West Coast and California Logistics Blog

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

Become the Holiday Hero: Prepare your DC for the Food and Beverage Industry during Peak Season

Posted by Connie Anderson on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

When you think of the holidays, what pops into your mind? Is it a winter wonderland, super sales, nonstop festive music, or is it all the FOOD! Can you image the holidays without your favorite holiday food and drinks to enjoy and share. The holidays would be ruined!

At Weber we don’t want to spoil the holiday spirit. Peak Season is approaching for the food and beverage industry and most are gearing up for holiday distribution. In order to ensure Weber can accommodate all our customer’s needs during this time, here are a few golden rules we use:

 

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Logistics Technology, Food Supply Chain

Reasons to Setup Distribution Services in the Overweight Corridor

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

When you are in the process of buying a house, what is most important? You always hear… Location! Location! Location! For many, location is the deciding factor. You want to be located in a spot that saves you time, money and allows you to accomplish necessary tasks. The same can be said when searching for a distribution solution. Depending on your needs, your solution may rest in the Inland Empire, near the border, in Northern CA or near the LA/LB ports.

For companies importing products into the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach, a facility near these ports can be the solution. Shippers who are looking for an overall reduction in their supply chain costs look to be closer to the port. If the facility is in the overweight corridor, this provides even more of an advantage to shippers.

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Tags: West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Drayage

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

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