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Time is of the essence and the utmost importance for everyone. It may be expensive for some more than others. Employment literally means you are paid for the time you spent doing your job, which makes it easy to determine how much your time is worth. Things are different, however, when you are running a business. For every minute a business is not able to adhere to their schedule, they suffer and could lose thousands.

Loading and Unloading Delays

The transfer of products from one location to another, and from one platform to another, does not take much time if you count each batch as a cycle. Counting loading and unloading everything in a cargo truck as one cycle paints a different picture.

With each minute of delay in one box inside the truck, you are losing almost an hour in the whole shipment. This delay affects the distribution of each box which, if also done manually, will further cause losses. Knowing this, businesses have resorted to the use of automated truck loading platforms that eliminate the minute needed to adjust forklifts and other equipment just to do their job every time.

Uncontrollable Delays

Everything needs to leave room for human error, of course. It would not be wise to assume that the business will run without fail, but even if there are uncontrollable delays, there should be safeguards in place to help the business recover and continue without compounding the delays. Suppose the problem is with road works and the detour will increase the travel time of the cargo truck.

To make way for delays like this, businesses give drivers enough time to reach their destination safely. This duration should be within reason, as it would not benefit anyone if the driver has to go over the speed limit to reach their destination, risking their safety in the process. Accidents will only further delay the shipment and will even result in more financial loss.

Workflow Bottlenecks

Man loading truck with products

Each person in the company plays a role in fulfillment. This means that they are expected to complete their part within the allotted time so that the next tasks can be completed by the person in charge. A delay early in the workflow process may seem inconsequential, but when you are dealing with time-sensitive products, such as monthly publications, each minute of delay means added stress on the whole team to beat the deadline. No publication wants to wait until the last minute to publish.

Before the new month rolls in, everything needs to be finalised. Otherwise, it will be chaos, disorder, and plenty of overtime pay for employees rushing to complete everything.

A publishing company’s calendar can be quite loose on some days, particularly when they have just published their latest, but this calm does not last long as they start brainstorming the next spread. The cost of delay may be felt in lost revenue if advertisers pull out their ads from the publication. Overall sales may plummet and this might be hard to reverse next month.

Businesses run on a tight schedule. Knowing this, it is important to leave enough wiggle room for adjustments and save time wherever necessary.