Retain stock control
Many companies reach at a certain moment a point at which they are nog longer able to store all of their goods themselves. Some organizations decide to build their own warehouse or to rent one. Especially in the latter, it is often not possible to adapt this warehouse to the current stock and potential growth or reduction in inventory. In such cases, outsourcing the storage of goods at a warehouse of a logistics service provider can be a good option. At this party, you only pay for the actual space the goods occupy on the shelfs and up- or downscaling is usually not a problem. Moreover, purchasing or renting a warehouse can be very expensive. There is the mortgage or rent but also other costs such as rackings, warehouse equipment and warehouse staff. Therefore it is for many organizations often (too) expensive to have an own warehouse.
Yet, for many entrepreneurs it can feel a little awkward or scary to outsource or ‘relinquish’ the stock. This feeling is understandable: after all, the stuck is the main source of his income. The idea to outsource the storage of the goods, can trigger the feeling of ‘losing the grip’ on the stock and the inventory. More and more organizations understand this and are responding to the entrepreneur by giving back the control over the stock. They offer the customer the option to have real-time access to his stock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by means of an online portal. This means that the client will always be fully informed of the actual stock in the warehouse, but that he also knows when certain goods are on their way to or from the warehouse. The customer has insight in the supply chain all the way from A to Z, restoring the grip on the stock.
Behind the enablement of complete (supply) chain registration, a sophisticated process lies beneath which takes place within an online portal. An example of a company that works with a similar portal is Amazon, but also HST Groep works with such an online portal. The big advantage for the owner of the portal is that he knows exactly what goods and how much are coming in and how much space and people he will need to complete the intake of the goods.
1. Inbound order
First of all, the customer decides that he wants to store his goods at the logistics service provider. Through an online registration, an inbound order, the customer notifies the storage partner what goods are coming, how many products are coming and when they will arrive. Because of the registration process, the logistics service provider knows how much storage space and warehouse workers he needs to reserve for the intake and the stocking of the goods to avoid unnecessary (waiting) costs. He can also check whether the (new) actual inventory is correct because he knows which goods are entering the warehouse. In addition to this, the logistics service provider has also the time to plan certain actions such as clearance of the goods or to reserve space in a bunker for the storage of dangerous goods. From the moment on the goods are put in the portal, the goods are traceable online.
2. Stock insight
When the goods are unloaded and received, they are stored in the warehouse at an especially reserved place for those exact goods. Hereby, the customer can see online exactly where in the warehouse in which racking the goods are stored, how many pieces of all this goods are in stock and how many goods are deducted from the current stock and are on their way from the warehouse. The online portal provides often an option to generate charts that can help to determine for example the “minimum stock” and other actions to keep the inventory as fit as possible.
3. Outbound of the goods
When it is time for the goods to be delivered somewhere, this can also be arranged online. The portal shows how many of a certain product will leave the warehouse and where these products will go to. At HST Groep, it is possible to choose for transport by HST, or to choose for private transport, where the customer arranges a carrier that will pick up the goods at HST’s warehouse. When opting for transport by HST Groep, the customer can see the status of the goods online at any time until the goods are delivered. When there is chosen for own transport, the track and trace ends when the goods leave the warehouse and are transferred to the driver. Are you wondering what HST can do for you in terms of storage? Request a free quote or contact us.