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Understanding Warehouse Insurance and Liability

Nov 18, 2016 / by Bob Lilja posted in Logistics Management, Insurance, Liability, Warehouse

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Your products are the life blood of your business. Their secure movement through the supply chain, from manufacturing point to final delivery to your customer, is critical to your success.

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The Key to Upholding Quality in an Operation: Internal Audit Programs

Aug 23, 2016 / by Mimi Ma posted in 3PL, Management, Warehouse operations, Onboarding, Productivity, Distribution Center, Logistics Management

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Does your warehouse or 3PL provider have an internal audit program in place?  It is critical for all operations follow standard operating procedures (SOP’s) – that’s how you get to the quality we need to deliver on our promises. 

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A Partnership Approach to 3PL Logistics

Aug 2, 2016 / by David Hooper posted in 3PL, Logistics Management, Warehouse operations, Organizational Dynamics, Fulfillment B2C

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What is the key to a successful business? We all have a common goal and that is to grow our businesses. The key is to bring in new partners and not just customers. You want to form new partnerships and not categorize them as customers. Here are the principals to the partnership approach - 

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Utilizing Data to Lower Warehouse Rates

Oct 2, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates

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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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6 Essential Logistics Key Performance Indicator (KPIs)

May 7, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, Logistics Customer Service, Metrics-KPIs

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We live a world today filled with data. Your logistics company may be investing in technology upgrading systems, but are you taking full advantage of the data you currently have in front of you?

We’ve all heard it again and again… “The numbers don’t lie”. Key performance indicators are crucial in evaluating your supply chain’s performance. KPIs can tell if work is being done efficiently. There are countless KPI’s that can be used depending on the needs and wants of the customer. It doesn’t matter how many reports you run, if they do not have meaning.   

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Candy Distribution Video

Jan 14, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, Cold Chain Managment, Confectionery Logistics

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At Weber, we distribute a lot of candy.

In fact, if you’ve eaten any of the sweet snacks pictured here and you live in the Western U.S., it’s a pretty sure bet that the candy traveled through a Weber distribution center. 

What exactly happens at Weber’s temperature-controlled warehouses to ensure that the quality and integrity of these products are maintained throughout the cold chain distribution cycle?

Check out this 2-minute video to find out.

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California Trucking Industry Could Be Hit by Hidden Gas Tax Effective January 1st 2015

Sep 11, 2014 / by Tina Truong posted in Logistics Management, West Coast Distribution, Transportation Strategies

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Weber Logistics hosted a “Tank the Tax” press conference at our San Diego distribution center. Tank the Tax is a campaign that advocates against regulations that would raise the cost of fuel in the state. 

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Logistics Customer Service - The Shift From Paying to End Customer

Jun 11, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, 3PL, Logistics Customer Service

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What is logistics customer service?  Well, traditionally it has meant logistics companies focused on providing great service to their paying customers.  But lately 3PL providers are taking a vested interest in the end customer – for consumer product companies, that would be the retailer  – to make sure all delivery compliance rules are met and to learn how to make the receiving process more efficient.

For instance, in conversation with a 3PL, one retail chain asked if the following improvements could be made:

•    Punch holes in the sides of heavier boxes for easier maneuverability from dock to shelf.
•    Pick and pack orders according to category, with multiple products packed according to each aisle in the retail store.

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Maximizing the Benefits of Shared Commercial Warehousing

Mar 19, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, Public Warehousing, Shared Warehousing

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“Consume less, share better.”   -  Herve Kempf

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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Corrosive Chemical Storage Facility

Feb 14, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, Chemical Logistics, Warehouse operations

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Handling corrosive chemicals, whether liquid or solid, is a strictly controlled process.  Many risks present themselves if proper specifications and handling methods are absent.  Fire, explosions, leaks and human contact are a few of the unfortunate circumstances that could occur if the warehouse is inadequately constructed and the personnel are not sufficiently trained in corrosive storage and handling. 

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