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Busting the Myths About Same Day Distribution
Posted: Aug 23, 2014
There are many self-defeating ‘myths’ that pervade traditional workplaces, and if you’re running a courier company and you want to offer high-demand yet resource-intensive services such as same day distribution, then you’ll have to start by replacing those myths with proven strategies. The following three tips should help you achieve success in this endeavour.
Everyone Must Be a Leader
Leadership is not the sole province of the manager. In fact, in more enlightened management circles, the idea that every single person in the company should adopt the values and thinking of a leader has gained so much traction it has become business gospel. The positive results have been proven in countless workplaces around the world. Empowering individual personnel with leadership values is important if the company is dead set on achieving its most difficult goals – for the transport industry, this means aspects like same day distribution. To inculcate leadership values among your people, you can adopt certain strategies. For starters, you can formulate a leadership-oriented corporate culture, which can be reinforced using proven techniques. It is also vital to create a work atmosphere that encourages and highly values the sharing of information - from downward to upward in the company hierarchy and even peer-to-peer directions.
There is no ‘I’ in Team
You’ve probably read the slogans about teamwork, but may not have paid too much attention. But you should, because such teamwork-related slogans speak the truth: the value of teamwork, especially in service industries, cannot be overstated.
Teamwork, when properly orchestrated, lightens the overall load and makes even demanding endeavours (such as offering same day distribution) possible. Teamwork has many aspects, but the most important ones are proper delegation, the establishment of viable and realistic goals for the group, and implementing alignment of staff and their roles in such a way that enables cross training. When implemented correctly (especially when made to be an intrinsic part of the company’s work culture), teamwork or work values that make teamwork a natural result can quickly catapult an organisation to the heights it aspires. It takes work, but the eventual results are well worth it.
It is said that people who are unstable are afraid of change, whereas healthy, vibrant personalities embrace it. The same is true for business: change is a natural part of business life, and a vital component of any organisation’s evolution – fearing and avoiding it can only go badly for your organisation. Changes - specifically those related to new offers (such as the implementation of same day distribution) or those in response to changing economic situations - should be proactively met and failures turned into opportunities. Anticipate change and then do everything you can to manage and even champion it.
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Courier Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day distribution services in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
Writer and Online Marketing Manager in London.