As a procurement or logistics buyer, it can be a daunting task to look for your first or even a new 3PL partner. To get you started on the right foot, we've put together a short list of 5 Characteristics you should look for when seeking a 3PL partner.
In previous posts, we’ve talked about why you should use a contract packager, and how to choose a contract packager. Now it’s time to talk about the different packaging services a contract packager can provide.
Contract packaging involves packaging products into two main categories – Primary and Secondary packaging.
- Primary packaging consists of the first layer of containment that comes in direct contact with the product.
- Secondary packaging is any packaging material that secures or otherwise protects the product in its primary packaging.
Topics: Secondary Packaging
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom's humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.
Knox County, Indiana – just outside of a small town called Vincennes – is where the Keller family planted our roots. My parents owned a farm that spanned about 26 acres, complete with cows, livestock, and fields where we harvested cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, green bell peppers, and tomatoes. My father and I spent most of our days laboring on the farm. Dad had never grown melons before but knew of several farmers in the area doing it with success. He talked to those farmers and learned how to grow melons.
Topics: Company Culture
When it comes to moving your product from point A to point B, there are many ways to get the job done. You can manage your own transportation with a private fleet, have your customers manage their own freight, manage your transportation with for-hire carriers, use a freight broker, or any combination of these.
In this post, I'm going to go over a few reasons why freight brokerage needs to be part of your transportation strategy.
Trucking Info's Evan Lockridge recently wrote an article, For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records. In this article, Lockridge reviews the economic indicators to explain the consecutive quarters of rising prices in the freight market. "The Freight TSI (Transportation Services Index) measures the month-to-month changes in for-hire freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. Over the last nine months of 2017, the index rose 6.8% with three quarterly increases. The increase of 2.8% in the fourth quarter was the largest quarterly increase since 2.9% in the first quarter of 2013."
On January 30th, 2018, we at Keller Trucking were informed that we are one of 20 for-hire trucking companies in the US or Canada that can bear the honorable distinction of Best Fleets to Drive For! This annual award is produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.
The benefit this award brings to our driver recruiting efforts is probably obvious, but the benefits to our trucking customers are not so self-explanatory. So here are my 6 reasons why customers benefit from using fleets that are the best to drive for.
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.
Topics: Company Culture
OHIO COMPANY MARKS MILESTONE OF DRIVING FORWARD SINCE INCORPORATING IN 1978
2018, Defiance, OH - Keller Trucking, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, Inc., is proud to announce its fortieth year of progressively moving forward in the trucking industry. Since its incorporation in 1978, Keller Trucking has expanded its fleet from 6-7 trucks to 150 trucks and 450 trailers.
Delphos, OH – Hydrofresh HPP, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, is constructing a $10 million pasteurization plant at 1571 Gressel Drive in Delphos that uses innovative high-pressure processing (HPP) technology.
Unlike traditional pasteurization method which uses heat prior to packaging to eliminate micro bacteria that are present in food, Hydrofresh HPP will be using High-Pressure Processing. HPP is a cold pasteurization technique by which products already sealed in their final packaging are introduced into a vessel and subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure, up to 87,000 psi, transmitted by water. This process produces a 5-log reduction in salmonella, e coli, and listeria (bacteria that causes food borne illness) while preserving the color, texture, nutrients, and flavor of the product. Because the food is treated in its final packaging, the chance for recontamination is virtually non-existent.
How valuable is warehouse space? I'm not just talking about price per square foot. What warehouse features and value-add services would make your logistics more efficient, save time and money? Perhaps our Napoleon, Ohio warehouse location may be the perfect fit for you.