It’s no secret that the transportation industry is heavily dependent on supply and demand. Every year holds uncertainty from consumer trends to the ups and downs of the market; however, there is always a forecasted plan for the seasons of freight. Like fall, winter, spring, and summer, the transportation industry also has four seasons. Below are the four seasons to the to freight shipping.
January – March
It’s a new year; the holidays are past us, and freight volume is on the decline. Not to mention these months are the peak of winter, the frigid temperatures and snowy roadways are not shipping-friendly. Typically during these months logistics companies are recovering from holiday shipping. Freight volume will start to progress as the months approach the spring season.
April – July
With the arrival of spring, the produce season begins. Freight volumes will increase, and carriers have more loads to choose from allowing them to pick and choose different loads. With carriers being pickier, finding trucks become more challenging, and rates increase. In certain parts of the United States, the capacity and shipping rates change significantly for non-produce shippers, as carriers are massively switching to high-paying produce loads.
August – October
Produce season has come to an end; however, the hecticness doesn’t stop here. It’s now time to prepare for back to school season and to start planning for the upcoming holidays. During these months, sales are typically up, and companies are rapidly shipping products in and out of their facilities to ensure all inventory is ready for the holidays. Rates are still climbing, and freight volumes are towering.
November – December
Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year again; companies are rushing to complete last-minute purchase requests before the holiday closures. The new year is rapidly approaching, and no one wants to leave freight behind and drag it into the new year. The roads start to get busy with people taking time off for long weekends, holiday gatherings, and vacation time. It’s a time that needs to be carefully planned as last-minute items can pop up, and delays are likely.
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Our team is continuously on top of marketing changes and forecasted trends. Knowing the four seasons of transportation freight is just the beginning of our expertise. Let us be your transportation advisor. Chat with us!
Raise your hand if you have an Amazon Prime account? Oh wow, 150 million hands raised? In the 25 years since Amazon was launched, it has become a household name, and is the biggest eCommerce site in the world. Having your products sold on Amazon immensely increases your audience. Amazon allows sellers to fulfill orders themselves or let Amazon handle fulfillment. Let’s dive into your options as an Amazon seller.
Lot’s of Acronyms to Digest When Talking Amazon Shipping; Let’s Break it Down:
Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)
Self-fulfilled order processing route, like Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM)
Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP)
What is Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA)?
FBA means Fulfilled by Amazon, you sell it and Amazon ships it.
The seller sends bulk products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers for Amazon to pick, pack, and ship products once sold.
What is Amazon Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM)?
Amazon Fulfilled by Merchant is a fulfillment method in which an Amazon seller is responsible for fulfilling its products purchased on Amazon.
FBM can be more cost-effective if you can ship orders for a more sensible price compared to what FBA will charge by using your delivery partners and network, or your 3PL’s network.
FBM is a great Amazon seller shipping option it allows you the freedom to run your business as you like in terms of scalability, fulfillment methods, and inventory level control.
What is Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP)?
Similar to FBM, you store, pick, pack, and ship your products to the customers yourself and handle all communications with the customer.
However, this shipping option also allows you access to prime customers, competing with businesses that pay the enormous fees for FBA.
SFP is ideal for sellers who have warehouse space and staff that can handle the order fulfillment or companies with a 3PL that can offer scalability and flexibility. To be successful as an SFP seller, you need to make sure that it would be more profitable for you than FBA or FBM.
Becoming an SFP seller streamlines your fulfillment process as you only need to manage inventory in your warehouses, instead of managing that inventory as well as additional inventory in Amazon’s warehouses.
Partnering With A 3PL | Amazon Fulfillment
Have experience with the program. Dealing with SFP requirements can be difficult.
Your 3PL should have advanced software that integrates directly with Amazon and gives you real-time visibility into order status and metrics.
You need a 3PL who is focused on customer service. Putting your SFP reputation into someone else’s hands is a leap of faith. Make sure you pick a partner who’s on your side, 100%.
Amazon Solutions Experts
Our team knows that all of the Amazon seller shipping options can be complicated and overwhelming. It can be challenging to decide which option is best for your business, especially when one option doesn’t fit all. It depends on the product you are selling, fulfillment capabilities, profit margins, and more. Our team knows how to meet Amazon’s stringent requirements for whichever option you choose. We have the solutions to help you scale your business, and we have the technology to execute the specifications for any Amazon shipment.
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Remember, the holiday season is around the corner. If you don’t have your fulfillment partner in place soon, you could be left out in the cold. Contact us today, and leave Black Friday and Cyber Monday to us. Fill out the form below and we will be in touch ASAP!
There thousands upon thousands of food-grade carriers on the roads. How do you know which ones you can trust? Whether you the brains behind creating a food or beverage product or a 3PL, some measures should be in place to guarantee safe quality food shipping. At Taylor, we have a developed process that ensures we choose the most suitable carriers every time. Sure, sometimes things don’t go according to plan but using a trusted food grade carrier helps minimize potential fallout. We examine critical things to look for in a food warehousing provider in our previous blog post. In this post, let’s look at things outside of the warehouse, onto the loading dock, and into the trailer as we examine items you should be looking for in a food-grade carrier.
Carrier authority is the permission carriers need to operate. Authority is given out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and there are several different types of authority out there. A food-grade carrier should have Motor Carrier of Property authority. Carriers can acquire safety through the FMCSA SAFER system. This system provides necessary information about the carrier and, more importantly, a safety rating. Make sure to stay away from “Conditional” and “Unsatisfactory” ratings.
Your products’ safety and integrity are also closely tied to their environmental conditions, temperature, and humidity. A carrier will need to ensure that your products are kept at the appropriate conditions while on the dock and during temperature-controlled trucking. Here’s a great example, ice cream needs to be kept at -20°F and most confectionery products at 65°F. Exceptional care needs to be taken to keep each product in range. Once in the product is loaded on the trailer, your carrier must have the ability to monitor temperature during the journey.
New carriers are always popping up, and plenty of times, it can be very beneficial to use them for shipping. However, if you are looking for someone to bring onto a contracted lane or a critical shipment, it helps look into their past. From simply confirming how long they have been in business to looking through online reviews.
To Sum It Up
At Taylor, we combine warehousing, eCommerce, transportation, packaging, and kitting services for a fully integrated food logistics strategy. These solutions – combined with our technology and ability to scale as your business scales in the food, beverage, confectionery, flavoring, and pet food spaces – gives you the peace of mind that your products are in good hands as they travel throughout the supply chain to your customers. Sound like a plan? Give our team a shout by filling out the form below or send a message to our inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. Need a quote asap? Get one here.
There are several advantages companies can receive by outsourcing their supply chain management to a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider. As companies begin to grow, they may realize an in-house logistics team will lack the expertise needed to manage complex logistics operations cost-effectively. On the other hand, larger companies can find they don’t have the workforce required to handle a high shipment volume. A Deloitte study shows that 79% of businesses with highly efficient supply chains enjoy more significant than average revenues than others in their industries. Companies with such optimal supply chains have 3x faster cash-to-cash cycles.
Crafty businesses outsource supply chain management to professionals to gain several significant benefits and, thus, position their business for success. A trustworthy third-party logistics provider will take over the trouble of running your supply chain network, allowing you to:
Generate new ideas
Build better products/services
Strengthen customer relationships
Design and develop future strategies
What’s more — outsourcing to the right service provider not only allows you to focus on your core business, but you also enjoy the competitive advantage that comes with hiring supply chain management experts, including their access to resources, capabilities, technologies, skills, and networks. The following are the top advantages of partnering with a 3PL.
A 3PL’s network of transportation providers is a significant resource for any company with freight to move. Searching for proper equipment, insurance, and other qualifications can be a considerable undertaking—however, a 3PL vets their carrier network to include only qualified and reliable service providers. 3PLs can also leverage carrier relationships and volume discounts, which results in lower costs and faster service. Ultimately, choosing a 3PL allows businesses to benefit from capacity they would be hard-pressed to find in-house.
Save Time and Money
Outsourcing logistics saves a considerable amount of time and money for any organization. Using a 3PL can eliminate the necessity to invest in warehouse space, technology, transportation, and staff to execute supply chain processes. 3PLs also save time for their clients by handling day to day functions like booking, billing, and training; leaving companies ample time to focus on their core competencies.
Scalability and Flexibility
A benefit of using a 3PL provider is the ability to scale space, labor, and transportation according to inventory needs. Businesses with seasonal periods can enjoy stress-free transitions between industry ups and downs, having the ability to utilize more space and resources when needed. Using a 3PL provider allows your business to grow into new regions without barriers.
Businesses can have confidence knowing reliable and experienced professionals are meeting their supply chain needs. A 3PL can share vital information tied to regulations, the freight market, and industry insights. A 3PL will often work with the same receiver locations for multiple clients, allowing them to share information on receiving preferences. Understanding customer requirements and communicating them to carriers can make a massive difference in performance.
3PLs have the expertise to help navigate manufacturers through new security regulations and can provide counsel on best practices to improve security policy and procedures. In many cases, 3PLs can manage the implementation of a supply chain security program, from facility and asset security to security monitoring services and training.
Providing All Services Under One Roof
When all your freight, distribution, eCommerce, warehousing, etc. services are managed under one roof, it will save time and money, and probably give you comfort to know that everything is taken care of. Plus, when all logistics are connected, you as a business owner will have more control and better visibility, which means a smoother operation for your business. A solutions-based 3PL will have the labor, resources, infrastructure, and capital deployment to bring all the required services under one roof. Whether you need warehousing, value-added services, customs clearance, international freight forwarding, domestic transportation, or even IT-support, you can rely on a third-party logistics provider to take care of your business.
The value a 3PL provider can bring your business includes better rates, services, expertise, and a vast network of industry partnerships all along the supply chain. Many companies come to this understanding quickly and understand the benefits of outsourcing. Choosing the best 3PL, one that is well suited to your needs, will take a bit of effort upfront but will bring long-term benefits. A 3PL with core competencies that are the right fit will mean a long-term partner interested in generating growth for your business. If you are looking for help managing your logistics and supply chain, we would love to hear from you. Please send us a note to connect about how Taylor Logistics can help your company.
As a supplier or manufacturer, you may need to manage regular demand, seasonal spikes, and special promotions with strategies that allow you to meet your customer’s in-store requirements without burdening your inventory pipeline. Custom displays, created in the warehouse just before shipping, are a proven working strategy. Not only do custom displays help with your inventory pipeline, but they are an essential marketing tool for several suppliers on retail floors.
A lot of displays have come through Taylor’s facilities across a variety of industries and a wide range of customers. From temporary projects to those that are more permanent, and they range in size from large pallet and floor displays to small counter-top displays. To evolve with special project demands, Taylor has launched a new team, the ISDT team or In-Store Design Team. This newly organized unit was created to be solely designated to the operation and building of point-of-purchase (POP) display units.
Along with the creation of the ISDT, Taylor offers other unique warehousing and fulfillment capabilities. Taylor has created a non-siloed operation system comprised of top of the line logistics services for their customers. Taylor’s transportation group, in alignment with their brokerage department, can manage inbound and outbound transportation using the most efficient modes. Taylor aligns all processes with design and technology allowing them to be there for you throughout the entire process to the retailer.
CINCINNATI, Sept. 14, 2020 — Taylor Logistics Inc. (TLI), a Cincinnati based third-party logistics company, today announced plans to open a new fulfillment center just outside Cincinnati later this month. The new location, at 10095 International Blvd in West Chester, Ohio, will be the companies second public multi-client warehouse in Ohio. Their first location is positioned just down the street at 9756 International Blvd.
“Our customized solutions, time-sensitive scalability, and our technology have proven we are not merely a vendor for our customers but a partner,” said President and sixth-generation Owner, Rex Taylor. “This second building on International will be home to our eCommerce hub, Cincinnati’s ever-changing industry landscape and proximity to the consumer makes 10095 the perfect spot for our customers.”
The new 80,000 square foot warehouse located on International is conveniently positioned next to two major interstates, rail ports, and cargo hubs. The new facility will house Taylor’s full suite of value-added services, including pick & pack, kitting, eCommerce fulfillment, packaging, product staging, and special projects.
About Taylor Logistics Inc.
Taylor Logistics Inc, the nation’s most progressive family-owned logistics company, specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. All of which are customizable and technology-driven. Their 170 years in logistics experience have proven that they are not merely a vendor for your company – they are an extension of your team with a clear understanding of their responsibility to replicate your organization’s strategic business goals. Taylor is a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certified provider for all food logistics needs. For more information, visit www.taylorlogistics.com or email email@example.com.
Supply chain management for food, beverage, flavoring, and pet food products is arguably one of the most critical and challenging logistics sectors. Proper handling, storage, inventory control, lot tracking, and transportation are essential to providing a safe, quality product for the consumer. In this blog, we are going to take a bite into Taylor’s food supply chain management.
Our WMS Synapse can track lot numbers from the time the product arrives at our fulfillment center docks through the warehouse to the delivery destination. We can quickly isolate products for QC or recalls within minutes of notification.
Food packaging manufacturers use Taylor to store and distribute their products for just in time delivery to the processor. We understand when the processors are ready to run the next batch, Taylor must be there on time with the packaging.
Flavoring & Ingredients
Whether in totes, bags, barrels or cartons, Taylor stores and ships ingredients in bulk and individual units. Common ingredients in our warehouse are used to produce pet foods, vitamins, foods, and supplements.
Need a place to store your seltzer, beer, wine, sports drink? No problem. Taylor’s advanced packaging capabilities, such as beverage variety packs, allow you to postpone final product configuration until just before shipping.
Annual audits and inspections by Safe Quality Foods Insitute ensure our customers that Taylor 100% compliant with our facility and food facility documentation.
The COVID-19 Crisis has highlighted the importance of keeping preparedness supplies on hand for future emergencies. Taylor’s network allows us to reach 70% of healthcare providers in the United States within 24 hours from our 400,000 square feet of warehousing space.
Shipping Solutions That Fit Your Needs
Low Unit of Measure shipping (LUM) provides PPE customers with products in the lowest unit of measure—typically an “each.” This shipping method is for clients that want to decrease total supply chain costs by having orders picked and packed for a specific location.
Taylor recognizes its critical role in the healthcare supply chain during crises such as natural disasters and pandemics. To prepare for an emergency or disaster, our team will help to develop a plan for emergency orders, prepare surplus stock items, and determine pre-approval for substitutions for critical supplies and custom packaging and kitting.
Full Suite Of Values Added Services Ready To Assist
CINCINNATI, OHIO—August-19, 2020 — Food Logistics, the industry’s only publication dedicated to food and beverage supply chains, has named Taylor Logistics Inc. to its 2020 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list.
The Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers recognizes leading third-party logistics and cold storage providers in the food and beverage industry.
“Today’s 3PLs and cold storage providers are more essential to the movement of food and beverage than ever before. Despite supply chain threats and disruptions, they continue to show their resiliency, strength and innovation to continue moving product from Point A to Point B,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
This year’s Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list will appear in Food Logistics’ August 2020 issue, as well as online at www.FoodLogistics.com.
About Food Logistics
Food Logistics, published by AC Business Media, the industry’s only publication dedicated to global food and beverage supply chains. Its audience reaches executives in the food and beverage sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) as well as the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology).
Dry van shipping is one of the most popular and widely trusted freight transportation solutions available. It has remained a preferred means of transportation due to the vast availability and numerous benefits of having an enclosed trailer throughout the shipping process. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about dry van freight.
What is Dry Van Freight?
A dry van refers to a fully enclosed semi-trailer designed to safeguard shipments from the elements, dirt and debris, and any other things that could compromise the products. They are designed to transport bulk, palletized products, and can be loose freight or boxed freight. Dry van shipping is the most common form of freight transport in the United States. Unlike refrigerated trucks and ships, dry van shipping vehicles contain no temperature-control equipment.
Types Of Dry Van Trailers
Dry van trailers are available in various sizes and materials. The maximum length allowed for a dry van trailer is 53 feet long. The two most popular types of dry van trailers are general trailers and pup trailers. General dry van trailers are 53-feet long, whereas the pup dry van trailers are 26-29 feet long.
When Do Shippers Use Dry Vans?
Shippers utilize dry van trailers for both short-distance and regional deliveries, in addition to long-distance over the road shipping. Dry van trailers are versatile and can manage several different freight types, consisting of non-perishable food, developing products, and more. Here are some examples:
Textile, clothing items, electronic devices, plastic, automobiles, motorcycles, minibusses, other vehicles, and parts of larger machines like planes and ships. Home products, furnishings, and electronics.
4 Factors that Affect Dry Van Freight Rates
Dry van freight rates are impacted heavily on the pickup location and delivery location. The path from the pickup to the delivery is called the lane, and different lanes will go for different rates. Even if two lanes are the same distance, they can be different amounts.
The Freight Being Shipped
The freight itself will also affect the dry van rates when shipping with the weight of the freight’s most significant factor. This is simply because the heavier something is, the more gas it is going to use to ship it, and therefore, the more it is going to cost. The density of the freight also affects the rate. You want to compact your packaging as much as possible because a smaller and denser package will take up smaller space and has a lower risk of causing damage.
Current Supply and Demand
Supply and demand affect the price of everything, and the rates for full truckload shipping is no exception. The supply element in the transportation industry is the trucks available, or capacity. The fewer drivers available, the more that they can charge the shipper. These shortages may be temporary and fix themselves over time or could be a larger scale. The best way to counter a change in rates due to capacity is to, once again, establish a contracted rate with your shipping partner.
The fourth factor and final factor that can impact the rate of dry van freight is some unique event, such as a natural disaster. These events can cause the closing of warehouses, factories, or even roads. Unfortunately, you cannot plan around these rare situations. During these times, it may not be possible to get a truck to the pickup or destination.
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Taylor can handle all of your dry van commodities needs. You can rely on us for capacity and a reliable network to deliver your commodities on time and damage-free. We provide flexibility and reliable service with the customized freight solutions you need to meet your supply chain’s demands. Talk with Team Taylor today by filling out the form below
The opportunity in food and beverage eCommerce is vast from convenient access to a wide selection of products to subscription-based services. To excel in this complex environment, retailers and food and beverage companies need to improve their eCommerce fulfillment capabilities. Here are some things to consider when venturing the eCommerce landscape.
Optimize Distribution Network
For efficient eCommerce fulfillment, products should be positioned as close to your customers as possible. Strategically located fulfillment centers can help to reduce transit costs and transit time. Utilizing two or more centrally located distribution centers can help meet consumers’ delivery expectations – often using two-day ground service.
Leverage Valued-Added Services
As in any industry, value-added services can offer many benefits for the manufacturer, retailer, and consumer. For the food and beverage companies, seasonal or promotional kitting, subscription boxes, and custom pallet displays can diversify your product offerings and increase sales.
Anticipate Space and Staffing Needs
eCommerce order fulfillment typically demands three times the labor of conventional warehousing operations. It’s crucial to plan accordingly to ensure capacity for maximum potential volume.
With inventory distributed across multiple locations, it is critical to understand where products are and how they move. A comprehensive view of stock across all fulfillment locations, physical stores, warehouses, vendors, and in transit is critical for optimizing your eCommerce. Since inventory must be immediately available and accessible, it is vital to identify fast-moving items to prevent stock-outs and back-ordered items. Not to mention if a product is out of stock in one location, having a single inventory view helps determine another potential source from which to fulfill orders.
How can we help?
Food and beverage eCommerce comes with an added layer of complexity. That’s why so many food and beverage companies turn to tech-enabled solutions partner like Taylor to help with eCommerce fulfillment and logistics. Here’s how our solutions can help your company:
SQF-Certified Fulfillment Centers
A benefit of outsourcing your fulfillment to Taylor is working with a company that already holds a Safe Quality Foods certification. Taylor has a network of SQF-certified fulfillment centers granting our teams as food safety experts.
Established Distribution Network
Ready access to our conveniently situated facilities moves products closer to end customers to save time and money.
With flexible staffing and food-grade warehouse space, Taylor can accommodate fluctuating order volumes without a permanent overhead investment.
Taylor offers more food and beverage supply chain solutions that just fulfillment. Utilizing our multiple service offerings can help increase efficiency and streamline your processes.
Taylor’s warehouse management system and fulfillment automation allow us to provide real-time visibility, efficient order routing, and better accuracy. Our WMS also integrates with several eCommerce platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce.
As we continue to see an increase in food and beverage eCommerce businesses and as more consumers begin relying on eCommerce food and drink deliveries, optimizing your supply chain is becoming more important than ever before.
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When you think of Cincinnati, you might think of their amazing sports teams, craft breweries, or chili on top of spaghetti. But there’s an entire side to Cincinnati you might be missing. It’s the capital of supply chain solutions. Being 24 hours from 70% of the United States population and a cargo hub to nine carriers at the international airport. Cincinnati is also the largest inland port, home to three railroad terminals. So now, with the ideal location for distribution, eCommerce, and Transportation, you need a team. That’s where we come in; not only are we positioned in the most magnificent city ever, but we have the solutions for your business.
Last week six Team Taylor members graduated from OSHA-30 training. This 30-hour course is intended for supervisors or workers with safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards. At Taylor, one of our five values is safety, and it’s the most important. We strive for a culture of safety and improvement in everything we do.
When you know how shipping zones fit into your order fulfillment plan, it can help you better understand how they transform shipping costs and delivery time. Determine whether you can offer customers affordable shipping options and what you’d have to do to make that possible. See how much of an impact shipping zones have on your company’s profit and take significant steps to reduce shipping costs. In this blog, we’ll start by explaining what shipping zones are and then dig deeper to see why they’re essential in eCommerce order fulfillment.
First things first! What are shipping zones?
Shipping zones are the geographic areas that carriers ship to, ranging from Zone 1 to Zone 8 for domestic shipments within the United States. Shipping carriers use shipping zones to measure the distance a package travels – from the point of origin to the destination. The location from which an order is shipped is the point of origin and located in Zone 1. The address it’s shipped to is the destination zone. The destination zone number will depend on how far it is from the point of origin, with Zone 8 being the farthest away.
Most shipping carriers determine shipping zones based on the distance from where the package is shipped from, to the destination:
Shipping Zones Calculated
Shipping zones are calculated based on where a package is shipped from. Meaning that two separate points of origin shipping to the same destination can often be shipped to different zones. Tools for determining shipping zones for your orders:
USPS Domestic Zone Chart: Go to the tab “Get Zone for ZIP Code Pair.” Then enter the zip code you’re mailing from and the zip code you’re mailing to, and you will get the shipping zone for your destination.
FedEx Zone List – Select “Yes” & “Domestic” when generating a rate sheet. Enter the zip code of origin. Choose the shipping service type, whether that’s Same Day, 2-Day or Ground. Download the zone chart to Excel.
How does increasing the number of fulfillment centers affect shipping zones?
If a company distributes its products across multiple fulfillment centers that are geographically close to its customers, it can reduce the amount of time in transit for many of their orders.
Strategic Fulfillment Warehouse Locations
If you ship a high volume of products, it might make sense to place your inventory in many warehouses around the US. The amount you save by reducing the number of shipping zones could be substantial. Many eCommerce businesses would be stretched thin by the need to stock several warehouses when having multiple fulfillment centers. By choosing strategic fulfillment warehouse locations, you can place your products within a few zones of your customers. At the same time, you can get within a two-day delivery range for most of your customers. Did you know Cincinnati is one of the ideal locations for an eCommerce operation? Learn more here.
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Taylor Logistics is a technology-focused automated order fulfillment provider. We use powerful analytic tools that help route each order to the fulfillment center that is closest to the end destination. There are many benefits to working with a 3PL if you are seeking logistics support, we’d love to hear from you. Chat with us!
We are pleased to announce the hiring of a key member John Morrow to Team Taylor! John has taken the position of National Account Manager for Taylor Logistics; he will be working closely with our operations, warehousing, quality, marketing, and brokerage teams. Here are some quick facts about John:
Over 25 Years of Multi-Faceted Management Experience Including:
Supply Chain Development Warehousing Transportation Strategic Business Development
Operations Management Large Account Implementations Intermodal & Drayage
Last month three of Taylor’s fulfillment centers underwent an extensive Safe Quality Food (SQF) audit. The results are outstanding with our team in Bellevue having 100% on their first-ever SQF audit and our team in Monroe with 97% at both locations. An exceptional job by all members of Team Taylor. We appreciate your expertise and knowledge of food safety practices.
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program recognized by retailers, brand owners, and foodservice providers worldwide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores. This rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification also helps food producers assure their buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards.
Achieving SQF certification is a testament to your hard work. It is also a credible demonstration of your commitment to food safety – something that will help your team and your customers sleep better at night.
Retail POP Displays — Visual merchandising is key to any successful marketing strategy, and POP Displays are central to its success. In retail, one of the most effective ways to catch the consumer’s eye is to get your products off the shelves and into high-traffic areas. Match that with high-quality visual graphics and stable construction, and the possibilities are endless! Taylor offers a wide range of custom options for your POP display (Retail POP Displays) needs. Our ISDT (In-store Design Team) can help you create a display that fits your unique product, no matter what shape or size.
At Taylor, we understand that potential sales revenue is lost if your POP materials or brand promotional products do not reach your store locations on schedule. Count on us to make it happen. We are strategically located at America’s crossroads so that stores receive your displays quickly, no matter where they are located.
Annually, National Logistics Day™, on June 28th, promotes appreciation for the critical role the logistics industry plays in both our national and global economies! Personally, we think this is the greatest day ever so to honor the day of logistics here are some logistics facts about the Nation’s Most Progressive Family Owned Logistics Company.
Taylor Logistics Has Been Family Owned & Operated for Seven (yes 7!!!) Generations
We’ve Been in Business for 170 years, since 1850. We’ve Grown. We’ve Evolved. We’ve Progressed.
Throughout the Years We’ve Altered Our Business to Better Suit Our Customers. Offering a Wide Rang of Services Like:
For eCommerce startups, fulfillment strategy is a shifting target. If you start small, your first warehouse could be your garage or even a spare bedroom. As you grow, you might rent warehouse space and hire staff to pick, pack, and ship your orders. Eventually, you’ll probably outsource your storage and shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
When you choose your fulfillment provider, an important consideration is the location. You need fulfillment warehouses close enough to your customers to get your products delivered quickly. But you don’t want to spread your products among too many warehouses, or your inventory cost can go up. Here is a guide to help you develop your fulfillment warehouse plan.
Where Are Your Customers?
The strategy for where to locate your eCommerce fulfillment will largely depend on where your customers are. Map where your eCommerce orders are being delivered. Are your customers centered in certain areas or spread out evenly across the country? Answers to these questions will help you determine the best fulfillment warehouse locations for your business.
We’re in the age of two-day shipping to even the same day in a lot of our nation’s cities. If your e-commerce site delivers through Amazon or eBay or competes with those platforms, fast delivery is a must. eCommerce is moving closer to offering consumers the satisfaction of getting a purchase right away. As usual, Amazon leads the trend with one-day and even same-day shipping. In the future, an Amazon drone may drop off your purchase within a couple of hours.
Our Location Strategy
At Taylor, we’ve established our warehouses and fulfillment centers in the prime area of Cincinnati, Ohio. The strategic placement of our warehouses and fulfillment centers allows us access to large and rapidly-growing consumer and customer bases. The proximity of the many interstates and expressways branching from the city of Cincinnati is incredibly advantageous for moving both national and international freight. 70% of the US population is less than 24 hours’ drive.
Cincinnati has three interstate highway systems I-75, I-74, and I-71 as well as two interstate connectors I-275 and I-471
Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is a key cargo destination with nine carriers
Amazon’s Prime Air Hub is located at CVG
Cincinnati is the nation’s largest inland port handling 220 million tons of cargo per year
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Fulfillment may not be the most exciting part of your eCommerce business plan, but it’s one of the most important. When your e-commerce supply chain is running smoothly, so is your business. Please chat with us today!
New-age technologies have widened the scope of transportation. Some features will allow you to access to driving and travel analytics. As a result, you will adjust your business according to the recent trends in the market. Today, we live in a world that is digitally connected. The trucking industry is also working hard to create that perfect network. Here are ways to ensure your fleet is connected.
Putting mobile technology into the hands of drivers can help managers collect real-time data around arrival/departure times, wait times, loading/unloading times, fuel stops, and more. These real-time metrics help managers work smarter, providing the critical insights they need to make informed decisions around pricing, generate increased revenues, and better manage the bottom line. Mobile also helps to enhance employee experiences by enabling people to take control of their schedules. Using employee self-service features, drivers should be able to tap their mobile device to request a vacation day, anywhere at any time, and they know with confidence that their request was received and processed by a manager.
Data, Data, Data!
Analyzing data while on the go enables managers to identify trends, drive better business outcomes, and eliminate possible waisted time. If a driver isn’t on the move, that truck isn’t earning revenue. So, look at drivers’ wait times – are they longer than expected? A manager may find that a particular yard wasn’t ready for a truck when it arrived, and this left the driver waiting longer than expected before unloading could begin.
There have been several advancements made throughout the trucking industry that have positively impacted the well-being and safety of truck drivers. It will be fascinating to see what new innovative technology emerges in the coming months to continue to shape the industry.
The annual Atlantic Hurricane forecast, published a couple of weeks ago, shows an abnormal active season to arise in the upcoming months. When a hurricane or tropical storm is on the horizon, it can be challenging to prepare your business for possible supply chain disruption
As businesses and operations scale, they need to examine the accuracy of their inventory management and forecasting processes. Demand forecasting goes beyond simple estimates of product demand, looking into intricate patterns overtime to produce more accurate and timely predictions. Through better demand, an organization will be able to manage inventory better, increase revenue, and improve customer support. As businesses and processes scale, they need to investigate the accuracy of their inventory management and forecasting processes.
What is Inventory Forecasting?
Inventory forecasting involves mapping and maintaining stock levels required to complete customer orders. You do this by estimating how many products you’re likely to sell over a specific period. Managers use past sales data – taking into account future promotional campaigns, various external factors, and holiday items – to accurately predict inventory levels.
Advantages of Forecasting in the Supply Chain
Current forecasting technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help companies plan. Instead of having to adjust your inventory based on customer needs manually, you can use past samples of inventory data to determine consumer demand patterns. Even models such as holiday purchasing can be accounted for, helping modify your projected demand based on previous years as well as current market trends. It can be challenging to perform such forecasting manually, as large amounts of data need to be taken into account. A specific product or SKU may presently be in decline but may see a boost every holiday season. A manual or traditional model of inventory management may be limited to the past few months, and therefore recommend that you cut back on supply. An inventory management system digs deeper and will realize that the product’s demand will likely boost during the holiday season even though it’s currently in decline. While a business owner will be able to recognize these types of trends over their highest profit or most notable items, it’s unlikely that they will be able to notice those trends over hundreds or thousands of inventory items—and that could result in lost revenue. Advanced forecasting makes it possible to capture these insights, even over the most significant amounts of inventory and particularly complex inventory chains.
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Don’t turn a blind eye to inventory forecasting. Without proper inventory management, you could miss on the many cost-saving opportunities and benefits that come with inventory forecasting and supply chain management. Talk with Taylor today!
National Forklift Safety Day is Tuesday, June 9th. The day encourages safer behavior in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants. Download Taylor’s guide to forklift safety by clicking the image below.
The beauty industry is a $532 billion sector of the economy that is experiencing rapid growth. This increase is mainly due to the rise of e-commerce and omni-channel sales, with projections reaching $390 billion globally by 2024, according to Forbes. From a vast number of SKUs with LOT tracking requirements to hazardous goods storage and handling compliance standards to shipping bulk orders to big-box retailers to the demands of B2C e-commerce, order fulfillment has never been more critical to one of the fast-growing and most competitive industries. A qualified third-party logistics company can utilize its warehouse network, technology, and transactional cost models to provide effective fulfillment solutions to health and beauty brands.
Compliance and Experience
Unlike technology products, which may only launch a new product one time a year, cosmetic brands usually release new products seasonally, plus exclusive holiday campaign products. Meaning you have a tight margin for keeping your customers happy without being left with an excess of out-of-style inventory. Understanding what is required in each stage of the fulfillment process and your precise brand needs should be a top priority. Due to the purpose and composition of these products, your logistics partner must have the appropriate local, state, and federal licenses, permits, certifications, training, and facility infrastructure to store, handle and ship health and beauty items correctly. Accurate, efficient, and reliable fulfillment and delivery are essential in maintaining the integrity of your brand in this fast-growing industry.
Inventory Management & Visibility
Products need to be ready to ship at the right time; brands and their 3PL partner need to think about the future. As stated earlier, health & beauty companies and their growing revenues show that demand is being generated, typically through new products and consumer trends. Brands want to make sure their products are readily available while they’re still popular. It’s this constant battle between supply and demand. A 3PL can make sure a company’s inventory remains uncontaminated and relevant once a company has developed its inventory. The best part is that the right 3PL can track all aspects of the supply chain in real-time. With reliable transportation and fulfillment, a 3PL partnership will make a cosmetics brand inventory much more manageable.
Food safety has a demanding role in confirming that our food inventory stays secure at every level of the food supply chain. With a business dedicated to food warehousing and distribution, Taylor Logistics has a culture of continuous improvement regarding food safety. We are committed to upholding the highest certifications from the SQF for practices in the handling, storage, and delivery of food products.
What is SQF?
In early 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Safe Quality Food (SQF) rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule was created to help prevent both intentional and unintentional contamination of the food supply chain from farm to fork.
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Operating a fleet is a complicated and time-consuming task. From hiring drivers to managing routes, payroll, insurance, vehicle maintenance costs, safety compliance, taxes, and more – it can easily interfere with your core business operations. However, there is a solution for your transportation needs—a dedicated fleet. Dedicated fleet services came into existence with a simple concept – give customers an optimized transportation service and sales channel that fits into their organizational structure like a brick in a wall.
Dedicated fleet services, also known as dedicated transportation, are services commonly offered by third-party logistics companies. A dedicated transportation team provides a company with guaranteed capacity, supply chain control, and visibility of the entire operation. In short, the company has complete control, along with the ability to brand trucks and add revenue by shipping goods for other companies when allowed. A dedicated fleet is a service that is ideal for anyone with a regular shipment to complete. Below are some of the most often-sighted reasons for choosing dedicated transportation.
Whether you need just-in-time delivery or hot-shot service, if you choose dedicated transportation services, you can rely on the fleet to always be available for your scheduled delivery. Your 3PL will ensure the specialist equipment you need for this delivery is reserved for your recurring shipment.
Optimize Your Supply Chain
Using a dedicated fleet allows shippers to continually move freight on the same routes, which helps build a steady flow of inbound and outbound shipments. Whether moving freight on local, regional, or long-haul routes, shippers can stage loads to customers or to other locations, which frees up warehouse space, making for a more effective supply chain.
Shippers who choose dedicated trucking also see more consistent pricing. Many carriers offer lower rates for dedicated shipping due to the predictability of the shipments, the routes, and the backhaul assistance programs in place to decrease empty miles.
Simplified Planning and Communication
The world is ever-evolving, and as the transportation industry changes to meet demand, it’s crucial to be prepared for possible challenges. By partnering with a third-party logistics company like Taylor and implementing a dedicated fleet, you’ll benefit from their expertise and resources that can further improve efficiencies and savings and drive the future of your company.
Talk to Taylor today for information on dedicated transportation or dedicated fleet services, warehousing, drayage, and freight brokerage services, etc.
Flatbed trucking is an integral piece of the supply chain frequently used for carrying oversized or oddly shaped loads but has a wide variety of uses making it very versatile and valuable. Flatbeds are designed not only for providing an unconfined space for freight but are also makes loading and unloading of goods much more uncomplicated. Read about all the practical reasons to use flatbed trucking.
Use Flatbed Trucking for Variety of Materials
When transporting a high volume of material on a single trip, the flatbed can accommodate various types of cargo equipment with different dimensions. This dimensional flexibility allows for cargo of any shape or size.
Ease of Loading and Offloading
Flatbed trailers are open with no confined walls making it more accessible to load from all directions. Loading is exceptionally efficient, with a forklift from the ground rather than having to dock for loading. This trailer can carry bigger and wider loads than confined trailers.
No Loading Dock
Vans are the most popular mode of transportation of cargo; however, they have a limitation as they need access to a loading dock for loading and unloading. With flatbed trucking, you will not be restricted to a dock as it’s able to deliver cargo in virtually any open location. This flexibility is appealing to lumber shippers and contractors.
Flatbed rates are determined based on a variety of market factors. The area where the freight is transported to and from, diesel prices, the weight, and dimensions, as well as the number of available trucks, all have a role in determining the flatbed rate.
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Within the scope of Taylor’s service portfolio, we offer Freight Brokerage services through our expert team of dispatchers and maintain relationships with a network of screened, dependable carriers allowing us to expand our customer service reach to the entire United States. We service 100% of freight lanes, providing our customers with a one-stop-shop for all supply chain services.
If you are knowledgeable about the freight you are shipping, understand the options available, and select the right people to work with, your shipping efforts will not only go smoother, but you will also save valuable time and a lot of money. Not sure where to begin? Reach out to us at Taylor Logistics and let us show you what we can do for you today!
FSMA finalized in Acpril 2017 and built upon the 2005 Sanitary Food Transportation Act (SFTA). There were concerns about the regulations for the handling and transportation of food in a safe manner, as well as a need to strengthen the food safety system. Food-borne illnesses could be prevented during transport reducing safety hazards such as:
Protecting food from contamination
Failure to keep temperature-controlled food refrigerated
Inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads
How Does FSMA Apply to Your Company?
Transportation and Logistics?
Food manufacturers and transportation companies that they work with are required to operate compliant and clean equipment, have standard operating procedures in place, training to prevent food contamination, and keep records of anything on food safety measures.
Under FSMA, shippers are the ones who arrange the transportation of the food product(s). Including food manufacturers and the freight brokers that they partner with. Shippers must understand the regulations, and work with a compliant transportation company that communicates any food safety requirements with the companies they work with. They are responsible for ensuring that vehicles and equipment are in sanitary conditions deemed acceptable by the FDA. They must specify temperature and pre-cooling requirements in writing to the carrier and ensure that their cargo doesn’t make food unsafe for bulk shipments.
Motor carriers must determine that their vehicles and equipment are sanitary. Carriers are made accountable for making sure the equipment meets the shipper’s requirements and can maintain the temperatures needed to keep food safe. Refrigerated cold storage has to work and be pre-cooled to the correct temperature as instructed before loading. Carriers need to maintain temperature records and proof of equipment cleaning for all cargo that has been on their equipment.
Training is a requirement of the FSMA. You are responsible for training all associates in the elements of the food safety plan that directly affect them. And evidence of this training must be documented and available for inspection. Basic training applies to all employees, even those who are temporary associates. When it comes to longer-term associates, the goal should be to build a culture of food safety and compliance. Training starts at the top and flows down throughout the organization. For instance, someone on your team may need to inspect a trailer to see whether it meets sanitary standards. Training and documentation must be available to workers who are making these inspections. That requires an FSMA, SQF, HACCP quality inspector in your organization who is responsible for training personnel on the various aspects of compliance.
Your Food Safety Partner
At Taylor, food safety is in their DNA. Taylor offers several logistics services, including packaging, warehousing, transportation, and freight brokerage. In every division, they serve a large number of food companies. Their food customers depend on them to use food safety best practices and to stay up to date on the latest regulatory changes. Taylor has obtained the SQF food-grade seal for the past five years for all fulfillment and warehouse centers.
Our current coronavirus-world has turned food and beverage supply chains on their heads, highlighting the importance of supply chain visibility and communication. The aisles and aisles of empty supermarket shelves give the appearance that the United States, improbably and alarmingly, is running out of food. However, some of the nation’s largest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say that isn’t so. The food supply chain, they say, remains intact and has been ramping up to meet the unprecedented stockpiling brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. To keep products fresh, on shelves, and at peak quality, there needs to be excellent communication among food and beverage supply chain partners.
These are just some obstacles you have to face when shipping food products. These challenges closely connect the food manufacturing industry with logistics and transportation partners.
Logistics & Transportation Partners
With freight transportation, communication begins right from the start. Not all freight travels the same, so setting expectations is the best way to get started. Additionally, having a partner who understands the challenges of shipping your products will prove to be beneficial. Due to this, many food and beverage companies choose to outsource their logistics with a third-party logistics company.
3PLs have experience quickly solving complex freight solutions every day. You can feel relief when working with a 3PL to arrange your freight transportation. 3PLs have a vetted carrier network with experience in transporting food products and many modes to offer you shipping solutions. You can gain the use of their cutting-edge technology to track your freight.
Communication, Communication, Communication!
If you are looking for an all-around solution to your problem of communication in your supply chain, a transportation management system (TMS) could be your answer. A TMS can help act as a communication hub for all partners in your supply chain. You can gain end-to-end visibility by working in one place, rather than across various sources.
All relationships need open communication to work well. That is no different for supply chain partners in food and beverage. Each partner in the supply chain should keep in contact as needed to provide full visibility and keep everyone in the loop. This can prevent damaged products, recalls, extra costs, and frustration.
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We are more than a logistics advisor; we are an extension of your team here to help you through every step of the supply chain. From SQF certified food grade warehousing to a full transportation team we have altered out business to offer all logistics needs. Learn more here.
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!
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.
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
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.