Using Real-Time Technology for Supply Chains

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 8, 2020 1:01:21 PM

 

In the fast-paced world of supply chain management, timing truly is everything. With same-day and two-day shipping quickly becoming the expectation for retailers, the importance of real-time information and shipping visibility rises every day. As a business owner, it’s incredibly important to know when, where, and how your products and materials will get to their destinations. Without this information, your supply management becomes much more difficult. The new global market spans oceans and continents at speeds never before seen. From smart sensors, to the cloud, to artificial intelligence, technological advances can seem confusing and endless.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Efficiency

What is Peak Shipping Season?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Dec 5, 2019 4:07:39 PM

 

In logistics, peak shipping season refers to the heightened shipping activity caused by the “back-to-school effect” on retail shopping. During the months of August until late November, countless students get ready to return to school.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Efficiency, Warehousing

The Difference Between 3PL and 4PL

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 26, 2019 3:04:11 PM

In the world of logistics, a large number of terms, abbreviations, and slang can confuse any outsider. To those unfamiliar, 3PL (third-party logistics) companies like Port City Logistics and 4PL (fourth-party logistics) companies like Deloitte operate similarly, yet have a few small differences that force them into different categories. 

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Efficiency, Warehousing

The Reason for Delayed Shipping

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 18, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Whether you run a business or you're at home, a late shipment of an expected product or item can be frustrating. For businesses, it could delay the launch of a series of products. For homeowners, they may rely on that item or set of clothes for the next day. Despite the frustration, shipments delays can be excused on some occasions. The following are a few reasons why delays may happen:

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Topics: Single Source Logistics, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Efficiency, Warehousing, Ocean Freight Shipping

A Look At The United States Top Imports and Exports

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 8, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Over the last year, The United States has imported trillions of dollars worth of goods from around the world. As analysts research the nation's top imports and exports, there are multiple things that appear on both lists. Here is a closer look at The United States' top imports and exports.

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Topics: Single Source Logistics, Supply Chain Efficiency

Common Safe Shipping Practices That Your Company Should Be Using

Posted by Port City Logistics on Sep 26, 2019 10:25:58 AM

Shipping involves sending out products to customers. However, many manufacturing companies are aware that the shipping process can become complicated. That's why it is important that every manufacturing company develop a set of safe shipping practices. Here is a look at some safe shipping practices to help your company overhaul its shipping process.

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Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency

Make Your Shipping More Efficient

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jun 7, 2019 9:38:00 AM

3PL stands for third-party logistics. It’s also known as a TPL, and its purpose is to help businesses manage their supply chain. You can use a 3PL to help increase customer service, improve your supply chain and control costs.

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Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency

Just in Case or Just in Time Logistics?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 8, 2019 1:32:08 PM

Though we haven't quite made it to having our groceries delivered by drone, the way consumers and retailers acquire what they need has changed radically, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  A quick look at a topic like "the future of retail" indicates that traditional models of the distribution of consumer goods are fast disappearing.

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Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency

Single Source Logistics Partners for Efficiency

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 11, 2019 2:38:28 PM


Working with superior single source logistics partners will increase your profits. It will also improve your internal employee job satisfaction levels, speed up delivery times to your end users, improve customer service, allow for quick adaptation to the ever-changing market and provide you with a competitive advantage. The right shippers and 3PL partnerships will improve your bottom line because they are able to offer certain services that would cost your business too much to be comfortably profitable.

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Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency

The Threat of Cargo Theft

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 2, 2019 1:05:26 PM
It used to be that most cargo theft targets were always high-priced items. By today’s standards, such items would equate to electronic goods, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. While these items are still highly targeted goods, it is also important to understand that other goods have become bigger targets since the economic recession of 2008. Now, cargo criminals will target any items they can sell for a decent profit margin. This includes energy drinks, frozen seafood or meat, pharmaceuticals, home and garden items, construction materials, auto parts, clothing and shoes, metals, personal care products and tobacco.
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Topics: The Costs of Shipping, Supply Chain Efficiency