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Questions to Ask Your Next 3PL Partner

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Aug 1, 2018

How do you know a 3PL is right for you? Taking the time to evaluate your next 3PL partner can save you time and money. In fact, moving from one 3PL to another can be extremely costly so your time to get to know your 3PL partner upfront is an important investment.   

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Topics: Warehousing

Basic Warehouse Security Practices of Your 3PL

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Jul 26, 2018

The Shippers Group follows fundamental best practices for warehouse security as outlined by the International Warehouse Logistics Association and available at www.IWLA.com. 

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Topics: Insider, Warehousing, Technology

What is Honeycombing in the Warehouse?

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Jul 24, 2018

 

Honeycombing in the warehouse is a common phenomenon and is thankfully not caused by an infestation of honey bees! What is honeycombing in the warehousing industry and what does it mean for both the warehouse manager and the customer?  

When goods are stored within a warehouse, there is a trade-off between storage efficiency and handling efficiency. To prevent products from being handled multiple times, the warehouse will store only a single item in each lane or pick position. By doing so, the warehouse operator does not have to move items around within the storage area to find the specific item. The fewer times the product is moved, the higher the handling efficiency.  

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Topics: Insider, Warehousing

Why is 3PL Onboarding Important?

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Jul 20, 2018

Your company has decided to partner with a 3PL provider to handle your warehousing and distribution needs and you approach your supply chain partner. What’s next? Several onboarding steps should be taken with your supply chain partner to make the transition a smooth one. Many factors play into this transition. No matter the size and complexity of your business, and regardless of the type of agreement needed, i.e. public or dedicated warehousing, communication and planning are key to success leading up to and after the go-live date.

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Topics: Insider, Warehousing

Planning is Key When Demand Exceeds Labor and Space

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Jul 11, 2018

Limited supply within the 3PL warehousing industry is causing stress on logistics networks, however, much of this anxiety can be avoided. Add quarter-end or year-end into the equation and pressures mount to achieve sales goals and exceed customer expectations. 

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Topics: Warehousing