A lead time is the time between placing an order from a supplier and receiving that order. Lead times can vary drastically based on the supplier, supply chain issues, your country's customs regulations, and more.
It's crucial to know lead times for all your vendors. Without knowing this, you can run into a myriad of problems, including:
Integrated procurement and supply chain management tools are the best way to take control of lead times and improve product flow. Procurement tools will give you a comprehensive record of vendor lead times, prices, and other data. You'll be able to automatically calculate lead times and stay up to date on any changes. Supply chain management tools let you control international purchasing and help products move through custom and duty points quickly.