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Storage of corrosive chemicals: 5 warehousing essentials

Apr 8, 2020 / by Robert Deiro and Mike Mallette posted in Logistics Management, Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage

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The storage of corrosive chemicals, whether liquid or solid, is a strictly controlled process. Many risks present themselves if proper specifications and handling methods are absent. Fire, explosions, leaks and human contact are a few of the unfortunate circumstances that could occur if the warehouse is inadequately constructed and the personnel are not sufficiently trained in corrosive storage and handling.

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The Benefits of Using One Integrated Logistics Services Provider

Nov 21, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in Logistics Management, Third Party Logistics, Transportation Strategies, Warehouse operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Drayage, Distribution

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Conventional wisdom tells you not to put all your eggs in one basket. In the logistics industry, however, this isn’t always good advice. By leaning on one third-party logistics services provider (3PL) for each leg of the distribution cycle, you may find greater efficiency and improved operational success than you would sourcing à la carte.

In this article, we’ll examine the benefits of an integrated logistics services approach.

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On-Demand Capabilities in 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

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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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6 Essential Logistics Metrics: Key Performance Indicator (KPIs)

May 7, 2019 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Logistics Customer Service, Metrics-KPIs

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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. Logistics KPIs can tell if work is being done efficiently. There are countless KPIs 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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Logistics in the Chemical Industry: 7 tips for choosing a 3PL partner

Mar 7, 2019 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, 3PL, Chemical Logistics

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If you are a chemical company seeking third-party logistics support, you’ll want to do a careful evaluation.  There are many liability and safety risks associated with hazardous material storage and shipping.  This is particularly true in the heavily regulated California market. 

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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

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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

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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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Rules for Good Customer Service in Logistics

Mar 29, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Third Party Logistics, Logistics Systems

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Good customer service is the lifeblood of a logistics business.  It’s all about retaining your customers and sending them away happy – happy enough to pass positive feedback about your company to others.  The essence of customer service in logistics is forming a relationship that customers want to sustain over time.

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Understanding Warehouse Insurance and Liability

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

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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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Maximizing the Benefits of Shared Commercial Warehousing

Oct 19, 2016 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Public Warehousing, Shared Warehousing

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“Consume less, share better.”   -  Herve Kempf


Shared warehousing, also known as public warehousing, can’t sound anything other than cost effective, right?  Your goods are received, stored and distributed by a 3PL provider who has made all of the investment in buying or leasing land, building, equipment and labor.  Certainly that keeps cash flow in your pocket.  But are you getting the biggest bang for your buck for public or shared warehousing?

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