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Groceryshop Meetup 2021

GroceryShop brings together the grocery and CPG industry’s community of leaders across a wide range of job titles and areas of expertise, including digital and eCommerce, marketing, technology, merchandising, supply chain, and store operations curated, double opt-in meetings and to participate in peer-group discussions.

Team Taylor will be there, and we want to talk with you! If you have any questions or want to chat on areas of interest in operations, supply chain, and logistics, we are here for you. Cya on Zoom!

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Taylor Logistics Food Safety

Last week, our Monroe teams underwent their 5th Safe Quality Foods audit scoring a 98% up from the 97% they achieved in 2020. This is an outstanding accomplishment, and we appreciate the dedication to food safety and food quality. A special kudos to Shaun Fehr, Deidra Gunner, Jeffery Godfrey, Jerod Brewer, Edward Gibson, Elias Wesler, Ronnie Zak, Liz Switzer, Stephen Hannah, and the entire Monroe team! During a pandemic, too, which is excellent! We will be adding yet another championship banner.

What is SQF?


The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers worldwide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all food supply chain sectors – from the farm to retail stores. This rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification also help food producers assure their buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards.

Why is SQF important for your brand? 


This farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification helps food producers assure their buyers that food products have been grown, processed, prepared, and handled according to the highest possible global food safety standards. It can immediately improve your standing in the eyes of new partners and deals. For everyone at Taylor, this achievement is an excellent validation of our hard work and our team’s commitment to safe food operations. For you, it means increased protection in the event of recalls, improved operational efficiencies in our work together, managed risks, and peace of mind with certified due diligence. 

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Freight Shipping Transportation Taylor Logistics

Your favorite co-hosts, Chris Baum and Noelle Taylor, are back covering a full range of topics from port to door services, the lunar new year, expecting the unexpected, and drop trailer services.

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Supply Chain Visibility Taylor Logistics

We know it can be challenging to find a logistics partner to handle all of your brand’s needs. While a lot of partners can manage certain aspects, they can’t handle the others. What do we mean by this? Oftentimes you might have to outsource your transportation and shipping needs to one partner while doing your fulfillment and distribution at another. In the end, it can be difficult to have complete supply chain transparency when two or more companies are running your brand’s logistics. 

What Is Supply Chain Visibility?


Supply chain visibility is the ability to track raw materials and components from origin suppliers and manufacturers through the organization’s manufacturing facilities to customers. This definition extends to include tracking goods from suppliers through to end customers (B2C or B2B) for retail operations.

How Can We Solve This Problem? 


Today’s businesses rely on comprehensive and often multi-layered networks of vendors, suppliers, and customers, resulting in complex supply chains incorporating vast amounts of information from a range of sources. Effectively managing your networks, and therefore visibility is essential for an optimized supply chain. It would help if you had a partner that can handle your products from the ports in New Jersey to Ralphs’ shelves in California and everything in between. The between can be anything from relabeling cases, Amazon FBA/FBM, creating multi-packs of products, and POP in-store displays. Rest assured, you should have fast, efficient, and reliable delivery, as well as outstanding service, for you and your customers.

Look No Further 


Taylor has been in business for 170+ years; they have altered their business to better suit customers’ needs throughout their extensive history. There’s a saying that goes, ” I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two,” and that’s deep-rooted in Taylor. From fortune 500 companies to small businesses and special projects, they’ve seen a lot of things come through their dispatch center, fulfillment warehouses, and brokerage team—no task too big or too small for a team within Taylor to tackle. They are a solutions-based company that prides itself on innovation, safety, and technology. They can cover whatever your needs are, eCommerce, LTL shipping, port-to-door services, SQF food-grade distribution, finding a new logo for your packaging, kitting time studies, and anything else your brand might need help with; they will be the expert, or they will find the expert. 

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Safety, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Teamwork, Warehouse Awards

Congrats to our January 2021 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. One Team – One Mission!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved- Kathy Combs



Picking- Bryan Tesch & Jeremy Maki



Put away- Mike Berry



Receiving- Carolina Gallegos



Loading- Anthony Watts Jr.



Replenishment- Mike Berry



Safety Award- Jeremy Maki

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Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Technology

Chris Baum and Noelle Taylor discuss an ideal third-party logistics team, complete with packaging, shipping, IT integration, eCommerce, and transportation experts. They dive into how Taylor is different from other 3PL’s, the Taylor “sauce,” applying a fast-food business model, and strategies and trends they are seeing from their customer base.

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eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Sustainability, Technology, Third Party Logistics

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has radically shifted consumer shopping habits to online marketplaces we’ve been purchasing everything from dog food to potting soil to TikTok Amazon trends and outdoor heaters. Retailers have altered inventory as a response to these shifts, and they’ve taken note COVID-19 buying patterns are here to stay. Here are the three industry trends impacting this shift.

Sustainable / Eco Purchasing Habits


Over two-thirds (65%) of consumers want to impact the environment through their everyday actions positively. This is a key reason why brands are shifting their products from plastic to eco. As temporary custodians of this planet, we understand that we have a job to make it as clean as possible for generations to come. We’ve said absolutely not to all bubble wrap in every part of our business; that word isn’t even in our vocabulary. We’ve got a couple of brands we partner with to look into bubble wrap alternatives that are sustainable. Not only is it great for our planet, but it’s also fantastic for your brand, and it’s what your customer wants! The growing awareness of our collective impact on the environment has elicited increasing demand for companies to demonstrate their sustainability commitment beyond just the end product to responsible sourcing and operating standards. 

The Need for Efficiency


The hurdle we see is maintaining information accuracy in every stage of the supply chain, which can be difficult when dealing with information overload. Another risk attached to information overload is inventory overload. Research suggests that inventories are essential when creating the optimal pricing strategy for food and beverage products. At a point in your company’s lifecycle, it comes time to partner with a 3PL to optimize your business efficiencies. Focus on your core business, expanding your brand, getting into Erewhon, new products, etc. We will fulfill orders, store your product, and get it to your customers. Scaling as you scale with multiple services under one roof, like customized packaging to an eCommerce task force that can de-bug any inventory or eCart issue

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Regulatory Requirements


The food supply chain requires all players to adhere to strict operational practices to ensure food safety and quality from the fulfillment center to the wheels that bring it to the consumer. Food safety is our middle name, Taylor food safety Logistics. Jokes aside, food safety is essential to us and has been our business’s foundation for the last 171 years. Each year all of our food handling fulfillment centers undergo a Safe Quality Foods audit to obtain the highest level of food safety by the Safe Quality Foods Institute and are all FDA certified. 


Our team will work with you to build scalable fulfillment, eCommerce, packaging, kitting, transportation, and shipping solutions for your food and beverage brand.

We have an entire team ready to assist. Fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch asap. If you’d rather email us that works too! info@taylorlog.com

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B2C Fulfillment, Cincinnati, Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, ISDT, Technology

From the Taylor Talk podcast vault: Transitioning to eCommerce fulfillment with Grant Taylor, while this episode initially aired months ago, it seems more relevant now than ever.

Our operations, IT, and superuser teams have been working vigorously to transition five distribution centers into eCommerce centers. This was a massive undertaking for our team because; eCommerce granted customers can break open cases, which was an entirely different process for Taylor. 

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Taylor Logistics Inc Questionnaire Fulfillment guide

Are you looking for a potential fulfillment partner? Choosing a 3PL is like finding a new business partner. The company you pick can make – or break – your business. It’s critical to find a fulfillment company that offers the services you need. Click the guide below for questions to ask when searching for a new partner so that all of your needs are met.

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Carriers, Cross-Docking, Flatbed, Flatbed Transportation, Intermodal Transportation, Port Services

Have you ever had issues with port congestion or total transit time and cost issues for international freight? Taylor Logistics has a specific team that specializes in services with the New Jersey/New York Ports.

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Taylor Logistics 3PL Partner 2021

The decision to change your third-party logistics provider (3PL) provider can be a time-sensitive process that requires a lot of consideration and planning. It can be an excellent move that will help grow and push your business forward. We’re covering everything you need to know for a seamless transition!

When is it time to switch? 


Are your customers receiving damaged products? If your current provider is messing up orders in any capacity, this can significantly impact your reputation. We absolutely do not want that; it’s time to change! 

Think about all that’s changed in the past couple of years; TikTok has taken over; consumers expect one-day delivery, and we can purchase anything from our phones. Can your 3PL keep up with the constant shift? Suppose your fulfillment provider hasn’t improved or expanded their technology, operations, or facilities since you started working with them. In that case, they might not be thinking ahead. It’s time to change! 

Has your business significantly grown? It’s critical to find a team that will scale with your business. If your current 3PL can no longer handle the volume, it could be time to switch. 

Do you feel like you have a reliable team that understands your specific business needs and will jump through hurdles for your business? You need that person you can text at any time of the day, even though they are in an entirely different time zone—a person who knows the ins-and-outs of your products, your brand, and your mission. A team that can collaborate to solve and issues that might arise. If you don’t have this kind of support system, it might be time to switch. 

When should you make a change?


When changing providers, it’s wise to consider the timing of the transition. Many merchants search for a new provider to coincide with starting a new calendar or fiscal year. Ideally, switching during a quiet period operationally is best. It can also be helpful to transition to a new provider before adding a new product line or entering a new market. If your needs truly aren’t being met, then switch now!

Ensuring a smooth transition


Once you’ve found the perfect partner, you need to plan for a seamless transition. It is essential to have clearly defined processes to uphold customer service levels and maintain speed to customers, and control costs. Your new partner should take the time to understand your business requirements thoroughly and define the project scope upfront. Work with their team of key resources from operations, production, packaging, quality, and process engineering teams.

Questions to Ask a potential new partner


Ready to make a switch? Below are questions to ask a potential 3PL to assess whether they’re the best fit for your business so you can be confident in your choice.

Does your technology integrate with ours?


What types of products does the third-party logistics provider specialize in?


What will the 3PL provider do to meet my performance metrics?


What predictive analytics are available?


How have you handled or corrected errors in the past?


Is there a minimum monthly order volume to work with the fulfillment center? 


How quickly can I expand with the fulfillment warehouse?


What is the company’s history?


How Extensive Is Their Network?


We’ve helped hundreds of brands just like yours!


At Taylor, we helped hundreds of brands throughout the past challenging year with capacity, resources, expertise, and solutions to better their business. In 2020, we remained agile, kept operations moving with a record volume of orders, and all while keeping our team safe. Specifically, Team Taylor: 

Kept all fulfillment centers open and operating safely


Opened a new strategically located warehouse 


Added extra shifts to ensure products got out on time


Shared transparent carrier performance data


Added new carrier qualified partners to our network

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Leadership, Safety, Team Taylor, Teamwork, Warehouse Awards, Warehousing

Congratulations to our December 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. One Team – One Mission!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved– Melvin Smith



Picking– Kathy Combs & Jeremy Maki


Put away– Mike Berry



Receiving– Steve Kowalski



Loading– Anthony Watts Jr.



Replenishment– Mike Berry



Safety Award- Bryan Tesch

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Amazon, Amazon Fulfillment, Cincinnati, Supply Chain, Taylor Information, Third Party Logistics

Is your goal to read more in 2021? Ours too. Crush your goals by reading and subscribing to our blog. We launch new a new blog every single week, so you’ll never run out of material! Head over to the resource center to catch up on our over 130+ blog posts ranging in various topics of interest!

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2020 Taylor Company Report

We are saying goodbye to 2020 with a look back at the past 12 months. This year was unlike any other; we couldn’t have done it without our outstanding and resilient team and our customers’ support. This year’s Wrapped covers everything from new safety precautions, a record for direct to consumer orders, and miles covered by our brokerage team. Goodbye, 2020 & Happy and healthy New Year! View our yearly company report here: https://info.taylorlogistics.com/taylor-logistics-2020-in-review-wrapped

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Taylor Logistics Cincinnati Fulfillment 2021

We wish you a joyful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year from our team to yours! As a reminder, all Taylor locations will be closed for the holidays on December 24th and 25th and on January 1st.

If you worked with us this past year, thank you so much for being a part of the Taylor family. We appreciate your business and look forward to supporting you next year — please let us know how we are doing here. 

If you haven’t worked with our fantastic team, check out our service portfolio to see if we can help you with any of your needs. We’re here for you in 2021!

Taylor Logistics 2021

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2020 Holidays, Amazon, B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, Cincinnati, Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Teamwork

Team Taylor is talking! Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Chris Baum & Noelle Taylor. They are breaking down the entire year, everything from eCommerce and packaging to the largest seasonal project in Taylor history. Tune into Taylor Talk wherever you listen to podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, etc. Click one of the buttons below to listen.


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2020 Carrier of the Year

CINCINNATI, O.H. / –2020 has been a challenging year; throughout all the hardship, Taylor Logistics, Inc thought it’s crucial to recognize an outstanding North American carrier partner that has gone the extra mile. We are proud to announce we have started a carrier of the year program. This unique award program recognizes a prestigious carrier for service, quality, and operational excellence based on various metrics, including on-time performance, customer service, value, and innovation. Taylor is proud to announce it has named Truesdell Trucking as its 2020 Carrier of the Year. Even during these unprecedented times in the world, Truesdell has remained committed to exceeding expectations at a time when it has never been more critical.

“2020 showed how vital carriers are to our Nation,” said Rex Taylor, president of Taylor Logistics, Inc. “We especially want to celebrate those who not only keep our country moving in these uncertain times but those who also go above and beyond what’s asked of them. Our 2020 Carrier of the Year is the best example of reliable, high-quality carriers that make up our network.”

About Taylor Logistics, Inc.

Taylor Logistics Inc. is the Nation’s Most Progressive Family Owned logistics company. From their founding in 1850 to today, Taylor is currently in sixth and seventh-generation ownership. Taylor’s passion is finding solutions for their customers through their various services. From warehousing both contract and public, freight brokerage, packaging, kitting, drayage, and trucking. All of which are customizable and technology-driven. Their 170 years of logistics experience have proven that they are not merely a vendor for your company – they are an extension of your team with a clear understanding of our responsibility to replicate your organization’s strategic business goals.

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Taylor Logistics Production Team

Our production, kitting, and packaging team at our public warehouse World Park One operated at over 100% efficiency optimization last week. How is running at 160% yes 160% efficiency even possible? Especially during the busy holiday shipping season? Well, let’s break it down. 

Our Operations Business Manager, Liz runs time studies on various customer kitting and packaging projects using general cycle time formulas, which can be used to calculate the time needed from receiving the product from the bins to having it “ship ready.” In addition to performing time formulas, here are some other ways our team stays productive: 


Our production team has optimized the floor to make it simpler for employees to locate all parts in one place, which ultimately boosts worker efficiency and productivity. 


We print shipping labels beforehand, which cuts out the need to weigh and label individual items at the time of shipping. 


There are particular techniques and sequences we use to ensure that profitability is not consumed by poor planning. First, pick each case and pallet in separate zones by separate individuals for fast parallel picks. Second, combine a set of picks into one wave set with options to auto-ship or move to packaging with secondary quality assurance checks. Third, license plates are automatically assigned during picks for optimal staging, kitting, packaging, shipping, and site transfer receipts. Fourth, institute a short pick, unpick canceled orders or partially staged picks with a hold status. Fifth, order picks with routes are automatically distributed in the reverse stop order. Seventh, we review FIFO (First In, First Out), FEFO (First Expired, First Out), primary pick, or hybrid models.


The pandemic has accelerated eCommerce growth in the US this year, with online sales reaching a level not previously expected until 2022. Not to mention the shipping delays, this eCommerce volume is producing. That’s why it’s critical for our teams to be operating at the highest efficiency levels, to ensure our customers’ products are getting to the consumer on-time and mistake-free. 

Warehouse kitting is a simple but effective order fulfillment strategy that can save your business time and money! Please contact our fulfillment experts with any questions. We are happy to consult with you on how to provide a kitting solution to meet your specific needs.

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Safety, Team Taylor, Teamwork, Warehouse Awards

Congrats to our November 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. One Team – One Mission!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved- Terrance Burnett



Picking- Kathy Combs & Terrance Burnett



Putaway- Mike Berry



Receiving- Christina Clark



Loading- Anthony Watts Jr.



Replenishment- Mike Berry



Safety Award- Mike Berry

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday (#BFCM) are here, make sure you know your shipping deadlines for FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Questions? Inbox us at info@taylorlog.com 

FedEx 

Dec. 9 | Smartpost

Dec. 16 | Ground 

Dec. 21 | Express Saver 

Dec. 23 | Overnight 

UPS 

Dec. 13 | Ground 

Dec. 18 | Next Day Air & 2nd Day Air 

Dec. 19 | 3 Day Select 

Dec. 23 | Next Day Air 

USPS 

Dec. 14 | Ground 

Dec. 18 | APO/FPO,DPO

Dec. 20 | First-Class Mail 

Dec. 20 | Frist-Class Packages 

Dec. 21 | Priority Mail 

Dec. 23 | Priority Mail 

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According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 185 million people are expected to shop over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. This time can be a stressful time for retailers and the transportation industry, and the days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday are typically the peak period of the rush. Massive volumes of e-commerce purchases are putting more and more pressure on business and logistics managers each year. Whether your business manages your supply chain in-house or uses a 3PL partner, supply chain planning in peak seasons like this requires the use of supply chain industry best practices.

The Origin of Black Friday 

The term “Black Friday” was first associated with financial crisis and shopping sales. Jim Fisk and Jay Gould, two wall street financiers, bought a significant amount of US gold in the hope of the overall price soaring and turned to be able to sell it for massive profits. On Friday, September 24, 1869, in what became referred to as “Black Friday,” the US gold marked Crash and Fisk, and Gould’s actions left Wall Street barons bankrupt. In the later years, the post-thanksgiving period became associated with the name. 

Although this is the origin story, there is one black Friday tale that also attributes to its name. When stores recorded their accounting details, they noted profits in black and losses in red. The story goes that many shops were “in the red” throughout most of the year. Still, they later “went into the black” the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers bought a significant amount of discounted merchandise for the holiday presents.

Supply Chain Best Practices for Holiday Shopping 

 Use your 3PL’s Value- Added Services


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the times of year that your third party logistics provider will become an extra benefit to your business. Using value-added services such as kitting and packaging to prepare high-demand items ready to go, and kit pre-package many of them in preparation for holiday shoppers. A 3PL can typically also provide temporary storage overflow inventory for the peak seasons. 

Take Care of Your Employees. 


The holiday season is the worse time to lose employees. Due to to the high-stress environment of a warehouse or fulfillment center and the longer holiday hours, this time of year is at high-risk for employee turnover. This is not a time to slack on your promise to company culture. Try and keep the work environment as light as possible and maintain open communication by having conversations with employees to make sure they feel appreciated during such a critical time for logistics.

System Integrity 


Peak season is not the time of year when your system can go down; all systems must be running up to speed. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period, your order management, distribution, allocation, replenishment, and financial systems will be subject to a level of transactional activity that can be many orders of magnitude higher than ever before.

Training 


Employee training throughout the year is critical so that they can jump into whatever role might be the most in-demand during the holiday peak season. Not only does routine training empower your workforce, but it also improves team morale. 

Focus on Customer Experience


While optimizing supply chain efficiency with standardized processes and automation, supply chain professionals should focus on the customer experience. Customers gain trust in businesses that can handle the busiest of shopping days. 

People ages 18-24, 88% t say they are likely to shop and particularly enjoy the social aspect. Similarly, 84% of those ages 25-34 plan to shop. That compares with 69% of holiday shoppers overall.

Of those planning to shop, there is an almost even split of people who plan to start their shopping in-store 47% compared with those who plan to start online 41%. Those under 25 are even more likely to say they expect to start shopping in-store 52%.

The top reasons consumers are planning to shop include:

65% The deals are too good to pass up 


28% Tradition 


22% It’s when they like to start their holiday shopping 


21% It’s something to do over the holiday 

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When you win a championship, sometimes you get a ring, and sometimes you get a banner in the stadium to showcase your winnings. At Taylor, we go the banner route; we’re proud to showcase our success in the championship of food safety, SQF audits.


What is an SQF Certification?


SQF stands for safe, quality food. It’s an internationally recognized system designed and administered by the SQF Institute.  The institute sets the standards for companies in the foodservice industry. They’re designed to keep food production and preparation safe.

What are SQF Standards?


These are standards put in place to ensure that companies manage food safety risks appropriately. A company may apply for certification as a way to assure clients that they are practicing good hygiene and handling food correctly.

Basic food hygiene, like workers washing their hands before handling the food, make the world safer for all of us.

What are the SQF Levels?


There are three levels in total:

Level 1: This applies in cases where there are fewer risks, and it is the most basic level.

Level 2: Here, they set more rigorous standards. GFSI has created the benchmarks. Level 2 is a food safety plan that is HACCP certified.

Level 3: This is the highest standard and includes the same processes as Level 2. It’s a more comprehensive application of the rules.

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Our SQF-certified warehouses are the perfect place to store your food product while you’re waiting for orders to come in. When you make a sale, it’s already here, and we’re ready to ship it for you. Talk with our team today!

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, Intermodal Transportation, LTL

Are you a new business owner that needs to ship your products to your customer? Or has your business grown to the point where you’re going to start shipping? Or are you already shipping freight but want to do so more efficiently with a better understanding of the process? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this guide and our team are here for you. It will introduce you to the freight shipping industry and get you the information you need to ship like a pro!

LTL  


LTL stands for “less than truckload,” which means that your shipment will take up less than an entire truckload. Makes sense, right? Typically, this means your cargo will weigh between 100 and 10,000 pounds. LTL is the most popular type of freight shipment, and it’s also the most cost-effective form of road transportation. Why? Because the cost of your shipment will be shared with other LTL freight shipments, and you only pay for the space in the truck that you need. 

There are four pieces of information that you must-have for a standard LTL quote:

Origin Zip Code: The origin zip code is the zip code where the freight will be picked up. 

Destination Zip Code: The destination zip code is the opposite of the origin zip, in that it’s the zip code where the freight will be delivered. Once again, this is the actual delivery address location, not the city or terminal zip code.

Total Weight: This weight includes any packaging or palletizing that is needed to make the freight ready to ship. Ensure that your weights are exact, as carriers will use industrial shipping scales to make sure the weight claimed on the BOL matches the actual weight of the shipment.

Freight Class: There’s a lot more to dive into here, see below!

Shipment types Taylor Logistics Inc

Understanding Freight Class 

Freight class is a standardized system used by carriers to categorize freight for pricing purposes. There are two ways to determine fright class – NMFC codes and density.

NMFC-Based Freight Class

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), a nonprofit membership organization of motor carriers, uses the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC) system to determine freight class. NFMC codes are assigned a freight class, which is a number between 50 and 500. This number determines an item’s “transportability” and is generated using four factors: 

STOWABILITY: Determined by its ability to be stowed or transported in relation to other pieces of freight on the truck. There is no number-based scale to determine the item’s stowability, and this element of freight class is somewhat subjective.

HANDLING: There is no scale to determine this per commodity. Items that are fragile or have larger than standard dimensions are often at higher risk to the carriers, so their handling level will ultimately lead to higher freight classes.

LIABILITY: Takes into account the probability of the freight shipment being damaged, stolen, or damaging other adjacent freight.

DENSITY: Density is used to find a density-based freight class, while an NMFC code is used to find an NMFC-based freight class. It’s a general rule of thumb that the lower the item’s density, the higher the freight class. If you know your cargo’s NMFC number or can provide accurate weights and dimensions when calculating its density, you will be able to determine the freight class, which best represents your freight.

Density is so crucial in LTL; why? 

An object’s density is the measurement of its compactness or pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Your shipment density will dictate how much space your freight shipment will require in a truck or shipping container. With LTL shipping, space is significant because your cargo is being transported along with other freight. When you ship your freight via LTL, you share both the truck and the cost of shipping on that truck with other shippers – which is why LTL is one of the most economical shipping methods.

PTL 


PTL stands for “partial truckload.” Even in this case, the name is pretty much-clarifying things that, in this kind of load, the load will be as less as half of the entire truck. A load of 8 or more pallets comes under this. Now, in this scenario, you need not book a full truck for this; otherwise, you will be paying full money for half the amount of delivery. In this scenario, you can share the truck with other customers that means you both will share the fare of the truck for your respective halves according to all the factors that affect the rates of freight, including weight and type of freight.

FTL or TL 


FTL/ TL means “full truckload or truckload”. Full truckload shipping is the ideal method if you have a large shipment that will fill an entire trailer or at least exceed the volume LTL options. Typically full truckload shipping costs more than LTL shipping. However, the benefits of FTL might outweigh that cost. With FTL shipping, the truck goes directly from Point A to Point B without any stops, making transportation times shorter. 

Expedited Freight 


This refers to time-sensitive shipments in which freight has to be delivered within a particular time frame. Expedited freight is most often transported by truck or air. Trucks shipping expedited freight rarely stop along the way to deliver or pick up shipments, making the expedited shipment the priority. Expedited shipments are both large and small, from parcels to pallets to a full truckload of freight. 

Air Freight


Companies that work with short lead times and require their packages to be transported as quickly as possible often choose air freight. Air freight is a relatively safe mode of transport, and it decreases supplier lead times while improving the overall level of service.

Rail Transport 


Rail transportation is an excellent solution for domestic or intercontinental transport, especially for bulky goods. It is a safe and reliable mode of transport that offers fast delivery at a cost-effective price point, and it is also more environmentally-friendly than air and road alternatives. Plus, rail freight doesn’t add to traffic and roadway congestion like other modes of transportation.

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If you are seeking logistics support, we’d love to hear from you. You can head over to services to learn more or check out the many industries we work with to ensure top of the line logistics solutions. Send us a note to connect about how we can help your company grow!

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Taylor Logistics Inc. Forklift Safety Guide

Congrats to our October 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. One Team – One Mission!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved- Kathy Combs

Picking- Damien Wells & Kathy Combs

Putaway- Mike Berry

Receiving- Mohamed Mohamed

Loading- Anthony Watts Jr. 

Replenishment- Mike Berry 

Safety Award- Hosea Byrd

Learn more here.

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We’re Proud Foodboro Marketplace Members.


We’re proud Foodboro. marketplace members, and as members, we got the opportunity to participate in an “Ask the Expert” video. Since the holidays are literally right around the corner, we chatted on all things shipageddon. Learn more about crowdsourced fulfillment system (5:30), as well as what to anticipate this holiday season (8:20), how to prepare for it (11:44) and when to seek out a 3PL partner (14:00.)

Watch Now @ Foodboro.


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Taylor Logistics Holiday Shipping 2020

No need to panic. Our team has been prepping for the online shopping boom. Need warehouse space? Our fulfillment centers are ready with solutions to scale to meet your needs. Let’s chat! Email us info@taylorlog.com.

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 Holiday Shipping Guide Taylor Logistics

The holiday season should be the most wonderful time of family, food, and festivities; we love it all. But it’s also the most hectic time of the year for a retail or consumer goods supply chain; some even call it ‘Shipageddon.’ However, with the pandemic altering shopping habits, predicting what Q4 2020 has in store for retailers is anyone’s guess. Consequently, retailers must deploy creative tactics to remain competitive, increase customer loyalty, and get a piece of that holiday pie! We’re sharing some strategies to help prepare your business to be as prepared as possible during this unpredictable season. 

4 Ways to Prepare Your Retail Supply Chain for the Holidays

Encourage Your Customers to Buy Early 


This will not be the season for last-minute shoppers; we know many customers participated in Prime day in early October. The earlier, the better. However, a combination of physical restrictions in stores and capacity issues for carriers (due to historic levels of online orders) will extend the time shoppers can get in and out of stores and extend delivery times on shipments. 

Optimize All Inventory


According to IHL Group, out-of-stocks account for $634 billion in lost sales worldwide each year due to poor inventory management. For a handful of huge shippers and retailers, it makes sense to divide the inventory into one stream for traditional replenishment and another for eCommerce fulfillment. But for most other companies, it would be wise to tear down the walls separating types of inventory. You could be placing undue stress on the distribution center when the same product is divided into different segments.

Get a Handle on Shipping Costs


Demand for express delivery exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic and is likely to continue to increase as the holidays creep closer. But with common carriers adding surcharges on parcel deliveries, offering fast delivery at little or no cost this holiday season can quickly wipe the profit off ship-to-home orders. To reduce last-mile delivery costs and compete with same-day shipping, here are some strategies a 3Pl will leverage:

Crowdsourced Fulfillment: Leverage crowdsourced delivery networks to connect with local couriers and reduce your last-mile delivery costs.

Diverse Carrier Mix: Include regional carriers in your carrier mix to handle increased volume and lessen your overall transportation costs. Rates for local parcel carriers are often lower than national carriers, and they have fewer surcharges and freight accessorial services charges.

Seek Out Support 


A third-party logistics provider can be a valuable partner for seasonal fulfillment, thanks to scalable space, superior technology, flexible staffing, established relationships with carriers, and knowledge with best practices. We happen to know a fabulous 3PL that can be a valuable asset for your company. They are pretty great; learn more here.

Prepare Your Retail Supply Chain for the Holidays and Beyond

The upcoming holiday season will be anything but ordinary. It’s hard to envision exactly how the season will pan out for retailers, much as it’s hard to predict any aspect of 2020. If you’ve realized you need supply chain management support to prepare for the unpredictable holiday season, we can help. Team Taylor has years of experience in the supply chain industry and has adapted to the government’s safety and health requirements at each of its fulfillment centers. From eCommerce fulfillment support to delivery options, we can help you get your customers’ orders to them right on time, safely and cost-effectively. Fill out the form below to talk to a Taylor rep! We hope it helps you have a holiday season that’s merry and bright!


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It’s no secret that the transportation industry is heavily dependent on supply and demand. Every year holds uncertainty from consumer trends to the ups and downs of the market; however, there is always a forecasted plan for the seasons of freight. Like fall, winter, spring, and summer, the transportation industry also has four seasons. Below are the four seasons to the to freight shipping.  

January – March


It’s a new year; the holidays are past us, and freight volume is on the decline. Not to mention these months are the peak of winter, the frigid temperatures and snowy roadways are not shipping-friendly. Typically during these months logistics companies are recovering from holiday shipping. Freight volume will start to progress as the months approach the spring season.

April – July


With the arrival of spring, the produce season begins. Freight volumes will increase, and carriers have more loads to choose from allowing them to pick and choose different loads. With carriers being pickier, finding trucks become more challenging, and rates increase. In certain parts of the United States, the capacity and shipping rates change significantly for non-produce shippers, as carriers are massively switching to high-paying produce loads. 

August – October


Produce season has come to an end; however, the hecticness doesn’t stop here. It’s now time to prepare for back to school season and to start planning for the upcoming holidays. During these months, sales are typically up, and companies are rapidly shipping products in and out of their facilities to ensure all inventory is ready for the holidays. Rates are still climbing, and freight volumes are towering. 

November – December


Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year again; companies are rushing to complete last-minute purchase requests before the holiday closures. The new year is rapidly approaching, and no one wants to leave freight behind and drag it into the new year. The roads start to get busy with people taking time off for long weekends, holiday gatherings, and vacation time. It’s a time that needs to be carefully planned as last-minute items can pop up, and delays are likely.

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Our team is continuously on top of marketing changes and forecasted trends. Knowing the four seasons of transportation freight is just the beginning of our expertise. Let us be your transportation advisor. Chat with us!

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Amazon Fulfillment Cincinnati Ohio

Raise your hand if you have an Amazon Prime account? Oh wow, 150 million hands raised? In the 25 years since Amazon was launched, it has become a household name, and is the biggest eCommerce site in the world. Having your products sold on Amazon immensely increases your audience. Amazon allows sellers to fulfill orders themselves or let Amazon handle fulfillment. Let’s dive into your options as an Amazon seller.

Lot’s of Acronyms to Digest When Talking Amazon Shipping; Let’s Break it Down: 

Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)


Self-fulfilled order processing route, like Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM)


Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP)

What is Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)?

FBA means Fulfilled by Amazon, you sell it and Amazon ships it. 


The seller sends bulk products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers for Amazon to pick, pack, and ship products once sold.

What is Amazon Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM)?

Amazon Fulfilled by Merchant is a fulfillment method in which an Amazon seller is responsible for fulfilling its products purchased on Amazon. 


FBM can be managed through a seller directly or by partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.


FBM can be more cost-effective if you can ship orders for a more sensible price compared to what FBA will charge by using your delivery partners and network, or your 3PL’s network.


FBM is a great Amazon seller shipping option it allows you the freedom to run your business as you like in terms of scalability, fulfillment methods, and inventory level control.

What is Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP)?

Similar to FBM, you store, pick, pack, and ship your products to the customers yourself and handle all communications with the customer.


However, this shipping option also allows you access to prime customers, competing with businesses that pay the enormous fees for FBA.


SFP is ideal for sellers who have warehouse space and staff that can handle the order fulfillment or companies with a 3PL that can offer scalability and flexibility. To be successful as an SFP seller, you need to make sure that it would be more profitable for you than FBA or FBM.


Becoming an SFP seller streamlines your fulfillment process as you only need to manage inventory in your warehouses, instead of managing that inventory as well as additional inventory in Amazon’s warehouses.

Taylor Logistics Amazon Fulfillment

Partnering With A 3PL | Amazon Fulfillment 

Have experience with the program. Dealing with SFP requirements can be difficult.


Your 3PL should have advanced software that integrates directly with Amazon and gives you real-time visibility into order status and metrics.


You need a 3PL who is focused on customer service. Putting your SFP reputation into someone else’s hands is a leap of faith. Make sure you pick a partner who’s on your side, 100%.

Amazon Solutions Experts

Our team knows that all of the Amazon seller shipping options can be complicated and overwhelming. It can be challenging to decide which option is best for your business, especially when one option doesn’t fit all. It depends on the product you are selling, fulfillment capabilities, profit margins, and more. Our team knows how to meet Amazon’s stringent requirements for whichever option you choose. We have the solutions to help you scale your business, and we have the technology to execute the specifications for any Amazon shipment. 

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Remember, the holiday season is around the corner. If you don’t have your fulfillment partner in place soon, you could be left out in the cold. Contact us today, and leave Black Friday and Cyber Monday to us. Fill out the form below and we will be in touch ASAP!


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Food & Beverage, Food Grade

There thousands upon thousands of food-grade carriers on the roads. How do you know which ones you can trust? Whether you the brains behind creating a food or beverage product or a 3PL, some measures should be in place to guarantee safe quality food shipping. At Taylor, we have a developed process that ensures we choose the most suitable carriers every time. Sure, sometimes things don’t go according to plan but using a trusted food grade carrier helps minimize potential fallout. We examine critical things to look for in a food warehousing provider in our previous blog post. In this post, let’s look at things outside of the warehouse, onto the loading dock, and into the trailer as we examine items you should be looking for in a food-grade carrier. 

Compliance

Carrier authority is the permission carriers need to operate. Authority is given out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and there are several different types of authority out there. A food-grade carrier should have Motor Carrier of Property authority. Carriers can acquire safety through the FMCSA SAFER system. This system provides necessary information about the carrier and, more importantly, a safety rating. Make sure to stay away from “Conditional” and “Unsatisfactory” ratings. 

Temperature Preservation

Your products’ safety and integrity are also closely tied to their environmental conditions, temperature, and humidity. A carrier will need to ensure that your products are kept at the appropriate conditions while on the dock and during temperature-controlled trucking. Here’s a great example, ice cream needs to be kept at -20°F and most confectionery products at 65°F. Exceptional care needs to be taken to keep each product in range. Once in the product is loaded on the trailer, your carrier must have the ability to monitor temperature during the journey. 

Carrier History

New carriers are always popping up, and plenty of times, it can be very beneficial to use them for shipping. However, if you are looking for someone to bring onto a contracted lane or a critical shipment, it helps look into their past. From simply confirming how long they have been in business to looking through online reviews.

To Sum It Up

At Taylor, we combine warehousing, eCommerce, transportation, packaging, and kitting services for a fully integrated food logistics strategy. These solutions – combined with our technology and ability to scale as your business scales in the food, beverage, confectionery, flavoring, and pet food spaces – gives you the peace of mind that your products are in good hands as they travel throughout the supply chain to your customers. Sound like a plan? Give our team a shout by filling out the form below or send a message to our inbox at info@taylorlog.com. Need a quote asap? Get one here. 


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Taylor Logistics Inc. Forklift Safety Guide

Taylor would like to congratulate the September 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. Congrats to all!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved– Josh Mather


Picking–  Jarod Cummins & Avery Gault


Putaway- Mike Berry


Receiving– Nate Juhl 


Loading– Anthony Watts Jr. 


Replenishment– Mike Berry 


Safety Award– Forrest Mitchell

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TLI Supply Chain Management Cincinnati Logistics

There are several advantages companies can receive by outsourcing their supply chain management to a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider. As companies begin to grow, they may realize an in-house logistics team will lack the expertise needed to manage complex logistics operations cost-effectively. On the other hand, larger companies can find they don’t have the workforce required to handle a high shipment volume. A Deloitte study shows that 79% of businesses with highly efficient supply chains enjoy more significant than average revenues than others in their industries. Companies with such optimal supply chains have 3x faster cash-to-cash cycles. 

Crafty businesses outsource supply chain management to professionals to gain several significant benefits and, thus, position their business for success. A trustworthy third-party logistics provider will take over the trouble of running your supply chain network, allowing you to:

Generate new ideas

Build better products/services

Strengthen customer relationships

Design and develop future strategies

What’s more — outsourcing to the right service provider not only allows you to focus on your core business, but you also enjoy the competitive advantage that comes with hiring supply chain management experts, including their access to resources, capabilities, technologies, skills, and networks. The following are the top advantages of partnering with a 3PL.

Transportation Network


A 3PL’s network of transportation providers is a significant resource for any company with freight to move. Searching for proper equipment, insurance, and other qualifications can be a considerable undertaking—however, a 3PL vets their carrier network to include only qualified and reliable service providers. 3PLs can also leverage carrier relationships and volume discounts, which results in lower costs and faster service. Ultimately, choosing a 3PL allows businesses to benefit from capacity they would be hard-pressed to find in-house.

Save Time and Money


Outsourcing logistics saves a considerable amount of time and money for any organization. Using a 3PL can eliminate the necessity to invest in warehouse space, technology, transportation, and staff to execute supply chain processes. 3PLs also save time for their clients by handling day to day functions like booking, billing, and training; leaving companies ample time to focus on their core competencies.

 

Scalability and Flexibility


A benefit of using a 3PL provider is the ability to scale space, labor, and transportation according to inventory needs. Businesses with seasonal periods can enjoy stress-free transitions between industry ups and downs, having the ability to utilize more space and resources when needed. Using a 3PL provider allows your business to grow into new regions without barriers. 

 

Industry Expertise


Businesses can have confidence knowing reliable and experienced professionals are meeting their supply chain needs. A 3PL can share vital information tied to regulations, the freight market, and industry insights. A 3PL will often work with the same receiver locations for multiple clients, allowing them to share information on receiving preferences. Understanding customer requirements and communicating them to carriers can make a massive difference in performance.

Enhance Security


3PLs have the expertise to help navigate manufacturers through new security regulations and can provide counsel on best practices to improve security policy and procedures. In many cases, 3PLs can manage the implementation of a supply chain security program, from facility and asset security to security monitoring services and training.

Providing All Services Under One Roof


When all your freight, distribution, eCommerce, warehousing, etc. services are managed under one roof, it will save time and money, and probably give you comfort to know that everything is taken care of. Plus, when all logistics are connected, you as a business owner will have more control and better visibility, which means a smoother operation for your business. A solutions-based 3PL will have the labor, resources, infrastructure, and capital deployment to bring all the required services under one roof. Whether you need warehousing, value-added services, customs clearance, international freight forwarding, domestic transportation, or even IT-support, you can rely on a third-party logistics provider to take care of your business. 

Bottom Line 


The value a 3PL provider can bring your business includes better rates, services, expertise, and a vast network of industry partnerships all along the supply chain. Many companies come to this understanding quickly and understand the benefits of outsourcing. Choosing the best 3PL, one that is well suited to your needs, will take a bit of effort upfront but will bring long-term benefits. A 3PL with core competencies that are the right fit will mean a long-term partner interested in generating growth for your business. If you are looking for help managing your logistics and supply chain, we would love to hear from you. Please send us a note to connect about how Taylor Logistics can help your company. 

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Taylor Logistics Inc fulfillment services

As a supplier or manufacturer, you may need to manage regular demand, seasonal spikes, and special promotions with strategies that allow you to meet your customer’s in-store requirements without burdening your inventory pipeline. Custom displays, created in the warehouse just before shipping, are a proven working strategy. Not only do custom displays help with your inventory pipeline, but they are an essential marketing tool for several suppliers on retail floors.

A lot of displays have come through Taylor’s facilities across a variety of industries and a wide range of customers. From temporary projects to those that are more permanent, and they range in size from large pallet and floor displays to small counter-top displays. To evolve with special project demands, Taylor has launched a new team, the ISDT team or In-Store Design Team. This newly organized unit was created to be solely designated to the operation and building of point-of-purchase (POP) display units.

Along with the creation of the ISDT, Taylor offers other unique warehousing and fulfillment capabilities. Taylor has created a non-siloed operation system comprised of top of the line logistics services for their customers. Taylor’s transportation group, in alignment with their brokerage department, can manage inbound and outbound transportation using the most efficient modes. Taylor aligns all processes with design and technology allowing them to be there for you throughout the entire process to the retailer. 

Advantages of retail display building service:

Heightened Retail Visibility


One-Stop-Shop


Bold, Vibrant, Inviting Presence


Brand Awareness


Ready For Market

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Taylor Logistics Inc. New Warehouse Space

CINCINNATI, Sept. 14, 2020 — Taylor Logistics Inc. (TLI), a Cincinnati based third-party logistics company, today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center just outside Cincinnati later this month. The new location, at 10095 International Blvd in West Chester, Ohio, will be the companies second public multi-client warehouse in Ohio. Their first location is positioned just down the street at 9756 International Blvd. 

“Our customized solutions, time-sensitive scalability, and our technology have proven we are not merely a vendor for our customers but a partner,” said President and sixth-generation Owner, Rex Taylor. “This second building on International will be home to our eCommerce hub, Cincinnati’s ever-changing industry landscape and proximity to the consumer makes 10095 the perfect spot for our customers.”

The new 80,000 square foot warehouse located on International is conveniently positioned next to two major interstates, rail ports, and cargo hubs. The new facility will house Taylor’s full suite of value-added services, including pick & pack, kitting, eCommerce fulfillment, packaging, product staging, and special projects. 

About Taylor Logistics Inc. 

Taylor Logistics Inc, the nation’s most progressive family-owned logistics company, specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. All of which are customizable and technology-driven. Their 170 years in logistics experience have proven that they are not merely a vendor for your company – they are an extension of your team with a clear understanding of their responsibility to replicate your organization’s strategic business goals. Taylor is a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certified provider for all food logistics needs. For more information, visit www.taylorlogistics.com or email info@taylorlog.com.

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Warehouse Awards Taylor Logistics

Taylor would like to congratulate the August 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. Congrats to all!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved- Forrest Mitchell
Picking- Forrest Mitchell & Kathy Combs
Putaway- Mike Berry
Receiving- Nate Juhl
Loading- Freddy Marquez
Replenishment- Mike Berry
Safety Award- Matt Marty

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Taylor Logistics Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management for food, beverage, flavoring, and pet food products is arguably one of the most critical and challenging logistics sectors. Proper handling, storage, inventory control, lot tracking, and transportation are essential to providing a safe, quality product for the consumer. In this blog, we are going to take a bite into Taylor’s food supply chain management. 

Lot Control 


Our WMS Synapse can track lot numbers from the time the product arrives at our fulfillment center docks through the warehouse to the delivery destination. We can quickly isolate products for QC or recalls within minutes of notification.

Food Packaging 


Food packaging manufacturers use Taylor to store and distribute their products for just in time delivery to the processor. We understand when the processors are ready to run the next batch, Taylor must be there on time with the packaging.

Flavoring & Ingredients 


Whether in totes, bags, barrels or cartons, Taylor stores and ships ingredients in bulk and individual units. Common ingredients in our warehouse are used to produce pet foods, vitamins, foods, and supplements. 

Beverage


Need a place to store your seltzer, beer, wine, sports drink? No problem. Taylor’s advanced packaging capabilities, such as beverage variety packs, allow you to postpone final product configuration until just before shipping.

Certifications 


Annual audits and inspections by Safe Quality Foods Insitute ensure our customers that Taylor 100% compliant with our facility and food facility documentation.

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The COVID-19 Crisis has highlighted the importance of keeping preparedness supplies on hand for future emergencies. Taylor’s network allows us to reach 70% of healthcare providers in the United States within 24 hours from our 400,000 square feet of warehousing space.

Shipping Solutions That Fit Your Needs


Low Unit of Measure shipping (LUM) provides PPE customers with products in the lowest unit of measure—typically an “each.” This shipping method is for clients that want to decrease total supply chain costs by having orders picked and packed for a specific location.

Emergency Preparedness


Taylor recognizes its critical role in the healthcare supply chain during crises such as natural disasters and pandemics. To prepare for an emergency or disaster, our team will help to develop a plan for emergency orders, prepare surplus stock items, and determine pre-approval for substitutions for critical supplies and custom packaging and kitting.

Full Suite Of Values Added Services Ready To Assist 


Cross Docking

Demand Forecasting

Demand Planning/Replenishment

Kitting

Pick, Pack, Ship

Relabeling

Transportation

Intermodal & Drayage Support 

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Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Food Safety, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing

CINCINNATI, OHIO—August-19, 2020 — Food Logistics, the industry’s only publication dedicated to food and beverage supply chains, has named Taylor Logistics Inc. to its 2020 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list.

The Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers recognizes leading third-party logistics and cold storage providers in the food and beverage industry.

“Today’s 3PLs and cold storage providers are more essential to the movement of food and beverage than ever before. Despite supply chain threats and disruptions, they continue to show their resiliency, strength and innovation to continue moving product from Point A to Point B,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.


This year’s Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list will appear in Food Logistics’ August 2020 issue, as well as online at www.FoodLogistics.com.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics, published by AC Business Media, the industry’s only publication dedicated to global food and beverage supply chains. Its audience reaches executives in the food and beverage sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) as well as the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology).

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Fleet, Food & Beverage, Freight, Freight Brokerage
Dry Van Shipping Guide

Dry van shipping is one of the most popular and widely trusted freight transportation solutions available. It has remained a preferred means of transportation due to the vast availability and numerous benefits of having an enclosed trailer throughout the shipping process. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about dry van freight. 

What is Dry Van Freight?


A dry van refers to a fully enclosed semi-trailer designed to safeguard shipments from the elements, dirt and debris, and any other things that could compromise the products. They are designed to transport bulk, palletized products, and can be loose freight or boxed freight. Dry van shipping is the most common form of freight transport in the United States. Unlike refrigerated trucks and ships, dry van shipping vehicles contain no temperature-control equipment.

Types Of Dry Van Trailers


Dry van trailers are available in various sizes and materials. The maximum length allowed for a dry van trailer is 53 feet long. The two most popular types of dry van trailers are general trailers and pup trailers. General dry van trailers are 53-feet long, whereas the pup dry van trailers are 26-29 feet long.

When Do Shippers Use Dry Vans? 


Shippers utilize dry van trailers for both short-distance and regional deliveries, in addition to long-distance over the road shipping. Dry van trailers are versatile and can manage several different freight types, consisting of non-perishable food, developing products, and more. Here are some examples: 

Textile, clothing items, electronic devices, plastic, automobiles, motorcycles, minibusses, other vehicles, and parts of larger machines like planes and ships. Home products, furnishings, and electronics.

4 Factors that Affect Dry Van Freight Rates


Location

Dry van freight rates are impacted heavily on the pickup location and delivery location. The path from the pickup to the delivery is called the lane, and different lanes will go for different rates. Even if two lanes are the same distance, they can be different amounts. 

The Freight Being Shipped

The freight itself will also affect the dry van rates when shipping with the weight of the freight’s most significant factor. This is simply because the heavier something is, the more gas it is going to use to ship it, and therefore, the more it is going to cost. The density of the freight also affects the rate. You want to compact your packaging as much as possible because a smaller and denser package will take up smaller space and has a lower risk of causing damage. 

Current Supply and Demand

Supply and demand affect the price of everything, and the rates for full truckload shipping is no exception. The supply element in the transportation industry is the trucks available, or capacity. The fewer drivers available, the more that they can charge the shipper. These shortages may be temporary and fix themselves over time or could be a larger scale. The best way to counter a change in rates due to capacity is to, once again, establish a contracted rate with your shipping partner. 

Unforeseen Events

The fourth factor and final factor that can impact the rate of dry van freight is some unique event, such as a natural disaster. These events can cause the closing of warehouses, factories, or even roads. Unfortunately, you cannot plan around these rare situations. During these times, it may not be possible to get a truck to the pickup or destination.

Talk With Taylor

Taylor can handle all of your dry van commodities needs. You can rely on us for capacity and a reliable network to deliver your commodities on time and damage-free. We provide flexibility and reliable service with the customized freight solutions you need to meet your supply chain’s demands. Talk with Team Taylor today by filling out the form below

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Taylor Logistics bellevue ne

Taylor would like to congratulate the July 2020 monthly warehouse award winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are given based on productivity and QA points. Congrats to all!

As always, we are continuing to put all employees’ health and safety at the forefront of operations.

Most Improved– Lorenzell Moore


Picking– Forrest Mitchell & Donnie Clark


Putaway– Mike Berry


Receiving– Justin Rundel


Loading– Hosea Byrd


Safety Award– Mike Berry

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B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, D2C, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management

The opportunity in food and beverage eCommerce is vast from convenient access to a wide selection of products to subscription-based services. To excel in this complex environment, retailers and food and beverage companies need to improve their eCommerce fulfillment capabilities. Here are some things to consider when venturing the eCommerce landscape.

Optimize Distribution Network 

For efficient eCommerce fulfillment, products should be positioned as close to your customers as possible. Strategically located fulfillment centers can help to reduce transit costs and transit time. Utilizing two or more centrally located distribution centers can help meet consumers’ delivery expectations – often using two-day ground service. 

Leverage Valued-Added Services

As in any industry, value-added services can offer many benefits for the manufacturer, retailer, and consumer. For the food and beverage companies, seasonal or promotional kitting, subscription boxes, and custom pallet displays can diversify your product offerings and increase sales.

Anticipate Space and Staffing Needs 

eCommerce order fulfillment typically demands three times the labor of conventional warehousing operations. It’s crucial to plan accordingly to ensure capacity for maximum potential volume.   

Inventory Tracking 

With inventory distributed across multiple locations, it is critical to understand where products are and how they move. A comprehensive view of stock across all fulfillment locations, physical stores, warehouses, vendors, and in transit is critical for optimizing your eCommerce. Since inventory must be immediately available and accessible, it is vital to identify fast-moving items to prevent stock-outs and back-ordered items. Not to mention if a product is out of stock in one location, having a single inventory view helps determine another potential source from which to fulfill orders. 

How can we help? 

Food and beverage eCommerce comes with an added layer of complexity. That’s why so many food and beverage companies turn to tech-enabled solutions partner like Taylor to help with eCommerce fulfillment and logistics. Here’s how our solutions can help your company:

SQF-Certified Fulfillment Centers

A benefit of outsourcing your fulfillment to Taylor is working with a company that already holds a Safe Quality Foods certification. Taylor has a network of SQF-certified fulfillment centers granting our teams as food safety experts.

Established Distribution Network

Ready access to our conveniently situated facilities moves products closer to end customers to save time and money.

Cincinnati Best Location for eCommerce Food and Beverage Fulfillment

Scalable Resources

With flexible staffing and food-grade warehouse space, Taylor can accommodate fluctuating order volumes without a permanent overhead investment.

Cost Savings

Taylor offers more food and beverage supply chain solutions that just fulfillment. Utilizing our multiple service offerings can help increase efficiency and streamline your processes.

Advanced Technology

Taylor’s warehouse management system and fulfillment automation allow us to provide real-time visibility, efficient order routing, and better accuracy. Our WMS also integrates with several eCommerce platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce.

Conclusion

As we continue to see an increase in food and beverage eCommerce businesses and as more consumers begin relying on eCommerce food and drink deliveries, optimizing your supply chain is becoming more important than ever before.

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Learn how our solutions teams can help your food and beverage eCommerce while you grow your business. Fill out the form below:

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When you think of Cincinnati, you might think of their amazing sports teams, craft breweries, or chili on top of spaghetti. But there’s an entire side to Cincinnati you might be missing. It’s the capital of supply chain solutions. Being 24 hours from 70% of the United States population and a cargo hub to nine carriers at the international airport. Cincinnati is also the largest inland port, home to three railroad terminals. So now, with the ideal location for distribution, eCommerce, and Transportation, you need a team. That’s where we come in; not only are we positioned in the most magnificent city ever, but we have the solutions for your business. 

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Cincinnati warehouse space 30-60 day availability. Close proximity to logistics hubs and adjacent to Taylor’s public distribution center.    

Our SQF-certified warehouse is the perfect place to store your food product while you’re waiting for orders to come in. When you make a sale, it’s already here and we’re ready to ship it for you.

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Last week six Team Taylor members graduated from OSHA-30 training. This 30-hour course is intended for supervisors or workers with safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards. At Taylor, one of our five values is safety, and it’s the most important. We strive for a culture of safety and improvement in everything we do.

Congratulations to our OSHA-30 Graduates:

Shaun Fehr



Geordan Hunt



Keith Swensen



Liz Switzer



Grant Taylor


Mike Willson

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Taylor logistics eCommerce Shipping

When you know how shipping zones fit into your order fulfillment plan, it can help you better understand how they transform shipping costs and delivery time. Determine whether you can offer customers affordable shipping options and what you’d have to do to make that possible. See how much of an impact shipping zones have on your company’s profit and take significant steps to reduce shipping costs. In this blog, we’ll start by explaining what shipping zones are and then dig deeper to see why they’re essential in eCommerce order fulfillment.

First things first! What are shipping zones? 


Shipping zones are the geographic areas that carriers ship to, ranging from Zone 1 to Zone 8 for domestic shipments within the United States. Shipping carriers use shipping zones to measure the distance a package travels – from the point of origin to the destination. The location from which an order is shipped is the point of origin and located in Zone 1. The address it’s shipped to is the destination zone. The destination zone number will depend on how far it is from the point of origin, with Zone 8 being the farthest away.

Most shipping carriers determine shipping zones based on the distance from where the package is shipped from, to the destination:

eCommerce Shipping Zones

Shipping Zones Calculated 


Shipping zones are calculated based on where a package is shipped from. Meaning that two separate points of origin shipping to the same destination can often be shipped to different zones. Tools for determining shipping zones for your orders:

UPS Zones and Rates for the 48 Contiguous States: Enter your zip code of origin and download zone charts to a spreadsheet.


USPS Domestic Zone Chart: Go to the tab “Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair.” Then enter the zip code you’re mailing from and the zip code you’re mailing to, and you will get the shipping zone for your destination.


FedEx Zone List – Select “Yes” & “Domestic” when generating a rate sheet. Enter the zip code of origin. Choose the shipping service type, whether that’s Same Day, 2-Day or Ground. Download the zone chart to Excel.

How does increasing the number of fulfillment centers affect shipping zones?


If a company distributes its products across multiple fulfillment centers that are geographically close to its customers, it can reduce the amount of time in transit for many of their orders.

Strategic Fulfillment Warehouse Locations


If you ship a high volume of products, it might make sense to place your inventory in many warehouses around the US. The amount you save by reducing the number of shipping zones could be substantial. Many eCommerce businesses would be stretched thin by the need to stock several warehouses when having multiple fulfillment centers. By choosing strategic fulfillment warehouse locations, you can place your products within a few zones of your customers. At the same time, you can get within a two-day delivery range for most of your customers. Did you know Cincinnati is one of the ideal locations for an eCommerce operation? Learn more here.

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Taylor Logistics is a technology-focused automated order fulfillment provider. We use powerful analytic tools that help route each order to the fulfillment center that is closest to the end destination. There are many benefits to working with a 3PL if you are seeking logistics support, we’d love to hear from you. Chat with us!

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We are pleased to announce the hiring of a key member John Morrow to Team Taylor! John has taken the position of National Account Manager for Taylor Logistics; he will be working closely with our operations, warehousing, quality, marketing, and brokerage teams. Here are some quick facts about John:

Industry Expert!

Over 25 Years of Multi-Faceted Management Experience Including:


Supply Chain Development
Warehousing
Transportation
Strategic Business Development

Operations Management
Large Account Implementations
Intermodal & Drayage

About John


From New Jersey

Has Two Children

Loves To Travel With His Wife

Has A Pup Named Winnie Mae

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Taylor Logistics Food Safety

Last month three of Taylor’s fulfillment centers underwent an extensive Safe Quality Food (SQF) audit. The results are outstanding with our team in Bellevue having 100% on their first-ever SQF audit and our team in Monroe with 97% at both locations. An exceptional job by all members of Team Taylor. We appreciate your expertise and knowledge of food safety practices. 

SQF Audit 2020 100-01
10601 S 15th St 
Bellevue, NE 68123
2020 SQF Audit 97-01
1201 Logistics Way
Monroe, OH 45044
2020 SQF Audit 97-01
675 Gateway Blvd 
Monroe, OH 45050 

About SQF:


The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program recognized by retailers, brand owners, and foodservice providers worldwide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores. This rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification also helps food producers assure their buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards. 

Achieving SQF certification is a testament to your hard work. It is also a credible demonstration of your commitment to food safety – something that will help your team and your customers sleep better at night.

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