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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

6 Areas to Focus on Minimizing Warehouse Waste

Posted by Ginger Beyer on 8/23/17 7:47 AM


Song Inspiration: “Wasted Time” by Skid Row, 1991

Waste.  We all know what that is.  Normally, when we encounter a situation where waste has occurred, we get annoyed and think, “well, that was a waste”.  Maybe the leftovers were never eaten, or maybe we spent $20 on lotto tickets without winning anything.  These are typical examples of waste that immediately come to mind.  However, warehouse waste comes in many shapes and sizes.  It is a destructive little monster that hides in plain sight and surreptitiously rears its ugly head in the company’s bottom line.  You and I together in our lives / Sacred ties would never fray / Then why can’t I let myself tell lies / And watch you die every day Waste is truly all around us, but we are so accustomed to it that we simply do not see it for what it is.  So how do we see past the veil?

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Topics: Warehousing

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

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

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

Is Limited or Scarce Warehouse Space Something Your Company Should Worry About?

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 10/31/16 10:00 AM

Warehouse space in areas like Georgia and Texas are seeing an unprecedented lack of vacancy. According to a report from Colliers International, this is a reflection of a national trend. The report uncovered a “critical need for more extensive logistics and warehousing networks in towns and cities worldwide to support urban, online demand.”

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Topics: 3PL, Warehousing

Keller Logistics Group Recognized by Food Logistics as a 2016 Top 3PL Provider

Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 9/16/16 3:55 PM

Keller Logistics Group announced today that they were selected as one of Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers. Food Logistics publishes this listing yearly and supply chain professionals rely on it as a tool for planning their logistics needs.

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Topics: Hot Topic, 3PL, Warehousing, Corporate News, Industry Buzz, logistics


Posted by Julie Wanstedt on 1/14/16 4:46 PM

Due to the continued growth of Keller Warehousing & Distribution, the Koester Metals building at 1459 Quality Drive, Defiance, OH was purchased to further expand our warehousing footprint locally. This square footage contributes to Keller’s 3mm square feet of warehouse space strategically located across the United States.

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Topics: Warehousing, Corporate News