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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


Managing 3PL Relationships: Look for Intangible Benefits

Posted by Alex Stark on September 30, 2020

The choice and effectiveness of your 3PL relationships have an enormous impact on your company’s profitability and its reputation with your customers. We find that the factors that lead shippers to seek out 3PLs in the first place – things like freight capacity, experience in an industry, expertise with a particular service – often are not the reasons that companies choose and stay with a 3PL provider. It’s more the intangible benefits, beyond service and cost, that make the biggest impression.

In our last article, we looked at what shippers could do to maximize logistics outsourcing benefits. In this article, we’ll focus on the intangible benefits that you should look for to ensure positive, long-term 3PL relationships. Consider asking yourself the following questions in your 3PL evaluation process.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing

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

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

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

KANE’s Best-Read Blogs of 2019

Posted by Kane Logistics on December 19, 2019

Each month we write several articles on some aspect of logistics management. It’s always interesting to look back at the end of the year and see which ones had the highest readership. This year, a cost-saving blog topped the list (no surprise), but it was followed by two blogs focused on talent recruitment, illustrating what a key challenge this is for logistics organizations.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

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