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While You Were Sleeping, Spot-Buy Freight Happened. Some emergency emails were sent, panic phone calls made, and last-minute shipments were procured. But in case you missed all the action, here’s a helpful list of what likely went down.

A Big Fat Bill Got Signed

Oh, it’s nothing, it happens. Just ask any Global Supply Chain Director “Hey Bill, how much money does your company spend on Spot-Buy freight?” Bill would say, “Not much, we rarely have any Spot Buys”. And you would say, “Bull…I mean Bill… You mean, you don’t know?”, and Bill would change the subject.

Your (now disgruntled) Operational Staff Worked Overtime

We are talking about the emergency emails, panic phone-calls and overworked faxes (yes, some of us still use facsimile) that they had to deal with. Some of them were even forced to get creative; not something they necessarily signed up for, or their supervisors comfortable to sign off on. Team morale just went down.

Your Critical Supply Chain Just Got Exposed

Mistakes are unavoidable, and we can learn from them, sure. But such occurrences, for instance, ad hoc freight due to miscommunication between shippers and providers, highlight a kink in your supply chain armour. Over time, these exposes can weaken your position and bargaining power.

And… You’re Still In The Box

Companies often rely on one or select partner(s) for Spot-Buy freight, or they let their local operations do whatever they feel is best. Most companies may not even be aware of providers that actually specialise in offering ad hoc freight services, and that can charge a fraction of the cost. Well, here’s some good news. Such companies have grown by leaps and bounds in recent times and you can leverage on them to get out of a box you might have put yourself in. Make use of trusted solutions with proven track records in ad hoc freight.

The Domino Effect

Some people believe that it isn’t a good Domino effect if there are no pizzas involved. This is one of those instances. Not having a process in place, or having the same process (which you’ve had for years) in place just makes for a standard recipe, leading to exponential delays and extra costs; costs you need not bear any longer. Change up the recipe, add new toppings we say.

While You Were Sleeping, Spot-Buy Freight Happened. Some emergency emails were sent, panic phone calls made, and last-minute shipments were procured. But in case you missed all the action, here’s a helpful list of what likely went down.