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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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Searching beyond the Digital Surface to find the Right Partner

Oct 22, 2015 / by Eden Castaneda posted in West Coast Distribution, 3PL, Warehouse Rates

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Technology we love it! Right? Well, when it comes to the dating world, not quite. The days of courtship, chivalry and face to face interaction are not long gone, but they are rare. Dating today can be done by a click of a button or a swipe to the right. Online profiles are set up to share only the things people want others to see, photos of only their best looks and the most adventurous times. Based on surface level information, the dating games begin. As individuals start to date multiple people at once, it becomes a lot of work to keep up with different people; checking your online account, text messages, phone calls and calendar. At what point do you stop and narrow the dating to one individual and attempted a committed relationship to move forward together?

The new world of 3PL selection has many similarities to dating thanks to technology.
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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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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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How Determining Warehouse Rates Is Like Preparing Your Tax Return

Nov 5, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in 3PL, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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Too often, companies assume they have no power to impact warehouse distribution rates from 3PLs and commercial warehouse providers.

Not true. You have the power to control and reduce your warehousing costs.

An analogy might be preparation of your yearly IRS tax return. If you keep poor records and have no knowledge of allowable deductions for health expenses, business travel, and the like, you may pay more than you should. In contrast, if you keep meticulous records and have a solid understanding of IRS allowances, you’re more likely to get that fat refund.

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Data is the Key to Accurate Warehouse Pricing

Oct 2, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in 3PL, Warehouse operations, Warehouse Rates

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Third party logistics providers use different warehouse pricing models to determine their costs for warehouse storage and services. But the approaches are pretty similar across providers. We all look at a variety of data, including product volume, case size, pallet size and weight.

For a primer on warehouse pricing, download our Commercial Warehouse Pricing Guide.  

To get the pricing right, we need accurate data on the account characteristics to plug into a pricing model. Understandably, shippers often can’t provide all the details requested. Here are some actual shipper responses to pricing worksheet questions:

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Is Commercial Warehouse Pricing Simple?

Aug 20, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Warehouse operations, Warehouse Rates, Logistics Systems

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Well, yes and no.

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