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2020 Holidays, Amazon, Amazon Fulfillment, B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, Carriers, Supply Chain Management
 Holiday Shipping Guide Taylor Logistics

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

4 Ways to Prepare Your Retail Supply Chain for the Holidays

Encourage Your Customers to Buy Early 


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

Optimize All Inventory


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

Get a Handle on Shipping Costs


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

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

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

Seek Out Support 


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

Prepare Your Retail Supply Chain for the Holidays and Beyond

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


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B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, Carriers, Cincinnati, eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment
Taylor logistics eCommerce Shipping

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

First things first! What are shipping zones? 


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

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

eCommerce Shipping Zones

Shipping Zones Calculated 


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

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


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


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

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


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

Strategic Fulfillment Warehouse Locations


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

Talk With Taylor


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

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

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

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

Tracking



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

Optimization



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

Cut Costs



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

Contact Taylor


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Carriers, 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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Carriers, Freight Brokerage, Processes, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Truck Driving

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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Carriers, Freight Brokerage, Freight Technology, Leadership, Operations, Truck Driving, Warehousing

At Taylor, it is our mission to exceed customer expectations by diligently working harder, smarter and longer than any logistics company while ethically serving our employees, our carrier base, the environment, and the motoring public. As a service provider, our most crucial goal is to provide the highest level of service for our customers and our customer’s customers. With thousands of other logistics company in a very competitive industry, customer service is the nucleus for how we conduct our business.

The foundation for excellent customer service is relationships. One of the most valuable relationships as a third party logistics company is the relationship we build with our carrier base. Without a go-to contact base comprised of best in class carriers, it would be impossible to meet delivery schedules, keep up with customers volume, and stick to rate benchmarks. We also leverage our transportation management system (TMS) to optimize carrier loads and reduce costs across truckload and less than truckload.

Carrier relationships are not only important on the brokerage side, but it is also crucial at our distribution centers. Our warehouse managers use data to improve loading dock visibility, coordinate live and staged trailers, and manage docking time to enhance the efficiency of our carriers and shippers.

Another essential aspect of developing a successful carrier relationship is communication and feedback. Open discussion based on facts builds trust, integrity, and respect. Understanding and respecting the value that each party brings to the relationship makes the relationship grow even stronger. In a great partnership, carriers will have the opportunity to run their business more smoothly, and shippers will have the power of data to achieve higher levels of efficiency in their operations all while reducing costs.

D.M.T. Services, Inc. gave our warehouse crew in Monroe hats for unloading and loading  so quickly.
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