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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


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

What’s Wrong with Continuous Improvement Programs in Logistics?

Posted by Alex Stark on September 12, 2019

Lip Service.  According to Merriam-Webster, it’s a belief “expressed in words but not backed by deeds.”

There’s a lot of that going on when it comes to programs for continuous improvement in logistics. Some companies do quite a good job presenting the image of a quality-driven operation. But too often the banners, slogans and award certificates – the eye candy – don’t translate into real cultural change.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Warehouse Operations

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: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Safety, KANE Company

Logistics KPIs: Some Things Just Don’t Make Sense

Posted by Richard Reilly on August 07, 2019

As third party logistics (3PL) distribution center professionals, we all have logistics KPIs (key performance indicators) that are either directed by our customer or are an internal measure of success.  The goal: to keep our KPIs operating in the green.  However, there are two KPIs that I have seen consumer packaged goods (CPG) customers attempt to manipulate, and I struggle to understand the logic. 

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Topics: Warehouse Operations

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, Consumer Goods Logistics, Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations, KANE Company, Ecommerce Fulfillment, 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, 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

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

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