West Coast and California Logistics Blog

Outsourcing B2B and B2C Fulfillment to Reduce Costs and Complexity

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Online shopping continues to grow at exponential rates. As the volume of online sales rises, many companies continue to struggle with managing the distinct fulfillment differences between B2B and B2C channels. The trick is adapting processes to handle picking and packing of individual items for eCommerce fulfillment.

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Tags: Logistics Technology, eCommerce Fulfillment, Multi Channel Fulfillment

Benefits of a Border Distribution Center

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Selecting a location to manufacture and set up distribution is different for all companies. Mexico is re-emerging as a leading location for manufactures due to increasing labor and fuel costs in China and Mexico’s accessibility into the United States. Many companies especially those in the automotive and aerospace industries are taking advantage of the situation manufacturing in Mexico and setting up distribution in the United States along the Mexico border.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, San Diego Warehouse

The Key to Accurate Warehousing Rates is Accurate Data.

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

3PLs utilize profile worksheets to calculate rates. Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar. At Weber, we look at a variety of data, including product volume, case size, pallet size and weight.

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Tags: Warehouse Rates, Warehousing

Is the Honeymoon Over with your Current 3PL?

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Many will say there is no better part of a relationship than the honeymoon phase. Both parties are always there for one another, care extremely about their partner and will do anything and everything to keep their partner happy. You are barely scratching the surface and uncovering your partner’s true identity. Things seemed great at first, but what if you are not so happy now with what you find? Suddenly promises are broken, goals are different and the synergy is gone.

It’s possible you overlooked investigating a few things because they looked great at the surface level. If your 3PL is not living up to the expectations from when you signed the contract, it might be time to start exploring other options and re-evaluating your current provider.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Logistics Customer Service

7 Frequent Chargebacks and Steps to Reduce Them

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

Are you receiving chargeback after chargeback after chargeback? Well, you are not the only one my friend. Companies can lose hundreds of thousands in profit if they do not resolve inadequacies in compliance.

Over the past few decades retailers have amped up their vendor compliance with a view to speeding their order-to-cash cycle times and making their distribution centers maximally efficient.  When goods are not received before or after the expected date or contain errors in labeling the vendor is subject to a chargeback based on the percentage of the value of the shipment.

Seven of the most frequent chargebacks by category include:

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Tags: Vendor Compliance, Chargebacks, Logistics Systems

6 Tips to Select the Right Chemical Warehouse Partner

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

What do chlorine, nitrogen and ammonium hydroxide have in common? Well if you guessed THEY ARE DANGEROUS… You are correct! These are EXTREMELY dangerous chemicals that require proper handling. Without the proper knowledge and necessary caution these products can create havoc for any person or company.

Hazardous chemicals cannot be stored at any location. They have a huge liability and not just any one can handle this product. It can become a headache trying to find the right partner to store your product with and trusting it will be in good hands. Weber is here to try and reduce the stress; we have put together some tips to help you in the selection process for a chemical warehouse partner.

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Tags: Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage

The Latest on West Coast Ports: One Year Since Labor Negotiations Began

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 08:45 AM

Nearly one year has passed since labor negotiations began in May 2014 between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union. On February 20, 2015 they came to a tentative 5 year agreement. The ILWU membership voted on their tentative agreement May 22 and approved the contract. The five year contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2014, will expire on July 1, 2019. 

Looking back a year ago before the negotiations, teamsters picketing, chassis shortage and increased volumes… there was a standard “normal” in efficiencies. Vessel, yard and gate operations have been improving in recent weeks, yet have not returned to normal. Recent articles by the JOC discuss the expectations and challenges of the West Coast ports now and in the near future which can be summarized below: 

Is getting back to "normal" a good thing?

Yes. Getting back to that “normal” is great because it means the ports are on the road to recovery. Since last fall there has been extreme congestion and backlog with a peak of 28 vessels at anchor waiting for a birth to open up. The Marine Exchange of Southern California reported, there were no vessels anchored for many days this month, which is a great sign of recovery. Part of this is due to the increase in ILWU man-hours, which were much higher in April, compared to last year. The terminals added around 60,000 man hours according to the PMA to clear the back log.

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Tags: Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Drayage, Gray Chassis Pool

6 Essential Logistics Key Performance Indicator (KPIs)

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

We live a world today filled with data. Your logistics company may be investing in technology upgrading systems, but are you taking full advantage of the data you currently have in front of you?

We’ve all heard it again and again… “The numbers don’t lie”. Key performance indicators are crucial in evaluating your supply chain’s performance. KPIs can tell if work is being done efficiently. There are countless KPI’s that can be used depending on the needs and wants of the customer. It doesn’t matter how many reports you run, if they do not have meaning.   

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Tags: Logistics, Supply Chain, Logistics Customer Service, KPIs

6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Intermodal Service

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

In recent years rail roads have been experiencing a boom in order to keep up with increasing demand from shippers. The infrastructures are being upgraded and capacities are increasing due to demand. Struggles this past year at the Southern California Ports, emphasized the need for diversity in a transportation plan. Intermodal transportation offers an important opportunity to lower shipping costs while cutting carbon emissions. Transporting a medium- to long-distance load via intermodal costs 15 to 40 percent less than moving the same load by truck. And studies show that shipping by rail is three to four times more fuel-efficient – and therefore more environmentally friendly – than shipping over the road (OTR). Although transportation managers often shied away from rail in the past, many companies today make Intermodal a key element of their transportation strategies.

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Tags: Rail Freight, OTR, Intermodal Transportation, rail transportation

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

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