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How to Get a Good 3PL Solution

Posted by Arlene Slivka on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

You realize that partnering with a 3PL service provider can save you money and expand your capabilities.  Yes! Good idea!  Partnering with a 3PL is a smart option to take your business to the next level with a variable cost structure, flexible capacity along with technology and expertise to improve your supply chain.  What are some keys to get the solution you need? 

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Tags: 3PL, Pricing, Solution

Why Utilizing a 3PL is Cost Effective

Posted by Brad Dixon on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 02:36 PM

In today’s growing e-commerce world, online businesses are in a position to optimize their operations that will fuel growth, because they are able to focus on a single product-to-consumer distribution channel.  Many of the technical aspects of e-commerce business such as social marketing, website design and content management continue to be executed by in-house staff. These functions are crucial and have to be in house as they are the foundation of growing startups and online business. But when it comes to the operational and logistics aspect of the business, adding on an outside partner that has the knowledge and expertise to optimize your supply chain could provide great value.

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Tags: 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment, Direct to Consumer

5 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Customers

Posted by Thelma Leon on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 12:54 PM

Communication is vital to any business operations but in supply chain it is critical for everyday success. A slip in communication can cause major problems and huge losses down the road. These are the 5 ways to effectively communicate:

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Tags: Productivity, Management, Communication

4 Mistakes to Avoid This Holiday Season

Posted by Tina Truong on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 04:24 PM

For many retailers, the holiday season is the biggest and busiest season of the year. Some companies report that up to 40% of their total revenue comes from the holidays alone. Mistakes during this time are costly, especially because there is a very short window of time to make corrections and recoup losses. Below are four mistakes to avoid this holiday season:

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Tags: Supply Chain, Holiday, retail

4 Key Things to Consider for Chemical Storage Facilities

Posted by John Rantz on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Storing Chemical is no easy feat; there are numerous rules and regulations that have to be followed. On top of this, regulations change and get stricter over time so it is important to do a thorough investigation of a facility before deciding where to store your product. Here are the top 4 things to consider when choosing a chemical facility:

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Tags: Public Warehousing, Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage

Benefits of 3PL Services in the Overweight Corridor

Posted by Robert Deiro on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 04:19 PM

In society today, there is a large focus on weight. For many, the temptation of a pink box in the office can be cringing if you are trying to watch the pounds.  Luckily in the logistics world it can be a good thing to be heavy – when it comes to containers. Although overweight containers are not allowed to travel across town, they have a home in the overweight corridor. A distribution plan that includes heavy containers and the overweight corridor can equal great savings.

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Tags: 3PL, Transportation, overweight

The Key to Upholding Quality in an Operation: Internal Audit Programs

Posted by Mimi Ma on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

Does your warehouse or 3PL provider have an internal audit program in place?  It is critical for all operations follow standard operating procedures (SOP’s) – that’s how you get to the quality we need to deliver on our promises. 

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Tags: Logistics, 3PL, Warehousing, Productivity, Onboarding, Distribution Center, Management

Centered around Communication

Posted by Bryan McWilliams on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

As the Distribution Center Manager for Weber Logistics’ Stockton facilities, and throughout my career in Warehousing, Logistics and Supply Chain, it has become apparent that one of, if not the, most important factors to success in the field is communication.

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Tags: 3PL, Warehousing, Distribution Center, Management, Communication, Distribution

A Partnership Approach to 3PL Logistics

Posted by David Hooper on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 09:21 AM

What is the key to a successful business? We all have a common goal and that is to grow our businesses. The key is to bring in new partners and not just customers. You want to form new partnerships and not categorize them as customers. Here are the principals to the partnership approach - 

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Tags: Logistics, 3PL, Warehousing, Supply Chain, Organizational Dynamics, Fulfillment

Leading High Performance Teams

Posted by Steve Buckman on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

Management practices have evolved over the last 40 years or so. There has been a slow but unmistakable move towards a more inclusive and more open leadership style. That style supports a level of informality and dissent that is sometimes difficult for some of us old timers!  Still, there is a lot to be said for the honest communication this style engenders.

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Tags: Logistics Staffing, Organizational Dynamics, Productivity, Team Building

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