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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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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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Centered around Communication

Aug 11, 2016 / by Bryan McWilliams posted in 3PL, Communication, Warehouse operations, Management, Distribution, Distribution Center

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As the Distribution Center Manager for Weber Logistics’ Stockton facilities, and throughout my career in Warehousing, Logistics and Supply Chain, it has become apparent that one of, if not the, most important factors to success in the field is communication.

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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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Find the Best Warehouse Pricing the First Time Around

Mar 10, 2016 / by Eden Castaneda posted in 3PL, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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When the search begins for a 3PL, we evaluate and consider many things. One of the make or break factors includes pricing. Now, do you want a rate generated on the spot or are you willing to wait for some number crunching? While some warehouses offer standard rates that can be provided on the spot, these rates may not be the best deal you can get. Most warehouse pricing models use a variety of data which includes product volume, case size, pallet size and weight. Evaluating and manipulating all this data, means if you want the best rate for your situation, it cannot happen overnight.

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Say Goodbye to End of Year Inventories

Dec 28, 2015 / by Eden Castaneda posted in Warehouse operations, Logistics Technology, Inventory Control

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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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The Key to Accurate Warehousing Rates is Accurate Data.

Jul 2, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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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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Tips to Evaluate your Warehouse Provider and Lower Costs

Apr 23, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in west coast warehouses, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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It’s tough to compare competitive warehouse bids. Precise warehouse rates require a more detailed analysis. Companies often cannot provide all the data requested, so 3PLs have to make assumptions in order to complete the pricing profile. Different 3PLs make different assumptions, and these differences are reflected in different rates for the same exact volume and services you need to ensure you are getting an apples- to-apples comparison. When it comes to warehousing services, the best price doesn’t always result in the best value. Find a logistics partner you can trust that sets a high bar for quality.   

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Want Accurate Warehouse Pricing? Provide Good Data.

Feb 26, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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To provide a warehouse pricing quote, most third party logistics providers (3PLs) use profile worksheets.  Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar.

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Can you lower your warehouse rates?

Jan 7, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Third Party Logistics, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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As a 3PL that provides warehousing services, we get that question a lot.

If the characteristics of the project are not changing, then the real question being asked is, “Can you lower your profit?” 

Well, we could, but then we’d have little or no money to reinvest in the business.

Eventually, quality would suffer and we’d go out of business.

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