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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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Understanding parcel rates and parcel commitments in 2021

Feb 18, 2021 / by Bob Lilja posted in 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment

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The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed eCommerce business and eCommerce fulfillment. Shopping from home created unprecedented demand for parcel services, which the leading carriers responded to with higher parcel rates and, ultimately, diminished capacity. In this article, we’ll review the current parcel landscape and help you identify additional ways to lower your overall eCommerce costs.

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Why a mid-size 3PL provider may serve you better than a huge one

Jan 21, 2021 / by Todd Naramore posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing, Logistics Customer Service

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If you’re looking for a 3PL provider, you may begin to feel a bit like Goldilocks. You’ll encounter providers that feel “too big” and many that feel “too small” to handle your business effectively. For many companies, the “just right” 3PL is the mid-size provider that has the resources you require, plus the focused, personalized attention you expect. In this article, we’ll explore the advantages of working with a mid-size provider and help you determine if such a 3PL is “just right” for your business.

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How to outsource logistics operations to a 3PL

Nov 19, 2020 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Shared Warehousing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment, Multi Channel Fulfillment, Temperature Controlled Warehousing, Distribution

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No matter what your company sells, you’re in the logistics business. From receiving and storage of your products to getting them out to customers, there are many logistics operations that your business handles or oversees daily.

But, unless logistics is your business’s core focus, these key supply chain operations may be better left to the experts – while you focus on the elements (e.g., manufacturing and sales) within your realm of expertise.

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Is Your Company Ready for the Outsourcing of Logistics Services?

Oct 8, 2020 / by Bob Lilja posted in 3PL Outsourcing

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The outsourcing of logistics services can be the move that supercharges a company’s operations, replacing headaches related to scale, staffing, and inefficiency, with a more efficient, flexible solution. Arriving at the decision to outsource, however, is not always easy. You need to determine if your operation is ready for such a leap, and then hurdle the barriers – whether real or perceived – your company may have about outsourcing. In this article, we’ll examine characteristics of companies ready to outsource and address the barriers that many prospective outsourcers have.

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What port logistics services can a 3PL provide?

Jul 23, 2020 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Transload, 3PL Outsourcing, Drayage, logistics in California

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When you’re importing products into the U.S., there’s a lot that needs to happen before your items hit store shelves or a customer’s doorstep. And it often starts with port logistics services such as those provided by a third-party logistics (3PL) company. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at those services and the options you have for getting your goods quickly from port to consumer.

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Speed and Cost Advantages of West Coast eCommerce Fulfillment

Jun 25, 2020 / by Bob Lilja posted in Southern California Ports, Shared Warehousing, west coast warehouses, 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment, Direct to Consumer, logistics in California

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When companies seek to optimize their eCommerce operations, they’re generally looking to do two things: improve distribution speed and reduce costs. These factors of speed and cost are affected by many factors, including the location where fulfillment services are performed. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the advantages of West Coast eCommerce fulfillment and show you how – when it comes to speed and cost – the West may very well be the best for your operation.

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How to find refrigerated LTL 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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