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
Talk with Taylor
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!
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.
Partner With A 3PL
Taylor has a full drayage team of transportation professionals that know what to look for to help you cut costs and streamline your supply chain with transloading.
Drayage provides a critical link between container terminals and customers, railroads, and other facilities—driver’s play an essential role in the fabric of port operations, the economy, and air quality. Navigating terminals can be difficult on the best day and can become extremely difficult as rules can change from terminal-to-terminal or even hour-to-hour. To navigate the ports effectively – and avoid wasting time, shippers need to ensure their drayage carriers employ highly experienced drivers.
Each terminal has its own rules on container pickup, driver processes, appointment booking, hours of operation, chassis usage, etc. Your drayage partner needs to understand the rules of each port to ensure efficient pick up or drop off.
Experience, Experience, Experience!
Drayage is more than showing up and retrieving a container. Drivers must have intimate knowledge of the terminals, while also having the ability to adapt to daily rule changes. It can be difficult enough to locate the container, saying nothing of the challenges associated with getting in the right gate in the correct line on time. Without this knowledge, drivers will log unproductive hours just navigating port complexity – costing you both time and money. An experienced driver is more than getting in and out of the terminals quickly. Experienced drayage drivers act as an extension of your business and find ways to save you money.
Happy Presidents Day! But have you ever wondered just what, exactly, Presidents Day is all about? Same here. Here’s are some fun facts about the third Monday in February.
Presidents Day is observed on the third Monday in February and the holiday celebrates President George Washington’s birthday. According to the National Archives, Washington was born on Feb. 11, 1731 in Virginia, according to the Julian calendar. But the National Archives explain that in 1752, when Britain and its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, Washington’s birthday moved to Feb. 22, 1732.
Congress voted to honor the nation’s first president with a federal holiday in 1879.
Abraham Lincoln, the other most associated president with Presidents’ Day, was born just a little ways from Taylor’s Newport, KY office in Hodgenville, KY.
The two presidents most closely associated with Presidents’ Day are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — both of whom are generally considered among the greatest presidents this country has produced. It’s a good idea to have a holiday which honors them.
Definition – Drayage is typically used to describe the trucking service from a port to a rail ramp, warehouse, or other destination.
History – The word drayage originally stems from the term dray, a low cart without fixed sides that is used for carrying heavy loads a short distance. Although a dray is defined as a cart historically, a dray may be any vehicle used to transport heavy loads a short distance, such as a truck or sled.
Intermodal Rail Ramp Drayage
Taylor established interchange agreements with major rail ramps and steamship lines for pickup and delivery of Cincinnati drayage. The Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have been ranked the busiest inland port in the nation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Data Center.
“Proud to have been a finalist from The Goering Center’s best Family Business with 100+ employees for our legacy, leadership, and strong culture and am honored to be apart of it alongside Rex Taylor, Drew Taylor, and Keith Swensen and the rest of the Taylor Logistics & Taylor Distributing Family. Thank you Noelle Taylor for all your work with this and John Goering & Carol Butler for their work and dedication to the Cincinnati community” – Grant Taylor