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Custom Reporting For Your Supply Chain

Posted by Austin Barth on 4/20/18 2:15 PM

When we research the various projects that we quote in our desire to grow our businesses and expand our profit margins, intense scrutiny of the Scope of Work or Statement of Work is of utmost importance.

We obviously want to know how many product turns there will be, or what the seasonality of the freight volume looks like. We do know there is a certain fudge-factor of the +/- 20% on these numbers, but they give us a ballpark idea of what the prospective piece of business looks like.

One thing we often overlook in our excitement to solve the customers' problem is their need for custom reporting. Defining your reporting requirements to your 3PL during the scope of work will allow them to accurately estimate the upfront costs and reasonable amount of time to create them. Additionally, defining reports that are Want vs. Need will save you money in IT charges for reporting that doesn't provide value to your operations. 

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Topics: 3PL

5 Characteristics You Should Look For When Seeking a 3PL Partner

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 3/16/18 2:50 PM

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. 

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing

Makin' Plans to Write an RFP for a 3PL Provider

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 12/6/17 8:12 AM

Song Inspiration: "Makin' Plans" by Miranda Lambert, 2009

Selecting a third party logistics provider can be a cumbersome task. Whether you're looking to outsource the logistics functions you currently handle yourself or you're hosting another bid process to replace or validate the current provider, it is a large undertaking with many variables.The market for third party logistics partners is changing rapidly with the innovations in technology both in the warehousing and transportation arena. Developing a 3PL partnership should not be attached with the same tactics when shopping for transactional items; your 3PL selection should be strategic as it is a complex and valuable purchase that will ideally turn into a long-term professional partnership.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics

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

Don't Let Your 3PL Selection Break The (Supply) Chain

Posted by Bryan Keller on 8/30/17 7:20 AM

Song Inspiration: ‘The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, 1977

I’ve often heard that a Procurement or Logistics Director’s least favorite part of his or her job is 3PL selection.  Why? 

It’s simple; selecting the wrong 3PL can cause repercussions throughout the supply chain, ultimately leading to delays or outright failures in getting product into the hands of consumers, impacting sales and profits. It is your life line and one that many people depend on; stockholders, employees, their families, your customers, and their families. A broken link in your supply chain could cause loss of sales due to lack of trust and downtime, not to mention the effect it can have on your business' cash flow. 

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing, logistics

Keller Logistics Group Receives Recognition as 2017 Top 3PL Provider

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 8/21/17 10:47 AM

Defiance, OH: Keller Logistics Group, an asset based Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) serving the Food & Beverage along with other key industry verticals announced today that, for the second year, they have been selected as one of Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers. Food Logistics Magazine publishes this exclusive provider listing yearly and is used consistently as a planning tool for supply chain professionals.

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Topics: 3PL, Corporate News, Industry Buzz

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

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

It Takes Two, Strategic 3PL Partnership Adds Value

Posted by Heather May on 5/31/17 7:30 AM

Song Inspiration: It Takes Two, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, 1988

The necessity to add value to basic warehousing for today’s customers is becoming ever more important. Strategic partnerships allow for the opportunity to focus on what you do best and allow your partner to fill the void where your team may lack experience or infrastructure. Specifically, in the warehousing environment, it has become paramount to be able to add value for your customers as a 3PL partner.

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing