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How 3PLs can keep your supply chain operations moving during COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020 / by Bob Lilja posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL

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When a disaster strikes such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a time when your business will truly need the support of its supply chain partners. Many 3PLs are showing that they will go to great lengths to ensure the continuity of customers’ operations. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways your 3PL can keep your products flowing during this crisis – and what you can do to help.

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10 Tips: Sourcing Refrigerated LTL for Food and Confectionery Distribution

Mar 12, 2020 / by Weber Logistics posted in Transportation Strategies, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Food Logistics, Confectionery Logistics, logistics in California

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If your company produces food and/or confectionery products, chances are you’re already familiar with refrigerated LTL services such as those provided by third-party logistics (3PL) companies.

The question is: is your current LTL delivery network as safe, efficient and cost-effective as it could be?

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Weber Opens 5th Inland Empire Distribution Center

Mar 11, 2020 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, Inland Empire Warehouse, logistics in California

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Weber Logistics has added a 353,361-square-foot distribution center (DC) in Jurupa Valley, CA to its warehousing and distribution network. This multi-client facility, Weber’s largest, is the company’s fifth DC in Southern California’s Inland Empire region and twelfth DC within California.  

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Weber Logistics Expands Pool Distribution Network into Pacific Northwest

Feb 27, 2020 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Pool Distribution

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Weber Logistics has recently established new pool distribution hub operations in Kent and Vancouver, WA to deliver candy, snack and other food products to retail distribution centers throughout the Pacific Northwest. This new operation fills the hole left by United Warehousing’s exit from the market in the region.

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How to find LTL refrigerated carriers on the West Coast

Feb 20, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, Transportation Strategies, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking

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In our last blog post, we examined some of the characteristics you should look for in a refrigerated truck carrier – specifically one that specializes in candy and snack products. In this article, we’ll drill down a step further and discuss what you need to look for in refrigerated LTL carriers, particularly those that operate on the West Coast. While most of these characteristics are the same across the country, there are a few West-Coast-specific items to keep an eye on.

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What candy companies should look for in refrigerated truck carriers

Feb 6, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Food Supply Chain, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking

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Candy companies and other food and beverage companies need to move products to retailers ever faster, while remaining compliant with stringent food industry regulations. You can keep pace with these demands by installing effective logistics providers throughout your supply chain. In this article, we’ll examine one set of those providers – refrigerated truck carriers – and help you identify the right one for your business.

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What cold chain logistics services do 3PLs provide for candy products?

Jan 23, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield and Todd Naramore posted in Warehouse operations, Food Supply Chain, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Pool Distribution

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Candy products come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but share many of the same needs from a logistics standpoint. They all need to be carefully handled throughout the supply chain so that they reach customers exactly as intended. In this article, we’ll examine the cold chain logistics services a third-party logistics provider (3PL) can provide to protect the integrity of your products every step of the way.

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Pool Distribution Services for Confectionery Products

Jan 7, 2020 / by Weber Logistics posted in Pool Distribution, Confectionery Logistics

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Freight logistics professionals can learn something from Match.com - the dating service that links you with complimentary partners.

In freight, the perfect match can cut your freight costs 8% to 10%. This happens when like shippers who lack the volume to ship in full truckloads utilize pool distribution services to combine their freight into lower-cost truckload moves.

The trick is finding other shippers whose freight requirements match your own.

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The Top Weber Logistics Posts of 2019

Dec 19, 2019 / by Weber Logistics posted in logistics in California

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Before we look ahead to the new year, we’d like to look back at the year that was. Specifically, we’re going to share our top 3 blog posts of 2019, as determined by reader popularity. As we are a West Coast 3PL that writes a lot about West Coast logistics, it comes as no surprise that our most popular articles of the year all have a decidedly West Coast bent.

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What is Contract Warehousing and When is Your Operation Ready for it?

Dec 12, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Labor issues, 3pl contracts

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When your business is growing, shared warehousing with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) enables you to scale your warehousing investment to match your order volumes. Need more or less space? You can add or remove it based on your needs.

But, what happens with a mature business that is flying high and wants a more customized distribution solution? Companies in this situation often turn to a contract warehouse model to support their supply chains. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at contract warehousing and when it may be a good fit for your operation.

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