Third Party Logistics Services

LeanCor

The process of getting the right product to the right customer at the right time is the job of effective logistics. Every company that produces a product for consumers or other businesses must deal with the issue of the supply chain, or logistics. Not only do companies have to ship products to customers, they are customers to many other companies for raw materials and supplies. Logistics is a multi-billion dollar business that requires a new level of discipline and attention.

Why Include a Third-Party Logistics Provider in Your Logistics RFQ?

Zipline Logistics

Running a formal bid process or requesting a logistics request for quote (RFQ) is common among large CPG shippers. Depending on your organization’s preference, the logistics RFQ process may be conducted once per year or every quarter. Who to Include in Your Logistics RFQ.

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[Infographic] 21st Third Party Logistics Study Shows Increased Use of 3PLs & Shippers

Cerasis

Third-party logistics providers are evolving in the wake of changing politics, increased public scrutiny and demand for more value-based, not asset-based, services. At the close of 2016, the 21 st Annual Third-Party Logistics Study found the overall use of third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) is increasing, but the types of logistics services utilized indicate the industry is entering a shift in how it operates.

This Week in Logistics News (September 14-18, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Lots of supply chain and logistics news this week, so let’s go straight to it… Transplace Acquires M33 Integrated. New Infinea® X from Infinite Peripherals® Expedites Warehouse, Logistics and Supply Chain Operations. FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates for Express, Ground and Freight Services. Final rule for electronic logging devices is pushed back to end of October (Logistics Management). Another week, another acquisition in the third-party logistics (3PL) market.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

When the Internet first arrived, the idea of waiting for an extended period to receive a product was great, asserts Gordon Hellberg of Material Handling and Logistics. However, Amazon is shaking up the mix by seeking to make today’s e-commerce practices obsolete, and shipping and logistics providers need to understand why. Consumers are also expecting more of manufacturers and shipping companies. Shipping and Logistics Providers Seek to Attract Millennials.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains.

How Chemical Freight 3PLs Source Bulk Tanker Trailers and Other Equipment

Bulk Connection

In the world of bulk liquid shipping, there can sometimes be a gap between what a shipper needs and what a carrier ultimately delivers. As the transportation experts in the middle, freight brokers and other third-party logistics (3PL) transportation providers can play the role of matchmaker between the two – working out key details with both shippers & receivers so that their needs are fully and accurately communicated.

Spotlight on Ocean Shipping in The Transpacific Eastbound Lane

CH Robinson Transportfolio

In a typical year, shipping by air and ocean follows a fairly predictable pattern of peak and slow times. Many shippers in this lane have ramped up their shipping early, while others are choosing to pay higher spot market rates in their preferred shipping times or waiting to see what will happen next. A typical year in the Transpacific Eastbound lane usually looks like this for ocean shipping : May 1: New service contracts in this lane go into effect.

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Predictions for 2019: What Will the Year Have in Store for Global Shipping?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Change in fuel sources may cause delays and higher costs. The road to compliance will likely affect schedules as vessels dry dock to change fuel sources. Ultimately, we expect the extra costs will likely fall on consumers for goods shipped around the world. Visibility will help overcome major disruptions to supply chain logistics. Today’s online shoppers truly value fast, reliable delivery and good return policies (especially free return shipping).

6 Tips to Avoid Common Canada Cross-Border Shipping Mistakes

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Building strong capacity relationships is key to smooth cross-border shipping. A third party logistics provider (3PL) like C.H. And depending on where you’re shipping, the PST may be blended into the Harmonized Sales Tariff (HST).**. Even if you only need to worry about one shipping lane today, future growth or market changes may mean you’ll need more lane options with different taxes and fees in the future. Did you know that the U.S.

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs

Elementum

Transportation can be a significant part of a business’ logistics costs— potentially upwards of 55 percent. Logistics companies are certainly no stranger to the volatile nature of their profession—let’s take a look at some strategies they’ve developed for buffering rising fuel costs. Sourcing products and raw materials from locations that are near the end-market helps reduce transportation costs. Logistics economics transportation shipping

Predictions for 2019: What Will the Year Have in Store for Global Shipping?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Change in fuel sources may cause delays and higher costs. The road to compliance will likely affect schedules as vessels dry dock to change fuel sources. Ultimately, we expect the extra costs will likely fall on consumers for goods shipped around the world. Visibility will help overcome major disruptions to supply chain logistics. Today’s online shoppers truly value fast, reliable delivery and good return policies (especially free return shipping).

As Fuel Prices Rise, Here's How Supply Chains Can Cut Transportation Costs

Elementum

Transportation can be a significant part of a business’ logistics costs— potentially upwards of 55 percent. Logistics companies are certainly no stranger to the volatile nature of their profession—let’s take a look at some strategies they’ve developed for buffering rising fuel costs. Sourcing products and raw materials from locations that are near the end-market helps reduce transportation costs. Logistics economics transportation shipping

Freight Consolidation for Full Truckload: The Hidden Gem of Full Truckload Shipping

Cerasis

Full truckload shipping is generally less expensive than other over the road transportation modes. Instead of throwing in the towel, shippers can leverage full truckload shipping to ship LTL shipments in the back of a full-size van or trailer. Unfortunately, the surrounding LTL shipping has resulted in an unusual problem; shippers are turning to LTL-exclusive shipments, which can significantly drive up freight spend.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. By adopting a logistics efficiency management approach, logistics related costs as a percentage of sales drops to 4% to 7% depending on industry sector. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains.

Built for Yesterday’s Consumer: The Demise of Malls and Traditional Distribution Networks

Talking Logistics

E-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment are the main drivers of transformational change in retail supply chains, but two other trends also illustrate how retail supply chain networks are changing: the declining role of shopping malls, and the type of distribution facilities retailers and third-party logistics providers are investing in today compared to just a few years ago. Data Source: “E-Commerce and Logistics Real Estate,” Prologis, July 2014.

The Benefits of Full Truckload Shipping: How to Make Sure You Are Getting More Bang for Your Buck

Cerasis

The capacity crunch has arrived, and shippers are scrambling to find ways to make a profit in logistics. The wrong strategy or blend of transportation modes will result in losses, and since consumers only see product costs through Amazonian eyes, increasing product price points and shipping charges is unacceptable. However, the benefits of full truckload shipping can be accessed by approaching logistics from a strategic vantage point, understanding the mode more thoroughly.

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. The core competency of these companies is logistics , and they do it well. FedEx set out to become a global logistics player as a full-service freight operator.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target. How will transportation, inventory, and sourcing policy decisions change in light of this cheap oil environment? It’s also important to note that shipping and aviation, two industries with significant greenhouse gas emissions, are not included in the COP21 agreement.

4 Long Term Ways to Save with Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping

Cerasis

So, your organization has decided to explore the benefits and perks of less than truckload freight shipping. Let’s take a look at how the TMS impacts the costs of shipping over the long term in four critical areas. Overall Costs of Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping. For an organization to justify the cost of using Less than truckload freight shipping, the topic of return on investment usually crops up.

The ELD Mandate and Fresh Produce Logistics: What Shippers Need to Know

CH Robinson Logistics

ELD and HOS exceptions apply to certain vehicles and carriers, during planting and harvesting periods, and for the transportation of agricultural commodities within a 150-air mile radius from the source of the commodities. While carriers and owner/operators are directly responsible for complying with the mandate, this shift in protocol can significantly change day-to-day operations for drivers, fresh produce logistics, and the produce industry.

What is Inventory Shrinkage?

Supply Chain Game Changer

ECommerce businesses experience inventory shrinkage when items are damaged on warehouse shelves or disappear during shipping or receiving. This may appear as a discrepancy between products recorded as shipped from your manufacturer and what is noted as received in the fulfillment center.

3 Components to a Complete Lean Transportation Management System

LeanCor

We partner with a third party logistics provider to manage our transportation management. We have formally educated, experienced, and disciplined logistics professionals on our transportation team. After all, logistics processes are labor intensive and hence the importance of people. Although many people are looking for the “magic bullet” from technology, the fact remains that logistics is about processes, and people execute processes.

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Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. The simplest way to think of procurement logistics is the procurement of materials needed to manufacture products. According to DHL , procurement logistics includes obtaining the following necessities: Raw materials. Where Do Logistics Providers Come Into Play With Procurement Logistics?

The Top 5 Changes That Occur With AI in Logistics

Cerasis

There’s no other way to describe it: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the world of logistics. Here are the top five ways in which Artificial Intelligence is transforming the logistics industry as we know it: 1) Predictive Capabilities Skyrocket When AI in Logistics is Implemented The capabilities of AI are seriously ramping up company efficiencies in the areas of predictive demand and network planning. Logistics

Top Logistics Terms to Know—A Supply Chain Glossary

Zipline Logistics

Logistics is no exception. There are hundreds of logistics terms that make up the industry’s language. Here is our glossary of top logistics terms to know. Logistics Terms for Pros to Know. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. Audit — In logistics, an audit refers to the process of examining, adjusting, and verifying freight bills for accuracy. Consignor — The originator of shipped products.

What Supply Chain Risks Must Supply Chain Execs Keep Top of Mind?

Cerasis

Also, risks can range from working with entities outside of a given company, such as third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ), to changes in the expected movements of a product, otherwise known as scope change risks. Failure to do so would result in extreme inaccuracies in inventory management and additional delays throughout shipping processes. Risk permeates supply chains.

Greater Supply Chain Savings Thanks to Transportation Management

Cerasis

Therefore, more companies have partnered with third-party logistics providers ( 3PLs ) to achieve greater supply chain savings and presence in such markets through enhanced transportation management systems ( TMSs ). The role of TMS is growing more important in modern transportation and shipping. While many companies look for more supply chain savings and increase profit margins, the TMS remains a stable , reliable source of increased revenue.

The Convergence of Logistics and Commerce (and Social Networking Too)

Talking Logistics

According to the article: Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services [emphasis mine], by helping these brands enable faster shipping. With order management tools and a network of warehouses , Symphony says its offerings will make it easier for large companies to provide two-day shipping or even same-hour delivery in major metropolitan areas. Source: Symphony Commerce website.

E-Commerce Needs These Supply Chain Systems !

Supply Chain Game Changer

As evidenced by the most recent peak shipping season , the need for effective, high-quality logistics and warehouse management has never been higher. The dock scheduling system (DSS) is responsible for both managing inbound and outbound logistics at the facility. Subscribe Here!

Applying Blockchain in Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 5 Reasons Why Supply Chain Execs Need to Know More

Cerasis

Although it may seem counterintuitive for a third-party logistics provider (3PL), like Cerasis, to trumpet such prospects, the resounding impact will drive greater efficiencies in supply chains. Applying blockchain in logistics and supply chain management is about doing more with less, a common concept in business, and shippers need to know a few things about how it could add value to the shipping ecosystem. Blockchain Logistics Supply Chain

6 Benefits of Transportation Consolidation Programs & How They Reduce Freight Spend

Cerasis

To combat freight spend, supply chain entities have devoted huge investments and deployed developmental teams to find ways to improve efficiency, manage all parts of the manufacturing and shipping process, and eliminate all sources of delays. However, freight rates are continuing to increase , yet the end users continue to demand lower shipping rates. Some common concerns for shippers include the following: Unused space in shipping containers.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

Traditional supply chains ship cases, pallets and trucks; but not the EACH. With the dawn of eCommerce, companies must now ship the EACH. We how have the endless aisle with the need to ship the EACH. Their processes cannot ship and track the EACH and the outsourcing to third-party logistics is too expensive. As a result, unit picking, shipping and returns is redefining warehouse management and transportation processes.

The Rise of Logistics Technology in E-Commerce

Cerasis

Logistics technologies are changing how modern retailers operate. Home Depot is revamping their distribution center strategy to include a host of regional centers, and logistics providers stand to reap significant profits from increased collaboration in the marketplace. However, the rise of e-commerce will naturally lead to greater focus on logistics technologies, and you need to understand how this increase the role of logistics technology in e-commerce in the global economy.

How Collaborative Transportation Management Provides Access to More Freight Capacity

Turvo

Fortunately, shippers, carriers, brokers, and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that take the time to consider how collaborative transportation management can benefit operations have an opportunity to increase efficiency and available transportation capacity.