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What An Agile Logistics Company Can Do For Your Housewares Supply Chain

Nov 29, 2022 / by Fred Gilbert posted in Vendor Compliance, 3PL Outsourcing, Multi Channel Fulfillment, housewares logistics

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Increasing SKU count, fluctuating inventory, shifting omnichannel distribution, demanding retail compliance…these are just a few of the major supply chain challenges you’re facing as a housewares company. Fortunately, these are also challenges that logistics companies that specialize in the housewares space can help you meet head on.

But not all 3PLs are equally capable.

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5 Problems the Right Warehousing 3PL Partner Can Solve

Sep 20, 2022 / by Fred Gilbert posted in west coast warehouses, Warehouse operations, 3PL Outsourcing

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Whether you’re changing providers, going from DIY to third party, looking for B2C fulfillment, B2B fulfillment, or both, there is a warehousing 3PL out there for you. The trick is not simply to start 3PL shopping but rather to first identify what you need from a 3PL partner and then find the right one for your business. In this article, we discuss 5 common warehousing-related challenges often raised by brands and how these should drive your partner selection process and, in turn, supercharge your distribution operations.

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The importance of 3PL inventory management in 2022

Jul 14, 2022 / by Todd Naramore posted in West Coast Distribution, Public Warehousing, Shared Warehousing, west coast warehouses, Warehouse Rates, 3PL Outsourcing, Warehouse

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The supply chain environment has seen incredible change over the past few years, from panic buying to supply shortages to historic inflation surges. These changes have all had a profound impact on how suppliers, distributors, and retailers manage inventory. These days, however, inventory is back in a big way – whether intentionally or not. In this article, we’ll look at the state of inventory management and how a 3PL can help your operations.

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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Supply Chain Services in 2022

Feb 10, 2022 / by Bob Lilja posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing

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Supply chain disruptions are continuing to cause headaches, but they don’t all need to be your headaches. By partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) company, you can remove key supply chain responsibilities from your plate and entrust them to an expert. In this article, we’ll look at why outsourcing supply chain services makes particular sense in 2022.

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Negotiating 3PL Warehousing Contracts

Jun 9, 2021 / by Weber Logistics posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL, 3PL Outsourcing

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While the supply chain benefits of working with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider are commonly understood, some companies still feel uncertainty when negotiating the warehousing contract at the outset. In this article, we’ll examine some of the key contract considerations and provide helpful tips for getting warehousing relationships off on the right foot.

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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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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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