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Drayage, Intermodal Transportation, Team Taylor, Truck Driving

As states have raced to shut down businesses to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the roads have gone quieter. Normally gridlocked cities like Los Angeles and Chicago have seen much faster traffic speeds during the so-called rush hour. But shelter-in-place orders are harder to carry out when your office is moving 65 mph, traveling hundreds of miles a day, and helping to drive the emergency supplies and supermarket goods that are keeping the country running during an unprecedented public health crisis. Now, more than ever is a good time to outline ways to avoid catching airborne viruses, such as COVID-19 and the flu, especially in industries such as trucking. Here are some tips for staying safe during these uncertain times. 

Wash Your Hands!!


We know this is a simple step. It is also a given at this point. But washing your hands is one of the safest ways you can stop the spread of coronavirus and should be done for a minimum of 26 seconds. Furthermore, sterilization practices should be fully embraced. Keeping a set of sterilizing wipes on you when you refuel your truck is also crucial. The pump is one of the most widely touched areas for truckers. Thus, in keeping with coronavirus containment, these should be sterilized as well.

Try To Avoid Leaving Your Truck As Much As Possible.


We understand that most truck drivers are under the finger of technology. Many have had a problem with being monitored for driving over 8 hours a day. Many are either under the gun on time as it is, so staying in the cab and continuing the drive is a pretty reliable method of keeping out of harm’s way. Whenever you leave the truck, follow back to step 1, and you should be fine. One of the benefits for truckers is the lack of populated areas when on the road. Typically it’s just the driver, the truck and the open road. Truckers themselves are one of the more isolated career paths.

Stock Up On Food and Water.


Experienced truckers will tell any amateur about having the necessary survival snacks for emergencies. In this case, self-isolation has plenty of restaurants closing down across the country. On top of that, may large-scale supply stores like Walmart and Costco are flooded with people trying to stock up. Keeping a necessary amount of dried, canned (and whatever else) goods can be a substantial beneficiating factor when driving coast-to-coast. You should have enough food to properly make a meal that pertains to the essential food groups. 

Truckers Are Heroes!


We wanted to take a moment out of this very stressful time to thank the people who have our back every single day. Thank you to our entire team – our drivers, dispatch, safety, recruiting, billing department, IT, HR and all of our amazing managers. YOU are keeping this company moving to help keep America moving!

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Fulfillment, Packaging, Team Taylor, Warehousing

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-soiled 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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Team Taylor

In these disruptive times, Taylor would like to acknowledge the dedication of our many employees who have been working tirelessly to keep the supply chain running. Our fleet is keeping shipments moving during the high demand; our warehouse crews and brokerage are working hard to ensure all products are getting to the customer, especially those that are essential. Operations teams, along with accounting, are making sure everything is running smoothly. Team Taylor is comprised of employees who continue to show commitment to their craft while keeping pace with the ever-changing industry standards, all while maintaining the most eminent levels of safety. These employees are truly driving commerce, making it possible for businesses to continue.

We are so thankful for the valuable contributions made by Team Taylor. Thank you for playing an essential role in keeping several industries moving and adapting to the demand.

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Taylor Logistics Covid-19 Resources

Taylor Logistics Inc. has been continuing to monitor the unprecedented situation around COVID-19. We first want to say that Taylor remains open, and we are committed to continuing to help you, our valued customers.

Meanwhile, we are doing everything within our power to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

Hand washing standards are posted and visible


Restroom cleaning frequency increased


6′ of distance: No handshaking, fist-bumping, high fiving, staggered breaks


Reminders on Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands


Reminders on the policy of not being sick at work


HR to point people towards our Teledoc service if their doctor is backed up


If doctors are backed up we will handle case by case or remove policy of doctor’s note


More supervisory awareness/consciousness to check for sickness of their staff and to send them home


Ensuring ever more so that our master cleaning schedule is being followed with additional sanitizing (RF guns, computers, forklifts, etc.)


All employees who can work remotely are currently working from home

Quick Links

Reference CDC article


How to Prevent COVID-19


TriHealth COVID-19


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you


Infection Prevention

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food logistics supply chain rockstars

Grant Taylor Named to the 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

CINCINNATI, OHIO—March-24, 2020 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Grant Taylor to its 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award.

The Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain recognizes influential individuals in our industry whose achievements, hard work, and vision have shaped and attained milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation through the global food supply chain. From early pioneers and entrepreneurs to non-conformist thinkers and executive standouts, this award aims to honor these leaders and their contributions to our industry.

“The 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain exhibits the true rock stars of the industry, those that go the extra mile, so to speak, to ensure their company’s supply chains are being operated in an efficient, safe and transparent manner,” says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Food Logistics. “These professionals are a true example as to why today’s food and beverage supply chains are in position to curtail tomorrow’s consumers’ demands, and why today’s youth should consider the supply chain and logistics industry as a possible path of employment.”

Recipients of this year’s 2020 Food Logistics Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award will be profiled in the March 2020 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.

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Operations, People, Processes, Taylor Information, Team Taylor

Lean relates to reducing waste of any form in any industry. For the logistics industry, that’s the waste of materials and products, order processing, and employee time as well as loss of sales throughout the supply chain, but is there a way to apply lean principles to your home life? We promise not to turn this blog into some Pinterest lifestyle content, but a recent conversation amongst some colleagues sparked an idea. Everyone at Taylor has practiced the art of the lean business approach – and for a good reason. It helps companies decrease costs and cultivate leadership qualities in team members. After talking a bit about it, we discovered that many members of our team had implemented lean principles to life outside of Taylor. In some cases, we didn’t even realize we were doing it; lean is simply taking over.

Apply 5S


5S is a workplace organization method common in lean companies. It is used to create and maintain an organized, clean, and safe workplace through the following five steps: sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain. What might this look like at home?

Sort: Remove clothing and other items that you don’t frequently use so that you will have easy access to the things you do enjoy.

Straighten: Keep items close to where they will be used.

Shine: Immediately clean and carefully store small appliances and cooking equipment after use.

Standardize: Have a set day for tasks like changing the sheets or vacuuming the upholstery.

Sustain: Reassess your success concerning the above regularly.

Focus on Value


Lean doesn’t just dictate what companies do; it also tells them what not to do. Everything that doesn’t add value to the customer is considered waste and is eliminated. Consider your activities and commitments. Are there things you do out of habit or guilt that don’t enrich your life? Maybe arts and crafts with your kids will be a more valuable use of your time than your usual

Eliminate Work in Progress


Just like in professional settings, it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of work in progress you have at home. It’s critical to avoid having a dozen half-finished tasks. For example, if the dryer buzzer dings, don’t stop the task you’re working on to fold the clothes. Wait until you’ve completed that project, then move on to folding the laundry and putting it away. Again, this streamlines processes and ensures tasks are completed rather than being left half-finished.

Minimize Waste


Lean organizations look for ways to eliminate waste by identifying processes and resources that add value, those that don’t add value but are necessary under current conditions, and those that don’t add value and should be eliminated. Doing this at home can simplify your life and save you time and money. An overcrowded fridge is an example of the waste of inventory. You may let food spoil because you didn’t know it was hiding in the back. The full fridge may be due to making more food than your family can eat, or in Lean terms, overproduction. Once you have an eye toward waste reduction, you’ll likely be surprised by how much you find.

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Announces the 2020 Pros to Know

Leading B2B Publication Releases Annual List of the Supply Chain’s Top Professionals including Taylor Logistics Inc. GM of Warehousing Grant Taylor.

Fort Atkinson, WI — March 15, 2020 — Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, is pleased to announce the 20th annual listing of the 2020 Pros to Know in the supply chain industry.

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges—and more than 40 Practitioner Pros, who do the same within their own companies.

“The supply chain profession is ever-changing, with transformative technologies and evolutionary best practices driving greater efficiencies and innovations for companies. At the heart of it all are supply chain professionals. Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2020 Pros toKnow recipients who are setting the bar for supply chain excellence,” says John R. Yuva, editor-in-chief for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Whether you’re a practitioner or provider, the leaders in the profession are growing each year, with rising standards and thought leadership. Reach out to our 2020 recipients and engage with them, ask questions and seek feedback. The supply chain profession is a community with a commitment to excellence that should not be overlooked.”   

Supply & Demand Chain Executive received more than 500 entries for the 2020 Pros to KnowAwards.

Check out Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s website at www.sdcexec.com for the full list of all of the 2020 Pros to Know and Practitioner Pros winners.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at www.SDCExec.com.

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Operations, People, Processes, Team Taylor, Teamwork

Taylor would like to congratulate the February 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- Tony Watts Jr. 

Picking- Forrest Mitchell & Matt Marty

Putaway- Mike Berry

Receiving- Freddy Marquez 

Loading- Hosea Byrd

Safety Award- Mike Berry

Learn more about Taylor’s warehouse award system by clicking the button below.

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Data, E-Commerce, Fulfillment, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Fulfillment Services

Gathering the right data and calculating the right key performance indicators (KPI) is a no-brainer when it comes to improving fulfillment operations. KPIs help to identify bottlenecks, plan out warehouse operations, and measure overall customer satisfaction. If you partner with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to outsource order fulfillment, they should be instrumental in helping establish relevant key performance indicators and provide you with detailed reports. Whether the goal is to improve efficiency, reduce delivery time, or increase levels of customer satisfaction, there is an appropriate metric to measure progress and performance. The next question is what specific fulfillment metrics you should put in place to enable further discussion, which is what we’ll look at next.

Customer Metrics


On-Time Shipping Percentage: This refers to the percentage of orders which are shipped on time. Because as many as 70% of customers are less likely to shop with a retailer who does not meet the promised delivery window, this is a significant number to track. 

Total Order Cycle Time: This refers to the average processing time from the moment a customer places an order to the moment that it is shipped. It includes all processes that fall within that window. As customers become more and more accustomed to same- and next-day delivery options, understanding how your operation performs and how you can improve your performance matters. 

Internal Order Cycle Time: This specifically refers to the amount of time that it takes for your operation to process an order internally. Measuring the moment an order is released into the warehouse for processing to the moment that it is shipped. 

Perfect Order Percentage: Perfect order percentage looks at several different metrics to determine what percentage of orders damage-free, ship on-time, complete, and with correct documentation. By understanding your perfect order percentage, you can take action to improve your order accuracy and other pain-points within your operation.

Inbound Metrics


Take note of what’s coming into your warehouse—if you don’t account for what’s coming in, it’s impossible to be accurate about what’s leaving. Specific KPI’s for inbound metrics include:

Dock-to-stock cycle

Inbound orders received

Lines received

Outbound Metrics


It’s all about ensuring a quick turnaround from receiving your products to shipping them off to where their destination. This is where contract packaging services come in to play for your warehouse. Specific KPI’s for outbound metrics include:

Order fill-rate

Orders picked per hour

Lines picked per hour

Line fill-rate

Outbound order fulfillment

Financial Metrics


Taking stock of pertinent financial metrics can make all the difference when it comes to determining your long-term strategy. Make sure that you’re cutting lesser-valued services and streamlining your operations where you can. Specific KPI’s for financial metrics include:

Distribution costs (as a sales percentage and per unit shipped)

Inventory days of supply

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, Intermodal Transportation, LTL
Freight Taylor Logistics Inc.

Freight brokers act as the medium between carriers and shippers. They have the experience, the network, and the resources to fulfill orders and get shipments to their desired destination. Expertise is the key to providing real value and genuinely making an impact in the supply chain. 

It’s crucial to partner with a freight broker who is an expert in efficiency, transportation planning, and reducing your most significant logistics expense: getting your product into the customer’s hands. Our team is diving into the reasons freight brokers are an essential piece of your supply chain and the strategies that lower overall transportation costs.

Best in Class Technology 


Whether you need less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload (TL), or expedited shipping, smart freight agents have the right technology in place to meet your needs. The best freight brokerage firms allow them to negotiate the best possible rates with the most reliable carriers and automate processes related to shipping and payment, ensuring you a speedy and safe delivery. Real-time dashboards give freight agents complete visibility into every aspect of the journey.

Mode Shifting


Brokers look at the size and features of a shipment and the urgency of which it needs to get to its destination. With many possible modes –LTL, TL, intermodal, expedited freight, and air shipments––brokers advise on the best method to get your shipment there for the lowest cost to meet your delivery timeframe.

Relieves the Headache of Back-Office Overhead


Leave the logistics of coordinating to a freight broker, you have enough on your plate! While one might think it will be more economical to work directly with carriers, that’s not the case. The time spent evaluating quotes, costs, and transit times, selecting a trustworthy carrier, arranging pickup, monitoring the products journey and delivery – not to mention troubleshooting any issues – isn’t worth the cost. A freight broker has the entire process down like a well-oiled machine and will be able to help you cut costs and expedite service.

Moving freight is a complex and complicated business. Don’t cut corners by searching for reliable carriers yourself and hoping the process will manage itself. Leave it to freight brokerage pros at Taylor Logistics. Team Taylor knows the freight business, and they’ll put your mind at ease while saving you money along the way. Contact Taylor today. 

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, Intermodal Transportation, LTL
Taylor Logistics Shipping Modes | Freight Brokerage

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. 

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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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Cincinnati, Drayage
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Drayage provides a critical link between container terminals and customers, railroads, and other facilities—driver’s play an essential role in the fabric of port operations, the economy, and air quality. Navigating terminals can be difficult on the best day and can become extremely difficult as rules can change from terminal-to-terminal or even hour-to-hour. To navigate the ports effectively – and avoid wasting time, shippers need to ensure their drayage carriers employ highly experienced drivers.

Each terminal has its own rules on container pickup, driver processes, appointment booking, hours of operation, chassis usage, etc. Your drayage partner needs to understand the rules of each port to ensure efficient pick up or drop off.

Cincinnati Port Drayage

Experience, Experience, Experience!


Drayage is more than showing up and retrieving a container. Drivers must have intimate knowledge of the terminals, while also having the ability to adapt to daily rule changes. It can be difficult enough to locate the container, saying nothing of the challenges associated with getting in the right gate in the correct line on time. Without this knowledge, drivers will log unproductive hours just navigating port complexity – costing you both time and money. An experienced driver is more than getting in and out of the terminals quickly. Experienced drayage drivers act as an extension of your business and find ways to save you money.

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E-Commerce, Operations, Processes, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Pick-and-pack is a form of value-added service that is an integral part of supply chain management. Pick and pack fulfillment is the process that occurs after an order is placed from an online store. Picking is using a pick list to find the proper quantities of each product from its respective location in the warehouse. Packing is the placing of the items into the appropriate box, along with packing materials and documentation before the package is labeled and shipped to the eventual destination.

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To reduce the cost of e-commerce fulfillment, the pick and pack processes need to be as streamlined as possible. For picking, this means reducing the labor required to choose the right products for an order. Fulfillment centers that do pick and pack have a few different ways to do this:

Batch picking


orders will be done in batches all at once instead of one at a time.

Piece picking


is when an employee handpicks each product for an entire order, as they come in.

Taylor Logistics Inc. Pick and Pack

Many fulfillment centers will have a warehouse management system (WMS) that can detail which box will be the most appropriate choice for the order at hand. A good warehouse combined with a great WMS can turn around pick and pack orders quickly and with a high accuracy rate.

When you become a Taylor partner, you gain access to all of Taylor’s logistics management services and supply chain experts. Taylor’s core business model is designed to save your company time and money so you can focus on your core business.

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Drayage, Freight, Operations
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Along with being a problem solver and a delegator being a fleet manager entails much more than ensuring your fleet is up to par. It requires you to be an excellent communicator, a multitasker, a mechanical expert, an administrator, and a negotiator. If an obstacle arises, it is the fleet manager that finds the solution. If a driver has an issue, the fleet manager delegates the task. For some, embodying all of these characteristics is challenging. For others, combining all of these skills into one job title is nearly unattainable. But, there is always room for improvement in the world of management; our team compiled a list of tips for successful fleet management. 

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Safety, Safety, Safety! 


Truck driving requires a lot of focus, good health, and defensive driving practices, when you’re on the road for long hours at a time, the risk for an accident rises. When factoring in weather conditions and traffic, and it’s clear that drivers need to stay alert no matter the circumstances. It’s up to the fleet manager to stress the importance of safe driving. By rewarding safe driving practices, scheduling regular safety briefings, and creating/updating protocols, it will help drivers stay mindful.

Embrace New Technology 


Having the latest and greatest technology had become all the more critical than ever. ELD mandates, driver safety, and changing laws are just a few reasons why it’s crucial for fleet managers to welcome new technology. Efficient fleet managers not only accept the change, but they also embrace technologies and welcome whatever new challenges come with it.

Cutting  Costs with Taylor logistics

Keep an Eye on Cost 


Staying on track of all fleet management costs helps to control budgets. Fleet management operates with costs such as fuel, drivers’ salaries, vehicle maintenance, wages, and various other business costs. For an effective fleet manager, it is crucial to look for possible savings and avoid unnecessary losses across the business. Fleet managers should look for alternative ways of saving money, for example, optimizing driver routes to increase sustainability and cut fuel costs. 

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Operations, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

A safe warehouse is one where safety is ingrained in the company culture, where everyone feels empowered to recommend safety improvements, and where frequent audits take place. The following warehouse safety tips can help you evaluate various areas in your warehouse operation to make employees safer while working on and around your warehouse equipment.

Here’s a Checklist One Might Add to a Routine Warehouse Safety Audit:

Electrical Safety


Ensure outlets function.

Install and maintain high-visibility lights.

Workspace Safety


Avoid slip and fall hazards by cleaning spills immediately.

Clear aisles to remove tripping hazards.

Make sure all work areas are kept clear of clutter.

Are staff Wearing the Right Gear?


Protective and high-visibility workwear should be worn by staff when working in the warehouse. For specific tasks, additional safety gear may be required, such as protective eyewear, gloves, earplugs, and hard hats. 

Fire Safety


Clearly mark all exits.

Remove all fire hazards.

Make sure extinguishers are easily accessible and up to code.

Make sure exits are free of obstructions.

Adequate Safety Signage? 


Signage acts as a constant reminder for staff to wear the appropriate safety gear and to abide by the warehouse safety procedures. Signage can also highlight any potential dangers throughout your facility, helping to avoid serious injuries or incidences in the warehouse.

Hazardous Material Safety


Clearly label all chemicals.

Make sure eyewash stations are in working order.

Make sure the MSDS for all chemicals are readily available to all employees.

Taylor Logistics Safety program Cincinnati Ohio

A stable logistics safety program goes way beyond a set of policies and procedures. It’s essential is to develop a pervasive, operations-wide culture that understands that safety is simply smart business and that it applies to absolutely everyone.

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, LTL, Operations, People
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Shippers handle numerous transactions; the use of EDI integration within a TMS can save millions of dollars due to early payment discounts. Aside from the financial benefits, there is a multitude of advantages from implementing EDI. Exchanging documents electronically improves transaction speed and visibility while decreasing the amount of money you would spend on a manual process. Here are several examples of EDI transactions within a TMS.

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What is EDI?


Before addressing EDI in transportation, it’s crucial to understand what exactly EDI alone is. Electronic Data Interchange or EDI is not only used within the logistics/ transportation industries. EDI is the computer to computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners. It was developed in the 1960s EDI was created to speed the process of shipping and transporting documents. EDI replaces postal mail, fax, and email. While email is also an electronic approach, the documents exchanged via email must still be handled by people rather than computers. Having people involved delays the processing of the documents and also has a higher risk of errors. Instead, EDI documents can pass straight through to the appropriate application on the receiver’s computer, and processing can begin instantly.

Examples of EDI Transaction in Transportation

Carrier Load Tender 


Used by shippers or 3PLs to tender an offer for a shipment to a full truckload motor carrier

Freight Details and Invoice 


Electronic invoice complete with shipment details

Bill of Lading 


Electronic bill of lading which states shipment date, reference numbers, shipper, consignee, and shipment contents

Delivery Trailer Manifest


Allows carriers to provide consignees with the contents of the trailer

Shipment Status Message 


Provides shipments statuses including shipper information, consignee information, current shipment location, dates, proof of delivery, and shipment description

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Operations, Processes, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

To no great surprise, predictive analytics have become a staple of nearly every industry. The concept of using data to make better decisions holds water across several business types. However, predictive analytics platforms feature tools and designs specifically for logistics. Advanced analytics works by analyzing real-time data, predicting future situations, and prescribing complex, money-saving decisions on the spot. Fully leveraging the spectrum of predictive analytics is a must for current and future successes within the logistics industry. However, understanding how to quickly and frequently to act on insights from advanced analytics is becoming just as crucial. We will introduce you to the power that predictive analytics packs for the logistics industry.  

Let’s define predictive analytics: 

Predictive Analytics uses forecasts and statistical models to judge and provide recommendations about what could happen.

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Customer Input 


We all understand that there are two sides to every story. But in the end, input from your consumer holds a lot of value. Predictive analytics platforms can create and review customer profiles, gather more insights about that customer, including their shopping trends, demographic data, and additional KPI’s that allow you to fine-tune your marketing, sales, and supply chain operations to suit their needs.  

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Improving the Last Mile  


Shippers spend most of their time and resources trying to find creative ways of improving the delivery experience for their customers. Predictive analytics allows shippers to discover inefficient operations, procedures, or performance; review the data, and recommend a series of changes.  

This type of real-world information gathering is essential to improving last-mile logistics. Collecting data from GPS systems on delivery vehicles, instant information from mobile devices, and input from the customer directly and analyze all this information and predict future performance. 

Taylor Logistics Inc. Order Fulfillment Practices

Fulfillment Practices 


E-commerce generates a vast volume of supply chain data, which can be used to create near-real-time forecasts and accommodate sudden changes in demand. This information can leverage existing and real-time data to identify future trends, as well. In addition, order fulfillment can impact so many departments across your company — not only your warehouse but also sales and marketing, customer service, finance, and other teams. Any business intelligence you can use to streamline and improve those processes can save your business a lot of money.

Taylor Logistics Inc. Increased Road efficiency

Increased On-Road Efficiency 


One of the most critical areas for shippers to focus on is on-road efficiency. Predictive analytics allows shippers and delivery companies to review their on-road performance with real-time visibility. It will enable you to review this data in multiple, customized reporting functions, and make changes along the way. 

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Cincinnati, Team Taylor
Taylor Logistics Presidents Day 2020 Fun Facts

Happy Presidents Day! But have you ever wondered just what, exactly, Presidents Day is all about? Same here. Here’s are some fun facts about the third Monday in February.

Presidents Day is observed on the third Monday in February and the holiday celebrates President George Washington’s birthday. According to the National Archives, Washington was born on Feb. 11, 1731 in Virginia, according to the Julian calendar. But the National Archives explain that in 1752, when Britain and its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, Washington’s birthday moved to Feb. 22, 1732.


Congress voted to honor the nation’s first president with a federal holiday in 1879.


Abraham Lincoln, the other most associated president with Presidents’ Day, was born just a little ways from Taylor’s Newport, KY office in Hodgenville, KY.


The two presidents most closely associated with Presidents’ Day are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — both of whom are generally considered among the greatest presidents this country has produced. It’s a good idea to have a holiday which honors them.

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Cincinnati, People, Team Taylor
Taylor Logistics Cincinnati Ohio news

Congratulations to Grant (GM Warehousing) on being selected as the Rising Leader semi-finalist for February by the Goering Center. He was selected under the category of Dynamic Business Strategy, which is one of the 10 best practices of family & private businesses – the criteria for the Rising Leaders program. Learn more about Goering Center’s Rising Leader program here: https://business.uc.edu/faculty-and-research/research-centers/goering/family-and-private-business-awards/rising-leader.html

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People, Processes, Team Taylor
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

As a company, it’s important to us to build a culture of continuous improvement from the bottom-up, empowering all team Taylor members to seek opportunities for growth continuously; it’s how we find strength within our organization. Through continuous improvement, embracing change and innovation, we become our customer’s strategic partner and their competitive advantage in supply chain performance.

Taylor employs a team of Six Sigma & LEAN certified team members to lead our continuous improvement programs. All of which provide consistency training across all departments to ensure our processes are as seamless as possible to reduce costs and save time. Some ways Taylor helps to enable processes improvement are:

Employee Empowerment 


Employees should not be limited to suggestions. Instead, they have the power to test and implement changes within the organization. Process changes are monitored, talked about, and measured to ensure they provide the desired outcome. 

Ideas 


When it comes to continually improving processes on the warehouse floor and in the office, it’s the people doing the work who offer some of the best suggestions. Yes, it can be challenging to get people to question the way they have always done a particular process to make it better. That’s why we provide a comfortable work environment where all ideas are good ideas.

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Gluing Process Improvement with Company Values & Culture  

At Taylor, our core values are as follows:


Safety

Nothing is more important than the safety of employees, our customers, our customers customers, and the motoring public. We also value food safety, food quality, and compliance, be it regulatory or our customers specifications.


Quality

Quality requires innovative thinking, dedication, effort and continuous improvement. Continuous improvement consists of incremental efforts to improve all aspects of the business no matter how small. Dedication and effort directed towards quality will allow for creative problem solving and evolutionary results. Innovation will follow and allows larger gains.


Teamwork

Business is the ultimate team sport and teamwork is the cornerstone of success. We must build on our strengths and organize to make our weaknesses irrelevant. Team working is powerful and takes sustained effort to achieve. We must be collaborative to create and maintain the company values and success.


Relationships

We exist to create lasting relationships, both internal and external.  Relationships add value and are the groundwork for collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement.


Ethics

Ethics means taking the long view. We have been in business since 1850 and must conduct our business as such. We act towards our co-workers, customers, and the business with the highest level of ethical behaviors.


For Continuous improvement programs to succeed, one must understand the role of company values and culture. If you read the above core values, what will stand out to you is that for them to actually happen, you must invest in your people. Company culture and values will generate a creative and innovative environment, which is the foundation for process improvement.

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E-Commerce, Third Party Logistics, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Whether you are fulfilling orders for single end customers or a retail store, it may seem like there isn’t much of a difference between the two. An order is an order, right? Not exactly. B2C (business-to-consumer) and B2B (business-to-business) each require very different operations and processes. Each order delivery, whether to one single consumer or a business, needs to reflect your brand. Otherwise, you might lose customers, working with a third-party logistics company that aligns with your brand will help you navigate the differences between fulfilling B2C orders and the complexities of B2B orders.

B2B Order Fulfillment 


B2B fulfillment deals with the distribution of goods from business to business. In other words, they transport large, bulk shipments to a receiving company. Larger companies integrate their warehousing with their B2B order fulfillment service using electronic data interchange software. Doing so helps businesses exchange order data and shipping information with their suppliers in real-time. These fulfillment centers also have to comply with specific guidelines such as barcode labeling, product description, invoice, and shipment details.

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In addition to our fulfillment solutions, we also provide omni-channel capabilities, kitting and packaging, and transportation. Learn more about our logistics services here.

B2C Order Fulfillment 


B2C fulfillment focuses on delivering manufactured goods directly to customers. This type of order fulfillment is easier to manage as compared to B2B because large, bulk shipments are not involved. Typically these companies have less stringent regulations while in-time delivery and customer satisfaction are the two primary requirements.

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Food Grade, Freight, LTL, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Beer Supply Chain

Every week it seems as though there’s a new brewery popping up somewhere in town. However, many craft brewers do not have an adequate keg inventory to expand to multi-state distribution and to meet the new market demand. As a result, they may need to purchase more kegs, bottles, growlers, and cans in order to have sufficient on-hand inventory. Let us free up your time so you can focus on what’s essential, brewing fantastic beer.

Finding the right logistics partner requires careful research. Our team suggests that brewers evaluate potential 3PL’s by looking at a few key areas:


Food-Grade Facilities: Let’s start with the basics. You’ll want a provider with facilities that are food-grade SQF certified and have an A.I.B. “superior” sanitation rating.

One-Stop Shop: Chances are, you need more than warehousing for your beer. Fulfillment, transportation, packaging, etc. If your 3PL can deliver single-source solutions, they’ll help streamline your supply chain, control costs, and improve service to your customers.


Transportation Management: Can your 3PL provide real-time visibility and reporting? While giving you cost-effective options for delivering products when and where needed?


Getting your beer to the consumer.  


Third party logistics companies, when you work with them for alcohol shipments, will need to be aware of different regulations. For instance, trucks transporting alcohol cannot veer off their course by more than seven miles from a federal highway during the shipment. If the driver does—say, by eating lunch on a break off the highway—the DOT may have the authority to impound that shipment. Alcohol is regulated by the individual states and not the federal government, so what would be considered following the law in Ohio doesn’t necessarily fly in Nebraska, Kentucky, Virginia, etc. That’s where it gets tricky. So it’s helpful to find a logistics company that knows the ins and outs of liquor shipping so that you can feel confident about their work.

Less-than-truckload shipments of alcohol are frequent, meaning if you have one pallet or 12, you can get your beer moving to its destination on a truck with other shipments. Taylor knows you just want people to enjoy your tasty beer, so we take care of the tricky parts for you. We have thousands of carriers in our network throughout the nation that meet the specific requirements set up by the states your beer needs to travel through for consistent alcohol shipments. Our team will set everything up, all you have to do is let us know about your shipment, and we’ll let you know when it arrives!

Why Taylor?


2020 marks the 170th year in business for Taylor, and for the past couple of decades, our focus has been all things food and beverage from warehousing to transportation our team knows a thing or two about food grade best practices. 


Taylor’s fleet is supported by specialized carrier partners to provide nationwide freight transportation


Warehouse Management System carefully monitors “sell by” dates to ensure product quality and freshness


Taylor’s value-added services such as label application, primary and secondary packaging, and store displays and promotional builds make us your one-stop shop


TMS allows for complete visibility from the moment your products leave to their final destination 

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Processes, Technology, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

On February 2, 2020, millions of people at home will tune in to Super Bowl LIV. Thousands more will travel to Miami, Flordia, to see the San Fransico 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs face-off (plus, enjoy the halftime performances of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira). So, how does one of the most notable sporting events in the world meet the demands of fans, players, attendees, and others?

Think about all of the various supply chains that move within the Super Bowl. From footballs, uniforms, and helmets for players to microphones and cameras for the media. There are t-shirts, and hats for fans, plus beer, nachos, and soda for attendees. The field requires materials for maintenance, paint, and signs. These are just a few examples of the many things affected by logistics at the Super Bowl.

The introduction of ELDs, lack of drivers, and rising rates have created a mixture of anxiety throughout the shipping industry- especially when it comes to timely events. Fortunately, shippers can prepare some products for the big game in advance. For instance, beverages have a longer shelf life so that they can be moved to retailers days, sometimes weeks, in advance. However, some products are time-sensitive. Staple Super Bowl snacks like chicken wings can’t move truckloads too far in advance, making visibility and real-time notifications critical. Without these things, a load might be lost and will create a loss of revenue and market share – a massive deal on Super Bowl Sunday.

Taylor can work with you to identify new opportunities in your supply chain; whether it be in your fulfillment processes, route optimization, or distribution, we can evaluate the supply chain and offer your insightful feedback to make it more efficient.

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Processes, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Some might say that 2019 was the year of customer experience (CX). In fact, according to the 2019 State of Service Report from Salesforce, 80% of customers now consider their experience with a company to be as important as its products or services.

Logistics Customer Experience CX

Customers don’t just buy a product or service — they buy an experience. Creating a unique, efficient, and personalized experience can have a tremendous impact on business growth. As a third-party logistics company, we have two types of customer experiences to focus on. Our customers’ experience and their customers’ experience. Acting as an extension of our customer’s team and as an integral part of their supply chain, we must focus on not only their needs but also the needs of their customers. One way we do this is by upholding brand image and expectations. Omnichannel distribution and fulfillment are ever-present in the retail industry, with a growing number of consumers taking advantage of the convenience e-commerce provides. With multiple procurement channels available, it is just as important for brands to ensure their customer experience is the same across all channels. As the ‘last touch’ before a product arrives on a consumer’s doorstep, it is the job of the 3PL to ensure all products arrive in pristine condition and create a visually appealing, ‘unboxing’ experience for the consumer. ‘Unboxing’ was born out of a combination of the omnichannel phenomenon and the use of video on social platforms. Customers may never see your trucks, your warehouse, your committed drivers and operators, or even their products. This is why leaders are finding customer service is so important — it’s what your customers will remember about their experience with you.

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The supply chain can make or break the customer experience. And to thrive within e-commerce, businesses must invest in supply chain technologies. Those that create integrated, transparent and responsive supply chains are capable of delivering exceptional customer experiences profitably. At Taylor, by combining hands-on support, technology, logistics services, and a dependable partnership, we are creating an optimal experience for our customers and our customer’s customers. 

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Cincinnati, Drayage, Intermodal Transportation
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Definition –  Drayage is typically used to describe the trucking service from a port to a rail ramp, warehouse, or other destination.


History – The word drayage originally stems from the term dray, a low cart without fixed sides that is used for carrying heavy loads a short distance. Although a dray is defined as a cart historically, a dray may be any vehicle used to transport heavy loads a short distance, such as a truck or sled.

Intermodal Rail Ramp Drayage


Taylor established interchange agreements with major rail ramps and steamship lines for pickup and delivery of Cincinnati drayage. The Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have been ranked the busiest inland port in the nation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Data Center. 

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Freight, Freight Brokerage, LTL, Truck Driving
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) has posted proposed amendments to the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®). These amendments will be published, pending reconsideration, on December 5, 2019, and are expected to go in effect on January 4, 2020. A few of the notable changes are listed below.

Foodstuffs, other than Frozen 


Various foodstuffs are removed from item 73227 and reclassified. Item 72790 (Dips) is canceled with reference to new item 74700 (Sauces, Condiments, Dips or Spreads). New items are established as follows: 72030 (Baby Food), 72041 (Baking Powder), 72285 (Butters or Spreads, nut or seed, including Peanut Butter),74510 (Purees, fruit or vegetable, including applesauce) and 74737 (Shells, taco, or tortillas).

Boilers, Furnaces, Stoves and Related Articles 


The NMFC code 25400 is canceled with reference to new item 26720 with classes based on a density break at 8 pcf. 

Traps, Bullets or Target 


The NMFC code 17670 is canceled and reestablished as new item NMFC 187130.  

Some of the Commodities that May be Impacted Include:


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Operations, Taylor Information, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Omnichannel distribution is a multichannel approach taken by companies to give customers a way to purchase and receive orders from several sales channels with one-touch seamless integration. Omnichannel solutions provide seamless integration across all channels to provide a superior customer service experience. For example, giving consumers the flexibility to ship items from e-commerce sites to their homes or stores, which then creates supply chains that have strategic value, improving sales, and encouraging repeat purchases among consumers. Below are three beneficial omnichannel marketplace strategies in distribution and fulfillment.

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Forecasting


In the omnichannel sphere, shipments from store locations are sometimes required to protect the quality of the customer experience. But every item that is shipped from a retail location depletes that store’s inventory and places additional strain on brick-and-mortar operations.

Inventory 


Omnichannel success begins by creating a unique view of stock across all stores and distribution centers. To satisfy customer needs, retailers must quickly deliver merchandise to customers—regardless of where those customers make their purchases.

Return Control  


Omnichannel return experiences require retailers to support returns at any location. So, regardless of where the order originated, you need a logistics strategy that allows your customers to return the merchandise at retail locations as well as distribution centers.


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Processes, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

The new year is upon us, and with the end of 2019, we reach the end of the decade. Over the years, logistics has gone through a massive transformation due to changes in customer demands and new technological innovations. Companies need to deliver their products quicker than ever before, at a low cost, in a sustainable way. Below are the 2020 supply chain management trends that will further these shifts.

Supply Chain Digitization


The implementation of new digital technology in logistics will continue to be priority. Smart, efficient supply chain systems that eliminate silos create transparency and enhance responsiveness. This ecosystem will depend on several critical digital technologies—including logistics platforms, analytics, robots, and even 3D printing. The ultimate goal for companies exploring supply chain digitization? Real-time, end-to-end visibility that provides a competitive advantage, streamlines processes and exceeds customers’ expectations. 

Taylor Logistics Cincinnati, Ohio Digital Supply Chain. Warehouse automation

Internet of Things


Internet of Things (IoT) is coming of age, as prices decrease, research shows the number of businesses using IoT devices increased from 13% in 2014 to 25% in 2019. The IDC forecasts 13.6% annual growth through to 2022. IoT enables organizations to control inventory, automate stock reordering, and keep track of deliveries, all in real-time. Sensors can foresee wear and tear on equipment, supporting timely ordering of spare parts. Untimalety IoT will increase supply chain transparency. 

Building a Greener Supply Chain


The drive towards environmental sustainability is putting increased pressure on logistics managers. Green supply chain management practices can be included in every link of the supply chain from product material sourcing, product design, and manufacturing processes after the product’s useful life. Some sustainability practices are simple – like energy-efficient lighting in the warehouse and planning delivery routes to minimize mileage & fuel consumption. But developing a truly green supply chain requires complete methodological shifts to most companies’ current supply chain practices.

The Normalization of Omnichannel Supply Chains 


In response to customer demand, businesses will make significant strides towards offering an omnichannel buying experience for customers. An integrated view of all customer channels and inventory, along with dynamic delivery and fulfillment options and seamless customer service interactions. The switch from single- and multi-channel supply to omnichannel supply requires a complete rethink of supply chain logistics.

Improving Customer Experience


Instead of thinking like operations, putting on the marketer and customer success hats and prioritize the delivery experience the customer receives – branding, UX, speed of delivery, transparency, visibility. Logistics leaders should then focus on reducing these pain points in their teams by investing in technologies that simplify staff workloads and reducing complexity that makes the customer journey as effortless as possible.


In conclusion, the 2020 supply chain management trends focus on technology bringing new possibilities to supply chain management and bringing discrete areas of the supply chain closer together. Which of the new trends will you be adopting in the new year?

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Team Taylor

We wish you a joyful holiday season and a Happy New Year from the team at Taylor. 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, we thank you for being our customer, carrier, partner, or agent — please tell us how we’re doing.


If you haven’t worked with our team yet, we invite you to take a look at our service portfolio. Everything we do is designed for best in class performance. Put our services to the test in 2020! 

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The Ohio Success Awards will honor annually the most successful and consistent of these organizations and leaders across our state. The event will also serve as a forum for you to connect with other decision makers on the issues and objectives throughout the state. 

The Ohio Success Awards will recognize the accomplishments of:


Companies that have demonstrated growth both in revenue and employees, as well as having demonstrated involvement in their community and service in their industry


Non-profits that have made a significant impact upon the communities they serve


Governmental organizations that have created unique value or opportunities based upon their ingenuity, partnership, and perseverance


Leaders, amongst these from all above, that have demonstrated beyond comparison that their efforts have made lasting impact

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Sustainability, Taylor Information, Third Party Logistics
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As the drive towards sustainability in logistics continues, those involved in manufacturing and shipping, particularly shippers, must understand why this trend is taking place, its potential costs, obstacles, and benefits, and what it means for the future of production and logistics.

Use Recycled Products


Depending on your package volume per month, you could be unintentionally contributing to the global crisis. So, how can your business help to break this vicious cycle? If you are using boxes – target environmentally friendly suppliers. There are a variety of certifications for the eco-friendly packaging. It will usually indicate the recycled content and ensure that no chemicals, which might be harmful to the environment, have been used. 

Coca-Cola makes the switch from plastic packaging to a biodegradable cardboard.

Consider Alternative Transportation Modes


Intermodal drayage is what dramatically reduces carbon emissions because of the lower dependence on fuel. In fact, by utilizing rail transport to move one ton of freight a mile, you drop emissions by a whopping 83%. Not every load is suitable for rail, but for certain loads, it will be beneficial not only from the eco-friendly shipper perspective.

“If just 10 percent of the freight that moves by truck moved by rail instead, fuel savings would exceed 800 million gallons per year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 9 million tons — equivalent to taking around 1.8 million cars off the road or planting 215 million trees.” – Association of American Railroads

Use Space Efficiently 


Efficiency is key. Make sure to pack the product as efficiently as possible. This will save the materials and clear up more room on the truck or any other mode of transportation, allowing you to ship more products at once. If possible, combining as much product as possible into one load is worth considering from both eco-friendly and cost-efficient perspectives.

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Conclusion


While these are just a few tips regarding taking your logistics green, there are plenty of other options for you to consider when partnering with a 3PL provider. By utilizing the latest technology and most efficient logistics practices, 3pl providers can devise the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly logistics solution for your business.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CINCINNATI, OHIO -Taylor Logistics Inc. has awarded Pinnacle Data Technologies Inc., Norcross, Georgia, their 2019 Warehouse Partner of the Year award. Taylor established the “Warehouse Partner of the Year” program to honor companies that demonstrate a dedication to providing exceptional service and willingness to accommodate Taylor’s continued growth.

With the help of Pinnacle data’s president, Scott Phillips, Taylor was able to accomplish several warehousing projects throughout 2019. Including a total change in Taylor’s system by converting their WMS to eaches and then back to cases when needed, testing custom quality control code, along with inventory and outbound import/export EDI customization and bringing on new maps with new warehousing customers. Scott and Pinnacle are very quick to implement & react to any changes.  

About Pinnacle Data Technologies Inc. 

Pinnacle Data Technologies is well known for its expertise in consulting and programming services for the database, warehousing, e-commerce, transportation, retail, and distribution markets. In addition, Pinnacle provides database and EDI services, including strategic program evaluation, program planning, and implementation strategy preparation, ongoing progress checks, and benefit analysis and tracking. For more information on Pinnacle Data, please visit the  Pinnacle Data Website or contact Scott Phillips, President at sphillips@pinnacle-data.com, or by phone at 678.792.7792.

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. Their primary service portfolio consists of warehousing, both contract and public, freight brokerage, intermodal/drayage, and technology services. Taylor has stood to exceed customer expectations by diligently working harder, smarter, and longer than any logistics company while ethically serving their employees, their carrier base, the environment, and the motoring public. They pride themselves on a value system comprised of ethics, safety, teamwork, quality, and relationships. Everything Taylor does is designed to deliver the best in class performance. For more information about Taylor Logistics Inc., their facilities, and logistics services, please email info@taylorlog.com or by phone at 513.771.150.

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Operations, Processes, Sustainability, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

It’s important for our business to invest renewable energy technologies and sustainability in all aspects of our logistics business. Importantly, when using road transport, we plan each journey to establish the most efficient route so that we can reduce the number of miles traveled and avoid empty trucks on the road. Taylor has implemented a Green Logistics program for several years; by doing so, our team reduces fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions by:

Optimizing Routes


Until electric and other more sustainable vehicle options, route optimization is one of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of transportation and distribution. Artificial intelligence can work with GPS devices to optimize local, national, and global shipping routes. Advanced analytics update routes in real-time, to take account of congestion and other issues.

Simplifying Supply Chain Processes


Supply chains can be improved through significant changes, but it’s more common to see results through small, iterative improvements. Useful analytics and reporting combine with machine learning to continually improve processes throughout the supply chain. Every change that reduces waste speeds up delivery or enhances quality makes an incremental improvement to sustainability.

Monitoring Existing Environmental Risks


Climate change and other environmental factors already impact many supply chains. Issues such as wildfires in California, rising sea levels, water scarcity, and lower agricultural yields have a profound impact on the efficiency, quality, and speed of the supply chain. Supply chain technology helps to predict these risks and allows supply chain managers to mitigate their impact and put contingency plans in place.

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Operations, Processes, Third Party Logistics
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

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. 

Statistics/ Trends According to NRF

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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Operations, Processes, Warehousing
Taylor Logistics Inc. Blog

Kitting is a standard value-added service offered by most third-party logistics companies. However, kitting is most commonly used in the e-commerce space; therefore, those outside the industry most likely are unfamiliar with kitting. Our team created this guide to help you better understand fulfillment kitting services, best practices, and how it applies to your supply chain. 

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What is kitting?


Defined, kitting is a service that combines various single items into one unit for sale, such as a subscription box containing multiple items. It is a beneficial eCommerce merchandising tool because it enables e-retailers to do more with the items in their inventory. Elaborate kits can include up to 20 different products, with the capabilities of a great warehouse management system it can accurately manage your inventory, as products morph from units to kits. Here are some different types of products that are typically kitted and assembled:

Cosmetics

Nutritional Supplements

Electronics

Subscription Box Programs

Supermarket Displays 

Promotional Items 

Benefits of Kitting? 


Kitting services provide companies with many benefits such as a reduced number of purchase orders, decreased management costs, better utilization of space, and more rapid response to customer orders. The following items are additional benefits to kitting fulfillment services: 

It can save you overhead costs

Allows you to focus on your core business 

You don’t need to hire an in-house staff

Reduces shipping mistakes 

Volume Flexibility 

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Operations, Truck Driving

You can’t detour around the numbers — our nation is facing a significant truck driver shortage. Worries about future shipping capacity have driven beyond the desks of industry experts and into the minds of supply chain professionals everywhere. Due to this problem, dispatcher-driver relationships are becoming increasingly difficult, but what can be done to address this? Our experts came up with several tips to help out your fleet communication.

Know Your Drivers


Getting to know your drivers is the key to maintaining a great relationship. With the high stress of a dispatcher, phone ringings, tons of emails all needing your attention, it’s hard to stay calm. However, if you calmly help the driver when they need you, they will respect you and help you out in return. 

Be Transparent


Transparency is vital when communicating with your drivers. No matter the situation, drivers appreciate it if you are forthcoming about the situation. Avoiding the main point will take up drivers’ time. Drivers will understand and respect your honesty about finding a mutually beneficial solution. Not only is it essential to be transparent with the drivers but also your colleagues. Sharing experiences can help problem solve and can prevent undesired situations from occurring. 

Don’t Rush Your Decisions


Problems are likely to occur in the transportation world; it’s essential to draw solutions that will ensure a good outcome. Drivers and customers expect answers promptly; don’t rush your decisions; instead, weigh out the pros and cons of each option.

Time Management 


It’s crucial to plan your driver’s start times and routes before each day. Not only is the driver’s schedule key, but make sure to plan for various weather conditions is also essential. 

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Third Party Logistics

Today is Halloween, and consumer shopping trends have been in full swing. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual survey 2019, Halloween spending could reach $8.8 billion. With more than 68% of Americans planning to celebrate the holiday this year, and the average person spending $86.00, this equates to $2.6 billion on candy and $2.7 billion on decorations. See how the Halloween supply chain has changed throughout the years.

Average Expected Spending


Total Expected Spending


Percent of Consumers Planning to Purchase Based on Region




View Our Candy Case Study


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Freight Brokerage, Processes

Peak Season kicks off in October and lasts through the holiday shopping season. Carriers know that this time of year offers a heavy and steady flow of freight loads to move. During peak months, there is a significant surge in the loads available. At Taylor Logistics, we do everything we can to make the process as simple as possible for our customers. Our experts comprised a few best practices to use to make freight shipping even easier. Here are cost-effective strategies you can implement to help your freight stand out in today’s market.

Establishing a Carrier Program: One of the most important relationships is the one you create with your carrier base. Carriers have compelling value propositions in the markets they serve — carriers value consistency. If you’re happy with the overall relationship, provide incumbents with an opportunity to keep that freight.


Communicate Quickly and Effectively: The faster you communicate about upcoming loads, the more likely you are to secure a truck. Talking with carriers ahead of time about anticipated surges and decreases in your freight volume can also help them plan and prioritize your shipments.


Flexibility: If possible, become flexible in your pick-up and delivery times, so you can create a larger pool of trucking companies available to move your freight. For some shippers making operational changes that allow for deliveries and pick-ups on weekends increases flexibility. Most drivers do not operate on a traditional workweek schedule, so working with receivers and shippers that offer flexible hours allows for loads to be moved more efficiently and promptly.  


Increase Efficiency: There are several ways to cut costs examine your transportation and supply chain for ways to increase your performance while saving money. Are there less-expensive routes you can use for shipments that are not time-sensitive? Would other modes of transport like intermodal or less-than-truckload be more economical than truckload freight?


 Tap Your Third-Party Provider’s Range of Services: Warehousing, fulfillment, transportation, technology—the more you can obtain from a single provider, the more seamless, scalable, and cost-effective your supply chain will be. Organizing the logistics function helps to ensure that you provide consistent service and offer better predictability and reliable deliveries. 


Taking a more strategic approach to truckload procurement helps align the business goals and outcomes of both carriers and shippers. It can result in significant savings and extraordinary service levels over time. To learn more about our freight services click here.

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Processes, Technology, Warehousing

Over the past couple of weeks, our operations, IT, and superuser teams have been working vigorously to transition five distribution centers into e-commerce centers. This was a massive undertaking for our team because; e-commerce granted customers can break open cases, which was an entirely new process for us. Unlike a traditional brick in mortar stores that orders everything in cases, e-commerce customers like Amazon order everything in eaches, which means that we had to completely update every item in all five warehouses to handle both eaches and cases. Due to the different variables, our team also had to update all the quantities, volumes, weight, etc. to reflect the each or case. On October 12th, after a bunch of testing from our warehouse management system partner Zethcon our warehouses went live as e-commerce centers.

Systematically with this new change, our team was able to achieve:

Sending the ASNs to all customers no matter in which way they ordered in the UOMs that they want BOLs & packing lists are in the customer ordered UOM.                                        


We are able to send a UPS tracking number with the order number to the customers that placed an order online.  


We are able to pick all orders no matter the UOM and have it make sense to the picker.             


Not for resale sticker communication to the picker when applicable for parcel orders.  


Worldship integration with Zethcon’s WMS Synapse and more.                                       

Our superuser team Scott Dowers & Nina Wilson exceeded all expectations by trial and error testing as well as SOP creation. Without help from their training program, the transition would not have gone so smoothly. Our EDI provider, Pinnacle, was also enormous as we had to re-write every single map. Not to mention, our operations Managers Randy Newman & Shaun Fehr, created packout lines that are running extremely efficiently.

One of our DC’s was able to ship out 175 parcel orders right after the implementation. Another special shout out to Jeffrey Godfrey & Jerod Brewer, who is leading the way for this implementation. Mitchell Blake & Tina Myers are fixing IC issues right on the spot, and with these changes, we see fewer and fewer errors. An outstanding effort from everyone on Team Taylor to get such a significant accomplishment completed across the entire network. 

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Fulfillment, Warehousing

Warehouse: 

A warehouse typically refers to the establishment that a customer’s products are stored for a specified period. Warehouses generally are less high-energy than distribution centers. Sorting items, shipping them out, and replenishing stock are all a part of the daily functions. Distribution centers can act as warehouses too, but warehouses can’t double as a distribution center. Warehouses can be designed to receive goods directly from railways, airports, or seaports, and are usually equipped with forklifts and even cranes for moving and organizing products. 


Distribution Center (DC):

A distribution center is slightly more complex than a warehouse in that it’s a more high-velocity operation as opposed to a static warehouse. Meaning that a distribution center offers more services to clients, whether they’re internal or external. A DC is generally thought of as demand-driven. 


Fulfillment Center (FC):

A warehouse facility focused on order fulfillment in which the company fulfills its obligation to send a person a finished good. Typically refers to services of a store, either brick, and mortar or e-commerce: orders received, packaged, and shipped to end consumers. 


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People, Team Taylor, Warehousing

We would like to Congratulate the September 2019 monthly winners from our team in Bellevue, NE. These awards are based off of productivity and QA points. To learn more about our warehousing awards click here.


Most Improved– Emmett Williams 


Receiving– Justin Rundel


Loading– Emmett Williams


Putaway– Eddy Rosete


Picking–  Nate Juhl & Shawn Emmons

Congrats to all the Winners!

TLi Warehouse awards Bellebue
Sept. 2019 Warehousing Awards
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Processes

On the October episode of Taylor Talk, customer relations coordinator Rhonda Mettey discusses Taylor’s transportation logistics processes. How they’ve changed throughout the years, the bumps and hurdles along the way, and how we’ve become the Nation’s Most Progressive Family Owned Logistics Company. Click the links below to listen!


https://open.spotify.com/show/5zuY4PDq5aevnkVoIyq0v5

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy84OTgzZGI4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taylor-talk/id1454424870?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=2

https://overcast.fm/itunes1454424870/taylor-logistics-presents-taylor-talk
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