Now that summer is winding down, let’s think back to last winter as a reminder of what's to come.
The winter of 2013-2014 will go down as a winter to remember, though we’d all like to quickly forget! The cold temperatures, snow and ice affected us all. The weather caused all sorts of logistical nightmares for not only our industry but many others.
In talking with many companies in a variety of industries, I discovered that the most common winter issues were:
Does closing the loop in your distribution chain really matter?
Closing the loop may matter for some or all of your distribution points. The distribution chain is the path followed from the originator of a product or service to the end consumer. Closing the loop means starting over at the end of the distribution chain cycle.
Have you ever wondered why you spend so much on packaging? Ever wondered what you get for that cost?
In today’s marketplace the packaging industry is massive. Every detail and component costs money. Understanding the costs of packaging begins with understanding the most important features of packaging. These features are key as your items move throughout the package environment. The package environment includes all the hazards packaged products may see, including physical and environmental
Is creating or improving visibility in your distribution chain at the top of your priority list? If your answer is no, we urge you to reconsider.
Supply or distribution chain visibility is part of supply/distribution chain management. Having visibility means you can see how well you are managing the “flow” of your goods.
Creating visibility can generate some major benefits for your company. Here are our top three reasons why creating visibility should be on your agenda.
Is reverse distribution right for your company? In its most simple terms, reverse distribution is the recovery and reuse of packaging. You’ve heard it all before. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
But there’s got to be more to it, right? Exactly. It’s a full-service systematic process.
Avoidable distribution hazards are impacting the products you ship.
The best way to ship? Design a unit load for your product. A unit load combines multiple items into a single “unit” that can easily move through the distribution process.
Packaging your product as a unit load requires organizing and restraining items to allow shipping as a single mass. Many of the hazards that loom in the shipping process can be avoided simply by using a correctly-designed unit load.
So what should you watch out for when packaging your unit load? Glad you asked!
Here’s our list of the top 5 most common unit load mistakes.
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