West Coast and California Logistics Blog

Tips to Evaluate your Warehouse Provider and Lower Costs

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

It’s tough to compare competitive warehouse bids. Precise warehouse rates require a more detailed analysis. Companies often cannot provide all the data requested, so 3PLs have to make assumptions in order to complete the pricing profile. Different 3PLs make different assumptions, and these differences are reflected in different rates for the same exact volume and services you need to ensure you are getting an apples- to-apples comparison. When it comes to warehousing services, the best price doesn’t always result in the best value. Find a logistics partner you can trust that sets a high bar for quality.   

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Tags: west coast warehouse, Warehouse Rates, Warehousing

How a 3PL Provider Can Help Reduce Order Turnaround Time

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

“I want it and I want it now!” the mantra of consumers in 2015. Companies are doing everything they can to compete with one another in turnaround time.

Amazon was one of the first to enter this realm with Prime 2 day shipping. Many big box retailers have jumped in the game of quick turnaround time for orders. They allow consumers the opportunity to order online and deliver to home or to store for pick up in days or even hours.

One week delivery simply does not cut it anymore. Partnering with a 3PL can help you deliver your product the quickest way possible. 

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, eCommerce Fulfillment

Lower Costs by Boosting Employee Morale

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 07:04 AM

Do you have disengaged employees?

Well, if you said yes you are not alone. About 70% of U.S. workers are disengaged.

Why should you care about employee engagement?

These disengaged employees are costing your company money. Did you know disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy up to $350 billion per year due to lost productivity. A study by Gallup found companies who increased employee engagement experienced the following:


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Tags: West Coast Distribution, weber logistics, Logistics Turnover, Logistics Staffing, Organizational Dynamics

What Does the New LA-LB Gray Chassis Pool Mean for You?

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Let’s start by simply explaining what this new Gray Chassis Pool is all about.

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Tags: Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Drayage

3PL as Alternative to Food Distributors: It Could Make Sense for Some

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Food manufacturers who sell through food distributors must absorb a significant price mark-up on route to the retailer, raising their prices on the shelf.  

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Tags: Food Supply Chain

Pool Distribution for Confectionery Products

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Freight logistics professionals can learn something from Match.com - the dating services that links you with complimentary partners.

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Tags: Pool Distribution

Video: Cold Chain Warehouse Processes

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

 If you’re managing a cold chain warehouse, expiration date management and product integrity are constant worries. Slip up and you risk losing inventory, angering customers, or incurring fines. 

That’s why choosing an experienced partner for cold chain warehousing and refrigerated trucking is critical.

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Tags: Cold Chain Managment, Food Logistics

Choosing a Food-Grade Warehouse: 5 Areas to Evaluate

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When outsourcing warehouse distribution, it’s essential to find the right 3PL partner. One that understands how to run a food-grade warehouse and remain in compliance with all regulatory requirements. 

We write about it in our paper: Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution.

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Tags: Food Supply Chain, Food Logistics

Want Accurate Warehouse Pricing? Provide Good Data.

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

To provide a warehouse pricing quote, most third party logistics providers (3PLs) use profile worksheets.  Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar.

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Tags: Warehouse Rates, Warehousing

C-TPAT Benefits for Importers

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Companies that import products often ask us about the benefits of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.  We write about it in our paper “C-TPAT Membership: Is It Right for You?”

Let’s review these C-TPAT benefits. But first, a look at the basics of the C-TPAT program. 

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Tags: Port Logistics, C-TPAT

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