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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

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

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

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

3PLs "Drive" Away Common Fears About Outsourcing Logistics

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 5/4/17 4:10 PM

Song Inspiration: "Drive" by Incubus, 1999

 There may come a time in your business' growth that you need to start to think about outsourcing your logistics functions. In order to succeed and continue to grow your business to it's full potential,  outsourcing may actually help you save money, time, and lead to more growth.

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Topics: Hot Topic, 3PL, logistics

The Cost to Onboard New Drivers and What it Means for Your Business

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 2/8/17 9:30 AM

Ask any human resources representative and they will tell you: Having to hire and onboard new employees is a costly event, both in terms of actual financial resources but also in less tangible ones, such as time or productivity loss. 

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Topics: logistics

The Critical Impact of On-Time Deliveries

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 1/18/17 9:30 AM

On-time delivery is one of the biggest concerns for today’s supply and logistics businesses. Many factors contribute to delays, some of which are outside of the control of the logistics provider. From the more obvious, such as weather, traffic and delays on loading docks meeting on-time deliveries, or not meeting them, can have a critical impact on shippers and the entire supply chain.

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL, logistics

Lean Logistics: What Does it Mean for Your Bottom Line?

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 10/27/16 3:30 PM

Today’s business owners are tasked with competing in an increasingly more global market while ensuring materials are available and maintaining product inventory to meet customer demand without compromising cost or speed of products and services. Implementing lean logistics practices, or the reduction of waste from materials and products, order processing, employee time, and loss of sales throughout the supply chain, can mean crucial benefits to the bottom line of a business.

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Topics: logistics

What Can 3PLs Do To Protect Their Cargo?

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 10/5/16 11:00 AM

Cargo theft has been around as long has product has been transported. From pirates to road bandits, product en route from one place to another has always been at jeopardy for those who would take advantage. What can 3PLs do to protect their cargo?

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL, logistics, Safety