Why Lift Trucks Matter When Selecting a Public Warehouse for Your Business

One type of lift truck utilized at Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services

Lift trucks are critical pieces of equipment in a public warehouse. They are essential for moving your goods throughout the warehouse in a safe manner.

In order to minimize damage to your goods, checking the type of hydraulic lift equipment in use before selecting a public warehouse should be an important part of your decision-making.

Why should a public warehouse’s lift trucks matter to your business? Take a look.

Damage Control

If a public warehouse does not use the proper type of forklift to handle your goods, damage to the containers or pallet rack collapse can result.

Damaged goods can cause a significant loss to your business and impact your customers’ businesses as well.

Lift Capacity

All lift truck models have a lift capacity, but not all storage facilities are equipped with vehicles that can handle all dimensions and weights.

A public warehouse with a fleet of forklifts capable of handling large loads, both in height and weight, as well as nonstandard dimensions, can better serve your needs and prevent damage to your goods.

Better Space Utilization

With public warehousing, you pay for the amount of space you use. The type of lift trucks used in the facility can help optimize the utilization of space for your goods, thus saving you money.

Forklifts come in all sorts of configurations and options, so look for public warehouses that are equipped with lift vehicles that optimize space and use of labor.

Performance Versatility

You’re probably familiar with the standard forklift, but there are other lift trucks that modern public warehouses utilize to provide more versatility in moving goods.

For example, reach trucks are best for safely storing your goods on racked pallets, while an order selector vehicle is best for manually loading and unloading less than pallet loads on racking systems.

In addition, lift truck operators can add different attachments to standard forklifts to accommodate goods requiring special handling.

For instance, Brendamour Warehousing uses a sideshift attachment that slides left and right for more accuracy and flexibility in placing your goods on our racking system. There’s also a fork positioner attachment for ease of placement of different crate and pallet sizes.

There are also attachments to handle slip sheets when pallets are not used, paper roll clamps, prongs, large and small size drums, carton clamps, and fork extensions for handling longer loads.

Some public warehouses are also equipped with other types of pallet handling vehicles, such as turret trucks, to give them more versatility in stocking pallets on either side of an aisle or to accommodate different aisle widths or space sizes.

Ease of Trailer Loading

Loading trailer trucks to get your goods on their way to their final destination is another key usage of lift trucks. You want to be sure when selecting a public warehouse that it can handle loading of truck carriers, parcel carriers, and local delivery trucks.

At Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, we have the equipment and automated conveyor systems to handle a diverse range of goods, no matter their size or shape, and whether they are in crates, pallets, bundles, totes, reusable containers, drums, non-pallet unit loads, parcels, carts, rolls, loose and oversized, or bulk materials.

Brendamour Warehousing Offers Top-Notch Materials Handling

Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services is equipped with a wide array of lift trucks and modern hydraulic lift equipment to accommodate the types of goods we store and the manner in which they come into our warehouse.

Our fleet of forklift trucks with box clamp, roll clamp and slipsheet attachments gives us the push/pull system we need to handle your load with the best of care and in the most cost-efficient manner.

In addition to our state-of-the-art equipment, the warehouse staff at Brendamour is highly skilled and certified in the maintenance and operation of all the types of forklifts and hydraulic lift equipment we utilize.

We also give our drivers the opportunity to refresh their driving skills with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved safety courses, as well as training in racking systems, rack load tolerances and rack inspections. Our drivers are also well trained in stacking loads to ensure the weight is balanced.

Trust your goods to the experts in warehousing, distribution and logistics. We have the expertise in materials handling to ensure your goods are well taken care of when in our care. Contact Brendamour and start realizing the many benefits of using our public warehouse with third party logistics (3PL) services.

Is Your Business Ready for the Future of Logistics?

Emerging technologies are becoming more commonplace in our lives, from smart appliances to smart cars and everything in between. In the area of logistics, the future holds both technology and innovation.

But is your business, or more importantly, the logistics end of your business, ready for the future? In order to keep up and take advantage of the emerging technologies and innovative solutions, businesses may want to switch to a public warehouse with logistics services, more commonly referred to as a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

The Future of Warehousing and Distribution

Public warehousing and distribution is in the midst of a transformation. To provide its clients with faster, more reliable, inexpensive, and sustainable service, all sorts of technologies are being integrated into warehouse management systems.

At the forefront is the Internet of Things (IoT), which allows devices to communicate with each other without human intervention through an Internet infrastructure. One of the applications you will begin to see in a public warehouse is machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

Third-party service providers who use this technology to its fullest can provide you with reduced overall costs, as well as faster services and less waste.

Also not too far in the distant future, 3PLs will offer 3D printing. This technology will allow logistics providers to offer its clients a cost-effective means of replicating products or repairing parts that use metals, composite materials, or plastic.

And we’re sure you’ve heard the talk surrounding drones to deliver goods to your customers. You may also see public warehouses using drones to move goods within their facilities to perform warehousing and shipping processes.

But due to regulatory, safety, reliability, and cost concerns, it might be some time before drone delivery is incorporated into logistics.

Also becoming close to reality in the not too distance future are self-driving vehicles. Driverless equipment, which feature electronic eyes and hearing sensors, can be used to navigate a warehouse without human intervention.

The technology would allow 3PLs to improve safety and reduce costs, with the savings passed on to their clients.

Sustainable and Compliant Logistics

Companies are already moving toward transparency and end-to-end visibility. But in the future, customers will be more deliberate in choosing to do business only with those companies that do not harm the environment or the economy with their logistics processes.

Part of this effort will be near shoring, or moving manufacturing from places like Asia and bringing them closer to the end user to reduce transportation costs. Near shoring also is a means to meet consumer demand by ensuring the sustainability of goods and reducing the environmental impact of global transportation.

Logistics providers offer a way to help companies conduct business in a sustainable and compliant manner.

Customized Logistics for Each Client

Flexibility has always been an advantage to using public warehousing and distribution. This flexibility allows 3PLs to incorporate the latest technological advances across their entire operations.

Technological innovations also enable 3PLs to develop new processes to address future trends. This opens the door for 3PLs to provide even greater specialized services to their clients. By doing so, they will be able to move completely away from a one-size-fits-all way of doing business to customized services that meet the specific needs of each individual client.

Position Your Business for the Future

Businesses that adapt to these new technologies are certain to realize better processes, enhanced customer service, and a more profitable bottom line.

At Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, we embrace the technology that will shape the future of public warehousing, distribution, and logistics.

For specifics, simply contact Brendamour to learn more about the technology in use at our warehousing facilities and our approach to the emerging logistics technologies of the future.

Does Your Business Need a Specialized 3PL?

Most third party logistics (3PL) providers offer general logistics services which, for the most part, serve businesses that need just basic warehousing and distribution services. But what about those businesses that need specialized logistics services?

That’s where a niche 3PL comes in, providing specific processes to handle specialized logistics. While not as abundant as traditional logistics providers, specialized logistics services providers (SLSPs) are increasing throughout the U.S. as more and more businesses require customization and greater logistics resources to remain competitive in a cost-effective manner in today’s marketplace.

Determine If Your Business Requires Specialized 3PL Services

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, your business most likely would benefit from a niche 3PL instead of a general logistics provider.

  1. Do you need special warehousing of your goods? This would include things like raw ingredients warehousing, refrigerated or frozen foods warehousing, and first in, first out warehousing and distribution.
  2. Do you require specialized processes for your orders? Some examples might be light assembly or cleanup of products, bundling of products, and customized packing, labeling, or inspection of goods before being distributed.
  3. Do you have a specific logistics situation that your business is unable to effectively handle in-house with existing resources? This could include freight management, pallet management, down stacking, cross docking, recycling, and return processing.
  4. Do you need labor specifically trained to handle your niche logistics concerns? This ranges from knowledge in warehouse sanitation and product staging to freight receiving and food freight integrity.
  5. Does your business need the services of a foreign trade zone?

What to Expect From a Specialized 3PL

Niche 3PLs have processes and procedures in place to ensure your company’s specialized needs are properly met. This is carried out through a strategic partnership agreement with your business that ensures open communications, increased efficiency of the warehousing and distribution of your goods, decreased dock time, and established business protocols, such as invoicing, order management, and customer communications.

With a specialized 3PL, your business realizes:

  • Customized picking and packing;
  • Specialized order processing and order fulfillment;
  • Proper handling of your goods by highly trained 3PL employees to meet applicable federal and state mandates;
  • Implementation of high quality control standards to ensure only products in good condition get distributed;
  • Regular reviews of operations to ensure they are meeting your company’s goals.

Brendamour Is Your Specialized 3PL

With four locations strategically located to serve the entire U.S., and a designated foreign trade zone provider, Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services has been meeting the specialized needs of businesses since 1983.

Brendamour’s comprehensive logistics services are designed to precisely provide the warehousing, distribution and other logistic services your business needs. Among our specialties are warehousing and distribution of bulk storage, raw materials, food grade goods, finished goods, machinery storage, special needs packing services, and import and export.

Contact us and tell us about your company’s needs. There are no customized logistics too big or too small for us to handle, plus you don’t need to be a big business to utilize the services of a specialized 3PL provider. Brendamour Warehousing accommodates all business types and sizes.

Our highly trained team looks forward to serving your specialized warehousing, distribution and other logistics needs to help your business remain competitive and successful.

 

Does Your Business Need a Cloud Based WMS?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the Cloud. After all, it’s responsible for a growing number of tasks you perform daily. In fact, you probably access apps, movies, music, photos, documents, and services from the Cloud, and even use the Cloud for data storage and backup.

Warehousing and distribution also uses the Cloud to provide a web-based warehouse management system (WMS). However, despite its benefits, studies show very few businesses are taking advantage of the technology. Perhaps it’s because their questions are not being answered.

If you have questions about web-based WMS, Brendamour Warehousing is a great source for getting answers. To get started, here are answers to some basic questions you may have when deciding whether a cloud based WMS is right for your business.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing means using the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive to store and access data and programs.

For businesses, cloud computing does away with having to build and maintain an in-house computing infrastructure, such as servers.

How does a cloud based warehouse management system work?

Businesses have several options for implementing a Cloud WMS:

  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) – Your company would subscribe to an application accessible over the Web.
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) – Your company would customize its own applications for use by everyone in the company.
  • Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) – Your company rents out an infrastructure from giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
  • Third party logistics provider (3PL) – Your company uses a 3PL, like Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, to handle its warehousing, distribution, and other logistical needs you may have.

Advanced 3PLs use a web-based WMS to provide their customers with real-time, secure access to their inventory, order tracking, and shipping status. For example, at Brendamour Warehousing, you can check your inventory, submit orders and receipts, and track shipments 24/7 from wherever you have Internet access. That includes a smartphone, laptop, workstation, home or business computer, tablet, or any other type of mobile device.

Will a Cloud WMS work with my existing infrastructure?

One of the many features of a cloud based warehouse management system is its compatibility. Companies that made the switch have experienced:

  • Easy integration with their other systems;
  • Flexibility that allows customization to their operations;
  • Scalability to grow with their business;

How will my company benefit from a cloud based WMS?

Studies show that businesses currently using a WMS in the Cloud realize numerous benefits, including:

  • Access to information in real time;
  • Reduced labor costs by 25 percent;
  • Reduced overall costs by 21 percent;
  • Savings from eliminated IT costs for hardware, software, upgrades, maintenance, data storage, and security.

With these benefits, the return on investment (ROI) in switching to a cloud based warehouse management system is realized at a faster rate.

How does my business get started with a cloud based WMS?

For most companies, using a public warehouse 3PL is the most efficient and cost-effective way to go to realize the benefits of a web-based warehouse management system. That’s because the WMS is already in place and your business is only charged for the warehousing, distribution, and logistics services it uses.

At Brendamour Warehousing, we’re always available to answer your questions and help you decide the best WMS approach for your business. When you’re ready to explore cloud based WMS and the benefits your company can realize, simply contact Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. We’re in the business of helping you reach your warehousing, distribution, and logistics goals.

What Every CEO Should Know About 3PL Providers

When it comes to opportunities, CEOs look at the big picture and weigh all options based on the company’s vision, mission, and objectives. Few CEOs have a perfect success record; some opportunities can turn to failures if not executed properly.

But when it comes to outsourcing a company’s warehousing, distribution, and logistics to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, rarely is it a failure. In fact, businesses who take non-core activities out of the mix of their in-house functions can focus more resources on core activities and realize improved results to their bottom line.

As with all company decisions, though, CEOs should fully investigate the business opportunities a 3PL provider can bring to the table, especially these three key benefits.

1. Better Management of Resources

Successful businesses know what their core functions are and allocate their resources to them. Trying to do both core and non-core functions to their fullest will drain your resources faster, lead to ineffectiveness in one or more areas, and negatively impact your profit margins.

Doesn’t it make more business sense to outsource non-core functions to a company that specializes in that area? Take warehousing and distribution as an example. Why stretch your in-house resources on these non-core functions when there are companies that are equipped to do it much better than your business ever can because it’s their core competency.

According to the 2014 Third-Party Logistics Study conducted by Penn State University, companies that switch to a 3PL provider realized an average inventory cost reduction of six percent, an average distribution cost reduction of 11 percent, and an average fixed logistics cost reduction of 23 percent.

As a CEO, it’s important to look at non-core functions and analyze how much of the company’s resources are going towards them, thus taking away from the main reason of being in business.

With warehousing and distribution alone, think about the money your company would save by shedding their related assets, such as the costs of the warehouse facility, equipment, software, utilities, insurance, taxes, security, maintenance, labor, etc.

2. More Extensive and Current Technology

In the world of logistics, technology is key in accurately tracking the movement of goods. Having the right computer systems, software, and equipment to properly do the job isn’t enough. They also have to be updated regularly with the latest technological advances to meet the competitive demands of the marketplace.

CEOs should consider how their logistics compare to their competitors. If your competition is doing a better job, it’s going to hurt your business.

Take this scenario: Your inventory is managed in-house with a warehouse management system that has not been updated in many years. Your competitor uses a 3PL company with the latest technology. Your company is more at risk of having a stock-out, forcing your customers to buy from the competition.

The question to consider is: Will you ever win that customer back?

3. Improved Customer Satisfaction

When it comes to fulfillment, companies are coming up with all sorts of solutions to get goods to customers faster than ever before. It quickly is becoming a defining factor for consumers in choosing one company over another.

A 3PL provider is already established and equipped with the necessary tools, technology, equipment, and personnel to enhance fulfillment and ensure accuracy at the same time.

By partnering with a 3PL, your company not only builds a more positive customer satisfaction culture, it builds more rewarding customer relationships and higher service levels.

Are You Hurting the Company?

That’s the question CEOs need to ask themselves by not outsourcing non-core competencies. Technology is quickly changing the warehousing, distribution and logistics industry, making the decision to switch to a 3PL company all the more urgent.

Is your company losing money or straining its resources by doing non-core logistics functions in-house? Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services can assist you with your analysis.

Contact Brendamour today to discuss a business strategy that is best for your company.

Use This Easy Process for Selecting a 3PL Provider

So, you’ve determined it’s best for your company to outsource its warehousing, distribution, and other logistics so company resources can be totally focused on core activities. Okay, now what?

You need a way to compare third-party logistics (3PL) providers that is comprehensive, yet doesn’t take up a lot of your time.

Here is an easy process that gets you the information you need to make your decision in a fast and easy manner.

How to Select a 3PL Company

To make the selection process as effective and efficient as possible for your business, here is a streamlined process consisting of five steps.

Step 1: Create a request for quotation (RFQ)

This document should include all the logistics services you are seeking to outsource. Be sure to give complete and detailed requirements, specifications, scope of work, etc.

Step 2: Identify 3PLs to Receive Your RFQ

Companies that provide warehousing, distribution, and other services differ in the extent of their offerings, the manner in which they operate, their use of the latest technology, their prices, and the number of warehouse facilities.

In addition to including 3PL providers that are located in the same area as your business, also consider those that may be in the same region, or closest to your company’s target market areas. Think to the future as well and look at things like scalability, flexibility, and global capabilities.

Step 3: Review Proposals from 3PL Companies

As proposals come in, it’s helpful to create a spreadsheet to enter key information for comparison purposes.

The spreadsheet should include columns listing your requirements, criteria and prices, along with the responses from each third-party logistics providers.

This document serves as a decision-making tool and is also beneficial to share with other departments or management.

Step 4: Narrowing Down the 3PL Contenders

It’s not uncommon to receive proposals from warehousing and distribution companies that are similar in services and comparatively priced. Depending on how many 3PLs were on your RFQ list, the goal is to narrow down the choices to the top five, three, or two companies.

Some ways to differentiate between your top choices are:

  • Soliciting feedback from other departments involved in some way in your company’s supply chain process.
  • Asking each of your top 3PL vendor choices to make a presentation to the management team.
  • Scheduling site visits to your top 3PL choices. These will allow you to view their operations, the technology they have in place and how well it will integrate into your company’s, the processes they use, their capacity, and the competencies of their staff.

With all these actions, keep in mind that you’re trying to determine which logistics provider is the right organizational fit for your company.

Step 5: Make the Final Decision

Conduct follow-up phone discussions with each 3PL provider to further evaluate how they would handle situations that may develop with your business, or outside influencers, for instance, rising gas prices, carrier work stoppage, etc.

Ask each logistics company in the final running for references and be sure to contact each reference on the list. Also consider gathering independent references, such as market standing and reputation, accomplishments, industry involvement, online reviews, etc.

Evaluate the information, do a final comparison, and choose the 3PL vendor that best meets your company’s needs.

We Welcome Your Business

Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services welcomes the opportunity to respond to your RFQ and to answer any further inquiries you may have.

We’re always pleased to host on-site visits so you can see our warehouse facilities in action and discuss how our logistics solutions and services can address your company’s needs and bring added value.

Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your requirements. We look forward to serving your warehousing, distribution and other logistics needs.

 



How to Get Your Boss to Sign Off on Your 3PL Selection

You came to the conclusion that you need a third-party logistics (3PL) provider and selected the best one for your company’s needs. Now, you need executive approval in order to get things moving. But getting your boss to sign off on your proposal may not be that easy.

Try not to get discouraged. Instead, arm yourself with plenty of data and information that will make approving your proposal a no-brainer.

These guidelines will help you in presenting your case.

Link the Company’s Goals With Your Proposal

Company leadership has established a vision and runs the company based on that vision. Any new initiatives or changes in the way the company currently conducts business needs to demonstrate how it aligns with the vision and goals of the company.

The choice you made for a public warehouse needs to address your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Outline how the 3PL provider will meet the needs of the company and why you chose this vendor over others.

A good way to present your information is in a compare and contrast format. Show which 3PLs you compared, why you selected them, their strengths and weaknesses, the logistics services they provide, and their costs.

Address Concerns at the Start

Whether you’re proposing a 3PL to supplement your existing warehousing and distribution functions, or to replace your current logistics infrastructure, it will have a major impact on current daily operations.

The change could cause concerns for existing staff, resources, and protocols, so be ready to address them up-front and defend your stance. It’s helpful to show how the 3PL will free up more staff and resources to perform duties that are important to the company’s core activities, or how a 3PL will allow the company to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Some other concerns you can expect to hear and need to answer are:

  • Is the third-party provider equipped with the latest warehousing equipment, software, and other essential technology? How often does it upgrade?
  • How easily can the 3PL scale to company growth?
  • What type of warehouse management system does the public warehouse facility use?
  • What evidence is there that the third-party logistics provider can handle high demand seasons?
  • How much staff does the 3PL employ and what type of employee training programs are used?
  • How responsive and flexible is the outsourced logistics supplier?

Show Bottom Line Results

No matter the size of the business, the executive level of any company has to keep an eye on the bottom line. In particular, the chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), and chief operating officer (COO) are responsible for ensuring that their efforts are realizing a profitable bottom line for the company.

If you want to make a case for using a 3PL, you have to present a budget for the service and show the savings throughout the entire supply chain. You have to be specific in showing the return on investment in a dollar amount for the initial year and then project the savings over at least five years.

Remember, other departments are competing for dollars to implement their proposals, so you need to have a solid argument for why using a 3PL for warehousing, distribution, and logistics will save the company money and help in achieving its goals.

Document the total cost of using a 3PL versus not using one and remaining status quo. You’ll want to drill down these savings. As examples:

  • Show how storage space would be better utilized by outsourcing to the public warehouse.
  • Demonstrate how distribution costs would drop because the 3PL has negotiated lower rates with an established network of carriers in all modes of transportation.

Let Brendamour Help

Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services is the 3PL choice of many companies, big and small, and of all industries.

If you need help convincing your boss that a 3PL like Brendamour is the way to go, simply get in touch with Brendamour Warehousing. Our leadership team can help you with your proposal by showing how our services can benefit your company.

We’ll be happy to show you and your executive team why so many businesses are benefiting with Brendamour as their 3PL!

3 Reasons Why a 3PL Partnership Is Important to Your Business

A lot of different components come together to make your business successful, like its product or service, its employees, its delivery system, its business processes, and its customer service.

An important piece of that puzzle is logistics, which is why your company’s warehousing, distribution, and other services need to be properly aligned to deliver the ultimate in service.

One way your business can accomplish this goal is through a partnership with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, like Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. In fact, three factors in particular make such a partnership key to your company’s bottom line.

Reason #1: Advanced Warehousing and Distribution Processes

It’s pretty hard to justify investing in assets for logistics functions if they are not your core business. This is where a 3PL partnership is a viable solution. Your business can enjoy advanced warehousing and distribution processes without having to invest in infrastructure, equipment, software, staff, and other related expenses.

And if your company is in a highly competitive field, these advanced processes can set your business apart from your competitors. This will help you retain your existing customers and attract new ones.

For example, as a 3PL partner in your business, Brendamour Warehousing can evaluate your warehousing, distribution, and logistics services and implement advanced processes specific to your business that can make a difference to your bottom line and the service your customers receive. This, in and of itself, can put you ahead of your competition.

Reason #2: Faster Response to Issues

Any crimp in logistics, whether it’s a delay in receiving raw materials, out-of-stock inventory, or delivery delays, can set your business back. But with a 3PL partner, any type of issue not only can be predicted, but resolved quickly.

Public warehouses with 3PL services, like Brendamour, are experts in ensuring a seamless operation of your logistical process. It is, after all, their core business.

Using advanced technological equipment, programs, and services, monitoring of all warehousing and distribution activities takes place continually, so incidences of an out-of-stock item in the warehouse or a delay in meeting your promised delivery date are minimized or eliminated completely.

Reason #3: Valuable Logistics Intelligence

Many business owners look at a 3PL as just an outsourced service. However, you are not just hiring a company to manage your warehousing, distribution, and other logistical services. You should view it as hiring a firm to be a partner in your success.

For example, Brendamour Warehousing has a staff with incredible knowledge to provide insight into logistics, expertise in technical support, and skills to handle your goods safely while in our warehouse.

At Brendamour, our success is solely reliant on your company’s success, which is why we provide the business intelligence to make your logistics success happen.

Partnering With Brendamour

If you’re ready for your business to achieve a higher level of performance in the areas of warehousing, distribution, and other services, contact Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services today to get started.

We’ll develop a complete logistics system for your business that is tailored to your needs. In doing so, your business will be well positioned to realize market position advantages, customer service improvements, cost efficiencies, and long-term success.

Put Your Time to Good Use with Public Warehousing & Distribution

Time. There never seems to be enough of it in a day for business owners to accomplish what they set out to do.

But here’s a best kept secret on how to get back some time – use a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

How a 3PL Saves Businesses Time

What is your company’s main purpose? If it’s like the majority of other businesses, it’s selling a product or service. So, all your resources should be aimed at growing your product line, marketing efforts, and market reach.

But are they?

If you’re currently using your staff to perform functions like warehousing, distribution, and logistics, then your employees are focusing a lot of time, energy, and resources on activities that are not your core focus.

A better way to put your employees’ time to better use on your core business functions is to outsource to a 3PL like Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. By doing so, you can take advantage of these time-savers:

Inventory tracking – Knowing your inventory counts is essential for smooth business operations. With a 3PL’s technology, you have access to real-time inventory levels. As such, you can better manage out-of-stocks and overstocks, plus gauge your high demand seasons.

Efficient warehousing – Cutting down on time to fill orders starts with accurate storage density calculations. A 3PL has the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to ensure the best use of storage space and develop a pattern for quick order processing.

Accurate and fast order fulfillment – A 3PL can provide businesses with more order fulfillment options based on the type of order to be filled. These options are automated and fully customized to your customers’ needs. Not only does this save your business time, it also gets your goods out faster to your customers.

Shipping – The complexities of shipping can be burdensome to businesses. It takes time and resources to perform key tasks that will save your business money. Because it is their core business, 3PLs have the tools necessary to determine the best transportation method, perform transit calculation estimates, create bills of lading, coordinate pickup and delivery times, and track shipments in real time.

Other Brendamour Warehousing Timesaving Benefits

At Brendamour, we have the advanced technology, equipment, and software in place to handle the most complex tasks related to receiving, storing, and moving your goods.

Among them is a warehouse management system that accurately and efficiency manages the inventory of your goods and gives you real-time access whenever you want it.

One area that sets Brendamour Warehousing apart from other 3PL public warehouses is our scope of services. We offer bulk storage, light assembly, custom packing and labeling, pick and pack, and so much more, all designed to enhance your operations and make them run more efficiently.

Save Time With Brendamour

By outsourcing your warehousing, distribution, and other logistics needs, you will have the time and resources to explore new opportunities for your company’s core functions.

Isn’t it time your business focused all its time and resources on what it does best? Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services is here to help you do just that.

Contact Brendamour today to learn how you can simplify your warehousing, distribution, and logistics. After all, isn’t your time worth it?

 

The Top Public Warehousing Trends for 2016

Every new year brings exciting new trends, and the public warehousing industry is no different. While they may not be the latest fashion trend or color of the year, the 2016 trends in public warehousing and distribution will be beneficial for both businesses and their customers.

Take a look at these five developing trends that Brendamour Warehousing and other industry leaders have identified as the top public warehousing and logistics trends for 2016.

1. The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical assets that are embedded with sensors, software, or other electronics to give them network connectivity capability so they can collect, send, receive, and exchange data.

A lot is being discussed about the IoT and how it can be applied to different applications throughout various industries. In logistics, the IoT allows businesses with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to integrate all aspects of inventory, warehousing, and distribution activities between the public warehouse it partners with and that facility’s warehouse management system and transportation management system.

This network of connected devices, in turn, gives businesses mobile access to their performance data at any time. This allows for increased accuracy, improved efficiency and reduced costs, essential ingredients for competing in today’s global marketplace.

2. Electronic Data Interchange

Real-time communications are essential for a smooth running supply chain. An electronic data interchange (EDI) enables businesses to exchange logistics information electronically in a standard format so all vendors involved in producing and moving their goods are kept in the loop.

While some companies already use EDI, those who don’t will find it challenging to conduct business in 2016 and beyond. EDI fosters compliance throughout the entire supply chain, so 2016 will see more companies embedding EDI in their applications.

3. Inventory Optimization

As technology allows businesses to gather more data about consumers’ buying habits, market trends, etc., greater opportunities for inventory optimization will exist in 2016.

Companies that utilize big data analytics will attain smarter solutions to improve their inventory planning, including forecasting, demand planning, and speedier order fulfillment across all channels.

Furthermore, by working with a public warehouse, businesses can optimize floor space utilization and warehouse inventory according to the findings of their big data analyses. These efforts will result in substantial bottom-line savings.

Businesses that optimize inventory will also realize a lean and stable supply chain, with an emphasis on enhanced efficiencies and a maximized workflow.

4. Traceability Through the Entire Supply Chain

In most every type of business, there is some form of compliance, whether established by the business itself, or required by government or industry regulations. In 2016, the focus on compliance will extend to traceability.

Real-time traceability allows businesses to see where their goods are at the moment by tracking the chain of custody. This encompasses not only what’s in the warehouse facility, but also from where the goods originated, the various transportation paths they take within the supply chain, any modifications made to the goods or packaging along the way, and their final destination.

More importantly, this information can be shared among everyone involved in the supply chain, fostering real-time accountability and quality of product.

5. Collaboration With Third-Party Logistics Providers

A full integration of all systems cannot be accomplished without collaboration among all those involved in a company’s supply chain. But in 2016, businesses will more fully recognize the value of partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

A 3PL goes beyond public warehousing and distribution to offer other key logistics services. As an example, Brendamour Warehousing and Distribution is a 3PL because it offers a full array of logistics services, including warehousing, distribution, processing, packing, contract trucking, and importing and exporting.

Collaborating with a 3PL instead of doing logistics internally or using separate vendors affords businesses the opportunity to tap into vast industry knowledge and trends.

Businesses also realize discounted pricing that 3PLs are able to secure from their logistics partners, including freight and distribution carriers.

Get Ready for the New Year

Facing a new year brings both excitement and challenges. However, businesses can ease those challenges by making a resolution to switch to a public warehouse with 3PL services.

Brendamour Warehousing can help you identify your needs and establish a plan of action to ensure your supply chain and associated logistics work efficiently and deliver savings to your business.

To get started, simply contact Brendamour today for a free consultation.