The world of third party logistics is changing, and we all have to adapt to make the most of it.

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There was a time when the typical interaction between a shipper and an outsourced logistics provider was essentially: “Go and do this.” The modern 3PL supplier is more sophisticated and capable. Now, the interaction is usually “This is what we want to achieve. How can you help us do it better, faster, and less expensively?” This is better, but there is farther to go, yet. In the near future, it is hoped that the conversation will be more along the lines of: “Here is the situation. Let’s decide together how to proceed now.”

Make your logistics provider a key part

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What to look out for when outsourcing your Logistics Services

When looking for an outsourced logistics provider, look for one who does not themselves outsource key functions.

Using an outsourced logistics provider or 3PL can do wonders for some companies. It can turn third party logisticswarehousing and distribution over to experts and let you carry on with the rest of your processes. It can even cut costs. Since a specialist 3PL can be expected to be more efficient at it than a generalist business, you can save money while both partners profit. Since most 3PLs work with many businesses, they can operate large facilities and benefit from the economy of scale. At … Read More

Pricing Tips When Selecting a New Warehousing and Fulfilment

Even if you’re happy with your third party logistics providers, a responsible business entertains 3plsproposals from their competitors from time to time, just to make sure they aren’t leaving money on the table. Unfortunately, this means that someone has to read and analyse the proposals.

Some of these proposals can be as impenetrable as the tax code and as thick as a phone book. Though they are eminently tempting to skim, pricing proposals from fulfilment or warehousing providers should be read carefully.

We’ve made a short list of tips to understanding, and getting the best deal from, warehousing and fulfilment

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Whichwarehouse speaks to CDL Logistics

The CDL Group has been successfully running for over 30 years now and have CDL Logistics, Fairway Fulfilment & Logistics, IMS and CDL London Fulfilment running warehousing and fulfilment services in London and surrounds.

Being such a successful group within the logistics sector, Whichwarehouse were keen to talk to CDL about their thoughts on the industry of late and what they foresee for 2014.

When asked of the biggest difficulties they faced as an operator over the past few years CDL Logistics explained that each customer has its idiosyncrasies and the only way to overcome them is with … Read More

The true cost of reverse logistics for new businesses

Any good business owner knows the value of a solid forward supply chain, but what about the reverse logisticsopposite: reverse logistics? Reverse logistics can cost big companies millions and because of the complex nature of their supply chain, it’s often hard to pinpoint exactly where these costs come from.

There are certain unavoidable expenses when it comes to reverse logistics, and these can be heavy for new businesses.

Returning an item back to a bricks and mortar store is still generally the most cost-effective method for a small company, although this can be inconvenient for customers. With online or catalogue purchases, … Read More

Price pressure in the logistics industry in virtually all global markets

According to a recent study by Simon-Kucher & Partners, increased competition have shrunk global price pressuremargins more in the logistics industry than other industries, all over the world. It seems like increased competition and the rise of outsourced logistics contracting is causing prices to fall, and forcing logistics providers to operate at dangerously low margins to stay competitive.

The global pricing study conducted by the well-known marketing and strategy consultancy concluded that “committed leadership” and “strong positioning” would be required for European, American and Asian logistics companies alike to resist the pricing pressure while staying competitive.

This study was based on questionnaires … Read More

Interview with successful bonded warehousing company in Oxfordshire

Verran Freight speaks to Whicharehouse about their professional opinion on the logistics industry

We asked Verran the types of industries they have mainly seen storing with them over the past year and they advised  "It’s not so much the type of industry as the type of company. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re in the retail sector, construction, FMCG, or manufacturing. Verran seek to attract like-minded companies who are prepared to take an innovative look at how they go about their business. By working together in this way you can drive out cost and improve KPI’s. If the past
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Supply Chain Solutions: Why Green is The New Black

Following Primark’s recent announcement that their supply chain is now toxic-free, we look at why green supply chain solutionshaving environmentally-friendly supply chain solutions not only enhances your company’s reputation but can improve its efficiency, save you money and increase your revenue.

So read on as we reveal why green is the new black when it comes to supply chain solutions.

Product Footprinting

By conducting an assessment of your company’s current supply chain, you can identity the carbon impact of your resources. This involves looking at energy efficiency, product waste, transportation and the production of raw materials. Not only can a footprint assessment … Read More

Can predictive analytics help the logistics industry?

One of the biggest challenges logistics companies face today is knowing exactly how the global business analyticssupply chain is going to be affected during the course of the year.

That said, it is impossible to pinpoint exactly how the flow of products being transported across the world will work at any given time, but there is a way of accurately predicting trends in the supply chain, and it’s called predictive analytics.

Predictive analytics is a tool used in a variety of different industries, from pharmaceuticals to retail, and can help not only to make fairly accurate calculations about what will happen … Read More

How to Organise a Bulk Storage Warehouse

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A well-organised bulk storage warehouse ensures that fulfilment is as streamline as possible and having an effective set-up can only help ensure that items are accessible. When new products arrive, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve made maximum use of your warehouse space and that item placement is easy and straightforward. Here are some questions to consider for organising a bulk storage facility:

What Items Will be Stored?

The first thing to consider when organising a bulk storage space is the type of items that will be stored and how they need to be handled. Large containerised goods for example, … Read More

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