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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Thanksgiving is a Great Time to thank your 3PL Provider

Turkey, football, apple pie …3PL provider? No, we’re not playing “one of these things is not like the other(s).”   And if we were, the answer would be __________.   Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as a day to give “Thanksgiving and Praise to our …

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Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Accurate Inventory – The Holy Grail of Warehousing

When last we met, we discussed some keys to reducing inventory costs. We talked about 6 of them and how to implement them, though we also pointed out that there were quite a few more. Another way to lower inventory costs is to insure our inventory counts are correct. OK, when you stop laughing, give …

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

6 Ideas to Reduce Inventory Costs

Let’s face it. Doing business today is getting more and more difficult. Depending on the industry you’re in, you face a bunch of challenges:   Regulatory or government Employment issues Staff alignment and training Health care Costs And MANY more!   All of these issues lead to higher costs in one way or another. For …

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Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Why Climate Controlled Warehousing May be Right for Your Product

And no, it’s not as easy as – I have frozen or refrigerated freight, therefore – I need to keep it frozen or refrigerated! That’s way too easy for a smart, talented group of readers like you. Before I get into some of the reasons you may need a climate controlled warehouse, I’ll tell you …

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

5 Ways to optimize your 3PL relationship

Yes, there are more than 5 ways to optimize your 3PL relationship, but these are right up there as most important. The more I thought about writing this article, the more I thought 3PL optimization has a lot in common with marriage! In fact, I almost called it, “How Optimizing Your 3PL Relationship is Like …

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

How Logistics Companies Cut Down on Costs and Headaches

Choosing the right logistics solution for your business can be one of the most consequential decisions you’ll ever make. How efficiently and reliably your products go from your production centers to your customer’s doorsteps will either make or break that business relationship. That’s why there’s a growing trend of companies both big and small choosing …

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Friday, July 8th, 2016

Enhance Your Cross Docking Operations in These Key Areas

Cross docking is a simple and common warehousing practice while being a crucial link in the logistics of any supply chain that handles a lot of freight. But there are some areas of the process where some companies don’t fully understand how they can be more efficient. Generally, there are four key areas where retailers should …

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Looking for Your Own Warehouse? A Contract Warehouse Could Be Your Answer

Ownership has advantages. However, for most growing businesses, the obligations associated with leasing or purchasing your own facility are more striking than the benefits. First, think of the nature of committing to a set number of square feet. As an owner and operator of dry and cold facilities, Commercial Warehousing has the advantage of being …

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

How Cold Does a Warehouse Have to Be to Keep Ice Cream

Moving food and other temperature-sensitive products from place to place always involves co-ordination, risk mitigation and often strategic cold warehousing along the cold chain. Some products are more fragile than others, but most perishable products are particularly averse to the freeze-thaw cycle. Bananas, for example, will keep in a mild cold temperature range but certainly must not …

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Friday, June 10th, 2016

Six Advantages of Freight Consolidation

Freight consolidation takes the various shipping arrangements a business may engage in and pulls them into one system of dedicated 3rd party logistics. What is the benefit vs cost issues your business ought to consider in selecting a consolidation partner? Costs of LTL Shipments The per-mile cost of a truck are the same regardless of what is being …

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