1. Agree your service levels
Typically, higher service levels demand a higher price - and the same is true for logistics. By identifying the key performance indicators affecting a customer’s purchasing experience, you can highlight their importance in customer retention. For example, on-time-in-full (OTIF), damage to goods and product losses due to theft, will all affect a customer’s purchasing experience.
Defining these parameters will signify the level of performance you need your supply chain to achieve. Once your service levels have been agreed, monitor and improve. Continuous monitoring and improvement will ensure your service levels are maintained – if not exceeded!
2. Make returns quick and easy
Unfortunately, returns are an inevitable part of business. However, making the process as painless as possible for your customers can significantly affect their decision to return. The easier and faster your customers can return goods, the quicker they’ll receive replacements or their cost back – improving their own cash flow. The same can be said of end-consumers, particularly when purchasing online with recent research from the Royal Mail showing that 60% of online shoppers would be less likely to return following a difficult returns experience.
Your logistics partner should implement reverse processes that make returns as easy as possible for your customers, whilst also retaining as much value for the returned goods. For example, our blog ‘Moving Forwards with Reverse Logistics for Consumer Electronics’ discusses the importance of repairs and refurbishment for this high value sector.
3. Deliver as fast as possible
With a focus on convenience and speed, the likes of Amazon have disrupted the supply chain and transformed customer expectations. To compete in today’s markets, next and same day delivery services are significant influencers in a customer’s purchasing decision. Selecting distribution centres close to the majority of major parcel hubs and with excellent transport links can better serve faster delivery requirements. Whilst choosing a logistics partner with an international presence can streamline your supply chain by centralising flows.
Here at Yusen Logistics UK, our outstanding performance levels are testament to our commitment. Across our six verticals, we continue to achieve best in class service levels – with at least 99% OTIF, less than 0.05% of damage to goods, and fewer than 0.01% product loss through theft.
We have developed comprehensive return logistic services tailored for each vertical – from pre-paid return labels to complete repair and refurbishment. Our reverse logistics have saved our customers thousands of pounds that directly impacts their profit.
In the drive for companies to keep up with omnichannel logistics, our customers can benefit from our international reach by providing same, or next day, delivery not just across the nation but across the globe*. Our dedicated facility at Heathrow offers express UK delivery services from selected locations in Asia and Europe.
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