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An Interview with Stan Schrader, KANE’s New Chief Commercial Officer

Posted by Kane Is Able on July 02, 2019

KANE’s new Chief Commercial Office is Stan Schrader, a 35-year logistics industry veteran with a strong background in building and scaling successful logistics sales organizations.  We recently sat down with Stan to discuss some of the changes he has seen in the industry over the years and where he sees the greatest opportunity.

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Topics: KANE Company

Distribution Network Optimization: Modeling Tools Won’t Give You the Answer

Posted by Alex Stark on June 27, 2019

Distribution network optimization has become a white-hot topic these days as “the Amazon effect” leads businesses to evaluate how quickly they can get products to customers. 

Warehouse optimization modeling exercises examine the upside of being closer to customers versus the downside of carrying more inventory in more locations.  The biggest mistake companies make in this area is relying too much on the modeling software itself to provide an answer to the question: “How many warehouses should I have and where should they be?”

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

AIB Standards: What are they and why are they important?

Posted by Alex Stark on June 16, 2019

AIB International, formerly the American Institute for Baking, was founded in 1919 to “put science to work for bakers.” Since then, AIB has grown into one of the world’s foremost training organizations on food safety, setting AIB standards for quality and safety.

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

Regional Carriers Are Great Source for Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

Posted by Kane Is Able on June 06, 2019

Owner-operators are freedom-loving entrepreneurs. They own their trucks and want to earn a good living, while remaining independent. Some may choose to hunt profitable freight on load boards, while others align with carriers to provide dedicated capacity. 

In recent months, Kane Freight Lines has had an increasing number of inquiries from drivers seeking owner-operator trucking jobs. That’s because currently, in the spot market, load-to-truck ratios are down and rates are down. The owner operators who rely on load boards are working hard to find profitable driving opportunities. Two-way freight would help, but that’s nearly impossible to find in the spot market. And, if you get it, the rates will need to be dirt cheap. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

The Pitfalls of Lean Warehousing Programs and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Kane Is Able on May 30, 2019

Lean warehousing quality improvement programs have driven billions of dollars’ worth of value across corporate supply chains. They are the road map to faster, better and cheaper. But, if you’re not careful, these programs can become weighed down with bureaucracy, adding time and cost to your quality improvement efforts.

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Topics: Logistics Technology, Warehouse Operations

Customer Service in Logistics Needs a Shift in Focus

Posted by Alex Stark on May 23, 2019

Listen. React.

Listen. React. 

Listen. React.

These two words summarize the day of many customer service representatives (CSRs) across the world. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing

Warehouse Labor: The 'Real' Cost of Warehouse Worker Turnover

Posted by Veronica Donchez on May 21, 2019

$7,000 dollars to replace a warehouse worker.

Sound like a lot? Well, that could be the low end. 

Calculating the traceable costs, the cost of warehouse worker turnover can reach 25% of salary. Using an average salary for warehouse workers of $28,000.00 (according to Salary.com), $7,000 is about where you end up. But some experts calculate the real costs, when you factor in lost productivity and other indirect impacts, at 150% of salary. Either way, turnover in the warehouse can be a major drain on profits.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Logistics Labor Management

Co-packing Services and Your 3PL

Posted by Alex Stark on May 19, 2019

When it comes to product packaging, primary packaging deals with the first layer of packaging that directly contacts the product. Secondary co-packing services refers to the next layer of packaging used to group various pre-packaged products together. This final packaging function can include kitting, bundling and sealing products in hundreds of different ways to ready them for retail sale.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

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