How to Plan Ahead with Logistics Visibility
We are excited to announce that Anvyl has extended its production management platform to now include Logistics Visibility. In addition to our pre-built integrations with select partners, this latest enhancement lets customers track ocean shipments transported with any carrier by simply adding a Bill of Lading or Container number to visualize where goods are in transit.
In this blog post, we’ll explore different optimizations you can implement when you have full logistics visibility of incoming goods.
Preparing for Incoming Shipments
When you know goods are arriving soon, you can align the rest of your team members to prepare for the shipments. As the team grows, this level of visibility will become even more important so everyone can perform their tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
Warehouse Capacity Planning
When goods are scheduled to arrive, you need to make sure your warehouse has space for them. Having on-demand logistics visibility will not only help your team be more efficient at capacity planning, but also allow your shipment vendor to complete their delivery even faster. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Driving Sales Promotions
When receiving new inventory, your company is hoping to move the product off the shelves as quickly as possible. Instead of waiting around for the inventory counts to kick off the sales strategy, you can give your marketing team a list of all the incoming goods that are arriving soon. This gives them more time to think strategically, start planning for, and execute on promotional campaigns.
Adjusting for Delays in Transit
In a perfect world, ordered goods would arrive on time, every time. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and adjusting to supply chain disruptions can be stressful and difficult to manage. With Logistics Visibility, knowing when your shipments are stalled or delayed in advance can give you ample time to devise a strategy and execute a backup plan that doesn’t leave your team scrambling to catch up.
Changing the Shipment Mode
When goods are only delayed by a few days, you can make up for lost time by changing the shipment mode. Let’s say your containers are delayed on the ocean, and will arrive at the port 5 days after the originally estimated time. Upon arrival, instead of having the goods transferred to a truck, change the shipment mode and air the goods to your distribution center so you can stay on schedule.
If your goods are delayed by weeks instead of days, you may not be able to make up for that lost time entirely. But by knowing this information in advance, you don’t have to panic. You can try to reduce the impact by transferring inventory between distribution centers. This will help avoid out-of-stocks and alert your team when adjustments are necessary.
This enhancement gives Anvyl users full visibility into their orders from source to delivery. The newest feature is now available for customers who have the Professional and Enterprise plans. It allows customers to track ocean shipments from any freight forwarder. Goods traveling by ocean can be tracked once they leave the factory.