Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. It’s important for any business to be able to correct mistakes and crisis situations, especially in instances where products are being shipped and sometimes be delayed or lost. The following contributed post is therefore entitled, Client Emergency: Shifting Products Fast.
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One of the greatest excitements about being in business is no day is ever the same. Every single day, there is a new challenge that you face. Something that many companies need to be more prepared for is when a client is in an emergency situation. If you have a business partnership, you should always prepare for the unexpected needs of your client. You have both taken on each other as partners and thus you must also be ready to pick up burdens from time to time. One such burden can be when a client is in desperate need for a sudden and new delivery of your products. For example, you are a truck engine manufacturer and a truck manufacturer just lost a shipment at sea due to bad weather. They have a client that is still awaiting their delivery of their trucks however new ones need to be made quickly. The partner now needs a fast and urgent delivery of your engines. Have you prepared for this, and what do you do?
Assess the urgency
Even though some companies are always going to keep a backup of their products for emergencies, sometimes when orders are filled up and more keep coming in this batch is used. A drill manufacturer might need to suddenly supply a home building company as they have chosen to expand at short notice. The backup batch is therefore used on this occasion. However now that they lack that backup batch, should their call to your metal company be treated as urgent? Assessing the urgency is somewhat of a hidden art but really, it’s the skill of gauging what the client really needs. You might be too busy to supply a client with your products but if put all your stations into overdrive you could end up making more mistakes, employees could end up making silly mistakes and getting hurt and quality control can drastically drop. Sometimes some emergencies aren’t really emergencies, so communicate with your client and assess how urgent their need is so you can cope and not make mistakes that will cost you.
Use reliable logistics
One thing that cannot ever be discounted or devalued is reliability. A company that can offer you their expert logistics expertise and services reliably should be placed high in your esteem. A hauling company that can transport freight at great pace and consistency to your client will save you both time and reaffirm and strengthen your relationship. A company such as Jayde transport is something to consider as being a reliable workhorse to come to your aid in cases of urgent client requirements. They have warehouse services but they stand out most in interstate trucking where their massive freight haulers can carry huge loads at one time. When you need to supply a business partner quickly and in large quantities, this is the kind of service that should be taken seriously.
Shifting products fast when a client is in a tight spot is incredibly important. They need you to come through and help them. Fulfilling their needs speedily will only go to strengthen your relationship and show them they made the right choice by entering into a business partnership with you.