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Whether your logistics provider is a motor carrier, freight forwarder, customs broker, or warehouse, good customer service is essential. While information is almost always available at your fingertips, action requiring human intervention can be elusive. Logistics managers deal with changing schedules, equipment failures, weather delays, regulatory issues, and miscommunication on a daily basis. Most problems, however, are not new. The same situations tend to repeat themselves so they can be anticipated. Developing a set of problem solving protocols for the most common issues in your supply chain will save you time since you will not be starting from scratch when a problem arises. It will also enable your colleagues to act in your absence. A basic protocol defines the problem and lists steps to be followed as well as the resources involved. Your logistics providers can help by providing relevant operations contact info for the identified problem areas. Your account rep should welcome the opportunity as it will save them time as well. Update protocols as needed and make them part of your account review meetings. Finally, if your account rep says “Just call me” don’t accept this response.