Logistical Lowdown- compliments of your True Blue Logistics Crew

Delphos Ohio Cold Storage Facility

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 8/24/18 2:30 PM

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Topics: Warehousing

Understanding the Value of Dedicated Operations

Posted by Nate Schaublin on 8/10/18 2:14 PM

The topic of dedicated logistics operations, whether in transportation or warehousing and distribution, typically elicits an array of responses ranging from “why wouldn’t we just do it ourselves” to “I can’t imagine trying to do this ourselves”.

Truth is, dedicated operations aren’t for everyone, but for many small and mid-size manufacturers outsourcing these logistics functions to a 3PL allows the manufacturer to work on growing its core business and increasing the value provided to their customers.

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Topics: Transportation, Warehousing

Dallas Texas Warehouse Spotlight

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 3/23/18 1:43 PM


Welcome to 2020 Singleton Boulevard in Dallas Texas. This 425,000 square foot warehouse location is partially food grade and protected from freeze. What makes this location special? It has both indoor and outdoor storage, is rail serviced, and is located with highway access to US-75, US-77, I-30, and I-45. 

Check out our infographic below for more highlights on the 2020 Singleton Boulevard Dallas Texas warehouse location. 

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Topics: Warehousing

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

Napoleon, Ohio Warehouse Spotlight

Posted by Ty Guilliam on 1/12/18 2:00 PM


How valuable is warehouse space? I'm not just talking about price per square foot. What warehouse features and value-add services would make your logistics more efficient, save time and money? Perhaps our Napoleon, Ohio warehouse location may be the perfect fit for you. 

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Topics: Warehousing, Contract Packaging, Secondary Packaging

Maximizing Warehouse Capacity Using Racks

Posted by Heather May on 12/15/17 8:07 AM

If you're like most of us, over the past few months we've been thinking about ways we can improve in 2018. You may be thinking of a New Years' resolution, picking up a new hobby, or even focusing on improving KPIs at work. For those of us in logistics, specifically warehousing and distribution, maximizing the capacity of our warehouses is a constant we are working toward improving. From my experience, when we see capacity constraints, our next step is to look at the warehouse design to make it more functional. 

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Topics: Warehousing

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees: Have some fun

Posted by Heather May on 11/8/17 8:00 AM


Song inspiration: I wanna have some fun by Samantha Fox, 1988

We've reached Part III of How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees. In Part I, we talked about how to engage remote warehouse employees through communication; and that communication needs to be at the center of your relationships with your employees. 

Last week, in the second article, How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees, Take a Chance on Me; we discussed ways to empower your crew so their observations and insights can be used to make your warehouse better. 

So, finally we're going to discuss part III of engaging remote warehouse employees; it's to have some fun! 

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Topics: Warehousing, Company Culture

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees: Take A Chance on Me

Posted by Heather May on 11/1/17 7:15 AM

 

Song Inspiration: Take a Chance on Me by ABBA, 1978

Last week, I posted the first part of the three part series: How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees Through Communication. This week I'll continue that topic and focus on the second aspect of engaging remote warehouse employees: Empowerment 

First, let's recap for those that read the blog last week. (If you haven't read it yet, here's the link, take a few minutes to read it now)  Engaging Remote Warehouse Employees through Communication. The key take-away from last week's article was putting communication at the core of your relationships with your employees if you want to be sure your employees are engaged in their job, their work, and their company. 

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Topics: Warehousing, Company Culture

How to Engage Remote Warehouse Employees Through Communication

Posted by Heather May on 10/25/17 7:15 AM

Song inspiration: Communication, Janet Jackson, 1984

Communication | Say the words | Are you there? | Can I be heard?

As a Regional Operations Manager, I oversee six warehouses throughout the mid-west. The distance varies as I can visit some with a day trip, others require a half-day drive, and I even have a few that require flying or driving the entire day to see. So, how do I engage remote warehouse employees? 

Being a manager is a tough job, being a manager of remote employees adds a few curve balls to the managers role. We rely on many forms of communication to get our work done; phone, email, and even video conferencing.

Now we're livin' in the computer age | The pictures on my video

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Topics: Company Culture, Warehousing

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