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Fleet Maintenance: Can You Keep The Trucks Going?

  
  
  
Fleet Maintenance Can You Keep The Trucks Going

You own your own fleet—or you’re deciding whether or not to invest in a fleet—and now it’s a game of figuring out how to make the trucks’ working-lives last. If you aren’t able to keep the fleet in good shape to increase longevity, you’ve lost on that initial investment of buying trucks already. The best way to save on your investment is to keep your fleet running well, for as long as possible, by keeping up on routine maintenance and repairs.

Container Processing at MKM

  
  
  
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When you constantly receive containers from across the Pacific packed full of various sizes, quantities, and types of merchandise, unloading those containers can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re low on space and don’t have the trained staff who know how to organize that merchandise.

When Do You Know You’ve Outgrown Amazon?

  
  
  
When Do You Know You Have Outgrown Amazon

Amazon already towers over all other providers when it comes to the B2C side of distribution, but now it’s making further strides to monopolize and become the world’s largest 3PL for B2B. Should you, as a business owner, be leery of that kind of relationship and involvement? How do you know if working with Amazon for order fulfillment is the right choice for you, or if their growth limits your specific needs?

Benefits & Downsides—Owning Your Own Fleet

  
  
  
Benefits and Downsides Owning Your Own Fleet

With any type of logistics planning you come across in your business—whether working completely through a 3PL or beginning to take on responsibilities for yourself—you’ll face questions like this one about how to divvy up who will be accountable for what. But weighing such an idea as owning and operating your own truck fleet can be one of the most important decisions you make.

Five Benefits to Foreign Trade Zones

  
  
  
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Businesses approved as Foreign Trade Zones experience a series of benefits that, inevitably, save them from having to pay fees and allow them to process foreign and domestic product more quickly. 

The All-in-One Provider

  
  
  
The All in One Provider

The Supply Chain Network exists to get something from point A (usually the manufacturer or supplier) to point B (usually the customer). Usually, this happens via a number of different points in between, going through the hands of various logistics providers, warehouses, and distribution centers. To someone who has to keep track of the logistics and tracking of products across the country, the more hands something touches, the more difficult the process becomes. Some 3PL providers, however, are beginning to act as all-in-one providers for many of their clients, handling store distribution, ecommerce, and even providing value-added services to make the supply chain network less complicated.

Working With Oversea Suppliers

  
  
  
Working With Oversea Suppliers

Nearly a month passes in shipping time alone when you're working with oversea suppliers. That makes inaccurate or wrong orders difficult to process. When you are relying on oversea suppliers to fill manufacturing orders, you should work with a distribution company that has experience in processing shipments—even if the distributor needs to contact the manufacturer to deal with inaccurate orders. Here's what to look for.   

Packaging Materials & Your 3PL

  
  
  
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You never want a product showing up damaged to your customer’s door, but it’s sometimes a reality of ecommerce. Whether it’s a clumsy delivery person dropping the package or a parcel delivery company’s machine flipping it in a way it shouldn’t be, damage happens. But, of course, there are ways to prevent against damage: namely, the packing materials you or your 3PL partner uses. Do you know what’s going in the box?

Building Confidence in Your Shareholders Through 3PL

  
  
  
Building Confidence in Your Shareholders Through 3PL

When deciding upon which 3PL to partner with to meet distribution needs, you aren’t just trying to find a service. Your reputation is at stake, and your choice in a 3PL will affect how investors and shareholders foresee the future of your company. Shareholders watch the choices you make to evaluate the longevity and value of your company. So when you choose a 3PL, you need to be able to show shareholders that this is a wise investment.

5 Questions To Identify Your Distribution Needs From A 3PL

  
  
  
5 Questions To Identify Your Distribution Needs From A 3PL

Long before you begin the RFP process with third-party logistic providers, you should take the time to identify what you need from a distributor. Your company has specific requests based on your customers and your product, and it’s important to evaluate yourself before you can successfully evaluate a 3PL provider. 

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