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A Fundamental Guide to Contract Packaging Services

Posted by Adam Bates on 7/9/20 2:15 PM
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Topics: Co-Packing

Challenges Carriers Face in 2020 at a Glance

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 6/30/20 11:14 AM


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Topics: Transportation

Enhancing Your Product with Secondary Packaging

Posted by Adam Bates on 6/25/20 7:45 AM

First impressions can be everything when it comes to the way people perceive your brand, especially when the stakes are high and you’re up against the fierce competition. For many manufacturers and retailers, the opportunity for attracting new customers and making an excellent first impression that lasts lies in the secondary packaging of their product.

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Topics: Co-Packing

Six Co-Packing Questions to Answer Before Outsourcing

Posted by Dawn Nye on 6/16/20 8:48 AM

When you outsource your essential packaging services to a trusted third party, this process is often referred to as contract packaging or co-packing. Whether your business needs help scaling or you simply lack the proper equipment, experience, or facilities, there are many reasons you can benefit from working with a co-packer.

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Topics: Co-Packing

Analysis: 3PLs Seeing Beverage Growth Due to Health Crisis

Posted by guest writer, Kenneth Kowal on 6/9/20 8:21 AM

According to a recent article published by Food Logistics, consumer demand for functional beverages, which provide additional energy or nutritional value for individuals, is skyrocketing due to current health trends and as a market response to COVID-19.
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Topics: Logistics, Industry News

Frequently Asked Questions: Contract Packaging Edition

Posted by Adam Bates on 6/4/20 1:43 PM

Contract packaging, or co-packing, has become a vital manufacturing option for many companies that don’t have the resources to manage the process effectively by themselves. Logistics businesses — especially those in the food and beverage, health, and pharmaceutical industries — that capitalize on this service can produce large orders without having to scale their manufacturing practices or staff, giving them a lot of advantages over their competition.

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Topics: Co-Packing

Time to Consider Outsourcing Warehousing & Distribution Processes

Posted by Heather May on 5/29/20 3:23 PM

As expectations for the logistics function continue to grow, new government regulations take effect, and innovative technology becomes more common in the industry, companies are finding it more challenging to handle processes on their own. Outsourcing warehousing and distribution to a third-party logistics provider (or 3PL) is an option that offers the resources necessary to meet the challenges while improving efficiency, keeping costs low, and managing demand.

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Topics: Warehousing

CFOs: How You Can Drive Cost Efficiency in the Logistics Function

Posted by Charlotte Larsen on 5/20/20 11:48 AM

Every company can use logistics to help scale its business and develop a unique competitive advantage. The effect logistics has on reaching these goals is something a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is especially able to see and value, despite their minimal daily interaction with the function, because of their position within a company. Even though CFOs are more removed, they can still directly impact the cost efficiency in the logistics function.

A great example is how huge industry players like Amazon have been successful because of the investments they’ve made into their logistics infrastructure. These investments have allowed them to create a competitive advantage over other retailers which now places them in the position to compete against prior logistics partners they once heavily depended on. With input coming from the right financial perspective, logistics investments can be a huge enabler for other shippers in much the same way.

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Topics: Logistics

How the Defense Production Act Could Impact Shippers

Posted by Aaron Keller on 5/14/20 8:45 AM

Our country is living in strange times, and it’s impacting how most industries operate. For some companies, the demand for their products and services have disappeared very quickly, such as travel-related businesses like airlines. In others, companies and employees are working harder than ever, such as in the healthcare space. And for certain manufacturers, it’s temporarily changing what they do, which will eventually impact shippers. 

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Topics: Industry News

How 3PLs Help Shippers Find Better Spot Rates for Irregular Routes

Posted by Ryan Gilliland on 5/4/20 3:21 PM

In an ideal world, every one of a shipper’s loads would all be the same weight, have the same pickup times each day, and be between a very limited number of origin and destination pairs. Carriers love transporting this type of freight because it’s predictable. “Regular” lanes give carriers the ability to plan better, and as a result, earn consistent revenue and better manage their equipment and driver resources.

Ultimately this helps them manage their costs better, which can then lead to lower rates for their customers, too. Regular lanes also increase a carrier’s familiarity with the locations and products, which introduces more efficiency and better service to the entire logistics process.

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Topics: Transportation, Logistics

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