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Embracing omni-channel fulfillment

May 20, 2021 / by Arlene M. Slivka posted in Multi Channel Fulfillment

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If your company is looking to expand sales channels to embrace omni-channel fulfillment, there are things you should understand before you get started. These include specific system and process requirements to properly expand from business-to-business (B2B) to business-to-consumer (B2C), and vice versa. In this article, we will look at the key requirements for each fulfilment channel to help you ensure you are set up with the unique capabilities that each requires.

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Happening Now: Jobs report shows driver shortage not easing

May 13, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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While the logistics industry hopes for good news on the driver shortage front, recent labor statistics are not delivering. April numbers are down from March, and March’s numbers were lower than initially thought.

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Happening Now: LTL prices continue to rise

May 11, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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If you have priced LTL transportation for your products in recent months, chances are that you’ve seen prices rise. A lot.

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Happening Now: How retailers can support sustainable returns

May 4, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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While they may not realize it, consumer returns come at a substantial cost to consumers. For every $1 billion in sales, the average retailer is incurring $106 million in merchandise returns. That is over 10%. These costs are ultimately passed on to consumers as prices are inflated to cover the cost of returns.

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Understanding 3PL Warehouse Insurance and Liability

Apr 29, 2021 / by Bob Lilja posted in 3PL Outsourcing, Insurance, 3pl contracts

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If you’re considering working with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for warehousing, it’s easy to get excited about the many services the 3PL can provide for your products. Before you sign on the dotted line, however, it’s important to understand and agree upon what happens in the event of an accident and/or damage to those products. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 3PL warehouse insurance, including “who’s responsible for what” between you and your 3PL partner.

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Happening Now: Record U.S. Imports from Asia Continue in March

Apr 26, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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An article from the JOC shows that U.S. imports from Asia continued to climb in March. In fact, March was the second-busiest month on record, with imports jumping 22% from February and a whopping 90.5% compared to last March.

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Ship overweight to combat high container shipping rates

Apr 15, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Drayage, overweight

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Record-breaking shipping volumes into the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue into Q2 and show no sign of letting up. This has contributed to container shortages and extremely high container shipping rates. In this article, we’ll explore a tactic to help mitigate some of the headaches associated with the current importing landscape: shipping overweight containers.

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Happening Now: Inventory levels tumble

Apr 7, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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In our new segment, “Happening Now,” we share timely industry articles to keep our readers up to speed on important logistics news.

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West Coast Chassis Pool Challenges at Ports of LA and Long Beach

Mar 25, 2021 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, Port Logistics, Drayage

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As we examined in our recent blog post on port congestion, ports across the U.S. – most notably the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – are experiencing severe backups due to increased import activity after the initial pandemic-related slowdown of 2020. The effects of these backups continue to be felt throughout the supply chains of importers. In this article, we focus on one piece of this port congestion puzzle: the West Coast chassis pools, specifically those at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.

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Attracting and retaining logistics workforce talent during COVID

Mar 11, 2021 / by Derick Quintana posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Transportation Strategies, Warehouse operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Labor issues

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Contrary to the high unemployment reported in other industries since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, competition for logistics workforce talent is more heated than ever. In this article, we’ll examine the current logistics labor landscape and provide tips on how to attract and retain the talent you need to keep your operation moving forward.

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