The way that people behave as consumers has undergone a revolution and the main reason for this is eCommerce. To keep up with the demand from businesses that sell goods online the logistics industry, those companies that collect and deliver the goods, has experienced remarkable growth.
Logistics is now a honeypot that many are keen to explore and so here we investigate how to establish a logistics company and expand abroad.
The type of products being bought online has changed a lot. Twenty years ago the most popular goods bought online were books, now however, you can buy practically anything you like.
To establish a first class logistics company, this must be taken into account and the range of services you offer needs to reflect the diversification in demand.
Services must be able to cater for items both large and small and must be able to operate internationally in order to compete with other providers.
This is a complex business, but there is a network of couriers that work in partnership to offer international delivery and exploiting this is paramount to the success of a new concern. Of course, the business plan will, initially be dependent on two other major factors investment in a fleet and technology.
Investment in a Fleet and Technology
In the first instance, significant investment in a fleet of vehicles and the appropriate technology that will enable your company to operate efficiently is required. It is fine to start small, as when you can show that your feet is at full capacity, attracting investors to help you grow is easier.
Starting with a fleet that is too big and under deployed can put a strain on cash flow and, from the outside, it may look like the business is failing.
As far as technology is concerned, there are some factors not to be overlooked, even from the outset. Global positioning systems (GPS) are paramount to success. Looking to the future, companies in the logistics arena will rely increasingly on technology to expand, compete and operate efficiently.
Look to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to monitor inventories and to track items. Other forms of technology that the logistics sector are beginning to use include autonomous fleets, drones for example and 3D printing that reduces the requirement for storage.
Setting up and expanding a logistics company relies on a great number of factors should it result in a profitable venture, but understanding the market and how it is involving is the key to playing a part in this lucrative industry.