With the copious after-effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic affecting a plethora of businesses and industries, not to mention the changing economic and political climates both nationally and internationally, distribution companies are facing a wide range of challenges and differences to their business models.
With that being said, continue reading for a comprehensive guide to the five main changes or new elements you consider implementing into your distribution company ready for 2022.
1. Abandon Paperwork In Favor Of Technology
Undeniably, no business, regardless of industry, can possibly hope to stay ahead of its competitors without wholeheartedly embracing the digital and technological revolution.
Therefore, one of the most effective changes to make to the fundamental day-to-day running of your distribution business is to take full advantage of innovative mobile technology that makes order writing considerably quicker and easier.
2. Completely Overhaul & Update Your Inventory
With this year soon to be drawing to a close, now is the perfect and optimum time to conduct a thorough overhaul of your entire inventory, both within the office setting as well as your warehouses.
Implementing stock and inventory management system will result in a host of fantastic benefits for both to you and your employees as well as your business model as a whole.
Such benefits include, but are certainly in no way limited to:
- The minimization of costs and the maximization of sales
- Increased cash flow and higher profit margins
- The automation of several key manual tasks
- Increased levels of customer satisfaction
3. Update & Re-Design Your Warehouse Layout
With all of the modern pressures (especially current safety concerns), shipping and delivery restrictions and changes, an efficient and simple design are certainly best for the layout of your company’s warehouse.
By far the most advantageous way of ensuring that your warehouse and its layout and design are as effective and efficient as possible is to hire the services of a professional, established and expert company that specializes in fulfillment center layout, which will also save you valuable time and money, both in the short and long term.
4. Invest In Segmentation Research
One of the other fundamental ways to improve and streamline your distribution network is to invest time in market segmentation research.
Essentially, market segmentation research results in the development of various innovative strategies within your business model to better identify your target audience.
A better understanding of your company’s target audience results in the ability to maximize both your resources and your time as well as placing yourself in a better position for investor buy-ins.
5. Better Communication With Employees
Regardless of the industry, improved communication between the managers and their employees in a business can only serve to increase happiness, contentment, productivity, and efficiency.
Always be as transparent, honest, and open as possible at all times, hold briefings when anything changes either within the management structure or your general business model, and make an effort to arrange external social excursions.