As an automotive business, you likely already use some form of logistics program or services. As these services become outdated, you will start looking for another option. When you begin looking at third-party logistics services, there are certain upgrades and new services you should consider. Here are a few of those options and what you should know about using each one for your automotive business.
If your automotive business offers shop services such as repairs, oil changes and auto body work, then you need a logistic system to track this. The basic system you likely already have in place will keep track of where the car is and the estimated time it will take to complete the repairs. Upgraded third-party logistics will help you not only track the cars, but they will track each step of the process. They will also tell you who is working on the car, the estimated time for completion or if any further work needs completing.
There are various reasons your automotive company will have parts on hand. This may be for your repairs department, for replacement parts on trade and used cars or for direct parts sales. If you offer all of these services, then you will go through parts at a higher rate. Keeping track of this inventory is difficult, especially when multiple departments are pulling from the parts supply. A third-party logistics service can help track these parts and give you real-time feedback on how many of each part you have, alert you when orders need to be taken and when new inventory is added.
Trade and Shipping Services
Your automotive business may work with other dealers and car sales across the country. This means that you will have cars being traded and shipped on a routine basis. Your third-party logistics service can help track the cars' locations, when they arrive, weigh station stop points and when others are shipped. This can be a vital part of your business, especially if you have multiple cars that fit the same description and can be difficult to track.
When you are ready to sign on for some of these services, or other services that a third-party logistics company offers, contact your local provider. They can discuss your specific business and the needs you have. They will take those needs and set up a service plan that will work for needs. They can also discuss pricing, contracts and other issues pertaining to the services you choose.