Your 3PL provider is one of the most important partnerships you’ll have. Choosing the right one is crucial to your business’s success, especially now more than ever. Everything is on the line for you here - your customer service reputation, customer brand loyalty and most importantly, the basic logistics you need to run smoothly so your daily operations can run as effectively as possible.
Marketing strategies have shifted as events continue to be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. What should you do with the money that was budgeted for those events? How should you stay in contact with your customers and prospects?
In a time of uncertainty about what the future holds and headlines full of bad news, it’s important to remember to share the good news too. This quote by Helen Keller, sums it up well
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”.
As we all work together to put the brakes on the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s more critical than ever to enforce physical distancing. While warehouse and transportation workers are essential to the economy, too much activity at the loading dock at once puts everyone at risk.
The International Warehouse Logistics Association, IWLA, has been working with the Department of Homeland Security, FDA, state officials and many cities to achieve “essential” designation for warehousing and transportation work at national and local levels. Supply chain activities are vital to ensure that essential goods flow in times of national emergency.
Amazon.com Prime Now and Amazon Fresh are under strain of new demand for delivery services due to consumer concerns of going to brick and mortar stores during the health crisis. Last week the company warned customers that both services have been overwhelmed and that limited availability would result in longer than usual deliveries. The number of people and trucks assigned to the services has not been reduced. The large surge in demand is responsible for affecting delivery capacity. Virus-spooked consumers are turning to the online retailer rather than visiting brick and mortar stores.
Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice from long ago is also true with modern day logistics. It is specifically applicable to shippers who are deciding whether to outsource warehousing operations or take them on in-house to maintain control.
Multiple, Dynamic Supply Chains Require Responsiveness and Technical Flexibility
RF and RFID are frequently confused. That’s understandable because the letters RF stands for radio frequency in both cases. And RF scanning is an Auto-ID (automatic identification) technology. So why isn’t that also RFID?