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Parenting Advice for Logisticians

Spot-Buy Freight is much like a spoilt child’s outburst – comes and goes, but It’s time to show a little tough love to the spoilt brat of the logistics industry.

The logistics industry has given birth to many lovely children, but amongst them is a spoilt brat – a spoilt child that demands attention. It expects to get its way, and when it doesn’t, throws its toys out the pram, and creates a ruckus. And with every spoilt brat, is one (or more) parent(s), who opt for a short-term quick fix, by pampering, and throwing candy at the problem.

Today we would like to share some basics about parenting said spoilt child of the logistics industry. Oh yes. By “spoilt child” we are referring to “Spot-Buy freight”.

Spot-Buy is the type of freight that you procure and/or manage on-the-spot. Spot-Buy Freight – much like a spoilt child’s outburst – comes and goes, and we’ve seen logistics managers, (i.e. “parents”) give it just not enough of their time. More often than not, to appease it, they throw money at it, so the noise is (temporarily) taken care of.

It is time to wake up, and acknowledge that the parenting technique (in the logistics industry) of yesteryears is in crisis. The supply chain environment as we know it, is changing. With more demand-driven manufacturing, more complex products, and shorter product life cycles, Spot-Buy freight is growing, and demands attention, and with that, long-term solutions.

How about giving it some tough love we say, by putting a process in place?

Spot-Buy Freight is much like a spoilt child's outburst - comes and goes, but It's time to show a little tough love to the spoilt brat of the logistics industry.