News Room

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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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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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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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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7
Sep

Saddle Creek Adds New Vice President, Business Development

Saddle Creek extends a warm welcome to Charlie Piper, who joins us as vice president of business development. Based in Chicago, he will focus on business growth for all of our logistics services. Piper has more than 25 years of supply chain experience, most recently serving as vice president of business development with Fidelitone Inc., a national provider of integrated

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31
Aug

Friendly Competition Keeps Focus on Fresh Ideas

Continuous improvement is a key area of focus at Saddle Creek. We continually strive to bring our customers innovative ideas for controlling costs, increasing productivity and improving service. We’ve implemented a variety of initiatives to keep fresh ideas flowing. Our LEAN Leaders competition, for example, helps to generate excitement among associates and keep Saddle Creek’s commitment to quality top of

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24
Aug

Ecommerce and the Direct-to-Consumer Supply Chain

Ecommerce is “on fire” – expanding at a 15-percent compound annual growth rate, according to the 2017 State of Logistics Report published by CSCMP. This dramatic growth has had a significant impact on direct-to-consumer (DTC) supply chains. DTC is certainly shaping the way companies approach order fulfillment, explains Jeff Jones, vice president of business development at Saddle Creek Logistics Services,

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15
Aug

Pura Vida Adds Volume, Achieves 99.99% Order Accuracy

When they started selling handmade bracelets in 2010, Pura Vida founders Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman couldn’t imagine how fast their ecommerce and B2B business would grow. With product line expansion and the addition of a subscription service, order volume has increased dramatically – by an eye-popping 50 percent in just the past six months. To stay on top of

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8
Aug

Saddle Creek Recognized as a Top 3PL

For the 19th consecutive year, we’re pleased to report that Saddle Creek Logistics has been selected as a “Top 100 Third-Party Logistics Provider” by Inbound Logistics, a highly respected industry publication. Top 3PL Providers of 2017 Recognized by Inbound Logistics The annual list identifies the service providers whom Inbound Logistics editors feel are best equipped to address their readers’ evolving

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