One of the consequences of the industrial revolution was the emergence of experts in various fields, some spawned by this revolution. The reliance on experts has continued unabated. It’s not about to slow down.
Experts have in-depth knowledge in their areas gained from school or experience. They can identify, analyze and offer a solution to a problem faster than the majority of the population. They often charge for that.
Most businesses or individuals do not want to pay for this expertise. It seems evident until you get into problems, usually cost overruns or low-quality work.
What seems expensive in hiring a consultant is often cheaper in the long run, but we prefer to think short-term.
Consulting apart from giving you value for your money gives you a choice. You can choose from a group of consultants and dismiss them if they do meet your expectations. Unfortunately, that choice does not exist for your employees who are hard to fire; they could be owners of the business!
In addition, consultants can bring new ideas because they are not bound by the traditions of the organization. They also know any improvement in the business could assure them more jobs in the future.
Let’s also note that organizations and the task they perform have become more complex. Think of global supply chains and the negotiations thereof. Think of myriads laws, regulations, and customs to navigate. That demands experts and consultants. If transport and logistics a cross a city like Nairobi is a challenge, what about when it’s scaled up to a global level?
Given this background, transport and logistics need consultants too. Many think transport and logistics are all about trucks moving from point A to B carrying goods. But it’s a more complex field than you think.
Consultants can help you source the goods at the lowest cost and highest quality. They have intimate knowledge of the markets and transport system. They can give you the best “ combinations “ of land, sea, air transport, and even transshipment and warehousing. Remember, they know more than you do; that is their work.
Covid -19 demonstrated the importance of logistic consultants as freight costs went up. Many transporters were surprised that air transport is not always the most expensive.
Consultants have in-depth knowledge of an area we take for granted; laws and regulations espoused by customs. Unfortunately, these often cause more delays than the transport itself.
Consultants can help you in bulking, getting shorter routes, cheapest routes, navigating customs, warehouse, and last-mile delivery. It does not matter if you are an individual importing a car, a manufacturer importing raw materials, or an expatriate relocating. Logistics consultants will save you time, money and assure you peace of mind.
Please transfer your burden of logistics to consultants. You have better things to do yourself. Bramex has a history of consulting in transport and logistics.