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Flexibility AND Scalability: A Scarce Combination Among 3PLs

Posted by Alex Stark on October 17, 2019

Check out the marketing claims of many third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and you’ll see the words “flexible” and “scalable” used regularly, and often together.  The fact is, most are good at one or the other, but not both.

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Happy CX Day

Posted by Alex Stark on October 10, 2019

What did you do to celebrate CX Day earlier this month?

Wait…what?! You’ve never heard of it?

CX, of course, is short for Customer Experience. CX Day celebrates those customers. You know, the people who keep the lights on. The day itself moves around a bit, making it hard to get traction for this particular celebration.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing

3PL Metrics: Do Retail Suppliers Measure Success the Wrong Way?

Posted by Stan Schrader on September 19, 2019

If you are a user of third-party logistics (3PL) services, you know that 3PLs tend to have a metric for just about everything – productivity, accuracy, timeliness, costs….

3PL metrics are used as a barometer of performance and to inform continuous improvement programs. But should these same numbers be used to measure the success of your 3PL/Client relationship?

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing

Are you happy with your company's logistics performance

Posted by Alex Stark on August 08, 2019

Are you happy with your logistics performance?

A pretty simple question that calls for a yes or no answer.

Unfortunately, among us logistics types, our operations and engineering brains rely on formulas, not feelings, to provide the answer. 

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Use of Temporary Labor for Warehouse Staffing

Posted by Kane Is Able on July 11, 2019

If you were contracting for home renovation work, you might deal with a single general contractor to coordinate the project. But you’d like to feel confident that the people actually laying the tile, putting up the drywall, and attaching the plumbing fixtures have the experience and training to do a quality job. 

The same holds true for the use of temporary labor for warehouse staffing. As a user of third-party logistics (3PL) services, you want to understand how your 3PL utilizes temporary labor and how that might impact work quality.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, KANE Company, Ecommerce Fulfillment

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

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

Are You Happy (logistically speaking)?

Posted by Alex Stark on May 09, 2019

In logistics, we measure just about everything. If it moves, we measure how fast. If it sits, we measure how long. If it costs money, we measure how much.

But do we ever measure happy

Not often, if at all. And that’s too bad. Happy is an under-rated metric.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, KANE Company

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