West Coast and California Logistics Blog

3PL as Alternative to Food Distributors: It Could Make Sense for Some

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Food manufacturers who sell through food distributors must absorb a significant price mark-up on route to the retailer, raising their prices on the shelf.  

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Tags: Food Supply Chain

Pool Distribution for Confectionery Products

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Freight logistics professionals can learn something from Match.com - the dating services that links you with complimentary partners.

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Tags: Pool Distribution

Video: Cold Chain Warehouse Processes

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

 If you’re managing a cold chain warehouse, expiration date management and product integrity are constant worries. Slip up and you risk losing inventory, angering customers, or incurring fines. 

That’s why choosing an experienced partner for cold chain warehousing and refrigerated trucking is critical.

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Tags: Cold Chain Managment, Food Logistics

Choosing a Food-Grade Warehouse: 5 Areas to Evaluate

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When outsourcing warehouse distribution, it’s essential to find the right 3PL partner. One that understands how to run a food-grade warehouse and remain in compliance with all regulatory requirements. 

We write about it in our paper: Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution.

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Tags: Food Supply Chain, Food Logistics

Want Accurate Warehouse Pricing? Provide Good Data.

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

To provide a warehouse pricing quote, most third party logistics providers (3PLs) use profile worksheets.  Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar.

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Tags: Warehouse Rates, Warehousing

C-TPAT Benefits for Importers

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Companies that import products often ask us about the benefits of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.  We write about it in our paper “C-TPAT Membership: Is It Right for You?”

Let’s review these C-TPAT benefits. But first, a look at the basics of the C-TPAT program. 

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Tags: Port Logistics, C-TPAT

7 Steps to Reduce Chargebacks

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Tired of retailer chargeback penalties? Here are seven steps you can take in your distribution operation to minimize chargebacks. We write about it in more detail in our paper: "How to Reduce Chargebacks in Your Vendor Compliance Program."  

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Tags: Vendor Compliance, Chargebacks

Southern California Warehousing for Importers

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When importing goods into Southern California ports, getting cargo through Customs is just the start of the challenge.

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Tags: Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Inland Empire Warehouse

Panama Canal Expansion Project to be Completed for 2016 Opening

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

According to a report by the Tico Times, a widened Panama Canal will be open for business in 2016 after a $400 million cash injection to help complete the long-delayed project.

The Panama Canal expansion project was initially planned to have been completed in 2014, in time for the canal’s 100th anniversary. Now, Canal authorities say construction will be finished in 2015, and the widened canal will open in early 2016. The widening will allow the Canal handle so-called “Post-Panamax” ships with a capacity of up to 15,000 containers, instead of the current maximum of 5,000. 

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Panama Canal

Chemical Warehousing 101 – New Primer Available

Posted by Connie Anderson on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Chemical Warehousing 101 – New Primer Available

The rules of warehouse storage for many product types are quite similar.  But when it comes to chemical warehousing, a whole new rule book applies.

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Tags: Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage, chemical trucking

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