Logistics Industry Standards
The logistics industry accumulates, transports and positions physical resources for distribution to the destination. Since many individuals and businesses rely on supply chain management for moving goods, the supply chain should be as manageable and visible as possible.
Logistics industry standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) help logistics businesses manage their operations and resources to deliver orders efficiently. NQA is an accredited certification body that can certify that your company meets the requirements of various standards.
About the Logistics Industry
Logistics is the movement of products along the supply chain, from the resource's origin to the finished good's destination. This chain should operate efficiently and timely for maximum customer satisfaction. Companies in the logistics industry track orders, inventory and distribution. Through the supply chain, different parties can handle various components of the logistics process, including:
- Product and goods sourcing
- Handling and sorting
- Storage and warehousing
Some trends influencing the logistics industry are:
- The rise of e-commerce and online ordering contributing to the growth of the logistics industry
- Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for accurate forecasting and better order management
- Autonomous vehicles and drones as faster, more efficient delivery vehicles
Challenges the Logistics Industry Faces
Supply chain companies seek to cut transportation costs while implementing new technology innovations to boost productivity. Some challenges the logistics industry must face include:
- Customer expectations: When customers place an order online in an e-commerce store, they want reliable package tracking to know where their delivery is. Many customers expect expedited shipping at the standard rate — most are not willing to pay extra for faster shipping.
- Business process improvements: Many supply chain companies struggle to keep up with business process improvements. Though new processes improve the business, adoption and onboarding can be cumbersome.
- Environmental regulation compliance: State and local governments have regulations that affect logistics, such as anti-idling and emission reduction. Complying with these regulations has a cost and can become overwhelming.
- Fuel costs: As fuel prices increase, fuel surcharges — and transportation costs as a whole — increase too. The high fuel costs work against the logistics initiative to cut transportation costs.
Logistics Industry Standards Supported by NQA
NQA offers certification and audits for these supply chain standards:
- ISO 9001: ISO 9001 is the most popular standard for quality management systems in the world. The framework and principles are a sensible approach to organizational management that satisfies customers and stakeholders. Quality control leads to efficient work and effective products and services, so ISO 9001 certification boosts your company's success and shows your customers you're committed to delivering consistent quality services.
- ISO 27001: ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security management systems. Its framework helps supply chain companies be legally compliant by ensuring employee, company and client data stays confidential. With ISO 27001 certification, the logistics industry can be prepared for security threats like data breaches, vandalism and theft. It is compatible with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001.
- ISO 27701: ISO 27701 is an extension of ISO 27001 that addresses data privacy. It has guidance for organizations that want a system compliant with data privacy requirements like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The framework for personally identifiable information (PII) controllers and processors lowers the risk of violating employees' or clients' privacy rights.
- ISO 50001: ISO 50001 is an internationally recognized energy management system standard. The framework helps logistics companies optimize their energy efficiency through continuous improvements to meet regulatory requirements and save on energy costs. Certification to this standard demonstrates your responsibility to your customers, improves your brand image and positions your business as an industry leader in energy policy.
- PAS 43: PAS 43 is a specification for vehicle breakdown and recovery operators. With PAS 43 certification, workers can safely and efficiently remove incapacitated vehicles from the road and reduce the chance of traffic congestion. PAS 43 can be a stand-alone certification or used with a management system certification such as ISO 9001.
- PAS 2060: PAS 2060 is the only carbon neutrality standard recognized internationally. Certification to this standard demonstrates that logistics companies are carbon neutral. Through measurement, reduction, offsetting and documentation, supply chain businesses can prove their carbon neutral claims and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. PAS 2060 also helps companies meet current and future environmental regulations.
- ISO 22301: ISO 22301 is a standard for business continuity management systems. It helps organizations prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents that disrupt daily operations. The framework allows logistics companies to demonstrate the ability to overcome disruptions to operations and provide services as usual. ISO 22301 certification demonstrates to your customers you have excellent risk management abilities.
Benefits of ISO Certification for the Logistics Industry
The management systems outlined in ISO standards benefit the processes and procedures of your supply chain. Logistics industry standards will bring these advantages to your business:
- Efficient product and services delivery
- Better environmental performance across the supply chain
- Compliance with regulations and legislation
- Competitive advantage in the industry to win new business
- Increased security risk management
- Reduced operational costs
- Improvements to new and existing business relationships
- Enhanced reputation through demonstrating a commitment to excellence
- Better trade with expedited delivery
Why Work with NQA for Logistics Industry Standards?
NQA is a certification body that has worked with clients in the logistics industry and related sectors, such as transportation. Our goal is to help companies improve their processes to be more efficient while meeting industry regulations. We have extensive experience with audits for ISO standards and have issued more than 50,000 certificates in 90 countries.
The benefits of working with NQA for logistics industry certifications include:
- Reduced operating costs: Improving your processes with the frameworks outlined in ISO standards leads to better operational efficiency and cost savings.
- Improved risk management: Avoid and resolve issues by tracing your products and services to the source.
- Practical advice: NQA will help you understand the technical requirements and certification process stages so you can be prepared.
- Competitive price: Working with NQA is a great value — for a competitive price with no hidden fees, you gain access to world-class technical support.
- Legal compliance: You can comply with the regulations the logistics industry faces with ISO certification.
Start your Logistics Industry Certifications with NQA Today
The growth of the e-commerce sector means the logistics industry is more crucial than ever. Logistics industry certifications improve many aspects of your business, including operational efficiency, information security and energy management. The certification and auditing services at NQA will help your company achieve your desired certifications, so you can begin making these improvements.