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The Importance of Scalability in ECommerce Order Fulfillment

Nov 29, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, 3PL Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Southern California Ports, west coast warehouses, West Coast Distribution, Multi Channel Fulfillment, Pick and Pack

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Growing from 100 orders per month to 15,000 per month.  For most companies, that’s a dream come true.  But if you have the wrong solution in place for eCommerce order fulfillment, that’s a dream that may never materialize.  Here at Weber, this type of quick growth spurt can, and has, happened with eCommerce order fulfillment clients.  The only way to handle it is to have an operation that can seamlessly scale to meet the uptick in demand. 

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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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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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Where Should I Locate My SoCal Warehouse?

Oct 5, 2017 / by Bob Lilja posted in west coast warehouses

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The logistics question of where to locate your company’s distribution centers and how many you should have is pretty complex. Some consultants charge tens of thousands of dollars to gather the details and develop a software-aided recommendation.

But if you import goods via the Port of LA or Long Beach and you’ve made the choice to distribute from Southern California, analyzing the best SoCal warehouse location is a bit easier to do.

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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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Choosing the right location for your West Coast warehouse

Aug 7, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, Warehouse operations, west coast warehouses

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Most importers to Southern California want to establish a West Coast warehouse for national, regional or local distribution. The question is where to locate your inventory.

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Comparing Price Quotes for Warehousing Services: Apples and Oranges

Jul 23, 2014 / by Dennis McDonough posted in Warehouse operations, west coast warehouses, Warehouse Rates

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If you get competing carrier bids, rate comparisons are easier than those for warehousing. Trucking companies have published tariffs for services. As rates are requested, these carriers will ask about the commodity, the originating address, the destination address, and whether the product is palletized or floor loaded. With this information, carriers can reference their tariffs and quickly provide a quote.

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Manufacturing and Distribution Align Along the Border

Jul 17, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, west coast warehouses, San Diego Warehouse

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For years China has been the country of choice for companies looking to establish lower-cost manufacturing operations overseas.  Today, the same firms are looking to move their manufacturing out of China. Why? Well, China is experiencing higher labor costs, high fuel prices, and an overall increase in transportation costs to get goods to the final consumer. These factors have led many companies to seek alternate manufacturing sites closer to home. 

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Are AIB Standards Adequate for Your Food Grade Warehouse?

Jun 4, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in Warehouse operations, west coast warehouses, Food Logistics

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AIB International works with companies to elevate their food safety and production processing capability.  If you look through the current AIB standards for food distribution centers, they seem quite comprehensive.  If your food-grade warehouse meets all or most of the standards, you will receive a relatively high score.  During inspections, each infraction will result in a 5 point reduction on your score.  So the question is, is it enough just to keep your superior rating with AIB?
The AIB Consolidated Standards for Inspection entail the following:

•    Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
•    Maintenance for Food Safety
•    Cleaning Practices
•    Integrated Pest Management
•    Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs

Routines to meet these standards are set on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis to ensure compliance.  Records are maintained and are made available when the inspection is carried out.  

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Aspen Alliance Extends Weber’s West Coast Warehouse Network to Inter-mountain Region

Feb 28, 2013 / by Connie Anderson posted in weber logistics news, west coast warehouses

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Connie Anderson is the SVP of Client Solutions for Weber Logistics

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