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1-5 PL–Who’s Counting?

There has been a lot of talk about 3PLs becoming 4PLs or 5PLs depending on the level of service that is actually provided. Never mind that 3PL actually stands for Third Party Logistics whatever service is available. Result of all …

How accurate does INVENTORY have to be?

You have no doubt heard of all the awful things that can happen if 99% accuracy was acceptable in all activities.  There would be 2 short or long landings daily at airports in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta …

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Everyone has heard the cliché about buying a house: location is all that REALLY matters.  Choosing a 3PL provider is much the same.  If you are looking for a warehouse in the Southeastern United States that provides excellent service, is …

3PL and Football–the Similarities

Winning football and SSMG Warehousing have a lot in common.   To be successful in football, you have to have the talent to excel, the game plan for each situation that will win.  You also have to make adjustments during the …

IT MAKES SENSE TO USE A LEAN 3PL–HERE’S WHY

There are a number of reasons companies use a 3PL ranging from lack of owned space to location requirements.

Relevance of a 3PL relationship to sustain GROWTH

How a company uses a 3PL provider is critically important to their growth in sales and customers.

GROWING A CUSTOMER THROUGH INNOVATION IN A 3PL

The last post introduced the concept of  3 ” R’s” that add value to a 3PL transaction.  The second “R” is RESPONSIVENESS”.   This “R” obviously includes quick response to customer phone calls or requests but it includes much more.  SSMG offers …

HOW DOES A CUSTOMER GROW?–PART ONE

Every business looks for new customers every day,  but a task that is just as important is taking care of their current customers.  In a warehouse environment, there is not a lot we can do to improve the product itself …

Communication leads to better process

Previous posts have indicated the importance of repeatable processes in a warehouse environment.  As in manufacturing, warehouses must have documented, mistake-proofed processes  to get the job done.   Right along with those processes, communication on a daily basis makes a warehouse …

PROCESS IN THE WAREHOUSE CONTINUED

There are three key components to warehousing success and treating distribution as if it were process based manufacturing.  The first of these –and probably the most important– is AWARENESS of the demand and supply in the warehouse.   Each day the demand …