Back to basics: cutting costs with better inventory management

Part 1: Knowing what you’ve got

Companies often evaluate their supply chain with an eye toward transportation costs. There is nothing wrong with this supply chain managementapproach, and transport costs are usually the lion’s share of logistics costs, but inventory related costs should not be ignored. Inventory and warehousing costs may be your second largest logistics spend, and reducing those costs can help quite a lot.

Of course, every business is different. Different industries have different inventory needs, and different levels of customer service offerings within the same industry have different requirements. Nonetheless, every business has to decide how much inventory to … Read More

Top-tier 3PL – The secrets of a good business relationship

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All over the internet there are blogs and articles full of tips and tricks to help you build a better relationship with your 3PL company. Some of the most obvious pieces of advice involve thoroughly vetting your 3PL before signing any long term contracts.

But what do some of the best third party logistics companies offer their clients, not just in the form of excellent logistics services and packages, but in a business relationship as well?

Always maintain good communication…

Any good business to business relationship needs effective communication at all levels. The less communication there is between a … Read More

Amethyst Group case study working with the Luxury Fashion Multichannel

Amethyst warehousing logoAmethyst Group are supply chain management experts based in Staplehurst, Kent, working with various industries looking to outsource their logistics. Recently they advised Whichwarehouse of a case study involving working with Luxury Fashion Multichannel. Learn more below of how they executed the clients requirements with ease and professionalism. 

Working with many mutli channel fashion and beauty companies, Amethyst provides warehousing and distribution services for both retailers and wholesalers, domestically and worldwide. The Luxury Fashion Multichannel was looking for a logistics partner who were able to provide flexibility and handle large daily volumes of orders.

Amethyst put together a … Read More

Whichwarehouse interviews Chiltern Transport & Warehousing Ltd

Based in Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, Chiltern Transport and Warehousng have been successfully providing chiltern transport & warehousingwarehousing and distribution for companies with commercial goods needing storage and distribution. Whichwarehouse speaks to Chiltern below about changes they have seen in the logistics industry and what they believe is in store for 2014.

So let's take a look at what logistics professionals Chiltern Transport & Warehousng have to say

Chiltern advised Whichwarehouse that the majority of companies that tend to store with them are within the food and drink industries. When asked about the difficulties they have faced over the years Chiltern explained that companies undercutting … Read More

Transparency in third party logistics

Most businesses would prefer to manage their own logistics if they could afford to. They like having the first-hand 3plsknowledge of day to day operations and the feeling of control doing it yourself brings. Third party logistics providers exist because they can usually do it all for a lot less money than it costs to manage in house. The perceived lack of control is the price businesses have to pay for efficiency.

However, there is a growing movement towards vastly increased transparency among 3PLs, which offers clients the same efficiency with a greater sense of oversight and control. When given … Read More

7 Different Types Of Specialist Warehouse Storage

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There are thousands of warehouses across the nation and each one can offer you different services and storage needs depending on the type of goods you import or sell.

Some of the biggest warehouses are able to provide every type of specialist storage available, while others will focus on just one or two.

Here’s a brief guide to the different types of specialist warehouse storage available across the country:

Ambient Storage

Ambient storage refers to warehouse that store goods NOT needing temperature control, often what most people refer to as ‘room temperature’ which is what would normally be considered comfortable. … Read More

Interview with industry experts Miniclipper Logistics

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Mini Clipper Logistics advises below on how they saw the logistics industry in 2013 and what they foresee for 2014. warehousing at miniclipperBased in Leighton Buzzard, Mini Clipper are a fantastic family run logistics provider able to assist with supply chain management and logistics requirements. Whichwarehouse are proud to have Mini Clipper as one of their trusted members and have worked with them for a number of years now.

When asked various questions about the types of industries Mini Clipper's enquiries come from they advised that the companies they see looking to store their commercial … Read More

Supply Circles: Changing the way we think about supply ‘chains’ could really change the industry

Most of a manufacturer’s supply chain takes place outside of their facilities. Raw materials, crafting, supply chain and logisticsforming, even assembly is increasingly being done more remotely. Using their power as a customer in these relationships, manufacturers can exert a great deal of influence on their suppliers, which can make many of the separate supply chains each uses become closed loops. This can result in closer, more reliable partnerships and lower costs.

What Is Supply Chain?

The term ‘supply chain’ gives rise to an image of goods starting in one place and eventually ‘ending up’ somewhere else. The image of a circle allows … Read More

Why You Should Outsource Your Cold Storage Needs

If you’re the owner of a large retail business looking to outsource your fulfilment needs, then you’ll no doubt be familiar with the solutions a cold storageprofessional logistics management company can provide. From warehouses that offer storage, pick and pack, distribution and transportation services, there are literally hundreds of companies on the market from which you can choose.

But if you have more specialist storage and distribution needs, like cold and deep freeze storage for example, a logistics company like Whichwarehouse can help you find the right solutions for that too. Contact us today on 0800 1707 555 for more Read More

Interview With Logistics Professionals DMG Freight Services

Over the next few weeks Whichwarehouse will be publishing interviews with logistics professionals within our network to find out a little more about their business and reveal their thoughts on the industry, how they found the logistics business in 2013 and where they see things going for 2014.

Our first interview this year is with DMG Freight Services, a fantastic warehousing and distribution company based in Essex, offering a number of logistics services from freight forwarding and pallet storage to pick and pack and fulfilment services for customers in the UK and abroad looking to outsource their logistics. … Read More

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