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How to Reduce Your Chassis Rental Fee

Oct 18, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in 3pl contracts, Peak Season Shipping, Drayage, 3PL Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Port Logistics, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution

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When considering all the costs involved in getting your containerized goods from port to market, it’s easy to think of all the “big” things that drive up your spend.  These big-ticket items include your ocean carrier, drayage, and warehousing costs. 

As your container makes its way through your supply chain, however, there’s a smaller – but cumulatively significant – cost that is likely eating away at your margins: the chassis rental fee.  In this article, we’ll examine key ways to reduce this fee and improve the profitability of your operation.

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Importing from Asia: Selecting the Right Shipping Port

Sep 13, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Distribution, west coast warehouses, Southern California Ports, Port Logistics

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Your company has made a cost-driven decision to manufacturer in Asia and import from Asia back into the U.S.  The by-product of that decision is a much lengthier supply chain and cash cycle.  Your job, in logistics, is to mitigate the negative impacts of your import supply chain by designing an efficient U.S. distribution strategy.  And one of the first things you will need to decide is your destination port. For this decision, you’ll need to look at the impact of port location on time-to-market, customer satisfaction, freight costs and inventory costs. 

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Weber Opens New Long Beach Drayage Facility

Aug 30, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Drayage, weber logistics news, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics

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Weber Logistics has opened a new port drayage facility in Long Beach, CA, less than 1 mile from the port.  Situated within the Overweight Corridor, this new facility will handle Los Angeles and Long Beach port drayage, as well as transloading, and weight reduction for overweight loads to make them compliant with California highway regulations. 

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FROM PORT TO MARKET: How to Speed Distribution of Asian Imports to West Coast Ports

Aug 23, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in supply chain cycle time, Warehouse, Northern California 3PL, Drayage, 3PL Outsourcing, west coast warehouses, Port Logistics, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics

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There’s a new supply chain mantra in the post-Amazon era, and that mantra is SPEED.

Whether you are delivering to retailers or consumers, or both, customers want products faster in a more predictable time window.

If you import from Asia, your company has made a strategic decision to lengthen its supply chain to lower actual product costs. While you can’t control this decision, you can control how goods are transported and what happens once a container hits U.S. shores. It’s here that you can make a real difference to your company’s financial health by reducing supply chain cycle time and shrinking the cash cycle.

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Container Drayage Companies: Securing Reliable Capacity Despite the Driver Shortage

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

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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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Advantages of the Port of Oakland for Import Freight

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

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

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

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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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Detention Charges in Shipping: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

Oct 18, 2017 / by Tina Gonzales posted in Port Logistics

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When your container reaches its destination port, a lot needs to happen before your goods get to market. At this point, it is possible to begin incurring accessorial charges, which can pile up quickly. In this blog post, we’ll cover detention charges in shipping – one of the most common charges you’ll want to avoid after your container hits the port. 

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Importing Into LA: 5 Cost-Saving Tips for Shippers

Sep 20, 2017 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Port Logistics, Southern California Ports

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The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the U.S., handling over $450 billion worth of goods each year.  This kind of volume leads to congestion that can really slow down your supply chain, and your cash cycle.  If you are importing into LA or Long Beach, here are 5 tips that can save you time, money, and quite a few headaches.   

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