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Warehouse Labor Management Considerations During a Strong Economy

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

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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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Let a 3PL’s West Coast Distribution Center Help You During the Driver Shortage

Jan 24, 2019 / by Robert Deiro posted in Warehouse, Distribution Center, Distribution, Regional Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing, west coast warehouses, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, West Coast Distribution, Public Warehousing

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The three states that border the Pacific Ocean are home to 48 million people, with the states just slightly inland adding millions more to the population of the “Western U.S.”  With such a sizable chunk of the U.S. population residing in these Western states, West region distribution is a vital part of the supply chains of companies whose products originate in the Central and Eastern U.S. 

In recent years, however, multiple factors – the truck driver shortage chief among them – have made long-haul truck runs to the West Coast increasingly unreliable and inefficient.  The response of many companies has been to focus less on shipping West and, instead, store products in a West Coast distribution center operated by a third-party logistics provider (3PL).

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4 Ways to Move Drayage Freight Despite the Driver Shortage

Jan 10, 2019 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in Distribution, Drayage, Labor issues, Transportation Strategies, west coast warehouses, Third Party Logistics, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: we’re in the midst of a truck driver shortage.  

While we may feel that we’ve reached the saturation point in hearing – and reading – about this shortage, the related headlines aren’t going away any time soon.  That’s because the shortage isn’t going away any time soon.  In fact, we can only expect to hear more about it as the impact to the trucking industry and the nation’s economy continues to worsen. 

Here in California, one of the major areas where this impact is being felt is container drayage.  The shortage of drayage drivers has recently returned to the headlines as there aren’t enough drivers to handle rising volumes in advance of tariffs and an interest rate hike.  In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this shortage and what you, as an importer, can do to keep your drayage freight moving to and from the ports. 

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The Importance of Scalability in ECommerce Order Fulfillment

Nov 29, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, 3PL Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Southern California Ports, west coast warehouses, West Coast Distribution, Multi Channel Fulfillment, Pick and Pack

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Growing from 100 orders per month to 15,000 per month.  For most companies, that’s a dream come true.  But if you have the wrong solution in place for eCommerce order fulfillment, that’s a dream that may never materialize.  Here at Weber, this type of quick growth spurt can, and has, happened with eCommerce order fulfillment clients.  The only way to handle it is to have an operation that can seamlessly scale to meet the uptick in demand. 

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California SB 1402: What You Need to Know

Nov 15, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in 3pl contracts, Drayage, 3PL Outsourcing, West Coast Distribution, Southern California Ports, Third Party Logistics

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Does your logistics operation source drayage services in California?  If so, read on as new legal developments in the state can put you on the hook for damages if the drayage provider you hire is misclassifying employees as independent owner/operators.

This latest shot across the bow in California’s labor battles comes in the form of California Senate Bill 1402 (SB 1402).  The Bill was signed by Governor Brown on September 22, 2018 and will take effect on January 1, 2019.  In this article, we’ll summarize the new Bill and explain what it means for shippers and other companies that hire port drayage companies in the state of California.

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How to Reduce Your Chassis Rental Fee

Oct 18, 2018 / by Jerry Critchfield posted in 3pl contracts, Peak Season Shipping, Drayage, 3PL Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Port Logistics, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution

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When considering all the costs involved in getting your containerized goods from port to market, it’s easy to think of all the “big” things that drive up your spend.  These big-ticket items include your ocean carrier, drayage, and warehousing costs. 

As your container makes its way through your supply chain, however, there’s a smaller – but cumulatively significant – cost that is likely eating away at your margins: the chassis rental fee.  In this article, we’ll examine key ways to reduce this fee and improve the profitability of your operation.

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FROM PORT TO MARKET: How to Speed Distribution of Asian Imports to West Coast Ports

Aug 23, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in supply chain cycle time, Warehouse, Northern California 3PL, Drayage, 3PL Outsourcing, west coast warehouses, Port Logistics, Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics

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There’s a new supply chain mantra in the post-Amazon era, and that mantra is SPEED.

Whether you are delivering to retailers or consumers, or both, customers want products faster in a more predictable time window.

If you import from Asia, your company has made a strategic decision to lengthen its supply chain to lower actual product costs. While you can’t control this decision, you can control how goods are transported and what happens once a container hits U.S. shores. It’s here that you can make a real difference to your company’s financial health by reducing supply chain cycle time and shrinking the cash cycle.

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Negotiating 3PL Contracts

Jul 26, 2017 / by Steve Buckman posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL, 3PL Outsourcing

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The retailers and manufacturers who use third party logistics (3PL) services agree: logistics outsourcing is an effective strategy to drive down operating costs, while improving service. But one area that can be a sticking point is 3PL contracts. We’ve got some tips to make this process go smoother.

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Trust: Key for a Successful Third Party Logistics Partnership

May 31, 2016 / by Eden Castaneda posted in Public Warehousing, Third Party Logistics, Inventory Control

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With any good relationship’s foundation you will find trust. We constantly hear it. Just trust me. Without any backing or reasoning, just TRUST ME. Now if referencing dinner, okay… I trust you, but let’s raise the stakes… your life? your children’s lives? Not so easy now. Well for many their company is their life or their child. You can’t expect someone to trust you with their company’s livelihood just because you say so.

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Establishing a Relationship with Your 3PL Provider: 5 Points to Communicate

Mar 4, 2016 / by Eden Castaneda posted in Third Party Logistics, 3PL Outsourcing, Logistics Customer Service

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With costs consistently rising, a 3PL partnership should be defined by more than just the cost of storing and shipping a pallet. For example, how much value does this 3PL bring? Do you even have a “relationship” or are they simply another vendor sending another invoice? Well, some of the best results are derived from companies who outsourced 3PL services and developed a relationship with them.

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