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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


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

Warehouse Slotting: Low-Hanging Fruit for Labor Savings

Posted by John Kettman on March 19, 2020

After inventory costs, labor is your biggest cost bucket in the warehouse. If you can increase efficiency on the warehouse floor, it’s realistic to drive labor costs down up to 20% – even without automation. That money drops straight to the bottom line.

Labor savings are a product of reduced time and touches, and there are dozens of strategies you could pursue to achieve these objectives. But one strategy – warehouse slotting – is both under-rated and under-utilized.

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Topics: Logistics Labor Management, Warehouse Operations

An Interview with Patrick Coughlin, KANE’s New Chief Operating Officer

Posted by Kane Logistics on February 27, 2020

KANE’s new Chief Operating Officer is Patrick Coughlin, a 30+ year logistics industry veteran with a strong history of driving performance excellence in corporate logistics and 3PL environments. We recently sat down with Patrick to discuss the trends and opportunities he’s seeing in the market.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Labor Management, Logistics Safety, Ecommerce Fulfillment, Truck Drivers

It’s Valentine’s Day: Are You Still in Love with Your 3PL?

Posted by Alex Stark on February 13, 2020

Marriages and logistics partnerships all start with an assumption of a happy ending. But it doesn’t always work out that way – in either case.

Why do 3PL outsourcing relationships fail? A lot of the top reasons parallel what we hear in divorce courts. If any of the following reasons feel familiar to you, it might be time to ask yourself, “Are we with the right 3PL partner?”

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Is Your 3PL in the News? What for?

Posted by Alex Stark on January 30, 2020

Third party logistics companies (3PLs) are often in the news these days – but for reasons quite different than they were 10 years ago. 

This thought occurred to me while I was skimming recent news items in some of the top logistics industry trade publications. I decided to start counting and classifying the types of stories about specific 3PLs. Close to 75% were related to either acquisitions, financial performance, lawsuits or problems with labor contracts. The remaining 25% or so were about value delivered for customers or service expansion.

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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing, KANE Company

Why You Should Move Secondary Packaging Closer to the Consumer

Posted by Alex Stark on January 23, 2020

Much of the cost and complexity in CPG supply chains happen post manufacturing.

Think about it. You might have one product – a potato chip – that gets packaged in dozens of ways. Historically, this final packaging has been handled as a discrete supply chain function by contract packaging companies. But an increasing number of CPG companies are recognizing the huge cost advantages – as much as 30% of combined warehousing, packaging and freight costs – of performing secondary packaging in the distribution center.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Warehouse Operations

KANE 2019 - Year in Review

Posted by Kane Logistics on January 21, 2020

Usually, this is the time of year when we can take a few moments, breathe deeply, assess the past year’s performance, and plan for the upcoming year. But with the ever-increasing pressure on the logistics/supply chain function to get products to market faster and more efficiently, we no longer have that luxury.

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Topics: KANE Company

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