Limited shelf life can be a hassle. In the meantime, shoppers are waiting for goods in good shape and with a great shelf life. For many companies that produce or sell goods with a short expiration date, there is often a problem with returns from customers due to the expiration date.
There are several rules that can reduce shipping and optimize the logistics of such products.
Most large companies, even if the product has a long shelf life, choose overnight assembly. And for perishables, this is a must. If the product has a shelf life of less than a week, it is not practical to spend a day on assembly and a day on delivery. Here, of course, there are expenses for paying workers at night, but they are much less than the money that the company can lose.
In addition to assembly, which can be started already in the evening, delivery to reloading points or, directly, to stores can take place at night.
In order not to lose profit, many companies are trying to build competent procurement logistics. There must be enough raw materials to produce goods to the extent that they fully satisfy the needs of buyers. And it is important that the raw materials are not lost. Many successful companies partner with their suppliers to select the best packaging for their customers, or set up their own quality control labs.
In order to identify the need for a product, many supplier companies cooperate with outlets and regularly receive sales reports. This process has long been automated. This makes it possible not to repack, which means that the goods will not stand and deteriorate on the shelves.
One of the most difficult questions. It is not possible to store perishable goods and raw materials for it for a long time. But since the need for a product can vary greatly due to various factors, there is a need for stocks. And here again, consumer analysis and forecasting comes to the rescue. One of the solutions is the acceptable percentage of shortage of goods. This means that it is better if the product is not enough than it will deteriorate. And for most companies, this percentage does not exceed 5%.
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