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Considering On-Demand Capabilities in the Private Fleet vs Dedicated Transportation Debate

Aug 22, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in West Coast Distribution, Logistics Management, Third Party Logistics, Transportation Strategies, Labor issues


For companies of a certain size, there’s an age-old debate over how to best handle transportation services.  Is it best to go-it-alone and handle your own transportation through a private fleet?  Or, it is better to partner with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers dedicated transportation services?  We’ll take a fresh look at these two options in this article while adding a new wrinkle: the option of partnering with dedicated providers that can also offer on-demand transportation.

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Warehouse Labor Management Considerations During a Strong Economy

Feb 14, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in Logistics Management, Public Warehousing, Third Party Logistics, west coast warehouses, Warehouse operations, Onboarding, Management, Warehouse, Labor-Productivity


A strong economy means good times for business, right?  Generally speaking, the answer is yes, but there are some nasty side effects of economic strength.  In the logistics industry, one of these side effects is the difficulty in attracting and retaining talent in a high-employment market.

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Logistics Technology Systems: A Primer

Apr 18, 2018 / by Richard Grennon posted in Logistics Management, Logistics Technology, Logistics Systems


In today’s fast-moving logistics marketplace, logistics technology plays a key role in determining how quickly, how accurately, and how correctly product can be delivered to the customer.  But what kind of system, or systems, do you need?  The major components are:

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Understanding Warehouse Insurance and Liability

Nov 18, 2016 / by Bob Lilja posted in Logistics Management, Insurance, Liability, Warehouse


Your products are the life blood of your business. Their secure movement through the supply chain, from manufacturing point to final delivery to your customer, is critical to your success.

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The Key to Upholding Quality in an Operation: Internal Audit Programs

Aug 23, 2016 / by Mimi Ma posted in Logistics Management, 3PL, Warehouse operations, Productivity, Onboarding, Distribution Center, Management


Does your warehouse or 3PL provider have an internal audit program in place?  It is critical for all operations follow standard operating procedures (SOP’s) – that’s how you get to the quality we need to deliver on our promises. 

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A Partnership Approach to 3PL Logistics

Aug 2, 2016 / by David Hooper posted in Logistics Management, 3PL, Warehouse operations, Organizational Dynamics, Fulfillment B2C

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What is the key to a successful business? We all have a common goal and that is to grow our businesses. The key is to bring in new partners and not just customers. You want to form new partnerships and not categorize them as customers. Here are the principals to the partnership approach - 

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Utilizing Data to Lower Warehouse Rates

Oct 2, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates


We all know how the story goes when it comes to finding the lowest price, “you get what you pay for” they say. Wouldn’t it be nice for once to pay less for great quality! When it comes to warehousing rates, you can. Data is the key!

Check out our Commercial Warehouse Pricing Guide to learn more. This warehouse pricing guide will explain the importance of data and will show you how to utilize your data to get low rates for quality service.

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6 Essential Logistics Key Performance Indicator (KPIs)

May 7, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Logistics Customer Service, Metrics-KPIs


We live a world today filled with data. Your logistics company may be investing in technology upgrading systems, but are you taking full advantage of the data you currently have in front of you?

We’ve all heard it again and again… “The numbers don’t lie”. Key performance indicators are crucial in evaluating your supply chain’s performance. KPIs can tell if work is being done efficiently. There are countless KPI’s that can be used depending on the needs and wants of the customer. It doesn’t matter how many reports you run, if they do not have meaning.   

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Candy Distribution Video

Jan 14, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Cold Chain Managment, Confectionery Logistics


At Weber, we distribute a lot of candy.

In fact, if you’ve eaten any of the sweet snacks pictured here and you live in the Western U.S., it’s a pretty sure bet that the candy traveled through a Weber distribution center. 

What exactly happens at Weber’s temperature-controlled warehouses to ensure that the quality and integrity of these products are maintained throughout the cold chain distribution cycle?

Check out this 2-minute video to find out.

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California Trucking Industry Could Be Hit by Hidden Gas Tax Effective January 1st 2015

Sep 11, 2014 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, Logistics Management, Transportation Strategies


Weber Logistics hosted a “Tank the Tax” press conference at our San Diego distribution center. Tank the Tax is a campaign that advocates against regulations that would raise the cost of fuel in the state. 

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