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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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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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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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How Logistics Companies Cut Down on Costs and Headaches

Choosing the right logistics solution for your business can be one of the most consequential decisions you’ll ever make. How efficiently and reliably your products go from your production centers to your customer’s doorsteps will either make or break that business relationship. That’s why there’s a growing trend of companies both big and small choosing …

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Enhance Your Cross Docking Operations in These Key Areas

Cross docking is a simple and common warehousing practice while being a crucial link in the logistics of any supply chain that handles a lot of freight. But there are some areas of the process where some companies don’t fully understand how they can be more efficient. Generally, there are four key areas where retailers should …

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Looking for Your Own Warehouse? A Contract Warehouse Could Be Your Answer

Ownership has advantages. However, for most growing businesses, the obligations associated with leasing or purchasing your own facility are more striking than the benefits. First, think of the nature of committing to a set number of square feet. As an owner and operator of dry and cold facilities, Commercial Warehousing has the advantage of being …

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How Cold Does a Warehouse Have to Be to Keep Ice Cream

Moving food and other temperature-sensitive products from place to place always involves co-ordination, risk mitigation and often strategic cold warehousing along the cold chain. Some products are more fragile than others, but most perishable products are particularly averse to the freeze-thaw cycle. Bananas, for example, will keep in a mild cold temperature range but certainly must not …

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