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What is Contract Warehousing and When is Your Operation Ready for it?

Dec 12, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Labor issues, 3pl contracts

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When your business is growing, shared warehousing with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) enables you to scale your warehousing investment to match your order volumes. Need more or less space? You can add or remove it based on your needs.

But, what happens with a mature business that is flying high and wants a more customized distribution solution? Companies in this situation often turn to a contract warehouse model to support their supply chains. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at contract warehousing and when it may be a good fit for your operation.

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Reduce Warehouse Labor Costs By Paying Workers More!

Jul 11, 2017 / by Weber Logistics posted in Third Party Logistics, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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How can you reduce warehouse labor costs by paying more to warehouse workers?  Simple: Don’t pay everyone more, just the peak performers. 

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Utilizing Data to Lower Warehouse Rates

Oct 2, 2016 / by Weber Logistics posted in Logistics Management, Shared Warehousing, Warehouse Rates

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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!

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Find the Best Warehouse Pricing the First Time Around

Mar 10, 2016 / by Weber Logistics posted in 3PL, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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When the search begins for a 3PL, we evaluate and consider many things. One of the make or break factors includes pricing. Now, do you want a rate generated on the spot or are you willing to wait for some number crunching? While some warehouses offer standard rates that can be provided on the spot, these rates may not be the best deal you can get. Most warehouse pricing models use a variety of data which includes product volume, case size, pallet size and weight. Evaluating and manipulating all this data, means if you want the best rate for your situation, it cannot happen overnight.

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Searching beyond the Digital Surface to find the Right Partner

Oct 22, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, 3PL, Warehouse Rates

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Technology we love it! Right? Well, when it comes to the dating world, not quite. The days of courtship, chivalry and face to face interaction are not long gone, but they are rare. Dating today can be done by a click of a button or a swipe to the right. Online profiles are set up to share only the things people want others to see, photos of only their best looks and the most adventurous times. Based on surface level information, the dating games begin. As individuals start to date multiple people at once, it becomes a lot of work to keep up with different people; checking your online account, text messages, phone calls and calendar. At what point do you stop and narrow the dating to one individual and attempted a committed relationship to move forward together?

The new world of 3PL selection has many similarities to dating thanks to technology.
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The Key to Accurate Warehousing Rates is Accurate Data.

Jul 2, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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3PLs utilize profile worksheets to calculate rates. Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar. At Weber, we look at a variety of data, including product volume, case size, pallet size and weight.

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Tips to Evaluate your Warehouse Provider and Lower Costs

Apr 23, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in west coast warehouses, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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It’s tough to compare competitive warehouse bids. Precise warehouse rates require a more detailed analysis. Companies often cannot provide all the data requested, so 3PLs have to make assumptions in order to complete the pricing profile. Different 3PLs make different assumptions, and these differences are reflected in different rates for the same exact volume and services you need to ensure you are getting an apples- to-apples comparison.

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Want Accurate Warehouse Pricing? Provide Good Data.

Feb 26, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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To provide a warehouse pricing quote, most third party logistics providers (3PLs) use profile worksheets.  Each 3PL has its own worksheet, but the approaches are similar.

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Can you lower your warehouse rates?

Jan 7, 2015 / by Weber Logistics posted in Third Party Logistics, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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As a 3PL that provides warehousing services, we get that question a lot.

If the characteristics of the project are not changing, then the real question being asked is, “Can you lower your profit?” 

Well, we could, but then we’d have little or no money to reinvest in the business.

Eventually, quality would suffer and we’d go out of business.

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How Determining Warehouse Rates Is Like Preparing Your Tax Return

Nov 5, 2014 / by Weber Logistics posted in 3PL, Warehouse Rates, Warehouse operations

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Too often, companies assume they have no power to impact warehouse distribution rates from 3PLs and commercial warehouse providers.

Not true. You have the power to control and reduce your warehousing costs.

An analogy might be preparation of your yearly IRS tax return. If you keep poor records and have no knowledge of allowable deductions for health expenses, business travel, and the like, you may pay more than you should. In contrast, if you keep meticulous records and have a solid understanding of IRS allowances, you’re more likely to get that fat refund.

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