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eCommerce Fulfillment, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Supply Chain Technology

Third-party logistics (3PL) providers have a longstanding history of providing services to manage the supply chain better. Modern 3PLs have evolved their services and incorporated technology to keep up with consumer demand. Likewise, shippers are turning to technology-enabled 3PLs to increase overall efficiency and boost performance. The overlap of technology and logistics provides an end-to-end supply chain solution.

Why Should You Use A Technology-Enabled Third-Party Logistics Provider?

Increase in Supply Chain Visibility


Shippers are under pressure to reduce supply chain costs as part of more significant company cost-saving initiatives. Shippers want more services and better transparency from their supply chain managers, ideally without increasing the budget. To evolve with the ever-changing technology landscape, several 3PLs and supply chain managers have shifted to wireless technologies and cloud computing to automate systems and improve accuracy for their customers. Technology, like radio-frequency identification (RFID), is a popular method of automatic identification and data capture. RFID tags can be attached to an entire pallet, inventory, or almost any item, the tracing possibilities are extensive and applicable to numerous aspects of the supply chain. Shippers want to be able to answer the question, “When exactly will my delivery arrive?” Integrating new technologies will make answering that question much easier.

Integration of Multiple Platforms


Integration between 3PLs and their customers’ software systems creates efficiencies and improves response times. Service concerns can be handled immediately and escalated to the proper solutions team. Obstacles will occur, so quick response times are critical. Providers can integrate their TMS/WMS with client systems to form a single management system that renders customizable reporting and solutions. A successful provider will use EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) to share information with customers and other associated parties. EDI eliminates accidental data entry and increases efficiency and allows the provider to offer real-time updates to customers.

The Internet of Things (IoT)


This revolutionary technology allows devices to communicate with each other within an existing internet infrastructure without human intervention—devices of all sorts such as tablet computers, sensors monitoring machinery or vehicles, or even wearables. In warehousing, it allows planners to know exactly what’s on hand and precisely where it’s located in the warehouse. In IoT enabled trucks, sensors can report everything from remaining fuel levels, tire quality, and conditions inside a container. The use of connected devices, other technologies, and supply chain planning is moving ahead full steam, allowing for massive cost saving.

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Technology enables logistics. To keep up, you must embrace and evolve with the current technology climate. A tech-enabled 3PL can save you time, money, and headaches while improving customer service. Partner with technology-driven Taylor today.


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Cincinnati, Drayage, Intermodal Transportation, Transloading
Taylor Logistics Inc. Transloading in Cincinnati Ohio Drayage Team

Transloading services are an essential part of the supply chain, primarily when shipping with intermodal drayage. When cargo is moved from rail to a truck (or the other way around), the transloading area is where an experienced team uses forklifts, cranes, and other equipment to ensure a seamless transfer of freight. Often, shippers want to combine the economic advantages of rail shipping with the flexibility of over-the-road trucking, using affordable rail shipping for the long haul and trucks for final delivery. Here’s our drayage team tips on how to save:

But First, Products That Can Be Transloaded


Standard Rail Commodities: Lumber, metals, paper, rebar bundles, palletized products


Liquids: Ethanol, biodiesel


Oversized: Transformers, wind blades, and machinery


Bulk: Sand, plastic pellets, food product


Service Sensitive/Critical: Auto parts, parcel, frozen food, and perishables


Everything: Bricks, floor tile, coil, solar panels and nearly everything else 

Container Capacity


Don’t waste container space! Abiding by container rules and regulations, strive to consolidate as much freight as possible into a larger container. For example, the contents of three 40 ft containers can fit into two 53 footers. Thus, reducing your overall costs significantly..

Check Your Container Cartons


If your container is hauling more cartons than the allocated number, you could incur extra fees. Stay up to date on regulations to avoid paying more.

Try To Palletize Your Products


To save space, putting your product on pallets always helps. When freight arrives at the transloading area, palletize cargo to make distribution handling more efficient.

Partner With A 3PL


Taylor has a full drayage team of transportation professionals that know what to look for to help you cut costs and streamline your supply chain with transloading.

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Data, Freight, Key Performing Indicators, Operations, Technology, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Data Center for your Supply Chain

A supply chain is a sequence of tasks that must be undertaken to distribute a commodity. When a company needs to gauge its supply chain performance, it uses a range of different supply chain metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). Each KPI provides a slightly different vision of one slice of the supply chain. You might be asking, “What Key Performance Indicators should I measure to improve my supply chain? Here are the main KPIs in both the transportation and warehousing realms that are the most commonly reported for our customers. 

Transportation


On-Time Delivery: Shows the carriers ability to deliver successfully on time to their scheduled required arrival date or to the appointment time. Having an accurate on-time delivery is critical for your client to avoid fees, as they may be subject to fees from big-box retailers.

Cost Management: Optimizing a transportation budget through KPI use is more than just tracking costs and expenses. KPIs are essential factors to discuss during freight contract negotiations and help determine if service levels are being met. This metric puts focus on these charges and helps to pinpoint the recurrence of key incidences. Problems or issues may be monitored and resolved swiftly to avoid any unnecessary fees and ultimately lower your transportation costs. A robust audit process can help save many dollars. The more error-free your freight bills and payments, the more you save, and the more net profit gravitates to your bottom line.

Cost Per Pound: Measures gross net with total weight moved each month or quarter to show customers’ buying and usage habits. This KPI will help improve your customer to continue to buy optimal amounts. These trends can help them save money but not over or under buying products.  

Warehousing


Inventory Accuracy: Every warehouse manager knows the inventory in their warehouse costs them. Quantifying these specific carrying costs — including capital costs, inventory risk, inventory service costs, and obsolescence — help a warehouse manager make smarter buying and forecasting decisions, leading to higher inventory turnover.

On-Time Shipping: This KPI shows the percentage of shipments that left the warehouse on-time. A lot of products have tight deliveries with small windows. If a shipment is missed, your client can be hit with delays and even late fees.

Order Picking Accuracy: An incorrect order can result in an increasing shipping time per average order, inventory being put back on shelves, rate of return, etc. Lean fulfillment and warehousing practices reduce waste and streamline picking processes – and help maintain a high order accuracy rate.

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eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing
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Fulfillment Guide Now

Are you thinking about partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) company? If you are new to outsourcing fulfillment, what goes on in warehouses and fulfillment centers may seem daunting. But the fulfillment process doesn’t have to be such a mystery! Our team is taking a look at the journey of an order through 3PL fulfillment.

Receiving


Your 3PL can’t ship orders if they don’t have your inventory! The receiving of your product is one of the top warehousing operations that must happen before your 3PL can start fulfilling orders for your online store. Receiving refers to the acceptance of incoming inventory, followed by its storage. Once your 3PL receives the products, they store your items in warehouses and fulfillment centers. Each SKU has a separate dedicated storage location, either on a racking shelf, in a bin, or on a pallet.

Picking 


The fulfillment process begins once your customer places an order. As soon as an order is sent to your 3PL through their WMS, it is assigned to the picking team. Using the most efficient picking pattern, the picker receives a picking list of items, quantities, and storage locations at the facility to collect the order products from their respective areas. 3PLs understand that your goal is to minimize cost per order for fulfillment services. The picked items for each order are scanned and set aside for packaging.

Packing 


After the picker has collected all the products for the order, it’s time to get them securely packed up and ready for shipping. Items are compiled and placed – along with dunnage and any other extra materials – into the appropriate box or bag. The printed shipping label is then affixed. Take place at this stage to ensure what was ordered is what was picked. Checks include order accuracy, packaging appropriateness, and labeling accuracy.

Shipping


You may rely on your 3PL to manage parcel shipping on your behalf; if your volumes are modest, there could be a significant cost advantage to shipping under your 3PLs negotiated agreements with carriers. The 3PL will negotiate rates based on its aggregate volume across many different clients. 

3PL Fulfillment


While these are the primary functions of online order fulfillment, just about every aspect of the process is customizable. Many 3PLs offer additional value-added services such as kitting and packaging.

Your 3PL Provider


Learn more about how partnering with Taylor can help your business scale and how their non-siloed operation system, which is comprised of top-of-the-line logistics services, can help your supply chain. 

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Carriers, Food Grade, Food Safety, Freight Brokerage, SQF

From automotive parts to poultry to wine to toys and nearly everything in between, Team Taylor handles any freight you can think of. However, over our 170 years in business, we’ve become experts in the food and beverage industry. What stemmed from Safe Quality Foods certifications and programs for our warehousing division has now circulated into our freight brokerage, drayage department, and special project teams. Taylor understands the unique challenges involved and the specific needs of our food and beverage customers, paving the way for Taylor’s innovative supply chain solutions.

Whether you’re a small farm shipping out produce or meats, or a growing frozen food company wanting to increase your distribution, the transportation of your food products is a matter of the highest priority. Food quality and extreme delivery deadlines are just some of the many challenges food & beverage retailers are facing. Quick and prepared shipping is what can help strengthen your entire business. Essentially, perishable products require precise supply chain planning that can’t withstand any disruptions. With logistics playing such a massive role in transporting temperature-sensitive shipments, Team Taylor can provide you with consistent and functional solutions to optimize your supply chain. With an extensive network of reputable carriers and a team of logistics experts, we can ensure you will get the best out of our services:

Tracking



Transportation management systems allow you to track and manage your shipments easily. Most TMS software can integrate with your companies systems through EDI, allowing for status updates on your load status.

Optimization



Optimization is critical in any supply chain strategy and can figure out any wasted time our money within operations. Team Taylor’s experts can analyze your companies current strategy to ensure everything is seamless.

Cut Costs



Taylor’s transportation solutions, dedicated support team, and technology, all strive to decrease your transportation costs and enhance efficiency. On average, shippers report from 15% cost savings after using our services.

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

Most Improved- Anthony Watts Jr.


Picking- Forrest Mitchell & Donnie Clark


Putaway- Mike Berry


Receiving- Justin Rundel


Loading- Anthony Watts Jr.


Safety Award- Forrest Mitchell

Learn more about Taylor’s warehouse award system

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Cold Supply Chain, Freight Brokerage, Operations, Third Party Logistics
Taylor logistics Inc. Flower Supply Chain

Given this year’s unique circumstances, many of us are celebrating Mother’s Day at home or even away from the women — moms, grandmas, aunts, you name it — that we love most. For that reason, some Mother’s Day traditions like spa days and brunches won’t be possible. However, the tradition of buying flowers is still booming. Because of the ease of doorstep delivery and social distancing protocols in place, it’s no surprise that flowers are amongst the most popular mother’s day gift of 2020. The NRF reports that 64% of consumers are expecting to mail a bouquet this year. For flowers to arrive fresh to your receiver’s doorstep, there are a variety of factors that must take place to ensure optimal freshness, including the cold supply chain.

What is Cold Supply Chain?


The term cold chain refers to the transportation of temperature-sensitive products, such as flowers, along the supply chain using thermal and cooling packaging methods along with refrigerated trucks.


Most of the flowers purchased in the United States come from Europe, South America, and Africa, making the cold chain a massive player in flower delivery. The main entry points for planes transporting flowers are Miami International Airport and LAX. The stems are then kept in refrigerated rooms in the airport before making their way across the country in refrigerated planes or trucks. From regional airports, they move to refrigerated distribution centers and then on to florists. Keeping flowers at a precise temperature throughout this long journey can be a big challenge, and cold chain interruptions can cause flowers to lose as much as 40 percent of their vase life, even if they are returned to a cold environment after the interruption.

Dedicated supply chains will become more critical to control risks associated with availability, quality, and price. A single, strong facilitator is needed to make such a supply chain function smoothly.

Shipping Experts


Are you looking to solve temperature-controlled shipping challenges? Our freight brokerage team has expertise in all shipping commodities and can help maintain the quality of your sensitive freight. Talk with Taylor today.

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Processes, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc Dedicated Fleet Cincinnati OH

In the complex and diverse world of logistics, it can be easy to get carried away with all the terms and definitions. Two of the most commonly confused terms are third-party logistics (3PL) and fourth-party logistics (4PL). While both third-party logistics and fourth-party logistics act as an intermediate party that has something to do with freight transportation, there are many differences between a 3PL and a 4PL. Here’s what you need to know to understand the differences between 3PL and 4PL providers and determine which one is right for you. 

3PL


A 3PL model is when you outsource the distribution, warehousing, and fulfillment of your products. These service providers act as a middleman between your business and the carriers that deliver your products to customers. Using a 3PL provider will help you scale logistics capabilities so that you can move, store, and meet fulfillment demands as your business grows. A 3PL may also oversee packaging and crating of product, and sometimes offer additional services as needed. 3PLs are usually asset-based but may subcontract out pieces of the logistics, such as transportation. Factors like delivery requirements, shipping schedules, and market conditions all play a role in how they go about performing their role. 3PL services include:

Warehousing & Fulfillment


Contacted Services


Transloading & Cross-Docking


Freight Brokerage


Packaging


Integrating Operations

4PL


Like a 3PL, a 4PL will manage the transportation, packaging, and storage of a business’s product, but they will also give strategic direction to the company based on analytics. Often 4PLs are non-asset based and shop around for different vendors to complete a supply chain for the best value. For industrial businesses, 4PL services should include procurement, materials planning, inventory management, inventory financing, warehousing, order management, order fulfillment, returns management, and supply chain design.   4PL providers offer services including:

Optimal transfer organization


Complete vendor management and supplier coordination


Synchronized inbound and outbound logistic operations


Custom-tailored managed distribution networks


Comprehensively-integrated technology offering

3PL & 4PL Still Sounding Similar? 


The main difference would be the control and responsibility a customer would have or need to have when it comes to their supply chain. By hiring a 4PL in a contracted relationship, a logistics manager would essentially “give up” the responsibility to find the best logistics companies or carriers to take care of getting their shipments from one place to another. The 4PL would take care of all coordination of these parties behind the scenes (at a cost, of course).

Shippers who use one or more 3PLs, are still responsible for finding and managing the relationships with these providers, along with any asset-based carriers they also work with. These shippers tend to work with many different providers to obtain the best service and pricing possible for each lane and mode of transportation they need. By managing your own logistics providers, the decision is up to you – no contracts are requiring you to work with any certain providers.

Your Third-Party Logistics Provider 


Taylor has been in business since 1850 their start began with a horse and buggy delivering paper from the steamships along the Ohio river to the book manufacturers. Their 170 years in logistics experience have outstood the test of time by providing their clients with the best in class performance. Taylor has proven they are not merely a vendor for your company but an extension of your team with a clear understanding of their responsibility to replicate the strategic business goals of your organization. What started as a one public warehouse operation in Cincinnati, Ohio, has grown into several fulfillment centers in Ohio and one in Nebraska. By being the Nation’s most progressive family-owned business, they’ve learned to modify their processes with top technology as the times change. With the introduction of e-commerce, pick and pack orders, and direct to the consumer, they’ve made sure their processes can handle every supply chain function for their customers. As a third-party logistics company, Taylor knows that offering one supply chain service decreases overall efficiency and sustainability; they’ve altered their business to suit the needs of their customers. 

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While Taylor Logistics Inc fits the definition of a 3PL, we also offer 4PL services for those customers who want to outsource more of their logistics processes. Contact Taylor Logistics Inc. today to get started on the right logistics solution for your business.

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