfect, sanitize” has been the motto engraved in everyone’s minds lately and it’s nothing new to what Road Scholar Transport has been doing for over 30 years now. Our drivers are assigned their own “personal” tractors, allowing them to use the same sterile “office space” on each and every move so they are not exposed to additional germs. Our drivers are uniformed and have these uniforms cleaned on a daily basis, which ensures that germs do not cling to clothing. They comply with hand sanitation methods as well as wash before and after each stop. Drivers do not enter facilities but instead, simply bump docks. Each tractor and trailer is also washed and disinfected after each trip. By linking up your shipping and receiving, it guarantees the cleanliness of the trailer with your product going in and coming out.
Don’t let your efforts internally go to waste. As an extension of you, we maintain the integrity of the supply chain and well-being of all stake holders.
Road Scholar Transport has been and always will be a company that is synonymous with security, technology, safety, and on time transportation and has become a problem solver to our customers, molding and adapting to their specific needs. Growing each year, Road Scholar Transport remains a family business who never forgot its roots.
In an effort to further prevent any additional risk, we have the ability to implement a paperless shipping/receiving process with one partner rather than several, limiting your exposure. Ask Us About Our Paperless Pick Up/Delivery Procedures.