When it comes to supply chain management, you want your collaborative processes to be effective. Supply chain management requires a lot of hard work with many methods, steps, and decisions impacting the supply chain. From our experience managing the supply chains at various companies, the following list reflects the habits of some of the most successful and productive supply chains.

1. Write down your plan

If you don’t have a written supply chain strategy, now is the time to create a plan. How does your automotive business allocate its resources over some time? Developing a written plan provides you with a better view of your supply chain. It helps assess your strengths and identify any weaknesses before they turn into problems.

We’ve worked together with original equipment manufacturers as well as Tier 1, 2 and 3 automotive suppliers for 60 years. Over the years, we’ve helped them develop their written supply chain strategies and ultimately grow their manufacturing.

2. Optimize your warehouse space

Today, warehouse space comes at a premium. Are you maxing out the use of your warehouse space? Consider using a third party logistics solution to manage and store your product.

At BR Williams, we have the storage space and facilities to manage and organize your automotive parts inventory. We have a total of 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space. Offloading your product can save you a significant amount of time and allow you to focus on what you do best.

3. Focus on developing the right employees

The operational pressures are never-ending, but it’s essential to make time to develop your employees and their skills. More importantly, make sure you’re investing time in the right employees. Training and skills enhancement requires a lot of time and effort. Sometimes it makes more financial sense to leave the work to the experts.

Our experienced team can provide automotive parts inspection, automotive logistics packaging, automotive parts sequencing, or automotive parts kitting. BR Williams can provide the skilled workforce to implement these services and more, saving you time and ensuring accuracy.

4. Take advantage of new technology

Incorporate technology like warehouse management systems (WMS) into your supply chain management strategy and warehouse. Our customized WMS can help you track auto parts down to the serial number. For bulk dry resin, we can track it by weight.

We also offer radio frequency tracking capabilities to control your costs better. By implementing a WMS, you can automate materials handling and increase your overall efficiency. Who doesn’t want that? Be sure to adopt technology early to gain a competitive advantage. Otherwise, you’re merely catching up to companies who already mastered the technology.  

By putting these tips into practice, you’ll be well equipped to manage a more effective and cost-saving supply chain. If you’d like to learn more about how to improve your supply chain management, give us a call today. We offer a variety of supply chain management services designed to meet your company’s unique needs.

Request a FREE, no-obligation quote today to see how BR Williams can help improve your supply chain.

About BR Williams:

With humble beginnings back in 1958, BR Williams has grown into an award-winning supply chain management company servicing all 48 contiguous states and Canada. With facilities in Mobile ALPiedmont, ALTallahassee, FL; Anniston, AL (two facilities); Eastaboga, AL; and Oxford, AL, B.R. Williams’ distribution network supports over 50 customers and another 2,550 in the Trucking and Logistics divisions. Industries served include the following: automotive, defense, home improvement, education, food raw materials, textiles, chemical, industrial packaging, metals (finished goods), highway safety and more.

To discuss your Distribution, Logistics, or Transportation Services options, please contact us online or call (800) 523-7963