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5 Key Criteria for Evaluating a Food-Grade Carrier

May 9, 2019 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in West Coast Distribution, 3PL, Vendor Compliance, Food Supply Chain, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Food Logistics

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If your company produces or markets food and beverage products, the safety and integrity of those products mean everything to your business.  It’s ill-advised then to entrust key components of your supply chain to just any 3PL.  With product safety and integrity in mind, we examined 5 things to look for in a food warehousing provider in our previous blog post.  In this article, we’re going to move things out of the warehouse, onto the loading dock and into the trailer as we examine 5 things you should be looking for in a food-grade carrier. 

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5 Things to Look for in a Food Warehousing Provider

Apr 25, 2019 / by Mimi Ma posted in Public Warehousing, Shared Warehousing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Warehouse operations, Vendor Compliance, Food Supply Chain, 3PL Outsourcing, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Food Logistics, Confectionery Logistics, Distribution Center, Distribution

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When you entrust your food and confectionery products to a food warehousing provider, you’re relying on that company to be much more than a provider of space.  You’re really relying on them to be a partner that will work to protect the integrity of your products through every step of the supply chain.  And, while every 3PL warehousing company will promise to be just that, you must find one that truly “walks the walk.”  In this article, we identify 5 things that you should look for in a warehousing provider before entrusting them with your food or confectionery products.

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Collaborate and Save: Pool Distribution for Temperature-Controlled Transportation

Dec 13, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Shared Warehousing, Food Supply Chain, Cold Chain Managment, Refrigerated Trucking, Pool Distribution, Freight Consolidation

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If you need to get across town fast and your choices are a taxi cab or public transit, you’d likely prefer the cab.

Times being what they are, however, the price of that cab ride might drive you to the bus stop. But what if you could share an air-conditioned cab ride with others going to the exact same place, and pay about the same as the cost of the bus ride?

Welcome to pool distribution. Direct car service for a mass transit price.

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Food Distribution Logistics: Finding a 3PL Who Has What It Takes

Mar 15, 2018 / by Bob Lilja posted in Food Supply Chain, 3PL Outsourcing, Food Logistics

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Handing all or part of your food distribution operation over to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider may seem like a leap of faith.  After all, you’re relying on the 3PL’s ability to maintain food quality throughout the distribution cycle and to keep your company compliant with FDA and other requirements.  But with the proper due diligence, you can be confident in a provider’s ability to drive superior performance in all areas, from compliance and safety to operational execution and cost control. 

Here are a few key questions you should ask as part of your qualification process for food distribution partners. 

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Location Key for Supply Chain Services

Feb 18, 2016 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Food Supply Chain, Northern California 3PL

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In California, location is everything! It is considered in almost every decision made. Where to live, where to shop and even where to eat! Just as the importance of location is easily seen in personal day to day life, it is even more important for a business.

The beauty, however, about location is that there is no one perfect place for everyone or everything. Depending on the wants, needs and situation of an individual or company, the perfect location will always vary for different groups.

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Become the Holiday Hero: Prepare your DC for the Food and Beverage Industry during Peak Season

Aug 6, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Logistics Technology, Food Supply Chain

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When you think of the holidays, what pops into your mind? Is it a winter wonderland, super sales, nonstop festive music, or is it all the FOOD! Can you image the holidays without your favorite holiday food and drinks to enjoy and share. The holidays would be ruined!

At Weber we don’t want to spoil the holiday spirit. Peak Season is approaching for the food and beverage industry and most are gearing up for holiday distribution. In order to ensure Weber can accommodate all our customer’s needs during this time, here are a few golden rules we use:

 

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3PL as Alternative to Traditional Food Distribution Companies

Mar 26, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Food Supply Chain

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Food manufacturers who sell through traditional food distribution companies must absorb a significant price mark-up on route to the retailer, raising their prices on the shelf.  

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Choosing a Food-Grade Warehouse: 5 Areas to Evaluate

Mar 4, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Food Supply Chain, Food Logistics

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When outsourcing warehouse distribution, it’s essential to find the right 3PL partner. One that understands how to run a food-grade warehouse and remain in compliance with all regulatory requirements. 

We write about it in our paper: Choosing a 3PL for Food Product Distribution.

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Choosing the Right 3PL for Cold Chain Logistics and Food Distribution

Aug 14, 2014 / by Weber Logistics posted in Food Supply Chain, Refrigerated Trucking, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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You know the perils of cold chain logistics and food distribution. Let your guard down, and a pallet of chocolate turns into a gooey mess, or you get stuck with racks full of canned goods nearing their sell-by date.

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The Logistics of Cold Chain Management

May 14, 2014 / by Weber Logistics posted in Food Supply Chain, Cold Chain Managment, Temperature Controlled Warehousing

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In two words: control and organization.  Cold chain management in the supply chain typically focuses on groceries, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, as well as some high tech products.  Each of the products under these umbrellas requires a constant temperature control to ensure the safe production and delivery to their final destination.

Assuming that production and warehousing at your own facility are closely monitored for the correct temperature, how do you know that the precise temperature range is in place when you hand your goods over to your carrier?  Keeping in mind that any fluctuation outside of the normal range can be critical, you also have a mandate to abide by laws and regulations that are in place to avoid damage to the product and worse, a recall.

For more information, read our paper on “Choosing a 3PL for Food Distribution.”

How do I know that my products are being handled at the required temperature range?

The problem is, you don’t.  Unless you choose a cold chain logistics provider who knows its business and uses the latest temperature monitoring equipment.  This applies to both warehousing and transportation.  Programming the cooling system to account for both temperature and humidity levels is paramount during the warehouse stay and subsequent journey.  If the ranges fall or rise outside of the customer’s requirements, automatic alerts are sent to an appointed manager.  In addition, historical data is available by downloading a minute-by-minute status report from the cooling unit while the product is in the care of the 3PL provider.

Choosing a cold chain logistics expert takes some effort on your part.  A visit to their facility should display monitors that are visible no matter what location you happen to be in.  Do the truck cabs have digital thermostats that the driver can see easily?  Ask what happens in the event that the cooling system falters and how they maintain the proper temperature until the repair work is complete. 

Cold chain management history.

Shipping and storing temperature controlled products always involves some risk.  Before you take the final step in choosing a 3PL provider, make sure that they have a solid reputation as a refrigerated transportation company.  Ask for customer referrals and what types of different products that they have handled. 

Weber Logistics has been offering 3PL services for nearly a century.  Cold chain management has been a major part of our operation for decades and our expertise in handling food grade products as well as other regulated products has made us an industry leader in California and the entire west coast.  Contact us to learn more about our services or call 855-GO WEBER (469-3237).

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