More and more shippers are relying on outsourced logistics management solutions to handle their freight operations—yet many companies remain reluctant to make the leap. Some view these solutions as an unnecessary added expense or worry that an outsider will never understand the intricacies of their supply chain. Others fear a loss of control.
Feeling apprehensive about spending more money or handing over the reins is understandable, as is the belief that the only way to do something right is to do it yourself. However, these misgivings often don’t align with reality. In fact, by keeping things in-house, you may be missing out on substantial cost savings—and increased efficiency.
To help you make the right decision for your business, let’s myth-bust some common arguments against tapping logistics management solutions.
“They won’t know our business”
Supply chains are already complex beasts, but they only become more complicated when you factor in all the tribal knowledge that’s locked inside employees’ heads. It may seem like an outsourced solution could never know your operations as intimately as your employees do, so why bother?
The truth is, that kind of tribal knowledge isn’t ideal—because if an employee leaves or is unavailable, your operations suffer. At CTSI-Global, on the other hand, our team takes the time to get to know a shipper’s business inside out, even putting boots on the ground in some cases. We then use what we’ve learned to manage their operations in a sustainable, scalable, and consistent fashion—so they can enjoy smoother sailing.
What’s more, part of our job is to stay up to date on developments in the industry, which many in-house teams simply don’t have time for. And since we’ve worked with countless other shippers of all shapes and sizes, we can bring insights about what’s worked at other businesses. So, not only can we get to know your business as well as your own employees do, but our outside knowledge means we can help you make your operations even stronger.
“Logistics management will cost too much”
When supply chain managers are under considerable pressure to accomplish more with less, they may balk at taking on another expense. However, shippers that leverage logistics management services typically end up saving money in the long run.
By outsourcing aspects of logistics management that they don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to handle in-house, shippers can avoid the high expense of hiring and training more staff. These solutions can also help shippers improve efficiency and optimize carrier selection, bolstering the bottom line. Plus, as many shippers discover, expert logistics management solutions can result in a better, more seamless experience for the end customer—helping improve satisfaction and encourage repeat business.
“We’ll lose control”
Outsourcing some or all functions of your supply chain to a third party is a big decision. Many shippers fear that by giving up control, quality could slip.
In actuality, it’s not uncommon for supply chain managers to feel more in control after enlisting logistics management services. Why? Because by offloading day-to-day management tasks, they and their staff can focus on business-critical work, rather than frantically trying to keep up with the never-ending job of running a busy supply chain. CTSI-Global’s solutions also come with business intelligence baked in, ensuring that shippers have complete visibility into their operations, even if they leave the management entirely up to us.
The truth about logistics management
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about logistics management. The truth is, these services can save you time, money, and headaches—so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our team today.