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Is New Equipment Facilitating or Hindering Growth?

Is New Equipment Facilitating or Hindering Growth

Investing in new equipment for your distribution center is exciting—and with the new developments in anything from forklifts to robotic cranes and picking devices, investments of this kind can increase production and get your distribution center operating at maximum efficiency. But how do you know when new equipment is a best for your hub? Here’s a guide to weigh the pros and cons.

Identifying Value-Added Services For Your 3PL

Identifying Value Added Services For Your 3PL

When we talk about value-added services, we’re talking about the ways your third-party logistics (3PL) provider can make your job easier. Your product is unique and requires a certain amount of care when you ship it to brick-and-mortar stores, and you need to be able to communicate with your 3PL about how best they can help you.

Training for Employee Versatility

Training for Employee Versatility

When you spend the time and invest in training your warehouse employees in various departments, you increase their ability to shift during peak buying seasons, like Black Friday or the holiday rush. More so, you are able to increase employee retention by keeping your employees engaged in the various departments, motivating them to care about the business you conduct. So, move your employees around. Keep them engaged.

Shipping Rates: Free, Flat, or Variable?

Shipping Rates Free Flat or Variable

Your shipping rates and strategy might be one of your best e-commerce marketing platforms. What you charge your customers for shipping may make the biggest difference in whether they buy those several items they have in their shopping cart, or let them sit there while they go looking for other sites with lower prices or cheaper shipping.

Energy Savings In The Warehouse

Energy Savings In The Warehouse

To keep costs down in the warehouse during the summer, you try to keep the place cool in ways that keep your energy bill down—keeping bay doors open, employees hydrated, and using fans rather than air conditioning. But what happens when you need to transition from summer savings to winter savings? Here are a few tips to keep the energy bill low keep your employees comfortable. And we’ll also give you a few tips on warehouse energy savings in general.

Employee Retention VS Technology Investment

Employee Retention VS Technology Investment

Here’s a riddle: do you invest in technology that will allow you to hire fewer employees, or do you spend that money on your employees and count on training and experience to make up the differential? A quick answer: both. Working in distribution, you have to determine if an investment in technology is going to benefit your employees or not. But that’s the key. To focus on your employees benefit rather than technology that’s trending.

Making the Transition from Domestic to International E-Commerce

Making the Transition from Domestic to International E Commerce

Think about the amount of work that goes into your domestic e-commerce. You have to know all of the state regulations and how they change state to state, know tax regulations, and know restrictions on merchandise. Now imagine doubling, tripling—on and on—for switching to international e-commerce. Every country will have its own set of regulations and restrictions, so there’s a lot of homework to do before expanding to international e-commerce.

Efficient Loading Practices

Efficient Loading Practices

When you’re in the business of constantly loading and unloading trucks throughout the day, it becomes very apparent that the way you load things into a truck can make unloading them either very efficient, or a terrible experience. If you’re new to loading and unloading, there are a few things to remember; some of which are common sense, and others may be foreign concepts.

Distributors: Navigating Federal & State Regulations

Distributors Navigating Federal and State Regulations

While shipping regulations for trucks and truck drivers are federally controlled, drivers still often must stop at weigh stations immediately, or soon after, crossing a state line. States generally won’t have different regulations, but they might require authorization and, if nothing else, trucks must be weighed and sometimes inspected, and Hours of Service log books will get checked.

Minimizing dimensional weight charges

Minimizing dimensional weight charges

As fulfillment continues to progress and companies that value logistics continue to strive for further efficiency, new methods are employed to ensure that things are as cost effective as possible. Dimensional Weights (also known as DIM Weights) are one way that fulfillment companies, particularly parcel handlers like FedEx and UPS, are attempting to ensure they’re still profiting from small or lightweight packages, even though they may take up a significant amount of space in a vehicle.

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