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Your Supply Chain as a Strategic Advantage

Wait. What? Did you say, “Your SUPPLY CHAIN as a strategic advantage?” Yes! I did! And enough with the giggles and smirks, please.   I know what you’re thinking. “Gee… When I think of strategic advantages, I think of things like”: • Product design • Quality • Low Cost • Location Etc.   And you’re …

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Inventory Management – Part Art – Mostly Science

We’ve talked before in this space (and we will again!) about inventory control and management. While it’s true that there’s an art to inventory management, there definitely is a science.   Many companies (like us) are in business to help your company store and move inventory and help you do it – right.   Years …

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Thanksgiving is a Great Time to thank your 3PL Provider

Turkey, football, apple pie …3PL provider? No, we’re not playing “one of these things is not like the other(s).”   And if we were, the answer would be __________.   Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as a day to give “Thanksgiving and Praise to our …

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Accurate Inventory – The Holy Grail of Warehousing

When last we met, we discussed some keys to reducing inventory costs. We talked about 6 of them and how to implement them, though we also pointed out that there were quite a few more. Another way to lower inventory costs is to insure our inventory counts are correct. OK, when you stop laughing, give …

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6 Ideas to Reduce Inventory Costs

Let’s face it. Doing business today is getting more and more difficult. Depending on the industry you’re in, you face a bunch of challenges:   Regulatory or government Employment issues Staff alignment and training Health care Costs And MANY more!   All of these issues lead to higher costs in one way or another. For …

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How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

As I write this post, the area in around Houston, Texas is in a state of disarray and chaos. Hurricane Harvey has hit with such lethal force and destructive violence that it will take years before all of the damage is fully repaired. Houston is just under 1,000 miles and about a 15 hour drive …

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Why Climate Controlled Warehousing May be Right for Your Product

And no, it’s not as easy as – I have frozen or refrigerated freight, therefore – I need to keep it frozen or refrigerated! That’s way too easy for a smart, talented group of readers like you. Before I get into some of the reasons you may need a climate controlled warehouse, I’ll tell you …

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5 Ways to optimize your 3PL relationship

Yes, there are more than 5 ways to optimize your 3PL relationship, but these are right up there as most important. The more I thought about writing this article, the more I thought 3PL optimization has a lot in common with marriage! In fact, I almost called it, “How Optimizing Your 3PL Relationship is Like …

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Cool Food Chains, Cold Chain Logistics, and Rising Global Middle Class

Rising Global Middle Class Fuels Call for Fresh Goods – and Cold Chain Logistics The global middle class is undergoing “unprecedented expansion,” reaching some 3.2 billion people as of the end of last year, according to a Brookings Institution working paper. This implies that in two or three years, the author adds, “there might be …

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Green Supply Chain Plays Vital Role in Reducing Carbon Footprint

Going green can generate green – and goodwill — for companies that shrink their carbon footprint, and the supply chain often plays a key role in such efforts. As companies increasingly look to improve sustainability, it’s vital that they look beyond in-house operations, and toward green supply chain management with their 3PL provider. A product’s …

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