Since technology is advancing dramatically, many forms of it are used in all aspects of business and are deeply embedded. Business owners know that just about everyone in society is connected so will not only use technology to keep operations running, they will also use any technical means to reach out to customers. Because technology is deeply embedded in every industry, technology and logistics go hand in hand, and three ways this is the case is that technology can be used to help suppliers find the best shipping rates, streamline business processes and gain optimal exposure.
Finding the Best Shipping Rates
According to Logistics World, “Logistics is defined as a business planning framework for the management of material, service, information and capital flows.” Every business has a supply chain to maintain to keep operations going, and many of these business owners and their staff order supplies and have it shipped to them rather than going to local stores. Owners of companies that supply and ship merchandise to other companies must find the most effective and efficient ways to get their merchandise out quickly while saving the most money.
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The FreightRun website suggests that suppliers responsible for shipping goods to other companies look at a list of reliable freight carriers to compare rates. Of course, doing comparative research on freight carriers involves using either a computer or mobile device. Freight calculators are also available to allow for quick rate comparison as such a tool will enable suppliers to find the best shipping rates in a few button clicks.
Streamlining Business Processes
In order to streamline multiple business processes, many companies are making use of business enterprise software applications. These programs track customer correspondences, keep tabs on whether profits increase or decrease, allow for easy collaboration on business documents, monitor advertising campaigns, deploy advertising strategies and facilitate moving information between various other applications. Enterprise software enables all of these processes to be done in just a few button clicks which undoubtedly saves time and maximizes productivity. Not to mention, it makes running a business much simpler than in times past because before the creation of enterprise software, there never used to be a platform where multiple applications could be integrated and work together to simplify task completion.
Gaining Optimal Exposure
Because of today’s technical advancements, it has never been easier to advertise a company and its mission. The Internet provides a myriad of avenues for advertising. Some are free and others cost money. No matter which method of advertising individuals choose to deploy, they can get the word out virtually overnight and have unbelievable amounts of exposure. Technology has allowed business owners to reach a much broader audience at a far cheaper price compared to running ads in a phone book or newspaper. Printing on paper is costly, and it costs even more money to send out these ads in the mail to various residents and companies.
Technology has forever changed the way people do business today. Multiple methods of free communication, such as Skype, FaceTime, forums, freelance websites, instant messenger apps and professional networking sites allow business deals to take place in countries around the world. Merchandise can be sent and received across all continents, and there are more opportunities than ever before to make profit.