Planning generally is important to getting anything done and this is no different when it comes to operational planning. Operational planning helps a company draw a course of action to be followed for the set goals to be achieved. It envisions the operational goals a company wants to achieve then determines the necessary steps to be taken to reach these goals. Here are five benefits of operational planning;
Ensures Efficient Use Of Resources
All organizations, small or large have limited resources. Operational planning provides this information to the management which they will then use to allocate resources in such a manner to ensure the organization’s objectives are achieved. This will not only maximize productivity but will also make sure that resources are not wasted.
Setting goals that are challenging everyone to perform better is one of the key component of operational planning process. Operational planning helps organizations set aggressive yet realistic goals so as they don’t lose to their competitors. The goals will be a wake-up call for anyone who had become complacent and too comfortable doing things as they used to do.
Manages Risks And Uncertainties
Managing risks and uncertainties is very important to any business’s success. Even the largest companies don’t have control over the competitive and economic environments surrounding them. Unpredicted events can occur that require immediate managing before they get out of hand and cost a business a lot. Operational planning encourages development of contingency plans as it takes into account possible risk factors that may occur during operations. This will in turn put the organization at a better position in case of unforeseen changes.
Operational planning encourages the spirit of cooperation and teamwork. When operational plans are laid and communicated to the rest of the staff, everyone will know their responsibilities and the areas that will need to work together hand in hand for a task to be completed. Also, the staff will see how their efforts contributes to the organization’s overall success.
Operational planning also reduces conflicts as everyone know what they should do and in which direction they are headed.
Gives A Business A Competitive Advantage
Operational planning helps an organization get a realistic insight into its current strengths as well as weaknesses. the management will see the areas they perform well in as well as areas they don’t to determine what needs to be done and strategies to implement therefore helping an organization be at a better position as they know where can maximize on and where to improve or make adjustments.
Supply chain management strategies must be reviewed periodically. A company must consider the possibility of working directly with a manufacturer. It is likely that small to medium companies will resort to intermediaries for convenience. That would increase procurement cost and will have more points of operation than necessary which would invariably complicate the whole apparatus. Just as this quintessential element needs to be reviewed from time to time, the information technology infrastructure must also be reviewed at least once a year. Here is a brief guide of what to expect from such a review.
A company must endorse radio frequency identification technology if it is not in place already.
Any item that is lost in transit or simply goes unaccounted for, there is an inevitable loss and disruption. The company has to bear the financial impact and must also steadfastly work on replenishing the supply chain with the same item to limit the impact of the disruption. Radio frequency identification technology undergoes substantial development, like all other technologies. The chips today are much better than what were readily available seven years back. A company must ensure there are fewer anomalies by using radio frequency identification technology and processes must be reviewed to include the use of chips before dispatch. Using such chips in the production and supply lines will lead to a proactive assessment of potential problems.
Something as simple but essential as the weighing process should be updated.
There has been amazing advanced in weighing technology. Any company that uses an archaic weighing system or apparatus is bound to be plagued with a time consuming process. Many industries still use the old truck scales. They are not efficient. In an era when every minute counts and has a financial impact, companies should endorse modern solutions such as ingenious truck scales that can be installed onboard. One doesn’t have to wait or rely on platform scales. The impact on efficiency and hence productivity will be realizable on the very first day.
Supply chain management must use state of the art transport management software.
It is no longer enough to have a tracking id and a portal to know where a particular consignment is at the moment. The tracking itself should be available on mobile devices. Tracking should be interrelated with other actions that are deemed necessary depending on the situation. From managing inventory data to controlling various aspects of shipping, administrators or supervisors in supply chain management must have access to a mobile solution offering every piece of significant information in real time.
Logistics has been a hot job market for years now. Many sceptics have wondered if the insiders are making it sound like the job market is hot and that there is more demand than supply. The reality is that there are more jobs than candidates who are eligible to fill up the positions. There is one segment of the youth that is educated enough and has the soft skills along with technical knowhow to embark on a career in logistics. Even if they are not fully aware of what really goes about in a logistics division for a given industry, they can be quickly trained. But this section of the youth is not interested in logistics. There is another segment or section of youth that is interested but they either don’t have the minimum education or they cannot be trained and groomed. As a result, the logistics job market remains hot and the unfulfilled positions are affecting various companies cutting across industries.
One wouldn’t be an alarmist to consider the situation to be precarious and this is why companies need logistics recruitment specialists.
Gone are those days when putting out a job advertisement would fetch enough enquiries and get sufficient number of experienced candidates to choose the ideal recruit from amongst them. Not only would the interest expressed today be modest but there may not be any major development following a job advert. Logistics recruitment specialists do not rely on simple job advertisements or casual notifications to hire fitting candidates. Logistics recruitment specialists have multiple programs in motion, presently running and perennially in progress to source, find, train, hire or recruit potential candidates. In other words, logistics recruitment specialists will have candidates ready for companies looking to fill up some crucial or supportive positions in logistics.
There is a very real difference between ordinary logistics recruiters and logistics recruitment specialists. You need to consult the latter.
Logistics recruitment specialists have training programs, they have strong referral programs in place where their ever-expanding network source potential candidates, the pre job training programs are followed up with jobs or on the job training and eventually the candidates get started on a rewarding career. The whole process is systematic and in perpetual motion so there is no lapse leading to a gap in the supply for relevant talent. Logistics recruitment specialists don’t wait for aspirants to turn up and then hope to match talents with job requirements. Logistics recruitment specialists are proactive, and they seek out what they need to satiate the requirements of their clients.
There is some debate if the youth should be referred to as millennial or generation ‘y’. The millennial generation makes space for all youth aged up to thirty five. Clearly, thirty year olds are not young adults who happen to be the fresher most companies would target for entry level jobs. This is also true for logistic recruitment. Generation ‘y’ has been succeeded by generation ‘z’ but the latter is not yet old enough to be employable.
Whatever is the nomenclature one chooses to use and while many may continue to debate, one reality is beyond dispute and that is the youth has been shying away from the logistics industry. Formal training is limited, there is minimal institutionalisation and almost nonexistent in many parts of the country, the experience of the youth in logistics is almost nil and many don’t even know what the industry or the specific niche is all about.
Companies need to entice the youth if they have to keep their workforce steady and growing, to have replacements ready whenever needed and to find the best talent from an available pool.
Not every fresher will be promising, capable or interested as far career progression is concerned. Not every recruit will stick around. Hence, consistent logistic recruitment and enticing the youth in particular is of great significance.
Companies must use social media platforms for logistic recruitment.
Very few young adults check newspapers today. They do check out job boards but online and it is not a given that the job board used by a company will have enough interested people following the updates. Young adults are definitely on social media. They form the majority on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Hitting one social media platform is not enough. One must hit as many as possible and perhaps all just to get maximum exposure.
A presence on social media itself will make logistic recruitment more desirable for young jobseekers. They like tech savvy environments, not necessarily technical domains but digitally engaged brands. They also like to have all relevant information at the disposal of a few clicks. Gone is the era when a jobseeker would know little about a company while applying for a job.
Youngsters today want to know as much as they can about the company, specifically the work culture and it is not just about money but paid time off, perks and other benefits such as mentorship. Make such information available to empower your logistic recruitment drive.
Logistic jobs are those jobs concerned with overseeing as well as liaising with colleagues in an organization to make sure that stock is moved and maintained efficiently. Logistics managers also known as distribution managers are in charge of coordinating the transportation, storage and delivery of the products.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
A distribution or logistic manager’s main task is to organize safe and efficient distribution and storage of goods so as orders are carried out or met correctly. Other responsibilities and duties include;
- Organizing transportation
- Coordinating vehicles, drivers, loads and routes
- Operate IT systems
- Negotiate contracts
- Develop and confirm schedules
- Plan and negotiate technical difficulties
- Liaise with and manage shifts and staff
- Prepare paperwork for inspections
- Manage waste
- Monitor stock
- Ensure safety and health standards are kept
The working hours of a logistics manager depend on the type of employer and the industry in which he/she is working for. Some logistics jobs are on call, shifts, weekends while other evenings.
Common Employers of Distribution and Logistics Managers
- Specialist distribution organizations
- Commercial organizations
One can learn of these vacancies from career services, recruitment agencies, newspaper, special publication and professional bodies who normally post the vacancies on their websites.
Anyone regardless of being a graduate or school leaver can get a distribution or logistics job. Many large organizations do run supply chain or logistics graduate scheme streams. And these roles involve a significant portion of management, whether it will be in managing warehouse shifts, a fleet of vehicles or taking stock most of the time any graduate can apply regardless of the subject they had pursued in campus. Even though most recruiters prefer candidates with logistics or business-related degrees anyone can essentially apply.
Another way that one could find their way into logistics careers is through apprenticeship. Even though one is unlikely to enter into management positions right way, it is still a great way to eventually getting you a job in logistics. There are various sites available that offers advice aimed at those who have a passion in logistics. There are also organizations that offer apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprentices and graduates would not be expected to hold qualifications in logistic management, but they will likely be expected to obtain this qualification in time as their career grows. So, what are the keys skills required of one in logistics jobs? The skills required include;
- Managerial skills
- Logical reasoning
- IT skills
- Teamwork skills
- Great interpersonal skills
- Motivational skills
- Decision making skills
Anyone can apply for logistics jobs if they have passion in that area.
As reported by the website ACAS “Employers are increasingly using social media to recruit staff. It has become much more than just another channel for listing job vacancies, and is changing how some employers approach recruitment”.
This basically means that “Managing performance can also bring challenges for employers in how they supervise employees’ performance. For example, employers may be concerned that some employees spend too long using company computers for personal reasons, such as sending emails to friends, updating social network accounts, or browsing and shopping online”.
From a recruiting point of view, in general, employers want to get the best candidate.
There are different ways to choose the best employee, for example through social media websites, local newspapers, Jobcenter Plus, recruitment agency.
Advertising a job position through different channels will help the recruiter to find as many different candidates background as possible.
If your workforce mirrors the community and reality you are living in and collaborating with, you’ll satisfy the clients’ needs on a 360 level.
The law protects employees for discrimination based on age, disability, gender change, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, background, religion or believes, sex and sex orientation. These are called protected categories.
It’s also very important for the employers to take in consideration how to reach potential candidates that don’t use social media. Or whether evaluate candidates based on their Facebook profile.
Developing some guideline on the social media use at work
Each organisation will probably have different rules on this theme. It could be, although, quite useful to set some guidelines in regards. For example, it is allowed to use social media during the tea break or during the lunch break. It would be highly recommended to take in consideration the employees’ point of view and/or the or the union representatives.
Recruitment takes a level of commitment that can often be overlooked. You are making a long-term investment so striking the right balance between finding someone with the right skills and experience as well as the right personality to fit in with the current team structure is crucial. The care and attention to detail needed is so far-reaching that a lot of companies are relying on recruitment agencies to take on this mammoth task. Continue reading “How psychometric testing can help to break the churn cycle.”
When it comes to filling your supply chain vacancy, your aim is to find the most qualified, experienced, and dedicated person to fill the role. With the wide range of recruitment agencies around it can feel like you are looking for a golden needle in a hay stack. That is why you should opt for an agency that specialises in supply chain recruitment. Continue reading “Why should your recruitment agency specialise in supply chain recruitment?”