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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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Importing from Asia: Selecting the Right Shipping Port

Sep 13, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in Distribution, west coast warehouses, Southern California Ports, Port Logistics

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Your company has made a cost-driven decision to manufacturer in Asia and import from Asia back into the U.S.  The by-product of that decision is a much lengthier supply chain and cash cycle.  Your job, in logistics, is to mitigate the negative impacts of your import supply chain by designing an efficient U.S. distribution strategy.  And one of the first things you will need to decide is your destination port. For this decision, you’ll need to look at the impact of port location on time-to-market, customer satisfaction, freight costs and inventory costs. 

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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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Where Should I Locate My SoCal Warehouse?

Oct 5, 2017 / by Bob Lilja posted in west coast warehouses

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The logistics question of where to locate your company’s distribution centers and how many you should have is pretty complex. Some consultants charge tens of thousands of dollars to gather the details and develop a software-aided recommendation.

But if you import goods via the Port of LA or Long Beach and you’ve made the choice to distribute from Southern California, analyzing the best SoCal warehouse location is a bit easier to do.

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Tips to Evaluate your Warehouse Provider and Lower Costs

Apr 23, 2015 / by Connie Anderson 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. When it comes to warehousing services, the best price doesn’t always result in the best value. Find a logistics partner you can trust that sets a high bar for quality.   

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Choosing the right location for your West Coast warehouse

Aug 7, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, Warehouse operations, west coast warehouses

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Most importers to Southern California want to establish a West Coast warehouse for national, regional or local distribution. The question is where to locate your inventory.

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Comparing Price Quotes for Warehousing Services: Apples and Oranges

Jul 23, 2014 / by Dennis McDonough posted in Warehouse operations, west coast warehouses, Warehouse Rates

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If you get competing carrier bids, rate comparisons are easier than those for warehousing. Trucking companies have published tariffs for services. As rates are requested, these carriers will ask about the commodity, the originating address, the destination address, and whether the product is palletized or floor loaded. With this information, carriers can reference their tariffs and quickly provide a quote.

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