What are some ways to reduce the logistics cycle time?
One way to reduce the time of the cycle could be by improving the techniques and methods used from the time of the purchase to delivery. Many times the organization only works for about 5% of the cycle, and the shipping and delivery takes the rest of the time. If you can decrease the amount of time this process takes the cycle will be quicker. Take statistics of the times and process so that they can be measured and improved over time. Balancing customer demand and available capacity is also a way to reduce cycle time. If a company realizes it must meet delivery commitments that satisfy customers and continues taking more orders it will back things up, sometimes they should wait and let the process finish before continuing to take orders. Lastly, the corporate culture can help reduce the cycle, if there is a good management system in place the cycle can be reduced.