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Weber Adds New Inland Empire Warehouse

Aug 9, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Warehouse, Distribution Center, Food Logistics, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Inland Empire Warehouse, Cold Chain Managment, C-TPAT, Warehouse operations

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Weber Logistics has opened a 300,000-square-foot warehouse in Eastvale, CA (Inland Empire Region) for distribution of food and consumer packaged goods for multiple clients.

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Tips for Choosing a 3PL for Pharmaceuticals

May 13, 2016 / by Eden Castaneda posted in 3PL Outsourcing, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Pharmaceutical Logistics

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Pharmaceuticals have become a necessary expense for almost all Americans. Nearly 60% of all Americans are taking prescription drugs and 80% are taking over the counter drugs. According to statista.com, the total number of nominal spending on medicines in the US was $425 billion and projected to increase to $574 billion in 2019. As the industry continues to grow pharmaceutical manufacturers must keep up with the increasing demand.

There are high stakes in the supply chain process of pharmaceuticals. Not just anyone can handle the rigorous demands the pharmaceutical industry brings. Challenges include health and safety regulations, close temperature monitoring, product integrity and more. As pharmaceutical manufactures look to 3PLs to outsource logistics services, there are many things to consider besides price.

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Save with Pool Distribution for Refrigerated Trucking

Dec 17, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Refrigerated Trucking, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Pool Distribution

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You need to get across town fast.

With no car, your choices are public transport or a cab.

Of course you want to take a cab.  But the wallet’s a little thin, so maybe a bus is the way to go.

But hold on.  What if you could share an air-conditioned cab ride with a few others who are also headed across town, and pay the same as the cost of a bus ride?

Welcome to pool distribution: direct car service for a mass transit price.

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Freight Consolidation Strategy Provides Sweet Savings

Oct 22, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Food Logistics, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Freight Consolidation, Confectionery Logistics

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Most retail replenishment orders require the use of higher cost, less-than-truckload (LTL) freight for final-mile delivery. As a result, small and mid-sized companies struggle to meet daily retail replenishment requirements, while still keeping a rein on freight costs.

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Reduce Costs, Time-to-Market with Phoenix Distribution Center

Sep 4, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Phoenix

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Arizona is one of the fastest growing regions of the U.S. and many companies are examining whether an Arizona warehousing location can help them better serve this important market.

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Choosing the Right 3PL for Cold Chain Logistics and Food Distribution

Aug 14, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Refrigerated Trucking, Food Supply Chain, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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You know the perils of cold chain logistics and food distribution. Let your guard down, and a pallet of chocolate turns into a gooey mess, or you get stuck with racks full of canned goods nearing their sell-by date.

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The Logistics of Cold Chain Management

May 14, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Cold Chain Managment, Food Supply Chain, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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In two words: control and organization.  Cold chain management in the supply chain typically focuses on groceries, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, as well as some high tech products.  Each of the products under these umbrellas requires a constant temperature control to ensure the safe production and delivery to their final destination.

Assuming that production and warehousing at your own facility are closely monitored for the correct temperature, how do you know that the precise temperature range is in place when you hand your goods over to your carrier?  Keeping in mind that any fluctuation outside of the normal range can be critical, you also have a mandate to abide by laws and regulations that are in place to avoid damage to the product and worse, a recall.

For more information, read our paper on “Choosing a 3PL for Food Distribution.”

How do I know that my products are being handled at the required temperature range?

The problem is, you don’t.  Unless you choose a cold chain logistics provider who knows its business and uses the latest temperature monitoring equipment.  This applies to both warehousing and transportation.  Programming the cooling system to account for both temperature and humidity levels is paramount during the warehouse stay and subsequent journey.  If the ranges fall or rise outside of the customer’s requirements, automatic alerts are sent to an appointed manager.  In addition, historical data is available by downloading a minute-by-minute status report from the cooling unit while the product is in the care of the 3PL provider.

Choosing a cold chain logistics expert takes some effort on your part.  A visit to their facility should display monitors that are visible no matter what location you happen to be in.  Do the truck cabs have digital thermostats that the driver can see easily?  Ask what happens in the event that the cooling system falters and how they maintain the proper temperature until the repair work is complete. 

Cold chain management history.

Shipping and storing temperature controlled products always involves some risk.  Before you take the final step in choosing a 3PL provider, make sure that they have a solid reputation as a refrigerated transportation company.  Ask for customer referrals and what types of different products that they have handled. 

Weber Logistics has been offering 3PL services for nearly a century.  Cold chain management has been a major part of our operation for decades and our expertise in handling food grade products as well as other regulated products has made us an industry leader in California and the entire west coast.  Contact us to learn more about our services or call 855-GO WEBER (469-3237).

Contact Weber Logistics to learn more about their cold chain management solutions:

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Organic Food Storage: Key Considerations

May 7, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Food Supply Chain, Food Logistics, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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 The definition of “organic:” of, relating to, or derived from living matter. "Organic soils"

Sounds healthy, doesn’t it?  Millions of people have adopted organic foods for many of their main diet staples.  Consuming naturally grown products can be good for one’s health and these products continue to grow in popularity.  It may not seem like anything could go wrong between the farmer’s field and the retailer’s shelf, but beware: organic foods can be tainted by outside forces if not handled and stored properly and according to FDA regulations.

Choosing the right organic food warehouse partner and 3PL is a good start.  Read our paper: “Choosing a 3PL for food distribution.”

Organic Certification
It all starts with the farmer being properly certified and adhering to regulations and standards set down by the FDA.  These rules carry over to cover the transportation and safe organic food storage while they make their journey to the ultimate consumer.  A few things to consider when choosing an organic food warehouse:

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Weber Recognized as Top Temperature Controlled Warehouse 3PL

Dec 11, 2013 / by Connie Anderson posted in Warehouse operations, weber logistics news, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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World’s Trade Magazine’s December 2013 issue on “America’s Top 3PLs” named Weber Logistics to its TOP TEN list of 3PLs focused on temperature controlled warehouses and supply chains.  The magazine’s editors called out Weber’s systematic monitoring of temperatures, in the warehouse and in trucks, to ensure cold chain integrity for food, beverage and confectionery products.  See the write-up on page 60 of the magazine. 

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