An integrated approach focusing on Visibility, Affordability, Resilience and Sustainability helps to cope with the current transport challenges. BCI Global has developed this so-called VARS framework to support companies improving their transport operations.
Transport operations across the globe are under pressure. Whether due to the vulnerability of global supply chains, COVID-related capacity shortage in air and ocean transport or the lack of upstream & downstream visibility, transport related issues are all over the place. The resulting decrease of service levels and “record-high” cost has put transport on the radar screen of senior management. Therefore, transport operations and managers feel that they are in the eye of the perfect storm, but the current situation also offers opportunities.
To cope with the existing transport challenges, a structural approach towards operations and management is needed. In BCI’s view future-proof transport operations need to embed 4 design principles: Visibility, Affordability, Resilience and Sustainability (VARS). BCI defined 16 questions to assess your company’s status on these 4 objectives.
BCI has identified a total of 14 tactics to improve transport operations and performance on all 4 of the VARS angles.
Source: BCI Global, 2021
As the visual shows per design principle different tactics have proven to be useful for the companies adopting them:
Although these are difficult times from a transport point of view, there are definitely solutions to mitigate the negative impacts and even to improve your transport operations by using BCI's VARS framework.