Any manufacturing process depends on raw materials and the output of other manufacturing processes. What glues this together is transportation.

Transportation can be as mundane as moving a subassembly across a building as or as complex as moving a part from the Far East via ship.

Things can wrong. And plans are needed in case this happens.

Early in my transportation career, an old dispatcher told me the story of a shipment of candles that went awry. The driver had a dispute with someone and decided to abandon his load. In Florida. In the summer. The dispatcher was sent out to recover what was left of the load. I will leave it to your imagination as to what a trailer load of melted candle looked like.

Disruption can be very expensive as well.

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Boeing builds the fuselages for their 737 aircraft in Kansas and then moves them by rail to the final assembly plant in the Seattle area. What could go wrong with that?

The loss of several fuselages obviously had an impact on their delivery schedule.

The lesson here is that a thorough business process review is more than just planning the movement of goods within a normal process. Questions must be asked on what needs to be done in both the simple and extreme cases when upstream manufacturing or transportation fails.

Strategic Movements provides services for the final mile of the supply chain: getting product to the final customer’s door.

Visit us at Strategic Movements and see how Strategic Movements can reduce the cost of last mile route planning and the overall transportation costs, as well.

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