This is the Important Role of Logistics to Improve Operational Activities in SME Business!

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The current development of the digital economy provides many opportunities for SMEs to develop their businesses, both locally and globally. By utilizing online platforms and marketplaces, SME Business products can be easily accessed by potential consumers around the world.

However, the biggest challenge is how SME products can get into the hands of consumers quickly, safely, and cost efficiently. This is where the role of logistics becomes very vital to the success of SME business. Without the support of a reliable logistics system, SMEs will experience many obstacles in terms of distribution which will ultimately have an impact on reducing business performance.

Let’s explore more about the importance of logistics, the challenges faced, and effective solutions to improve SME Business performance in the article TransTRACK below.

The Importance of Logistics for SMEs

SME Business is a dynamic and fast-moving sector. To compete in a competitive market, SMEs need to understand the importance of logistics as a key element in their supply chain. Here are some reasons why logistics is crucial for SME business:

Expanding Marketing Reach

Capable logistics allows SME products to be distributed to various regions and even exports. This is very important to expand the market and increase the sales volume of SMEs. With reliable logistics, SMEs no longer need to limit their marketing areas.

Affordable Distribution Costs

Modern logistics is equipped with the latest technology that can reduce distribution costs to a minimum. Of course, this is very beneficial for SMEs that do not have large capital. SMEs also no longer need to worry about the problem of  distribution of products which usually costs a lot of money.

Delivery Time Efficiency

The speed and timeliness of delivery greatly affects customer satisfaction. With reliable logistics, SMEs can guarantee that their products arrive on time according to consumer orders. This will increase consumer satisfaction and loyalty to SME products.

Product Safety and Quality Guaranteed

One of the tasks of logistics is to ensure the safety and quality of products during the distribution process. With good logistics, SME products are guaranteed quality and authenticity until they reach consumers. There is no decrease in quality or product damage due to inadequate delivery.

Positive Brand Image

With qualified logistics support, SMEs can create a positive brand image in the minds of consumers. Consumers will feel satisfied with fast service, quality products, and timely delivery. This is important to build consumer trust in the long run.

Logistics Challenges Faced by SME business

Despite recognizing the importance of logistics, SMEs are often faced with various challenges in managing this aspect. Here are the logistics challenges commonly faced by SME business in Indonesia:

  • Not having an integrated and well-structured logistics system. Most SMEs handle logistics ad-hoc and sporadically without careful planning. This leads to sub-optimal distribution costs and time.
  • Lack of human resources and expertise in logistics. The majority of SMEs do not have dedicated staff who are focused and trained to handle the logistics side of the business. This is the main cause of the inefficiency of the SME logistics system.
  • Cost constraints, because distribution and warehousing systems require a lot of capital. Meanwhile, most SMEs still have limited capital to develop their logistics infrastructure.
  • Lack of visibility into the overall supply chain makes it difficult to identify and address bottlenecks that may arise. This can negatively impact the operational efficiency and overall business performance of SMEs.
  • Lack of technology utilization that can optimize logistics efficiency, such as integrated logistics software and mobile apps for distribution monitoring.
  • Weak standardization of processes and product packaging, making them vulnerable to damage/defects during long-distance distribution to various regions.

Strategies for Developing SME Business Logistics

After understanding how important the role of logistics is for the growth of SME business, the next step is to develop the right strategy to develop the SME logistics system. Some of the strategies that can be applied include:

Building a Logistics Cooperation Network

SMEs need to build partnerships with various logistics service providers, such as transportation, warehousing, and courier services. With an extensive network of cooperation, SMEs have direct access to professional logistics systems at affordable costs.

Utilization of Modern Logistics Technology

Technology such as integrated logistics software, mobile apps, and instrument tracking are very important to streamline the logistics flow of SMEs. Technology also facilitates product monitoring during distribution.

Logistics HR Training

SMEs need to prepare qualified human resources in the field of logistics, at least mastering warehousing management, transportation, and safe product packaging. Periodic training for competency improvement is also needed.

Product & Packaging Standardization

Standardization of product quality and packaging is necessary so that products remain safe and optimally reach consumers despite long distances. Good packaging will also increase the efficiency of storage space in warehouses & logistics fleets.

Routine Evaluation of Logistics System

Conduct regular evaluations of the performance of logistics vendors and the entire business logistics flow. Immediately make improvements if there are any problems found or potential developments so that the SME logistics system continues to be optimized.

To optimally overcome logistics challenges, SMEs need to find solutions that suit their business scale and needs. One solution that can be the answer for SMEs is the implementation of  TransTRACK Logistic Service Integrator. With this platform, SMEs can integrate various aspects of their logistics, from inventory management to shipment monitoring.

TransTRACK’s Logistic Service Integrator enables SMEs to gain full visibility into their supply chain, so that they can easily identify and address any issues that may arise. With the adoption of this technology, SMEs can improve operational efficiency, reduce logistics costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

By utilizing the latest logistics technology, SMEs can provide better services to their customers, increase competitiveness, and open the door to greater success.


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