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Dr. Dale Rogers Discusses Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions

by Administrator19. March 2014 14:45

Dr. Dale Rogers, a Foundation Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Nevada, discusses logistics and supply chain solutions and management:

Nokia Makes Ecological Choices in Logistics Management

by Administrator4. March 2014 15:22

In this video, Nokia gives examples of the ecological choices in logistics management they made at production sites and supply chain, before phones are made available in stores. At Nokia, we like to use locally manufactured components -- this means less transportation and consequently, less carbon dioxide. Instead of planes, they prefer ships. They believe that by putting the right small things together, you can create something with a big difference, like a phone or a better environment.

The Science of Warehousing and Distribution Center Design

by Administrator4. March 2014 14:49

The Science of Warehousing and Distribution Center Design | The Dependable Companies


A leading aspect of efficient supply chain management has, and always will be, how a warehousing and distribution center is designed. These days, it's becoming a "science," says Russ Meller, vice president of research and development with Fortna. Here he explains what this means:

"The science of warehousing and distribution center design involves using mathematical models to estimate picking productivity, then scaling the resulting values to a larger group within the warehouse. The key lies in combining the automation of financial models with basic calculations and processes in facility design. By bringing those together, you’re able to design a more efficient and productive facility that gets to the bottom line of the organization," says Meller.

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What is 3PL Warehousing?

by Administrator24. February 2014 13:19

What is 3PL Warehousing? | The Dependable Companies


Is shipping a key feature of your business?  Do you have a lot of products to ship and no place to store them?  If so, you may want to consider a third party logistics provider.  Third party logistics, commonly called 3PL, is a way of having all of your shipping, warehousing, and packing needs handled by one company for one low price.  Some providers even offer services like tracking and security for your products.  There are a few central services that any third party logistics provider will take care of for your business.


The first service provided by any logistics firm is 3pl warehousing.  This means that they offer storage space for your items, in order for them to then be shipped out.  Having your products stored off-site means that you will have more space for your business.  These warehouses are safe, secure, and many companies offer space in a variety of locations.  Multiple locations help to keep shipping costs low for you and your customers.


The next step in the shipping process that is handled by a third party provider is packing.  Making sure your product is safe and secure within the packaging is ideal in shipping.  No one wants to receive a broken product, after all.  Logistics providers make sure that every package is secure enough for shipping.


Distribution is possibly the most important service offered by a logistics provider.  In the distribution process, the provider makes sure that your products go out to your customers on time.  They verify that everything is going to the addresses provided and that the right quantities are leaving the warehouse.  Basically, they take care of all the hassle associated with shipping and distribution.

The key to any shipping business is the use of a third party logistics provider.  An excellent 3PL provider will offer your business the security of knowing that all of your warehousing, packing, and distribution needs are handled.  You will never have to worry about your products or shipping again.


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Supply Chain Management Headaches Don't Have to Be Yours!

by Administrator24. February 2014 11:25

Supply Chain Management Headaches Don't Have to Be Yours | The Dependable Companies

Given the complexities of global commerce today, supply chain management responsibilities could literally keep you up at night. Overseeing an evolving configuration for your distribution network, deciding and continually updating your distribution strategy, keeping logistical costs down, keeping everyone involved informed; not only are these all enormously complicated tasks, but these are also only the tip of the iceberg. Luckily, if you are trying to bring a product to market, you can outsource these headaches and let established firms with reliable networks bear the burden. 

Outsourcing your supply chain management is one the single most effective things you can do in order to stay competitive in the global market. It allows you to focus on making the best product you can while satisfying customer demand. Meanwhile, let someone else handle the particulars of moving your raw materials into production, coordinating transport from various parts and material suppliers into assembly and packaging, and getting your finished merchandise out towards the consumer.

Whether you are in the business of making candy, office supplies, sports equipment, or whatever else, your core competencies are not necessarily in determining delivery schemes and international inventory  positioning. Your company can remain flexible by reducing its ownership of distribution channels and certain sources for raw materials. This is achieved by trusting and collaborating with other agencies and partners whose specialties keep your supply chain running smoothly.

A perfect example would be any situation involving a trade-off. Suppose you need to decide between shipping a full truckload as opposed to a less than truckload (LTL). Full truckloads are more cost-effective on a per-pallet basis, however there will be additional storage costs on the receiving end for the larger quantity of goods. This is one small piece of a very large puzzle, the rest of which would need to be taken into account before making this decision. No matter how you look at it, this is not the area of expertise of candy-makers or sports jersey printers. When it comes to supply chain management, outsourcing is the way to go.

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Benefits of Public Warehousing

by Administrator17. February 2014 15:17

Benefits of Public Warehousing | The Dependable Companies

Many businesses all around the world take advantage of warehouse space. Along with their sheer amount of storage capacity, a warehouse also works as a space in which to properly organize your products. It is rare that a business has this kind of space on site, which is why many turn to public warehousing. As your company grows and begins to work with a greater volume of products, you may find yourself running out of space in which to store and process these items. In such a situation, not only a warehouse but the force that works within it can be highly useful.

When picking your public warehousing, be sure to do your research. It can be important to pick an experienced service that will give you the best possible treatment. It is always a good idea to pick a warehouse in a spot that serves shipping well, such as a space with close access to ports or other key spots for quick shipping and receiving. The most professional services will keep a digital inventory log which you may be granted access to and some control of. Depending on the nature of your products, the interior of the warehouse, or certain parts of it, may climate controlled. This can be very important for items that need to be kept cold or dry. The inside space should also be equipped with everything it needs to handle the inventory, such as cranes and forklift trucks. On the outside, your products will be securely protected by gates, guards, and security systems for ensuring their safety

This well monitored system is sure to increase efficiency and decrease errors. As your business grows and gains a higher profile, public warehousing will be there to help you handle the load. With a large available space, strategic location, and excellent organization skills, this service is practically indispensable. They not only offer storage, but peace of mind as well. Knowing that your products are safely in the hands of storing and shipping professionals will make the rest of your job that much easier.

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IC: A Less-Understood Aspect of Logistics Management

by Administrator17. February 2014 14:54

IC: A Less-Understood Aspect of Logistics Management | The Dependable Companies


Logistics management includes every step from the creation of goods to the final customer’s consumption. Within this overall process of creating and distributing products and services, there are many individual steps that can be amended to reduce waste and increase efficiencies. One seldom-considered part of logistics is channel management. Every company sells goods or services in one or more channels, such as online, through retailers, or within a company store. A skilled logistics provider can evaluate your business through each of your existing cannels and potentially recommend prospects for new ones. This process can reveal opportunities for growth and improvement.

Channel management, or internal communications (IC), works because it considers your business differently than it is normally viewed. For example, each channel should be supported with individual goals. It is wonderful if your channels support each other, such as offering online help for products customers purchased in your store, but each channel should have specific, goal-driven purposes. Products and services distributed within each channel should be identified, and marketing strategies should be determined. If your marketing strategies are identical across channels, then there is a significant chance that you are not using some of your channels as well as you could be.

Furthermore, logistics management professionals have the ability to analyze your channels and suggest ways to use any or all of them more effectively. Many businesses consider their channels as a group, but never individually. This tends to lead to missed opportunities and stunted growth. External logistics providers often have important viewpoints because they are not likely to be affected by industry assumptions about limitations.

Channel evaluation is an important part of logistics management services. Too few companies realize the difference it can make for them. Sometimes companies must expand their views of their own products in order to understand what their potentials are within each channel. New channels should also be considered because businesses should not be static. Logistics providers exist to help you expand your business and increase your efficiency. Channel management is one way they can do this.


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Supply Chain Management Companies Still Struggle to Address “Climate Risk”

by Administrator30. January 2014 11:15

Supply Chain Management Companies Still Struggle to Address Climate Risk | The Dependable Companies


In sustainable supply chain management, does “regulatory uncertainty” discourage corporate investment? According to recent research findings by CDP (a not-for-profit international organization that provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information) published by Accenture, when it comes to addressing climate risk, the answer suggests yes.

"Companies are increasingly recognizing climate risk in their supply chains, but investment in emissions reductions programs is going down," says Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor at Supply Chain Management Review. The report, “Collaborative Action on Climate Risk,” reveals that more and more companies are broadcasting their plans and programs to reduce emissions, which clearly discloses that by investing in sustainability, financial gain is evident and extremely beneficial.

Read more in Supply Chain Management Review

Benefits of Tying the 3PL Warehousing Knot

by Administrator22. January 2014 13:45

Benefits of Tying the 3PL Warehousing Knot | The Dependable Companies


When you choose to use 3PL warehousing (also known as 3rd party logistics warehousing), they outsource to a third party company all - or a combination of - warehousing, transportation services, and fulfillment. This allows you to focus your attention on other aspects of your business such as product development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling. The third party company then handles all of the warehouse and shipping responsibilities for you.

The benefits of this arrangement are numerous. The most obvious is that you immediately have more time to devote to your products, your company, and your customers. In addition, you are likely to save money by using a third party logistic company; they are often able to reduce your overhead costs, and may be able to offer you better rates than if you were performing these services yourself.

3PL warehousing will store your inventory for you, so that you don’t have to find space for it and then keep track of it. A third party logistics company usually has relationships with shipping companies and may be able to ship your products in a more efficient and cost-effective way than if you handled the packaging and shipping yourself.

Faster and more economical shipping means happier customers, and happier customers means increased sales! Third party logistics companies have staff that is specifically trained in all aspects of product distribution, including safety issues. You will save money and time by not having to train your own staff for these job functions, and you will reduce risk to your own employees.

Many third party logistic companies allow you to track your products from the warehouse through the delivery process, and they should be able to provide you with instant inventory reports so you know how much product you have on hand. This kind of reporting helps you track sales trends and will let you prepare for slow or fast sales periods.

3PL warehousing can be a boon to any size of business. Whether you are a small business with just a few products, or a large company that needs to store and ship thousands of items, you will find that third party logistics will help you save time and money.


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Choosing the Right Supply Chain Solutions & Software for Your Business

by Administrator27. December 2013 15:17

Choosing the Right Supply Chain Solutions & Software for Your Business | The Dependable Companies


Choosing the right supply chain solutions for your business is an important decision. The right supply chain management (SCM) system can help your company achieve near-100% fulfillment levels, ship products to your customers efficiently, and even save you money. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking for a new vendor.

When interviewing a vendor, make sure that they understand what your specific business needs are. The vendor should be able to tell you their service levels and provide you with references. You should also check to see if they have had any downtime in the previous year, and if so, how much and how quickly was it resolved.

Good supply chain management software (SCMS) should allow to you develop and analyze both short- and long-term plans. You should also be able to use the software to track any raw materials or products throughout their life cycle. The software should let you share data among all the necessary employees and partners.

Software for supply chain solutions should also allow your customers to place orders in whatever way is best for them. Some customers prefer to shop online, others to visit brick-and-mortar stores, and still others like to call and place orders over the phone. Your vendor’s software should support all these types of sales. Once the customer has placed the order, the software should allow the customer to check on their order’s status, either on a website or by speaking to a customer service representative.

A vendor’s software package should allow you to track your inventory, but that is only the most basic of its functions. Good supply chain software allows you to not only manage your inventory, but to identify short and long term sales trends. This lets you plan for slower or busier seasons, letting you stock less inventory when it’s slow and helping you know when to have more inventory on hand for busier times.

When you’re in the market for supply chain solutions, making a careful choice can help your business succeed.


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