West Coast and California Logistics Blog

New White Paper on Supply Chain Services in Northern California

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Northern California is a large market for supply chain services. It is easy to become overwhelmed at the idea of selecting a particular location for your manufacturing or distribution. Don’t worry, Weber is here to help. We have developed a white paper to help you better understand the Northern California market and reasons to take a second look at choosing Stockton as your primary location.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Supply Chain

Shipping Cold Freight? Save Money by Collaborating.

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

We see the dialogue in films again and again. Two individuals, John and Jane, trying to catch a taxi cab, “Where you headed” asked John, “uptown” said Jane, then John replied “me too, want to split a cab?” Just as a taxi cab will cost the same overall price with one person vs two people inside, wouldn’t you rather share and pay less! The same principle can be applied to shipping cold freight. Shipping some of your product alone can cost big bucks. That same truck filled with other products going to the same location, equals savings for everyone. The image below can help paint the picture of utilizing pool distribution.

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Tags: Third Party Logistics, Transportation, Pool Distribution

Searching beyond the Digital Surface to find the Right Partner

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Technology we love it! Right? Well, when it comes to the dating world, not quite. The days of courtship, chivalry and face to face interaction are not long gone, but they are rare. Dating today can be done by a click of a button or a swipe to the right. Online profiles are set up to share only the things people want others to see, photos of only their best looks and the most adventurous times. Based on surface level information, the dating games begin. As individuals start to date multiple people at once, it becomes a lot of work to keep up with different people; checking your online account, text messages, phone calls and calendar. At what point do you stop and narrow the dating to one individual and attempted a committed relationship to move forward together?

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, 3PL, Warehouse Rates

Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better: Why Regional 3PL Providers are a Perfect Fit

Posted by Connie Anderson on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM


Everyone remembers the fairy tale story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? As a refresher – Goldilocks sat in the chairs of the Papa, Mama and Baby Bear. She ate their porridge. And she finally fell asleep in Baby Bear’s bed after trying out all of them because it was “just right”. This story can be revamped into the 3PL selection process for many companies. Whereas, a company has gone to a national vendor thinking big has got to be better. Isn’t that the philosophy of the American dream?

Unfortunately, this shouldn’t be your approach when you are selecting an important extension of your organization, a partner who will share the responsibility of your supply chain. You need to ensure that you open your discussions to regional players who may be the perfect fit for your organization. Below are a few reasons why a regional provider can be a better fit at this time.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, Regional Logistics

Utilizing Data to Lower Warehouse Rates

Posted by Connie Anderson on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

We all know how the story goes when it comes to finding the lowest price, “you get what you pay for” they say. Wouldn’t it be nice for once to pay less for great quality! When it comes to warehousing rates, you can. Data is the key!

Check out our Commercial Warehouse Pricing Guide to learn more. This warehouse pricing guide will explain the importance of data and will show you how to utilize your data to get low rates for quality service.

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Tags: Logistics, Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates

True or False: Cross Docking is to Transloading as Ice Cream is to Gelato ???

Posted by Connie Anderson on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 09:33 AM

At the surface, a scoop of gelato and a scoop of ice cream appear to be the same thing. They look the same, they are both cold. Despite their similarities, we know they are different when we taste the two. What makes them different is the work that is done to create the final product. In the logistics industry, we can look at transloading and cross docking in the same way. The end result appears to be the same; however the manner in which the services are performed to get to the result are different. Transload is a form of cross dock just as gelato is a form of ice cream.

For those new to the supply chain game, we want to help make the services distinguishable. Here are some details about each service to help you find the best suited for your needs.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Third Party Logistics, Crossdock, Transload

Benefits of an Upgraded Transportation Management System

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Our society today is all about upgrading to the next big thing. We wait in line for hours and hours to get ahold of the newest gadgets. Why? Because, they are usually smarter, better, faster and stronger. Who doesn’t want that, right? Well, a new upgraded transportation management system (TMS) has made Weber’s transportation services smarter, better, faster and stronger. We are excited about its functionality and the capabilities it brings to our team. Here is a list of functions that you can also benefit from by having a provider that utilizes an upgraded TMS.

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Tags: Transportation, Logistics Technology, Refrigerated Trucking, LTL

You Can’t Build Success on a Rocky Foundation: Things to Consider During Onboarding

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Any good relationship requires a solid foundation to build upon. In order to establish a solid foundation you need trust, respect and commitment. This same foundation is necessary when partnering with a new third party logistics company. Although each person has their own way of doing things in a relationship, both individuals must trust the other has their best interest in hand. The same principal applies with the client – provider supply chain relationship.

As the onboarding process begins, clients should be open to accepting the standard operating procedures (SOP’s) of their new logistics partner. At Weber we have found may clients want to replicate the systems and procedures they were previously utilizing. If you bring your same routine to your new 3PL partner, you will experience the same results and will NOT maximize efficiencies. Leaving old systems and procedures behind are crucial steps to establish the foundation for success in the short term and long term.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, Logistics Systems, Logistics Customer Service

The Same Game with Different Rules - Chemical Warehousing

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Chemical Warehousing 101

Whether you’ve been in the game for years or have just jumped in, you know when it comes to chemical warehousing, a whole new rule book applies.

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Tags: Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage, chemical trucking

Why Grading a Potential 3PL Partner is Like Grading a Restaurant

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Do you ever feel like breaking out of the everyday routine and trying a new dinner spot? Well before hopping in the car and driving aimlessly, try turning to the internet to find suggestions and reviews of a few places. Now what are the key things most people look for in a restaurant? Perhaps… parking availability, the ambiance of the venue, hi-tech ordering gadgets, cleanliness of the restrooms, or price on the menu? Those are all good characteristics to review, however, don’t forget the most important of all… SERVICE!

A lack of service can ruin an entire dinnercheckbox-_service experience and detour you from ever returning regardless of how tasty the food was. Just as you evaluate and value the service at a restaurant, you should evaluate and value the service of a potential third party logistics warehouse. By service we are referring to “associate engagement” within the 3PL. For many companies in the market for a new 3PL, there will be an intense focus on the economics, contract provisions, possibly IT capabilities, however, we know that when associates are engaged in our business and more importantly, in our client’s business, we win and our clients win. If you can refuse to go back to the restaurant, why should your product keep going back to a warehouse with poor service?

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Tags: Third Party Logistics, Organizational Dynamics, Logistics Customer Service

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