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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


What to Look for in Food Logistics Companies

Posted by Alex Stark on August 27, 2020

If you manage distribution for a food manufacturer, distributor or retailer, you’re concerned not only with shipping accurate, on-time orders, but also with cold chain management, regulatory compliance, food safety, and other specialized logistics challenges. Those concerns are magnified if you outsource any portion of your operations to outside food logistics companies, since you need to closely monitor these operations.

Any company can claim food logistics expertise, but what should you look for in order to distinguish claims from reality? Here are 7 tips to consider.

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing, Food and Beverage Logistics

Wine and Spirits Logistics

Posted by Kane Logistics on August 13, 2020

What country drinks the most wine and spirits in the world, per capita?

Drumroll, please….

According to Alcohol.com, it’s Belarus, followed by Lithuania, Grenada and the Czech Republic.

What 3PL distributes the most wine and spirits in the U.S.?

We’re not sure, but this year Kane Logistics will ship about 26 million cases of wine & spirits for its customers, building on our 30-year strategic focus on wine and spirits logistics. We recently sat down with two of KANE’s top operators for wine and spirits logistics – Richard Reilly and Mike Kelly – to discuss the top challenges associated with this type of product. Following are 7 priority challenges that they identified.

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Topics: Warehouse Operations, Food and Beverage Logistics, Wine & spirits

Streamline Packaging by Integrating with Product Distribution

Posted by Alex Stark on August 12, 2020

Specific consumer products all look pretty much the same as they roll off the manufacturing line.

But to satisfy the various ways retailers want to sell products and consumers want to receive them, these products are bundled, wrapped, sealed, tied and packed into dozens of different configurations for final sale.

This is called secondary packaging and it’s very expensive for manufacturers to constantly adapt their production lines to create this multitude of packaging configurations. So, they lean on outside resources to streamline packaging.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing, Reduce logistics costs

10 Tips to Improve Logistics Workforce Management

Posted by Alex Stark on July 17, 2020

Other than inventory, your logistics workforce is the largest expense in your distribution centers, eating up 50–70% of the warehousing budget. It’s why managing and reducing labor-related expenses is a top priority for just about every logistics executive.

At Kane Logistics, we’re proud that our associate retention levels with our top 10 customers is 80.2%, compared to the industry average of 53.9% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Here are 10 logistics workforce management strategies that work for us, and may work for you.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations

Logistics Planning Crucial to Smooth Warehouse Start-up Projects

Posted by Kane Logistics on April 30, 2020

Back in 2005, the Tyler Texas Area Builders Association built a large home from the ground up in less than 3 hours. At the time, it set a record. Here's the video.  

It was a promotional effort to publicize the Association, but the overarching message was the importance of planning. While the build itself took just 2:52 hours, it was the product of months of meetings – among engineers, architects, builders, landscapers, tradesman, and project planners – to spec out every last aspect of the project. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Warehouse Operations, Ecommerce Fulfillment

Examining Freight Delivery Challenges During COVID-19

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 09, 2020

We’ve seen no negative impact on KANE customers’ freight during COVID-19 – a great accomplishment that has required a spirited effort by our transportation team. Here are some of the issues we’ve had to face.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

Logistics Workforce Protection: The New Normal in 3PL Operations

Posted by Kane Logistics on April 02, 2020

During a recent meeting with KANE associates, our long-time business partner, Sam’s Club, reminded the team that they were “the backbone of this economy right now.”

It was a heartfelt comment that cut right to the heart of the matter – without logistics workers, the supply lines for essential goods like food and household staples stop flowing and commerce grinds to a halt.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Safety

8 Tips for Efficient Omnichannel Distribution

Posted by Ben Waters, Distribution Center Manager, Kane Logistics/Atlanta on March 26, 2020

As the percent of online sales grow and as the line between web and traditional retail store fulfillment blurs, E-retailers and brands need to assess their fulfillment capabilities and those of their 3PL omnichannel distribution partners.

Following are 8 tips to maximize efficiency in an omnichannel environment. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Consumer Goods Logistics

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