What Is Local Warehousing and Why Is It Crucial to Keeping Per Diem Rates Low?

Posted by Port City Logistics on May 31, 2022 12:19:41 PM

In 2019 many in the supply chain saw a lagging ability to compete as the industry maintained its reputation for being slow to adapt to technology. The following year, COVID-19 wreaked havoc in a process that was already more complicated than local freight shipping from Point A to Point B. As shippers continue to rebound from the pandemic, many are looking for ways to utilize strategy and technology to promote business resiliency. Supply Chain 24/7 noted that “In today’s highly competitive warehouse logistics market, leading 3PL warehouses to recognize the need to keep operational costs low in order to maintain their margins and effectively serve their customers.”

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Topics: Warehousing

How Long Does It Take to Unload a Container Ship: Depends on Your Warehousing

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 25, 2022 1:47:44 AM

There are several essential things to consider when assessing how long it takes to unload containers and get shipments ready for final distribution.  Clearing current port logjams and backlogs is necessary to keep the supply chain as a whole moving forward effectively and profitably. As highlighted recently by Supply Chain Game Changer, “When moving any freight, there are four components of cost. They are downtime, load time, travel time, and unload time. Downtime and travel time are under the control of the ocean freight company, whereas they are at the mercy of the port facilities for load and unload times.” Accurate planning and attention to container drayage transport details such as cross-docking opportunities can significantly improve cargo container management.

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Topics: Warehousing

Why Local Warehousing Improves Local Port Congestion

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 15, 2022 12:13:20 PM

Many effects are being seen and felt in the wake of more than two years of pandemic upheaval and disruption. For shippers concerned about port drayage services, port congestion concerns and issues surrounding port delays are among the most impactful. Of all the options to consider, utilizing local warehousing and temporary storage options may be the most logical and influential way to overcome U.S. port congestion concerns. 

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Topics: Warehousing

Shrinking Warehouse Space for Imports Solved: Leveraging a Partner Built for Import Storage

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 4, 2021 11:16:28 AM

Increasing demand for warehousing space conveniently close to major ports and accessible by shippers and carriers has become a significant concern in the last half of the year. This crunch in warehouse space and rising demand is primarily driven by the growth of e-commerce shipping and the surge of ocean freight containers (primarily from China)  hitting U.S. ports across the country. Meanwhile, drayage service is in high demand, and the rest of OTR trucking faces stronger demand too. Such pressures lead to tighter capacity and higher costs, which increases rents and fees and creates a much more competitive environment for shippers and carriers. This demonstrates why import storage and warehouse space procurement remain key to the supply chain.

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Topics: Warehousing

5 Reasons to Outsource Warehouse Inventory Management and Replenishment

Posted by Port City Logistics on Oct 21, 2021 8:51:33 AM

Warehouse inventory management can enjoy a significant boost in productivity with access to outsourced services and tools. In most cases, inventory management companies with medium and large warehouses are conveniently located in areas that have easy access to interstate highways, ports, airfields, trucking hubs, and more. In addition, these facilities usually come prepared with trucking fleets and all the required equipment needed to transport various goods. Rather than struggling to make everything fit into one management system and building a single warehouse management system to manage inventory, outsourcing to third-party platforms allows for broader access and a greater variety of tools to be utilized. And according to Gartner, “More businesses are looking to outsource fourth-party logistics (4PL) than ever before, with 42% of respondents to Gartner’s Logistics Outsourcing Survey and Analysis looking for providers that can design, build, run and measure logistics functions.” Inventory assistance with bonded warehouse management for the modern warehouse system is best managed by outsourcing for the following reasons.

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Topics: Warehousing

What is Pick and Pack?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 24, 2020 5:00:00 PM

With the rise of eCommerce, the way business works has become less transparent. When brick-and-mortar stores were the norm, it was easier to grasp the workflow for how products got purchased and delivered into the hands of consumers. In this article, we’ll break down the what pick and pack is.

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Topics: Warehousing

Why You Need Customs Bonded Warehousing

Posted by Port City Logistics on Sep 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Customs bonded warehousing is a protected area where imported and exported goods are kept. The only difference between a custom bonded warehouse and non-bonded warehouses is the connection of the warehouse with Customs. In this article, we'll explain why you need customs bonded warehousing. 

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Topics: Logistics Management, Warehousing

Foreign Trade Zone vs. Customs Bonded Warehouse

Posted by Port City Logistics on Sep 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM


The importation and exportation of goods is a lucrative business that comes with a number of challenges. Importers always have to grapple in choosing options that won’t jeopardize their businesses. They always look for alternatives that won’t require them to pay instant duty for storing goods. In this article, we'll analyze the differences between a foreign trade zone versus a customs bonded warehouse. 

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Topics: Warehousing, Ocean Freight Shipping

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