Supply Chain System: How to Effectively Communicate with Your Team

Supply Chain System: How to Effectively Communicate with Your Team
The supply chain strategy always lands on the operations team. When it’s good, it’s good, but as the last two years have shown, when it's bad it’s horrendous.

Many operations suffer from complex supply chains, complicated logistics, long lead times, costly and inadequate substitutes, and ever-increasing warehouse burden to store items that do not contribute to the bottom line. Most of the time, breakdowns in the supply chain occur because of external issues that are completely out of your hands, but sometimes, the real missing link isn’t on some foreign shore. Sometimes, the breakdown in the supply chain is due to poor communication.

As an operational leader, you know exactly who needs to be where, what they need, and when they need it. From your vantage point, you can clearly see the whole supply chain and operations, from receiving to manufacture to shipping.

But without communication between production and manufacturing, marketing and fulfillment, development and distribution, optimal design and profit opportunities can be easily overlooked. Worse, regular lapses in communication can result in serious delays, missed deadlines, and lost customers.

So what does this have to do with your packaging?

Here’s the thing: so many of your headaches in operations are the result of an overly complicated production process; damaged goods, either from the manufacturing floor to the warehouse, from the warehouse to the distributor, or from the distributor to the customer; long lead times; or products that don’t stand out from the competition. 

Packaging plays a part in each and every one of these issues. Your production process relies on packaging to protect your product, packaging to advertise and market to customers, packaging to display your product in the stores, and packaging to ship your product from your production floor to its final destinations. Those are four key points in your operations where packaging can slow you down or completely derail your ability to deliver.

BUT, If you are able to streamline communications so that every player in your organization has a voice at the right time, you’ll be far more likely to deliver a quality product on time, undamaged, within budget, and at a profit. And most of this could be solved if YOU weren’t managing your packaging system in the first place. 

Skybox Packaging has decades of experience with comprehensive, custom packaging solutions. We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses who have found ways to be more efficient by clearly communicating with their teams across their operation and by removing the burden of managing your packaging system and storage yourself. We help you iron out these and many other packaging-related issues, beyond supplying you with your packaging needs. 


Let us know how we can help you bridge the communication gaps that are causing breakdowns in your supply chain. Learn more about our custom corrugated solutions and how Skybox can keep packaging issues from being the source of your production delays.

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