Jill Jones

16
Nov

Handling the Amazon Effect

There’s no denying the impact that Amazon has had on online customers’ expectations. As evidence of the Amazon Effect at work, consider that 70 percent of shoppers said they expect free shipping for standard delivery during the holidays, according to a new Kibo Software study. They’re not willing to sacrifice speed, however. A Deloitte study found that 45 percent of

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8
Nov

How Can Using a 3PL Improve My Customer Satisfaction?

Eighty-six percent of shippers say that using a 3PL helps improve customer service, according to the 2017 Third-Party Logistics Study. With that high level of confidence, it’s clear that a third-party logistics provider must offer a number of advantages, but what are they? 5 Reasons Why Customers Like Your 3PL Here is a closer look at some of the top

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2
Nov

What is the Real Cost of a Bad 3PL?

If your 3PL is performing poorly, the impact goes beyond headaches and sleepless nights. A subpar 3PL can take a real toll on your business and your bottom line. Near-Term Cost Impact It doesn’t take long for a 3PL’s poor performance to put a dent in your budget, warns Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek’s Senior Vice President of Warehouse Operations. Inventory

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26
Oct

How Outsourcing Can Help You Master Labor Management

Managing your warehouse/DC workforce can be a lot of work. For 62 percent of companies, finding and keeping qualified workers is the biggest challenge, a recent study shows – closely followed by increasing workforce productivity and controlling labor costs. Wondering how you can make the job easier? Outsourcing to a third-party logistics provider could help. Read on to learn more.

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19
Oct

How Can I Lower My Logistics Costs?

Find yourself trying to do more with less? You’re not alone. Cost management is one of the biggest priorities for companies today. To ensure you’ve whittled down your costs as far as they can go, read on. 3 Strategies to Reduce Costs Here are several strategies that successful retailers, ecommerce companies and manufacturers employ to reduce their bottom line: Transportation

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12
Oct

How to Transition to a New 3PL

When you’re changing 3PL providers, a smooth transition is critical. It enables you to uphold customer service levels, maintain your speed to market and control costs. A seamless transition starts with clearly defined processes. Established processes will help guide every aspect of your start-up and ensure proper management and support for such transitions – particularly when they need to occur

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5
Oct

Academy Program Ensures Best-in-Class Service

Back-to-school season isn’t just for the school-age set any longer. Just ask the 16 supervisors who attended the inaugural class of the Saddle Creek Academy in September. Saddle Creek established the Academy training program for its front-line supervisors with the goal of providing them with leadership skills that are aligned with the company’s corporate values.  Participants enhance their knowledge of

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28
Sep

EPA Recognizes Eco-Friendly CNG Fleet

Green has always been our favorite color, so we’re particularly proud to report that Saddle Creek has been named a 2017 “SmartWay High Performer” by the EPA.  Our compressed-natural-gas (CNG) fleet has achieved the high-performance ranking as a SmartWay Truckload/Dry Van Truck Carrier. Saddle Creek is in an elite group. While hundreds of companies partner with EPA through SmartWay, High

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21
Sep

Best Practices in Food & Beverage Logistics: a 3PL Checklist

Need to store cartons of crackers? Bottles of beverages? Pallets of pickles? It’s important to select a qualified third-party provider for warehousing and distribution. The food and beverage industry poses unique supply chain challenges, and not all 3PLs are equipped to handle them. You’ll want an experienced partner with an in-depth understanding of the food and beverage marketplace and the

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13
Sep

ALAN Supports Strategic and Efficient Disaster Relief

The world is reeling this week from the impact of numerous natural disasters – from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to wildfires and earthquakes. Supply-chain resources and know-how can make a critical difference in relief and recovery efforts. That’s where the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) comes in. This highly respected non-profit association supports disaster recovery by engaging the supply chain

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