With so much remaining unknown, at this stage the impact of Brexit on the high value goods supply chain can only be guesstimated. As an EU member state, the UK has long enjoyed free trade with its European counterparts, bringing benefits such as zero Customs Duty on products received from or dispatched to fellow European Union (EU) states, as well as minimal red tape.
The insurgence of a new customer experience is shifting every avenue of the retail journey. The growth of the holistic omnichannel approach means ecommerce and bricks and mortar retail are more fused than ever before. Dynamic new logistics models focus on delivering a seamless and integrated service in the customer's buying journey, whether using a device on the go, at home or by walking into a store.
For the first time ever, mobile devices are leading the way in UK online retail sales too, further cementing the leap towards ecommerce demand for shoppers. According to IMRG, the 'digital tipping point' emerged in 2016 figures, when 51% of all UK online retail sales took place via smartphones or tablets.
If a customer pays a premium price for a premium product – anything from the latest games console or mobile phone to a designer handbag or top-of-the-range fridge freezer – they naturally expect the very best: a quality product, delivered on time, in prime condition, no excuses. If they decide your product isn’t quite right for them – or they’ve ordered the wrong model, colour or size – they also expect a quick and hassle-free returns or exchange process. In short, if you’re dealing in valuable goods, every aspect of the high value goods supply chain needs to run like clockwork to ensure customers are happy and your reputation for excellence remains intact.
To enable you to meet your customers’ high expectations, outsourcing your warehousing and distribution services to an experienced third-party logistics (3PL) for high value goods like Yusen Logistics can pay huge dividends. Our networks, infrastructure, experience and supply chain management expertise will protect and enhance your high value cargo and add substantial value to your operations.
Year on year, the automotive industry tackles increasing pressure to deliver technological innovation and evolved efficiency, all whilst facing volatile markets as the major manufacturers race to reach the finish line first. In such a process-driven culture, inbound supply chain disruptions of component parts can have huge financial consequences for OEMs and suppliers alike. After all, when inefficient automotive logistics disrupt the product pipeline, losses can amount to £100,000s in just minutes.
When it comes to high value cargo, it’s not just short lead times that are threatened if customs clearance stalls your supply chain. With Brexit looming, there’s considerable concern about increased cost and delays for imports and exports. Plus, your secure logistics – strengthened for high value goods – face fresh challenges, as the forward and reverse freight flow of goods is choked by checks.
When it comes to high value goods, it’s often the complete purchasing experience that provides value to your customers and your brand. Whether they’re shopping for the latest high-tech device or coveting a designer handbag, they will pay a premium for quality and expect a service worthy of the price. Therefore, when the latest trends come around your customers will want to receive their purchases in perfect condition and as fast as possible.
Transparency is key if you’re looking for a 3PL partner that strives to hone their customer-centric logistics. From factory floor to end destination, our recent study found that having full sight of your supply chain will best serve your needs – and your customers’. Not only does a customer-centric ethos foster stronger relationships between you and your supplier, but it delivers cost-effective supply chain management and innovative solutions.
For the consumer electronics industry, in particular, trusting a 3PL partner to drive continuous improvement will help you tackle the pressures of short lead times in an increasingly competitive consumer landscape.
Topics: Consumer Electronics, Customer-centric Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution, Added Value, Pre-Installation, Supply Chain Management, Cost-effective Logistics, Control Tower Management, Shipment Visibility, Productivity
As the speed and technology of logistics takes great strides forward, consumers now expect to get what they want when they want it. For consumer electronics, this means dealing with shorter lead times and the pressures of product launches to ensure the latest tablet, laptop or mobile phone reaches the shelf faster for maximum profit. To do this, you need a 3PL partner who helps you avoid missed sales and stockpiled inventory by keeping your product moving. They’ll sharpen your competitive edge by supporting manufacturers with valued added logistics solutions that streamline your processes – and please your customer.
Topics: Consumer Electronics, Inventory Management, Warehousing and Distribution, Added Value, Kitting and Packaging, Bundling, Labelling, Pre-Installation, Supply Chain Management, Cost-effective Logistics
Consumer tastes can change in the blink of an eye, often leaving the shelf life of your high value consumer electronics shorter than their production cycle. The latest mobile phone, tablet, or laptop is soon superseded by a new model, with value plummeting as consumers’ interest peaks elsewhere. In such a dynamic industry, long lead times for technology products are a particular pain point as your speed to market becomes a priority.