More than storage: What warehouse services can a 3PL provide?

Kanban Logistics

When it comes to warehousing, many companies eventually outgrow the “do it yourself” model and choose to hand the reins over to a third-party logistics (3PL) professional. Recap: basic warehouse services. You can choose to simply go it alone and build or rent a warehouse yourself.

50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. Not only does warehouse optimization result in a healthier bottom line, but it also improves key warehouse metrics like accurate orders and on-time delivery. Of course, warehouse optimization isn’t something you do just once; it’s an ongoing process, and a complex one at that.

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Radio Silence on Supply Chain Security

BluJay Solutions

Whilst testing and reporting no doubt have a role to play, there seems to be little industry commentary around the role that RFID could play in securing the supply chain. Not quite… The above scenario doesn’t take into account the thorny issues of accountability, standardization of messages and control, and that cost and worries over complexity mean that many logistics services providers and freight forwarders are not yet using RFID routinely.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. Unloading of local freight and de-stuffing and palletising of international freight.

Renewed Focus on Supply Chain Security as Hackers Target Container Terminals

BluJay Solutions

However recent reports from Europol, Europe's crime fighting agency, highlight that ocean freight is now a target for criminal on criminal activity, with an ongoing court case involving organized criminals recruiting hackers to bypass port security systems in order to locate and intercept containers where illegal drugs had been hidden in order to be smuggled into Europe.

Supply Chain & Warehousing Trends For Year 2017

CormSquare

Warehouse management systems are no longer constrained by mobile operating system offering limited hardware options. From iPhones and ring scanners to compact 2D barcode scanners, warehouses now have unlimited potential for mixing and matching mobile hardware. Need For Better Data Security Will Drive People To The Cloud. Organizations will no longer tolerate the data security risks that may ground their operations for sometimes- hours or days.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Freight Safe

Freightos

Freightos CEO, Zvi Schreiber, recently dubbed 2016 as the “ year that the freight industry goes online.” ” Some freight services, like rate quoting, have now reached the tipping point. On Freightos, for instance, forwarders and shippers can create a freight quote in 30 seconds. Other freight services have already passed the tipping point, fleet tracking, for instance, spearheaded by freight technology companies like Track Your Truck.

50 expert tips on improving warehouse efficiency & productivity

6 River Systems

Most warehouses are on an ongoing mission to maximize productivity by optimizing workflows, automating processes and reducing waste (both time and resources). Warehouses are complex operations with many moving parts and functions happening simultaneously, so while there are plenty of areas to improve productivity, it’s not always easy to determine where your efforts will pay off. More than 50% of your warehouse labor is in pick and pack, so start there.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing: By: Clint McCrystal – Team Leader of Operations. As a result, it is increasingly difficult to secure capacity in today’s carrier market. One specific type of lean warehousing that one of our customers has available to them comes in the form of a cross-dock. Being able to reduce the inventory levels at the plant is a huge benefit from lean warehousing. link]. Does it seem like there are less big rigs on the roads than there used to be?

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Air Freight Explained: Calculating Costs and Price Trends

Freightos

International Air Freight Shipping: Definition. While 90% of everything is shipped by ocean, air connects the world faster, cutting China-US freight shipping time from 20-30 days by ocean to only 3 days by air cargo. International air freight and express freight shipments are not the same thing. Express freight is typically handled by one company (like DHL, UPS or FedEx) that handles the entire shipment lifecycle, with shipping from door to door in under five days.

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips

The Logistics of Logistics

5 Warehouse Performance Management Tips. Consider setting a quality control at the following stages of production: - when receiving and throughout warehouse process. - Inventory counts are also an excellent security measure for your warehouse. Great warehouse performance is essentially a shared goal between the warehouse manager and their personnel. One idea is to invite an independent party into your warehouse to observe the warehouse floor.

o9 Solutions and FourKites partner to bring unprecedented connectivity between freight visibility and planning Control Towers

o9 Solutions

This article has also been published on Business Wire The partnership combines o9’s industry-leading integrated business planning platform with FourKites’ Visibility Cloud to provide end-to-end visibility to freight tracking.

23 Reasons the Ideal TMS is best for LTL Freight Shipping

Cerasis

The Ideal TMS Helps Complete Warehouse Management. A poorly functioning warehouse is tantamount to a poorly functioning supply chain. The ideal TMS can maximize the efficiency of a warehouse and directly affect inventory management. Freight Consolidation. Sometimes, the lines between FT and LTL are blurred, especially when all LTL shipments are compiled into FT via freight consolidation. Increased Security of Information.

Blockchain in freight forwarding – Is it the next big thing?

20Cube Logistics

Basically, blockchain is a record-keeping mechanism which makes business easy and safe on the internet by increasing transparency and providing end-to-end visibility from order to warehousing to delivery to payment. How will blockchain impact freight forwarding? Transparent & secure. The blockchain database is transparent and secure which makes payment process and settlement order easily accessible across different ledgers.

How Freight Disrupted Itself: The View From Within A Changing Industry

Freightos

How Freight Disrupted Itself. In the last year, a new dynamic has begun to reshape the freight industry. Phil knows his (freight) stuff. In his PhD thesis he developed a product to secure ocean freight rates with financial derivatives. Declining Freight Rates. Phil adds that something else has contributed to declining freight rates. Knowledge is power, and this knowledge is keeping freight rates at low levels.

Disruptive Warehouse Technologies for Any Company!

Supply Chain Game Changer

No matter how big or small your operation and your company is you likely have the same pressures on your Warehouses and Distribution Centres. Everyone, including those who are best in class, has the need to reduce costs, improve the speed and accuracy of order fulfillment and warehouse activities, optimize inventory, and provide sufficient capacity to support growth at your busiest times of the year. Disruptive Technologies in the Warehouse! Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Freight Brokerage Strategy: 6 Steps to Stay Proactive With Shippers & Carriers

Turvo

The right freight brokerage strategy is continuously changing to reflect the latest advancements in technologies, service, and brand value. Freight brokers in need of a better strategy that stays proactive in managing shippers and carriers need to follow these steps. Offer the Right Price for Freight Brokerage Services Any plan for value in a freight brokerage strategy must begin with the right price.

JP24 to Complicate Imports for Freight Forwarders

BluJay Solutions

In the latest crackdown on international supply chain security, from March 2014 freight forwarders importing goods into Japan via containerized freight will need to comply with 24 hour electronic advance filing rules similar to the advance filing requirements already in place in the United States and Canada and the European Union. And with Japan being the world’s third-largest importer, the new ‘JP24’ rule will impact on a significant percentage of freight forwarders.

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What Does the Future Hold for Sea and Air Logistics?

20Cube Logistics

IT has vast potential when applied to logistics; warehousing and transportation must have technical support. . In order to secure future growth of the industry, these issues must be viewed with critical importance. . The Future of the Logistics Industry in India.

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7 Ways to Overcome Yard Management Challenges

Cerasis

Poor planning on the part of warehouse managers can lead to extensive demurrage or detention charges, irritability and anger among truck drivers and employees, and excessive gait, congestion, reports PINC.com. Meanwhile, warehouse managers struggle with maintaining visibility and control over trucks, personnel, and assets in their yards. But, warehouse managers can overcome these challenges by taking these seven steps. . Coordinate Yard Management and Warehouse Systems.

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This Week in Logistics News (June 24-28, 2013)

Talking Logistics

HighJump Software Enhances HighJump Warehouse Advantage Express Offering to Meet Increased Demand in SMB Marketplace. ATA Releases Latest Freight Forecast, Projecting Strong Trucking Growth. Meanwhile, HighJump Software announced that it has updated HighJump Warehouse Advantage Express, its warehouse management system (WMS) specifically designed for small and mid-sized wholesale distribution operations.

What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

It begs the question: what happens to your freight during a natural disaster? Securing the Supply Chain. This could be from debris or flooding, especially since freight trucking is the most common mode of transport. This could mean altering their route to avoid the storm, or making sure warehouse facilities are prepared to withstand the brunt of the storm when moving goods isn’t a viable option. The post What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Calls to Better Align Supply Chain Security Certifications to Benefit Logistics Services Providers?

BluJay Solutions

The Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) supply chain security programme is firmly established and steadily increasing in popularity in the EU, with over 11,000 certificates in use by July 2012 and formally recognized by some major trading partners. These relate to other public policy areas, such as the secure trader programme in aviation security, which are completely separate from the AEO programme.

Achieving the Integrated Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Network

These partners are executives, managers, co-workers, suppliers, customers, carriers, 3PLs, warehouses, government agencies, financial institutions, etc. Cash Supply Chain Definitions Education Emerging Trends Freight & Transportation Information Technology Inventory New Ideas News & Info Professional Communications Security Supply Chain Management Supply Chain RiskGuest post from Ned Blinick of 3rdwave.

US Spending Cuts to Create Issues for Freight Forwarders Through Cargo Processing Delays

BluJay Solutions

As the US Federal Government begins to implement a Sequestration program of mandatory spending cuts to address its budget deficit, effective March 1, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of potential delays to the processing of inbound air and sea freight shipments. And the resulting delays in processing cargo imports are set to impact heavily on the logistics industry, with logistics services providers of all types affected, in particular freight forwarders.

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Understanding E-Commerce Fulfillment: Definition, Process, Resources!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Keys to Success in Warehouse Management/Order Fulfillment! You can expand and contract warehouse space as your business needs change. When you think of a fulfillment warehouse, you might imagine rows of shelves filled with products. Pallets of your merchandise ship to your fulfillment warehouse. Receiving is the spot where many fulfillment warehouses fall short. In general, shrinkage allowances range from 2 to 10 percent of your warehoused inventory.

The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog

Freightos

And it’s about to get hit by a freight train of innovation. How much do we love freight innovation? Enough to go through every single article published in the top tech blogs – Techcrunch, Verge, Mashable and Recode – since 2007 to count how often articles about logistics startups, freight or cargo were published. And we found that freight innovation is hot. Freight Forwarder comparator for shippers, with upcoming online freight sales platform.

What is LTL Shipping?

SupplyPike

LTL freight carriers normally transport small shipments of freight from many companies. When companies opt for LTL shipping, they are charged for the section of the semi-truck that their freight takes up. Reduce your warehouse costs. Improve shipment security. LTL shipments can contain one to six pallets, cases, large bundles, or other units for loading that still leaves space for more in the freight carrier’s cargo. Freight Class.

How Logistics Is Proving that Amazon Needs to Be Regulated

Freightos

In itself, that’s a big deal, but its significance is compounded when you consider the trucking shipment volumes such a move will require; it’s essentially jet fuel for their new freight brokerage business. Take into account their FBA warehouse footprint, NVOCC license, and SEC reports flagging forwarders as competition, and you have a solid reminder that Amazon is coming for global freight. Regulating Amazon…Because Freight. Freight Insights General

Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

Supply Chain Network

Intelleflex ZEST™ Data Services, a cloud-based repository for aggregating, warehousing and sharing information across the supply chain, facilitates on-demand access to actionable data for improved supply chain operations to provide a complete picture of data spanning the entire supply chain. To achieve full efficiency, the supply chain needs secure, accurate and timely data on the inventory status and condition of its products.

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation Cost Drain #2 - Freight Rates. Freight rates are a direct line item cost and many companies have experienced rate increase in addition to surcharges. Freight terms are negotiable. What freight terms have been agreed too? Is your supplier taking advantage of your freight volume for better rates? Is you supplier making a profit on your freight by adding a fee? Is your company impacted by security or Homeland Security regulations?

The Role of the Internet of Things in Managing Supply Chain Risk

BluJay Solutions

Perhaps the most obvious potential benefit of IoT, and more importantly going forward the IoE, is supply chain security, which could be much better managed through the use of tracked and monitored containers or packing cases, right down to individual packaging level, which alert security or the authorities if removed from where they should be.

This Week in Logistics News (September 28 – October 2, 2015)

Talking Logistics

LLamasoft Secures $50 Million in Funding from Goldman Sachs. July 2015 North American Freight Numbers. These include freight rating, carrier selection, load tendering and visibility as well as match pay. According to the press release: The Stack Sleeve system can be used in the warehouse and during delivery for both route and bulk customers from one vehicle.

Why Should Logistics Businesses Pay Attention to LOLER?

Supply Chain Game Changer

A Comprehensive Warehouse Safety Guide! These responsibilities outline various ways in which employees and their employers must keep themselves and their colleagues safe and secure. Freight and Logistics Guest Blog Post Supply Chain Management logistics managementSubscribe Here!

Berlin Packaging opens 231,000 sq ft warehouse in Ontario, California

EFT

Strategically located near the busiest seaport in the United States, the adjoining ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and with easy access to highways I-10 and I-15, the 231,000-square-foot Ontario mega-warehouse strengthens Berlin Packaging's operations in Southern California. The warehouse has 23 dock doors, a fully secured yard with two separate entryways, and a training facility.