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Meredith Mickey

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Your Logistics Functions, Should they stay or should they go?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/18/17 7:25 AM

 

Song inspiration: Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash, 1981

Outsourcing logistics functions can revolutionize your business and help you expand into new markets by managing every aspect of your supply chain needs giving you more time to focus on your core business.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics

Contract Packaging Services Won't Back Down

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 10/4/17 7:25 AM

Song Inspiration, Won't Back Down, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 1978

"Well I won't back down, no I won't back down"

Busy season. 

It's a term we hear frequently throughout the year from a variety of industries. We know that tax season is busy for accountants, the retail industry is booming around the holidays, and if you're a NW Ohio resident like me, right now you see the farmers out from dusk till dawn harvesting the fields. 

We all have a busy season. It comes every year, at the same time, and we usually hurdle  the same obstacles year after year. Instead of spending the time leading up to busy season agonizing over all the work that needs done; whether that be tax returns to file, long hours at the store, or the acres upon acres of fields; let's talk about what we can do to help alleviate the stress to ourselves and our company. 

Talk to a Contract Packaging Provider! 

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Topics: 3PL, Contract Packaging, Secondary Packaging

Lean On Me To Be Your Dedicated Contract Carrier

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/27/17 7:00 AM

Song inspiration: Lean on Me, Bill Withers, 1972

You can call on me brother, when you need a hand | We all need somebody to lean on

We’re a week away from starting the 4th Quarter of 2017, dare I say the cliché, “Where has the year gone?” I think we’re all in the same boat here. The days, weeks, months, and years really do seem to be going by faster. As the days pass with the business of life, so do the days until it’s time to re-evaluate your transportation strategy.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Transportation, logistics

The Final Countdown to the ELD Mandate

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 9/20/17 7:23 AM

Song inspiration: The Final Countdown, Europe 1986

Are your carriers ready?

With the ELD Mandate amendment being rejected in the house this month, we can be certain that Electronic Logging Devices in all trucks is going to become a law in December of this year.

 Will things ever be the same again | It's the final countdown

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Topics: Transportation

Good Riddance, What's the definition of a 3PL?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 8/9/17 7:08 AM

 

Song inspiration, "Good Riddance" (Time of Your Life) by Green Day, 1994

So make the best of the test, and don't ask why 

Domestic third-party logistics (3PL) revenue for 2014 was estimated to be $157.8 billion dollars in 2014 (Armstrong & Associates). The 3PL industry has continued to grow as businesses and consumers look for ways to create more value in their supply chains. The 2016 20th Annual Third Party Logistics Study shows that 3PLs, and 3PL users, are becoming more proficient at working together which is yielding cost reductions and improved customer services. Additionally, both are excelling through innovation with afocus on efficiency.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics

Operation K.A.V.I.C. Assists Veterans in Crisis at Home

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 7/28/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration: Home, by Dierks Bentley, 2012

“Brave, gotta call it brave | To chase that dream across the sea | Names, and they signed their names | For something they believed”

What is Operation KAVIC

Operation KAVIC stands for: Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis. Operation KAVIC is a fund that was created by Keller Logistics Group to prevent local veterans from enduring financial crisis. Fundraising for the program is done by asking business partners, local businesses, and community members to sponsor or donate to the annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner held annually in November.

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Topics: Local News

Warehouse Site Selection - The Search Is Over

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 7/19/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration, The Search Is Over, Survivor, 1985 

“How can I convince you what you see is real”

When it’s time to select a new warehouse location the list of boxes to check can seem endless. Whether it is in a new market or in the same area, the complexity that goes into site selection can be overwhelming. The easy way out is to choose your final location based on price, but there are several other factors to consider outside of the price per square foot.

We’ve all heard it time and time again, it’s all about location. But when analyzing the details of a warehouse location, it’s also important to keep in mind things like the availability of skilled talent and the cost of labor, technology, government regulations, tax/economic incentives, safety, and more.

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Topics: Warehousing

3PL Partners Help! Small & Mid-sized Shippers

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 6/28/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration: Help! The Beatles, 1965

Help! I need somebody | Help! Not just Anybody | Help! You know I need someone

Help!

Third-party logistics (3PL) providers specialize in logistics services for shippers of all sizes from Amazon to small local businesses with a single product. 3PL companies can take over the supply chain processes that plan, implement, and control the flow and storage of goods for customers; which can also include assisting with or managing transportation, warehousing, distribution, and/or re-packaging needs from a single source, eliminating the additional expenses and time associated with setting up and managing multiple vendors. Over 86% of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PL providers for logistics and supply chain functions.  

Still unsure? Take a look at these five benefits of working with a 3PL partner:

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing, Industry Buzz, logistics

Choosing a Freight Broker, Do They Have The Right Stuff?

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 5/17/17 9:00 AM

Song Inspiration: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block, 1988

Not all freight brokers are created equal, because the old model of freight brokering lacked transparency and shipper control. A strong partnership with the right freight partner will take the fear out of freight brokering and provide endless benefits to your business model.

Your freight broker should be a true business partner that will work with you to meet your supply chain needs by delivering your goods to your customers on time, in good condition, and for a good price.

 Before choosing a freight broker for your shipping needs, it’s important that you evaluate each broker to ensure they are reliable and provide the best service for your needs; in other words, do they have the right stuff?  Here’s our checklist for evaluating the right freight partner for your business.

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL

Keller Logistics Group Raises over $40,000 for Local Veterans

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 12/12/16 3:00 PM

On Friday, November 11th, Keller Logistics Group hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Dinner. Dinner was served to over 250 Veterans and their family members. This annual dinner serves as the primary fundraiser for Keller’s philanthropic organization: Operation K.A.V.I.C. – Keller Assist Veterans In Crisis. The purpose of the Operation K.A.V.I.C. fund is to fill the gaps in their VA benefits to prevent our local veterans from financial crises. Keller requests sponsorships for the dinner from business partners and local businesses in Defiance County. Every dollar raised stays in Defiance County and helps the local veterans.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News