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Weber Adds New Inland Empire Warehouse

Aug 9, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Warehouse operations, C-TPAT, Cold Chain Managment, Inland Empire Warehouse, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Food Logistics, Distribution Center, Warehouse

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Weber Logistics has opened a 300,000-square-foot warehouse in Eastvale, CA (Inland Empire Region) for distribution of food and consumer packaged goods for multiple clients.

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Container Drayage Companies: Securing Reliable Capacity Despite the Driver Shortage

Jul 26, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Port Logistics, Drayage

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As container volumes at West Coast ports continue to increase year after year, it’s becoming more difficult to move those containers inland.  The problem?  Container drayage companies simply don’t have enough drivers to meet demand.  And, when you are fortunate enough to secure dray capacity, you can expect to pay 10 to 15% more than you were just a few years ago. 

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eCommerce Fulfillment Services: Thinking Outside the (Amazon) Box

Jul 12, 2018 / by David Hooper posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment B2C

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Just as Scotch is to transparent tape and Kleenex is to tissue paper, Amazon is synonymous with eCommerce.  If you’re selling products online, chances are a sizeable portion of your efforts take place on Amazon’s site with its 197 million users per month. 

But, just because Amazon’s marketplace is where you want your products to be, doesn’t mean that Amazon’s fulfillment service (Fulfillment By Amazon – FBA) is the best method for you to store your products and ship them after sale on Amazon or anywhere else.  There are many third-party logistics (3PL) providers that, although smaller than FBA, are just as adept at handling your eCommerce fulfillment services.

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Location and Cost Make Central Valley Logistics a Win-Win

Jun 28, 2018 / by Jim Stone posted in West Coast Distribution, Northern California 3PL

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California’s Central Valley consists of all or part of 19 counties in the center of the state – extending from Bakersfield in the South up near Redding in the north.  It’s home to the state capitol of Sacramento, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.  In addition to “the Big Tomato” (one of Sacramento’s many nicknames) and the over 230 crops grown in the Valley (tomatoes included), the Central Valley is home to a burgeoning logistics industry. 

In fact, when it comes to balancing location and cost, Central Valley logistics offers a combination of the two that is unparalleled on the West Coast. 

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Can you successfully fight chargebacks issued by retailers?

Jun 14, 2018 / by Vicki Manzanares posted in Vendor Compliance, Chargebacks

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True or false: when a retailer issues a chargeback penalty to you, the fine is permanent and indisputable. 

In our experience as a 3PL provider, we find that chargebacks can be based on incorrect or incomplete information and are often worthy candidates for dispute. 

In this article, we’ll provide tips to help you fight these chargebacks and reverse unwarranted penalties. 

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Advantages of the Port of Oakland for Import Freight

May 24, 2018 / by Bob Lilja posted in Port Logistics, Northern California 3PL

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Just as Hollywood blockbuster films get more notoriety than independent films, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach tend to get all the attention when it comes to the movement of inbound container freight to the West Coast.  After all, these ports are the busiest in the U.S. and have set new volume records yet again in 2017.

As with a well-crafted indie film, however, the Port of Oakland should not be overlooked.  It set records of its own in 2017 and is increasingly relied upon as a port of entry for U.S. importers.

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Finding the Right 3PL Provider: Is Your Growth Journey a Logistics Dream or Nightmare?

May 17, 2018 / by Arlene Slivka posted in 3PL, 3PL Outsourcing, 3pl contracts

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It was a great day for your business – Costco agreed to carry your product, both in stores and online. Awesome!  

Your team worked hard for this deal and, after the celebration, you went home for some much-needed rest before starting to tackle this great new opportunity the next day with your current third party logistics partner (3PL).

That night, a vivid dream transports you to your desk the following morning. You call your 3PL provider to begin discussing a rapid ramp-up process for planned volume increases. But instead of excitement about the new opportunity, your 3PL instead expresses concern and tempers your expectations about what can be done and how fast.

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3PL Onboarding and Retail Compliance Requirements

Apr 27, 2018 / by Mimi Ma posted in Vendor Compliance, 3PL Outsourcing

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Whether it’s your first time outsourcing or you’re changing providers, partnering with a new third-party logistics (3PL) provider is an exciting time for your logistics operation.  It is a time for your weaknesses to be turned into strengths and for vital elements of your supply chain to be optimized.  As part of this, your 3PL will be focused on enhancing your performance in the eyes of your retailer partners, and meeting – and exceeding – your retail compliance requirements.  And it all begins during the onboarding process. 

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Product Distribution: Shrink Order-to-Delivery Cycle Time with Transloading and Deconsolidation

Apr 12, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Distribution

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Transloading is by no means a new method of product distribution, but the rationale for implementing it has changed over the years.   In the past, transload operations were primarily a cost-savings play as the contents of multiple 20-foot and 40-foot ocean containers can fit into relatively fewer 53-foot domestic trailers.  This results in fewer trips and therefore lower costs.   With the “Amazon-ization” of the supply chain, however, transloading – and its ally, deconsolidation – continues to thrive as a go-to strategy for a different reason: speeding order-to-delivery time. 

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C-TPAT Certification: Is it right for you?

Mar 29, 2018 / by Bob Lilja posted in Port Logistics, C-TPAT

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Created in the aftermath of 9/11, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) was formed to strengthen and protect foreign trade and U.S. border security.  It is a private-public partnership between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and companies such as importers, exporters and many other supply chain professionals.  By pursuing C-TPAT certification, member companies can enjoy a variety of supply chain benefits that can boost operational safety and efficiency.  For some companies, however, these benefits may not outweigh the effort needed to meet requirements. 

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