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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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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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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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5 Keys to Choosing a Public Warehouse

Every company with a supply chain employs some form a warehouse. These warehouses are generally owned by the company, operated by a third-party, or are a public warehouse. Choosing the right public warehouse ensures that the amount of supply chain interruptions are minimized. The following five factors are important factors to consider when looking for a public warehouse to …

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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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