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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog

The ROI of Logistics Safety Programs

Posted by Alex Stark on August 22, 2019

Every logistics operation will say safety programs are a priority. But many such claims are lip service only. Safety solutions, over and above OSHA-mandated programs, cost money – for training, equipment and software. Many companies struggle to invest money in things that might happen.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Leadership, Logistics Safety, KANE Company Culture

Should the State DOT Be the One to Mandate Commercial Vehicle Bans During Weather Events?

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on March 05, 2019

On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day.   Thankfully, the severity of the storm fell short of predictions and roads remained safely drivable for the duration of the weather event.

But by the time DOT administrators caught up with Mother Nature’s exact plans, it was too late for trucking companies to avoid major financial losses related to pulling trucks off the road.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Safety, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

“Clean Team” Investigates Warehouse Sanitation Best Practices

Posted by Alex Stark on June 21, 2018

Recently, a crack team of logistics detectives (aka “business students”) from the University of Scranton arrived at KANE’s Scranton distribution campus. Their mission: audit and document best practices in warehouse/DC sanitation for their senior class project. Code name: Operation Clean Team. The results of the mission have been kept secret – until now. 

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Topics: Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety, KANE Company Culture

Ways to Improve Truck Driver Safety

Posted by Alex Stark on September 07, 2017

With the ELD mandate taking effect, the issue of truck driver safety is at the forefront of logistics industry news. This is a good thing as driver safety is the foundation of our industry – and it needs to improve. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,050 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2015, an 8% increase from 2014.  In this blog post, we will examine the dangers and promote methods by which they can be reduced. 

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Topics: Logistics Safety

Top Causes of Warehouse Accidents

Posted by Alex Stark on March 23, 2017

In our recent paper, “Safety in Logistics Operations,” we discuss the importance of having a high-performance safety culture in your logistics operation. Such a culture not only makes sense from a human/interpersonal standpoint, it also will have a significant impact on your bottom line. 

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Topics: Logistics Safety

The Warehouse Safety Audit: From Confrontation to Collaboration

Posted by Alex Stark on March 16, 2017

Do you take safety seriously?

Has your company implemented a true safety program that has everyone’s buy in? Or, are you simply fulfilling basic requirements and following the rules? 

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Topics: Logistics Safety

Warehouse Safety Training: Consider Your Audience

Posted by Alex Stark on February 23, 2017

Warehouse Safety Training. Does your company live and breathe it or are you just meeting requirements? 

In our new “Safety in Logistics Operations” paper, we give you several ways to achieve a high-performance safety culture in your logistics operation. One way is to train incessantly and train well. Following are 7 tips to turn boring, OSHA-mandated training sessions into relevant, interactive – and maybe even FUN – classes. 

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Topics: Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety

How to Keep Safety Audits from Being a White-Knuckle Experience

Posted by Multiple Authors on November 03, 2016


The blog was developed collaboratively by Dan Volpe, TJ McCann and Tom Paciga

In our recent blog post on logistics safety, we advised logistics organizations to conduct safety audits in a way that associates don’t perceive them as “gotcha” exercises. Warehouse operators, drivers, and other associates need to know that workplace safety is a shared goal and that all parts of the organization, from management on down, are on the same team. 

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Topics: Logistics Safety