Today Expediting is an integral part of the procurement process. In the past Expediting has been considered a corrective function rather than a preventive function. However as both the schedule and the pricing of projects continue to become increasingly critical, Expediting should be incorporated into the project planning at the onset, so as to ensure the required timely delivery.
Expediting is the continuous process, commencing at the time of order placement, of ensuring that final delivery of goods and documentation to the job site is achieved within the shortest possible timeframe.
Expediting service should be implemented independently of inspection activities and be carried out by experienced professional field expeditors who have a sufficient understanding of the material on order to enable them to work with the manufacturer to minimise the time frame for each manufacturing phase as much as physically and financially possible.
Depending on Client specific requirements, Expediting services may apply at different stages of a project such as: fabrication and assembly, rectification work, material deficit, failure on test or inspection, shipment and packing, and submission of documentation.
Velosi provides a proactive and cost effective Expediting services through our extensive network of experienced Field Expeditors located close to major manufacturing locations throughout the world. Our Expeditors are skilled in production planning and manufacturing processes for all major industrial disciplines and equipment, and are able to work with the manufacturer to identify delays and potential problems with a view to maintaining schedules and, if required, initiating remedial action to get production activities back on schedule.
Our experienced expediters not only follow the progress of an order and ensure that all avenues are examined and considered with a view to improving the proposed delivery date, but also undertake in-depth trouble-shooting to ensure that required delivery dates are respected. This work entails pre-production meetings, establishment of programs or critical path networks, control of engineering, sub-orders and sub-vendors, manufacture, test, dispatch, documentation submission/approval and order close out.
The cost control of Expediting activity is a key factor to many clients, thus Velosi provide clients with expediting options along with justifications, with full consideration to minimising expediting costs on a job against frequency (effectiveness) of expediting and the cost implications of late deliveries. Agreed budgets are carefully controlled by our in-house computerised system and budgetary status reports can be generated automatically.
Contrary to the understanding of some organisations "Progress" or "Status Reporting" should not be confused with Expediting. Should a client only require Status Reporting, a good Inspection Engineer can visit a vendor to report on the precise progress of engineering and production for a specific order as physically verified according to the manufacturers paperwork and on the shop floor.
The competency of our expeditors is constantly assessed and reviewed in accordance with our Quality Management System. Field Audits are conducted on the expeditors so as to ensure compliance to Velosi scope, impartiality, due diligence, Health, Safety and Environment awareness, and complete understanding and implementation of the client's particular requirements and expectations.
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