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Consumer Packaged Goods: How Does CPG Shipping Work?

PLS Logistics

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) are a large part of the retail industry. These products support our daily lives, and proper transportation strategy is crucial for CPG companies to have goods delivered on-time. Shippers struggle with numerous challenges to meet the retailers’ compliances and often suffer supply chain disruptions. Blog consumer packaged goods cpg cpg shipping

Top 4 Reasons Why Package Optimization Also Benefits Your Supply Chain

Cerasis

When you’re looking for ways to benefit your company’s supply chain, you probably look for ways to reduce time or costs in various departments. In most cases, this comes down to the way you might ship, store or produce the products you sell. But what about the way you package those products? Product packaging isn’t typically something you think about in supply chain and logistics, but it actually plays a major role in shipping and producing your products.

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The Missing Supply Chain Perspective in Packaging Decisions

Talking Logistics

About a decade ago, I visited a packaging facility operated by a contract packaging provider. The facility would receive bulk quantities of goods from a leading consumer goods manufacturer and package them into different clamshell units (10-count, 30-count, 50-count, etc.) An obvious question popped into my head: Why not have just one party, either the contract packaging provider or the 3PL, do both the packaging and the distribution functions?

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ). Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target.

11 Best Practices to Ship Parcel Like a Pro

Cerasis

These giants have deep pockets, capable of offering low-cost, if not free, parcel shipping. However, that does not mean all shippers must face the challenges to ship parcel at their expense. Rather than giving up, shippers need to consider what Amazon and the big box giants have done right and apply these concepts as part of a robust parcel shipping strategy. If shippers charge to ship parcel, customers will simply go to Amazon. Negotiate Shipping Rates Like a Pro.

Mobile Technology in Transportation Management & The Future Impact on the Supply Chain

Cerasis

However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. For mobile technology and transport, the theoretical tipping point is in our rearview mirror. Price points for hardware and communications have fallen, and the reliability and capabilities of mobile technologies for transportation have vastly improved. Mobile Technology in Transportation Management Impacts all Points Along the Supply Chain.

Transportation is the Great Enabler of Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

I believe transportation is the least complex, yet most critical component of the supply chain. And if that isn’t enough to create a bias, maybe these well-known facts will: transportation costs represent the biggest slice of the supply chain cost pie (nearly 60 percent of every supply chain dollar is spent on transportation), and transportation costs can represent 3-12 percent of revenue or more depending on the product type and industry.

Shipping Less-Than-Truckload Freight in E-Commerce: Shipping Online Is More Than Just Parcel Shipments

Cerasis

Those that seek to succeed in shipping online need to know a few things about why less-than-truckload may be the solution, how customers’ expectations are increasing, and what benefits less-than-truckload offers. Apply Standard Shipping and Handling Costs to Freight Quotes.

4 Air Freight Packaging Pointers from Securing Drums to Pallets

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: Cerasis focuses on North American transportation management. Further, we focus on over the road transportation management to include the modes: LTL, Full Truckload, and Small Package. However, in a global economy that we live in, we have several requests from customers, prospects, and readers to look at solutions that include international shipping and other modes. The focus of this blog post is about air freight packaging pointers.

Why Parcel or Small Package Auditing Is Important for Shippers

Cerasis

However, some continue to refute audits, but take a look at what could be going on in your operation without small package auditing. Shippers May Be Overpaying, Which Affects Small Package Auditing. Shippers pay up to 5 percent more when small package auditing is not completed, explains Jared Fisher of PARCEL Media. In shipping, fuel surcharges, toll costs and expenses can change rapidly. Accountability and Visibility Are Critical Parts of Modern Shipping.

Supply Chain Shipping: Air or Ground?

AFFLINK

Before you start optimizing your supply chain strategies, you need to choose a shipping method. There are three major shipping methods that are used: air, ground, and sea. Air and ground transportation are very different, both in terms of cost and efficiency.

Touchless Fulfillment and Shipping!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. A Don’t Touch Supply Chain Strategy Must Now Dominate The Future! Touchless fulfillment and shipping article, and permission to publish here, provided by Jenis Sheth. Touchless Fulfillment and Shipping (New Normal).

Boom Time for the Shared Economy within Supply Chain

Logistics Bureau

In logistics and supply chain management, however, transport and warehousing are the most significant sharing processes thanks to a welter of economic benefits for all parties—and the trend is accelerating despite the dampening effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is LTL Shipping?

SupplyPike

Learn about: Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping Advantages of LTL Factors determining shipping rates. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is a system of transporting a smaller shipment than a typical truck filled with one order. Get better shipping rates.

Does your supply chain hear the change coming?

Kinaxis

by Joe Cannata What rapid adoption of virtual assistants means for CPG supply chains. It was being used at the time for everything from bridge painting to package sorting. This fundamental shift in the shopping paradigm is posing unique challenges for supply chains. Already, supply chains have had to adapt to online shopping, and crazy fulfillment demands. What does this mean for supply chains?

WMS and eCommerce: How to Use Supply Chain Technology to a Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

The application of supply chain technology is essential to maintaining a competitive advantage in the height of eCommerce growth. Modern Technology Is the Solution Think about what makes up a winning eCommerce supply chain strategy and positive customer experience.

7 Characteristics of A Best In Class Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today’s supply chains function as a result of extensive research into how a supply chain behaves, its chief concerns, successful risk management , diverse markets, widespread collaboration, and technological advances. However, current supply chains fall victim to the problems of inefficiencies, inexcusable rigidity, and failure to recognize the growing demands of consumers. Customization is a tricky aspect of a best in class supply chain.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. Amazon supply chain management is driving innovation and change at a pace that’s putting the pressure on other businesses to find a way to keep up, or fold. The online retailer’s most recent patent focuses on drone technology, and would involve drones delivering packages with parachutes.

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6 Applications and Implications of Blockchain Technology in Transportation Management

Cerasis

Let’s talk about Blockchain technology in transportation management. Blockchain technology in transportation management improves effectiveness because of the technology’s capability and chronological elements. 3 Applications of Blockchain Technology in Transportation Management. The blockchain isn’t wildly popular in transportation management yet. WHITE PAPER] The Top Supply Chain Trends that Will Impact Supply Chain Management in 2018.

What Transportation Modes Are Most Affected by Capacity Crunches?

Cerasis

The same holds true for their impacts on varying transportation modes. All modes of transit feel the effects of capacity crunches, but those that suffer the biggest effects tend to involve ground-transit, including less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload (FT) and parcel shipping. rely on these three dominant transportation modes, let’s look at how capacity crunches affect them. Although LTL shipping may appear more cost-effective, it is only as good as the volume used.

Holiday Shopping Means Holiday Shipping: How Do All Those Packages Get Delivered?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

” That means that seamless logistics is more critical than ever to get all of those packages to their final destinations on time. Our customers can take advantage of our experience, data and, scale to get their packages to their final destination.

Top 5 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2020

OneSCM

The online shopping conveniences offered by large retailers like Amazon have led to increased consumer expectations – including rock-bottom prices, endless product variety and fast shipping – all of which affect each part of the global supply chain.

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[PODCAST] Increasing Parcel Volumes Requiring Shippers to Implement Technology for Parcel Freight Optimization Yielding Reduced Costs

Cerasis

On today’s Podcast episode Cerasis welcomes Bob Malley, CEO of Pierbridge , a company offering enterprise shipping technology aiding logistics entities & shippers in managing parcel shipping more effectively to meet the challenges of omnichannel shipping.

Packaging Supplies Checklist: 8 Shipping Savings Tips

AFFLINK

Considering the overall supply chain when making packaging decisions will help to reduce costs. Evaluating how packaging moves across the entire supply chain will help you to design structurally sound packaging supplies that will eventually save money for the end user. In addition, the right packaging can eliminate inefficiencies such as empty spaces within packages and between packages on pallets and containers.

How Eco-Friendly Packaging is Impacting Sustainability!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Article written for Supply Chain Game Changer by, and permission to publish here provided by, Phil Edwards at Melbourne Packaging Supplies. Not all plastics are the same, and there are plenty of eco-green packaging innovations that make use of sustainable plastics easily available. Efficient and flexible packaging makes business sense. Defining ‘sustainable’ packaging. Subscribe Here!

E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Challenges to Consider for Perfect Implementation

Cerasis

The path to perfect implementation of a new e-commerce shipping strategy is not always clear, and it comes with several challenges that can undermine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of e-commerce. WHITE PAPER] The Top Supply Chain Trends that Will Impact Supply Chain Management in 2018.

Tips & Best Practices for E-Commerce Shipping in Each Over-the-Road Shipping Mode

Cerasis

E-Commerce requires intense coordination between supply chains and an understanding of how to achieve maximum efficiency in all modes of transportation, explains BigCommerce.com. When it comes to over-the-road (OTR) shipping, e-commerce becomes even more difficult, requiring advanced knowledge of various carriers, rates, HOS regulations, the ELD mandate and more. E-Commerce Creates Additional Challenges in OTR Transportation Trucking faces a major crisis.

The Elegance of the Costco Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! I started thinking about the Costco Supply Chain. What is it that makes Costco’s Supply Chain so effective?

How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Cerasis

Editor's Note: Today's blog is from Cindy Banker with ProCorr Display and Packaging who is bringing us some great insight on how to reduce product damage. If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Packaging and product damage during shipping is extremely common. Packaging Selection Helps Reduce Product Damage. Warehousing eats up about 25% and transportation 60%.

Understanding How Parcel Cost Control Reduces Total Transportation Costs

Cerasis

Understand Accessorial Charges Contribute to 20 Percent of Total Transportation Costs Parcel cost control must underscore the importance of controlling accessorial charges, including fuel surcharges and surcharges not otherwise specified, like Saturday delivery, next-day delivery, and hazardous material handling. Knocking accessorial charges out of the equation lowers total transportation costs. Small Package Transportation

5 Parcel Challenges You Can Overcome to Transform Your Small Package Shipping and Crush the Competition

4WL Consulting

When you are running a small to medium-sized business and regularly ship small packages and parcels, you face certain challenges that your larger competitors do not have to overcome. Companies that ship thousands of small packages a week often get lower rates and better service than their counterparts who may only ship 25 or 50 parcels each week. Do you know what is or is not allowed to be transported?

Utilizing a 3PL to Apply Transportation Management Best Practices For E-Commerce

Cerasis

Transportation Management Challenges in E-Commerce Although e-commerce represents an excellent opportunity for shippers, it results in the creation of additional challenges in managing freight spend and moving products. Faster shipping.

Coming soon to a supply chain near you: 8 big digital disruptors

Kinaxis

In reality, all this emerging tech, whether it’s turning your world upside down or not, is having a very real impact on how businesses manage their supply chains. None is feeling the effects more pointedly than those in consumer packaged goods (CPG), as all this new technology has fundamentally altered the way consumers research and shop for products. He outlined eight emerging technologies that are most likely to drive dramatic changes across the CPG supply chain.

Tips for Safely Transporting Pharmaceuticals

Cerasis

Transporting pharmaceuticals is arguably more important than manufacturing them, because it enables these lifesaving medications to make it to where they are needed most. Shipping these products requires an extra level of care to ensure the products make it to their destination. When transporting pharmaceuticals, how can logistics workers do it safely , and what precautions are necessary for things like temperature control and to guard against theft? Transportation

“Free” Shipping is the New Norm for e-Commerce, But at What Cost?

CHAINalytics

In today’s marketplace, customers expect free shipping, so much so that nearly half of online shoppers claim they will typically back out of a purchase if it fails to qualify for free shipping (47%). And, while the average shopper is still content with … The post “Free” Shipping is the New Norm for e-Commerce, But at What Cost? Blog Feature Packaging Optimization Supply Chain Design Transportation Cost-to-Serve E-Commerce Network Design Parcel Spend Optimization