West Coast and California Logistics Blog

5 Tips for a Productive and Efficient Warehouse

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 09:50 AM

In the logistics and supply chain industry some of today’s biggest buzzwords are efficiency and productivity. Finding a warehouse that operates efficiently & productively will ultimately reduce costs, so who doesn’t want that!

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Shared Warehousing, Logistics Technology, Productivity

New Logistics Solutions for Port Services Guide

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 01:50 PM

Ever wonder how you can gain the competitive advantage over your competition? 


How about with an amazing port distribution solution? A new solutions guide for port distribution is now available that explains the basics of utilizing transloading services. We hope after reading this guide, you can then use this knowledge to cut and control your costs.

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Tags: Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Third Party Logistics, Transload

Say Goodbye to End of Year Inventories

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

In the past, annual inventories were executed at the end of the year based on an organizations accounting year. While that was a method to get a good annual inventory count, it had its challenges with the following:

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Tags: Warehousing, Logistics Technology, Inventory Control

3PL’s can Help with Seasonal Fluctuations

Posted by Eden Castaneda on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

As the final holiday push for many companies sends merchandise out of the warehouse and to retailers’ shelves, inventories become minimal and can leave many paying for empty warehouse space. Third party logistics providers are a great option for companies who have fluctuation in their inventories. To save costs, you need someone who can handle these fluctuations with an appropriate structure.

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Tags: 3PL, Logistics Systems, Inventory Control

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

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