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What is Contract Packaging? - It's a Matter of Trust

Posted by Michael Treb on 8/16/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration: “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel, 1986

What is Co-Packing? You're a Contract Packager? I have heard those questions more times than I can recall, and understandably so. Even procurement managers who have been in the business for decades don’t have any idea sometimes if they have not looked into utilizing this service.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

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

Don’t Stop Believing What A Safety Culture Can Do

Posted by Sarah Cates on 8/2/17 7:17 AM

 Song Inspiration: “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac 1977

Open your eyes and look at the day,  You’ll see things in a different way

Time may be money, but life is priceless; our mission for safety runs through every vein of Keller Logistics Group.  From the freight broker in Ohio, to the third-shift forklift driver in Colorado, all the way to the truck driver in West Virginia - Keller stresses the importance of safety in our everyday functions.  Because Keller consists of several remote entities, our Safety crew cannot be everywhere at once and we rely on all employees to promote and sustain a safety culture.

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Topics: Safety Culture

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

Take It To The Limit With These 5 Warehousing Lean Tips

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 7/26/17 10:00 AM

Song Inspiration: Take It To The Limit, Eagles 1975

You know I've always been a dreamer, and it's so hard to change, but the dreams I've seen lately keep on turning out and burning out and turning out the same. So put me on a highway and show me a sign and take it to the limit one more time. Continuing to keep warehouses operating as efficiently as possible is an ongoing process. Ideally, you want to implement  lean process improvements that positively impact your customers as well as influence your bottom line while optimizing your operational efficiency.

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Topics: Warehousing

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

Why Should You Have a Contract Packager Wrapped Around Your Finger?

Posted by Adam Bates on 7/12/17 11:00 AM

Song Inspiration: “Wrapped Around Your Finger” by The Police, 1983

In today’s competitive market, businesses everywhere are taking a closer look at their operations to try to minimize costs. One method companies are using is to outsource one or more of their processes to other companies so they can focus on optimizing their core operations. For instance, a consumer goods manufacturer might outsource the packaging of their product to a contract packager.

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Topics: Contract Packaging

Drivers Deliver Your July 4th Favorites

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 7/4/17 8:15 AM

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Topics: Transportation, Industry Buzz

Creating Company Culture With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted by Mariah Short on 6/30/17 7:00 AM

Song Inspiration: “With a Little Help From My Friends” by the Beatles, 1967

When thinking about what makes a great workplace, what comes to mind? Is it crazy-efficient productivity? Maybe it’s innovation? Did culture appear on your list of “top 10’s?” If it did, you and your company are on the right track. If not, I’d like to bring up the importance of culture, but not the culture that is used as a generic definition of your company’s personality. Culture is much more than that, it’s about building relationships not only while you work, but outside the walls of your cubicle and away from your usual environment.

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Topics: Company Culture

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


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