Ecommerce is prompting a supply chain sea change – for retailers and manufacturers alike. As more manufacturers add direct-to-consumer sales channels, they face the same daunting customer expectations for speed and service that have challenged retailers in recent years. They’re also seeing their retail customers’ expectations escalate. In the latest issue of Inbound Logistics, Perry Belcastro, Saddle Creek’s vice president,
Have you ever conducted a search for a third-party provider and been disappointed by a slew of responses that come up short or were entirely off the mark? A poorly constructed request for proposal (RFP) could be to blame. Before you start your next search for a 3PL, give careful thought to how you frame up your RFP. Wondering how
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.
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
In today’s omnichannel marketplace, the distribution network is king. Having distribution centers in the right locations can help you to improve service levels, better manage inventory and reduce transportation time and cost. Finding the Right Warehouse Location When designing a distribution network, give careful consideration to identifying the best warehouse locations and required capabilities to meet your business objectives. It
As a healthcare logistics professional, you face a variety of challenges today – increased regulatory compliance, reimbursement reform, increased security, industry consolidation, limited product life cycle, etc. It’s more important than ever to closely monitor the performance of your healthcare supply chain. Take time to review your healthcare logistic operations and ensure that you are able to: Optimally manage cost/investment.
With the explosive growth of ecommerce, the role of warehousing is changing rapidly. New research from DC Velocity and ARC Advisory Group sheds light on how ecommerce fulfillment requirements are expected to impact warehouses in the next few years. Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek’s senior vice president of warehouse operations, takes a closer look at some of the best practices already
Outsourcing distribution can provide numerous benefits for food and beverage companies – increasing efficiency, reducing costs, improving service . . . However, not all 3PLs are equipped to handle the unique requirements of food and beverage products. Here are five characteristics to keep in mind when looking for a food-and-beverage 3PL: 1. Food-grade facilities – Naturally, you need a provider
Late last week, CBRE, a real estate brokerage firm, released a summary of their upcoming Q4 2015 US Industrial MarketView report. It was all good news for our economy, but bad news for companies who need warehouse space. The demand for industrial space has grown continuously for the last seven years and, despite the addition of 148.7 million sq. ft.
Cross-docking offers many benefits including: 1. Increased speed to market – With high turn rates and reduced handling, cross-docking helps to increase efficiency and get products to market faster. 2. Reduced costs – Cross-docking requires a smaller footprint than traditional warehousing and often utilizes less labor as well. 3. Improved service levels – Because product is shipped in bulk and