What is Logistics?

 

Logistics—It is a word that originated in the military, with a similar meaning to what we consider
the modern definition of logistics today. In its rightful sense, it is a way for people and equipment
to be transported from one location to another. However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition
of the word logistics, means to “plan and organize a complicated activity or event that involves
many people
.”*

So, what in the world does this word have to do with your business? It could mean a few things for your company, but from a logistics provider’s standpoint, it means being the resource you need for your company to transport resources effectively and safety to its final destination.

A lot of planning goes into handling the transportation of your product, and we want it to be the best possible plan for it. Your product could be moved with one mode of transportation or with several. These modes of transportation can break down into three general categories: truck, air, and ocean services for overseas traveling through use of cargo. From there, it can breakdown into further categories depending on your business’s needs.

For some logistics needs, it is something that can be handled in house—such as inventory or warehousing. If your business has larger or more complicated procedures, reaching out to a third
party could be useful. There are benefits to handling logistics in-house, especially for start up companies. It allows for it to be used as a marketing tool to better connect with new customers and
to help make a lasting impression on them. Once your business becomes larger though, it would make more sense to start outsourcing to a 3PL (Third Party Logistics). Finically, it would be better because of the large amount of product you have to allow a 3PL to step in and help out.

Something to keep in mind: Logistics is not something solely kept in one specific location that you or your company resides in. Logistics is worldwide, and is a fantastic tool to help your company not only get the resources you need, but from a large dynamic of markets that can be valuable to you, wherever you are in the world.

Certain logistics providers, such as TalaTrans Worldwide, are there ready to help you make sure your business picks the correct plan of action for whatever needs you may have.

 

 

 

*Merriam-Webster Definition