Shipping logistics is the broader term that encompasses the process of overseeing and managing the movement of merchandise, goods, or raw materials between distributors and manufacturers. Shipping logistics can include several components, but the key elements are transport, packaging, and delivery. Shipping logistics can consist of several discrete elements, but the key elements are:
Transportation. Transportation is essential in any supply chain, not only to get items from point A to point B, but also to ensure that the shipment makes it to its intended destination unencumbered. Common transportation methods include air freight (air freight is faster and more economical), sea freight, railroad, and trucking. Trucking is by far the most efficient way to transport bulk cargo due to its size and wide range of destinations. However, trucking does have its drawbacks such as higher costs, theft of cargo, and poor customer service due to the sheer size of the vehicle and enclosed environment.
Packaging and storage. Shipping logistics ensure that your product reaches its destination in a timely fashion by storing or packaging the cargo securely and safely. This ensures that your product will arrive to the customer with the same quality that was originally delivered. By using efficient packaging and storage methods, you can save time and money on shipping costs and increase the amount of profit that you make from each sale. Some of these methods include real-time tracking, multiple-day shipping, overnight storage, and multi-day delivery.