Many companies today take third-party logistics providers (3PLs) for granted. But did you know that this industry didn't fully begin until the 1990s? Before that era, businesses largely operated by building relationships with other companies around the world. This traditional approach, however, wasn't completely efficient.

Over the years, 3PLs have changed considerably to meet the needs of the evolving business environment. Although you could divide the industry's history into several stages, the following three periods stand out as some of the most important time frames.

Posted: 4/27/2016 3:27:38 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) play an important role in helping companies acquire merchandise, from manufacturers to their customers. Over the past few decades, larger companies have purchased many of these 3PLs. These consolidations could benefit your company, but they might also create drawbacks that prevent your business from reaching its goals.

Pro: You Could Potentially Lower Costs

Large 3PLs that consolidate can potentially lower their costs by limiting competition. While this could eventually lead to problems in the industry, you might pay lower costs by using them.

This isn't always the case, however, since costs vary according to numerous factors. Make sure you get price quotes from several 3PLs to ensure that you choose an affordable option.

Posted: 4/21/2016 2:17:18 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Success in today's retail industry relies on an effective warehouse that can keep items in stock for customers to purchase. Unfortunately, many retail businesses don't have warehouses that fully meet their needs. Follow these four tips to make your warehouse more productive, and you can lower your costs and exceed customer expectations in the process.

Use Real-Time Inventory Controls

A warehouse works best when it has a direct link to the store it supplies. If you can move items from the warehouse to the shelf seamlessly, then you don't have to worry about running out of popular products that earn money for your business.

Posted: 4/14/2016 9:53:45 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Clothing retailers that use shorter supply chains benefit from several advantages, including lower prices and the ability to respond to trends more quickly. While many third-party logistics (3PL) providers promise that they can offer shorter supply chains, a closer look shows they rely on too many independent businesses that operate without their oversight.

The Apparel Logistics Group (TALG) takes a different approach by working with WEAVE Services and Z Customization. This creates a full-spectrum supply chain that handles everything your store needs.

Posted: 4/6/2016 1:25:38 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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