3PL Warehousing 101

Kanban Logistics

The modern warehouse offers much more than basic storage. While you can build and staff your own warehouse and perform these services yourself, more and more companies see the value in handing warehousing operations off to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider. In this article, we’ll examine all that 3PL warehousing entails, while helping you find a 3PL partner that’s right for your business. Types of 3PL Warehousing. The Warehouse Management System.

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8 Common Warehousing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Logistics Bureau

To say there is any one single way in which to manage a warehouse would be folly—much depends on the nature of the supply chain and of the warehouse itself. To help you keep on top of your warehouse management and ensure your storage facilities don’t generate undue supply chain costs, take note of the following eight common warehousing mistakes. This doesn’t mean you have to invest in an expensive and over-complicated warehouse management system though.

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Top Logistics Articles of 2015


We continue our top articles from each of our main 5 categories today by covering the top 10 logistics articles that were the most viewed in 2015. Each of these five include several sub categories for more specific articles, such as the TMS category under Transportation Management. In our series, we first created the top manufacturing articles list, followed by the top supply chain articles list. Top Logistics Articles of 2015.

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015


As we head into 2016, we are featuring our most read articles of 2015 in our five main categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation Management, and Freight. Yesterday we published the top 10 most read manufacturing articles of 2015. . Top 10 Supply Chain Articles from 2015. The following 10 supply chain articles are listed in order from the 10th most read blog post to the top most read post. Read the full article here. .

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track


Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management. To monitor progress against its reverse logistics management plan, a company needs metrics that measure the financial impact of returns on the firm and on other members of the supply chain. Measures such as amount of product to be reclaimed and resold as is, or percentage of material recycled, are examples of such metrics. Energy used in handling returns : This metric is used in sustainability programs.

Supply Chain Metrics To Avoid Before It's Too Late!

Supply Chain Opz

Supply Chain Metrics are one of the most important best practices in supply chain management because " You can''t manage what you can''t measure ". However, under certain circumstances, metrics are not used or implemented properly. This article will explain to you 7 kind of supply chain metrics that you should pay special attention to. For example, when warehouse staffs pick the orders faster, cost per order can be reduced. It''s the inventory metric).

50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight


Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. 50 Most Read Articles of All Time From the Cerasis Blog. Happy New Year!

What to Look for in a Food Distribution Warehouse Provider

Kanban Logistics

Makers of all types of products turn to third-party logistics (3PL) providers to optimize warehousing and distribution operations in order to meet modern supply chain demands. In this article, we’ll examine the many things you’ll need to look for in a food distribution warehouse provider to not only optimize your operations – but do so safely as well. The most common warehouse temperature ranges are: Ambient. Refers to the natural temperature of the warehouse.

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Four Truths About DC Robots, Jobs, And Warehouse Execution


Many articles about robots in the distribution center include predictions of large scale job losses. The reality is that robots and people will be working side-by-side in warehouses for years to come. Warehouse and DC jobs in the U.S.

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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. For the purposes of this article, I define the processes of network design as the use of analytic tools to model and optimize the supply chain. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

What are the Top Warehouse KPIs to Succeed?

Supply Chain Game Changer

8 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Fulfillment Efficiency! Article and permission to publish here provided by Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Key performance indicators (KPIs) provide an invaluable way to judge the efficacy of operations, determine opportunities for improvement, improve customer experiences , and better manage supply chain functions, including warehouse management. Let’s cover the top 10 warehouse KPIs for supply chain leaders and warehouse managers to succeed.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

To create flexible and balanced supply chain organisation, it is necessary to integrate strategy, processes, metrics, and technology enterprise wide and across customers, suppliers, and service providers. Develop methodologies to measure risk for each supply chain node, warehouse, factory, supplier, geography, or transportation node. Let me end this article with a lovely quote from a visionary leader!! Article July 2020Let me start with a quote from a great leader!!

WMS Selection: What Drives an Investment in a Warehouse Management System? 5 Considerations


Thus, the demand for warehouse management systems (WMS) has increased, but how do companies distinguish the best-of-breed WMS solutions? You must always think about the cost of investment in a warehouse management system. Furthermore, track the return on investment (ROI) of the system with KPIs and metrics. A 2002 Material Handling and Logistics magazine article cited multiple problems with WMS implementation. Supply Chain Warehouse

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Warehouse Management Systems Selection: How to Choose the Right One for Your Business?

The Logistics of Logistics

Warehouse Management Systems Selection Overview. A good warehouse management system (WMS) can do a lot for your business, from improving efficiency to improving customer service. This article will enumerate some tips on finding the right warehouse management system. If you are able to track everything in the warehouse, from products to people, then you can perform analysis that helps you hire a better employee and stock items more efficiently. Useful Metrics.

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What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation


However, the digital warehouse allows employers to notice recurring patterns or highlight areas that need improvement. What may take months to find reviewing logs and ledgers can be exposed in minutes with real-time data warehousing. Future warehouses are expected to reach new levels of automation. The warehouse of the digital age is synonymous with automation. There are many benefits to going digital and revamping your warehouse operation.

What Going Digital Can Mean for Your Warehouse Operation


However, the digital warehouse allows employers to notice recurring patterns or highlight areas that need improvement. What may take months to find reviewing logs and ledgers can be exposed in minutes with real-time data warehousing. 1) Master Your Supply Chain.

Supply Chain Leadership Driving Industry 4.0 & Resilience During Crisis – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

exact location of goods (on order, in transit, or in a warehouse)). Products we infrequently order are not stored in regular Amazon warehouses. With relying on his expertise, he advises on and provides executive training and consultancy in the fields of forecasting, demand and supply planning, S&OP, CPFR, key performance metrics, inventory optimisation, warehouse & logistics management, information systems, and B2B/B2C – project management. Article July 2020

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Automation in the Warehouse: It’s All About Capacity

Veridian Solutions

Automation in the warehouse is essential to meeting the growing demand of e-commerce and the blending of traditional supply chain channels into the omnichannel supply chain. Unfortunately, warehouse capacity around the country is tight, but available capacity is only being used at rates shy of 70 percent. How can warehouse capacity be both tight and utilized less than 100 percent? A Guide to the Warehouse Metrics Supply Chain Execs Should Track.

22 HR & management professionals share the most effective ways for managers to retain their best warehouse workers

6 River Systems

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the warehousing and storage industry grew from 1,133,900 to 1,194,400 from May 2020 to June 2020. In fact, warehousing accounted for the largest portion of jobs added in the transportation and warehousing sector in June, about 61,000 of 99,000 total jobs. We did this by tying metrics to their workload and included those metrics in our weekly all-hands meetings. Warehouse Management

SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO


My first Monday in, I asked for a full report of all our supply chain metrics, and my analyst told me he could get it to me by Friday.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Marketing — these functional groups, for the most part, continue to operate independently from each other, each driven by their own objectives and metrics. In the insurance company [example referenced earlier in the article], the product developers kept the back office and customer service people informed, but they didn’t actively engage them in a joint effort. Break down your supply chain functional silos.

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6 Benefits of Applying Useable Data in Logistics For Continuous Improvement


Overused and misunderstood in blog posts and informative articles, “big data” describes the use of data to improve your operation, which includes shipping, warehousing, and supply chain processes. Using data in logistics to improve your processes does not necessarily require existing orders and information from KPIs and metrics. For example, holiday forecasts in shipping are often used to add more workers to loading docks, shipping centers, and warehouses.

How AI & Machine Learning Will Transform Supply Chain Management Through Software-Driven Automation


He explains his personal journey from supply chain AI/ML skeptic to optimistic believer and how these technologies will radically transform supply chain planning and warehouse automation in the future. For example, accurate data capture inside many warehouses can be a challenge even when you have top of the line IT systems because of inconsistent Wi-Fi, paper-driven processes, and manually triggered process steps.

7 Incredible Benefits of Cloud-Based Logistics Management


In the below article I propose to have a look at the main benefits and advantages of the cloud-based logistics management. More findings on the cloud cargo transportation and warehouse management systems you may discover on the web. The cloud-based supply chain software can be customized to suit your industry, your transportation , freight-forwarding and warehousing specialty, import-export regulations. The cloud-based logistics has lots of metric tools.

Fix Your Retail Supply Chain to Make the Last Mile Count

Logistics Bureau

Repurposing the Warehouse… Literally! If your entire supply chain is to support last-mile services effectively, you might need to consider (or reconsider) the true purpose of your warehouses, whether they belong to your company or are owned and operated by third-parties. If your current strategy involves the use of warehouses to store inventory at the lowest possible cost, there’s every chance that your network isn’t well-suited to efficient last-mile services.

Changing Your Perspective to Measure Supply Chain Performance

Logistics Bureau

To paraphrase a saying, the road to supply chain hell is paved with good intentions and bad metrics. From this understanding, supply chain metrics will then ideally be: A few essential measurements that cover all the strategic aspects of the supply chain. On surveying its corporate customers, however, the company discovered that product standardisation and reliability were often more important to its business clientele, and adjusted its offering and its metrics appropriately.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

Talking Logistics

With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. This trend gathered steam last year thanks to a warehouse vacancy rate of 4.3% million square feet of warehouse and distribution space was absorbed by the market (versus 49.9

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

My client writhed in her seat and hung her head as she asked, “I read your article on control towers, but I am confused. When they built the project, they did not realize that they did not have access to daily data daily for their third-party warehouses and contract manufacturing locations. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Amazon to invest in French firm’s technology for self-driving forklifts (Reuters) Warehouses Test a New Breed of AI Robots (WSJ – sub. Robots in the Warehouse. Here are some excerpts from the article: XPO Logistics Inc. As I commented in my Supply Chain Quarterly article last October, leading solutions go beyond providing visibility to shipments and assets.

What Is the Value of a Scorecard?

Supply Chain Shaman

Reference my article on Throwback Thursday.). Consumer packaged goods companies are paid when the goods land in the retailer’s warehouse, not when they cross the register, and trade funds can distort the demand signal. The book, Metrics That Matter , is almost finished. People cannot get enough on metrics. It is about the right balance of the carrot and the stick. Progress happens when you measure.

3PL Fulfillment Prices! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Keys to Success in Warehouse Management/Order Fulfillment! Article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Adam Robinson at cerasis.com. Growing e-commerce fulfillment demands and costs have collided to bring about an uptick in average 3PL fulfillment prices within the outsourced fulfillment industry, as was evidenced by FulfillmentCompanies.net’s annual poll of 500+ warehouses across the US. ecommerce #logistics #fulfillment #warehouse.

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10 Best Inventory Book for All Experience Levels

Supply Chain Opz

In this article, we will show you 10 best inventory book that readers at all levels can learn from. Citation count is a metric we use to separate great inventory book from their peers - Lastly, we carefully review each inventory book and make a final cut Results Drum roll please! What inventory book can help you to cut inventory costs? Inventory Management Overview Many people think inventory management is a clerical task but they're absolutely wrong.

Lean Logistics


Most companies typically use metrics such as cost, quality, and delivery to track progress and assess improvements. If PDCA is in place, problems will be solved before they escalate or show up in output metrics. Related articles. Warehousing Logistics. Why is PDCA Important in Lean Logistics?

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Collaboration in supply chain management is key


by John Westerveld When scrolling through my news feed Friday, I found this article from SCN : “ Collaboration Key in Creating Competitive Advantages Through Supply Chains “ The article describes research recently published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute. As the article points out, great companies start and end improvement projects with the customer.

5 Crucial Software Every 3PL Company Needs To Have


This article will present five software that every transporter and 3PL company should employ to stay competitive, cost-effective and ensure on-time delivery. Warehouse Management System (WMS) Warehouse Management System enables 3PL companies to take control of their diversified range of product and stock items, as well as monitor the operations of goods and materials moving in and out of the depot.