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3 Candy Transportation Habits You May Need to Break

Feb 15, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Confectionery Logistics

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When it comes to eating too much candy, some people find it a hard habit to break.  And, when it comes to candy transportation, many confectionery shippers have a few bad habits of their own.  The following details three common examples.

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Retail Suppliers: Why Supply Chain Metrics are Critical to Retaining Your Business

Jan 26, 2018 / by Arlene Slivka posted in 3PL Outsourcing

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In modern baseball, the analysis of player performance has less to do with time-honored traits (e.g., power, speed, agility) and increasingly more to do with metrics.  With these metrics, teams define the “best” players as those that perform well in key statistical areas like “on-base percentage” and “slugging percentage” – not necessarily who can hit the ball the farthest.  

The same is true in the modern supply chain, where – like baseball analysts – retailers keep score and measure statistics. And that close scrutiny ultimately increases the pressure on you, the retail supplier.

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Air Freight Shipping: When Does It Make Sense?

Jan 11, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, Transportation Strategies, Distribution

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Air freight shipping.  In the eCommerce world, it’s a major component of everyday business.  For freight shippers outside of eCommerce, however, it’s far less common than truck, rail, and ocean transport.

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Refrigerated Transport: Multi-Temperature Safety Considerations

Dec 28, 2017 / by Jerry Critchfield

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“Can you transport products with different temperatures together and do it safely?” 

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Can One Warehouse Store Different Temperature-Sensitive Products?

Dec 14, 2017 / by David Hooper

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Storing different temperature-sensitive products together is a little like running a pet store.  While they may have very different care requirements, a lizard, a puppy, and a goldfish can all co-exist safely under the same pet shop roof provided their individual needs are met. 

The same holds true in the warehouse, as products with totally different – and often opposite – requirements can be stored together safely as long as appropriate measures are taken. 

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Hazardous Material Storage: Frequently Asked Questions

Nov 30, 2017 / by Bob Lilja posted in Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage

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If performed incorrectly, hazardous material storage can be an extremely dangerous undertaking.  A single slip up or oversight doesn’t just impact line items on a balance sheet, it puts lives at risk.  With the right provider, however, hazmat storage can be just as safe as the storage of any non-hazmat item. 

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Optimizing Long-Haul, Temperature-Controlled LTL Shipments

Nov 16, 2017 / by Bob Lilja

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There is currently no solid national solution for long-haul, temperature-controlled LTL shipments between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Consequently, candy manufacturers and other shippers with this temperature requirement use a multi-stop truckload solution to move goods to retailers in different regions. This strategy poses increasing problems as TL capacity tightens and as retailers levy tougher penalties for shipments that don’t hit requested arrival dates (RADs). For shippers feeling this pinch, a pool distribution strategy may be a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative.

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Mexico Logistics: Manufacturing in Mexico, Distribution in the U.S.

Nov 2, 2017 / by Robert Deiro posted in San Diego Warehouse

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For many companies, Mexico has long been an ideal manufacturing location due to lower costs and close proximity to American consumers.  What has often been less than ideal, however, is the distribution of those finished goods after they leave the plant.  Mexico logistics is often fraught with hurdles such as border uncertainties, inadequate warehouse capacity, and security concerns.  To overcome these hurdles, many companies are enjoying the best of both worlds: manufacturing in Mexico and shipping finished goods to a U.S. logistics facility for distribution. 

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Detention Charges in Shipping: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

Oct 18, 2017 / by Tina Gonzales posted in Port Logistics

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When your container reaches its destination port, a lot needs to happen before your goods get to market. At this point, it is possible to begin incurring accessorial charges, which can pile up quickly. In this blog post, we’ll cover detention charges in shipping – one of the most common charges you’ll want to avoid after your container hits the port. 

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Where Should I Locate My SoCal Warehouse?

Oct 5, 2017 / by Bob Lilja posted in west coast warehouses

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The logistics question of where to locate your company’s distribution centers and how many you should have is pretty complex. Some consultants charge tens of thousands of dollars to gather the details and develop a software-aided recommendation.

But if you import goods via the Port of LA or Long Beach and you’ve made the choice to distribute from Southern California, analyzing the best SoCal warehouse location is a bit easier to do.

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