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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

An Interview with Richard McDuffie, KANE’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Kane Is Able on July 25, 2019

KANE’s new Chief Operating Officer is Richard McDuffie, a 30-year logistics industry veteran with a strong track record of driving operational excellence in logistics across the retail, manufacturing and 3PL industries. We recently sat down with Richard to discuss some of the changes he has seen in the industry over the years and what the future might hold.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, CPG Logistics, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Leadership, KANE Company Culture, Fulfillment Warehouse, Freight Transportation

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 Culture, Fulfillment Warehouse

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 Systems, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

How Lean is Lean? 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 Systems, Warehouse Operations, Lean Warehousing

5 Ways to Get Max Benefit from Your Logistics Service Provider

Posted by Alex Stark on April 11, 2019

The bar has been raised on logistics performance.  Retail customers want perfect orders (expect a fine if they’re not perfect), and they want them faster and delivered within tighter and tighter time windows.

As a logistics manager, the spotlight is shining brighter on you and, by extension, your logistics service providers (3PLs).  You want and need your 3PLs to be great. But, ironically, achieving that result may have as much to do with how hard and how smart you work, as your 3PL. 

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

Tackling the Logistics Industry Talent Gap from the Inside Out

Posted by Alex Stark on February 14, 2019

There’s a talent gap in logistics today and companies are dealing with it in different ways. 

For KANE, that’s meant placing more emphasis than ever on hiring logistics workers from within.  Recently, we caught up with KANE’s VP of Human Resources, Amy Wren, to discuss the subject.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, KANE Company Culture, warehouse labor management

KANE is Aggressively Expanding Space Within its Nationwide Shared Warehouse Network

Posted by Kane Is Able on October 04, 2018

KANE Is Able recently expanded its shared distribution network in three key markets to support customer growth and new business expansion. In total, KANE added 630,000 sq. ft. of additional space in Allentown, PA, Atlanta, GA and California’s Inland Empire.

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Topics: Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing, Fulfillment Warehouse, KANE News and Awards