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2021 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know

Congratulations to Grant Taylor on being named Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know for the second year in a row!

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Announces 2021 

Pros to Know Winners

This award recognizes outstanding executives whose accomplishments leverage supply chains for competitive advantage

Fort Atkinson, WI — March 17, 2021 — Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, announces the winners of its 2021 Pros to Know award.

This award recognizes outstanding executives whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage supply chain for competitive advantage. This year’s list includes individuals and teams from software and service providers, consultancies and academia, trucking and transportation firms, professional development agencies, sourcing and procurement divisions, and more, all who have helped supply chain clients and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet many of today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges.

“While many companies have struggled to re-gain their footing as a result of COVID-19, this year’s Pros to Know winners stepped up to the plate to deliver innovative solutions and programs in a time of crisis and need. These winners collaborated, optimized, developed, educated and played a critical role in the survival and success of their company amid a global pandemic,” says Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “I am honored to recognize these individuals and teams, and extend my utmost gratitude to everyone in the supply chain industry for their time, efforts and innovations to keep our nation’s supply chains afloat.”

Go to www.sdcexec.com to view the full list of all 2021 Pros to Know winners.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development and more. Go to www.SDCExec.com.

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Amazon Fulfillment, B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Food Safety, Fulfillment, ISDT, Operations, Packaging, Processes, Retail, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Taylor Information, Third Party Logistics
CPG Brand eCommerce

Noelle and Chris are back on the pod talking all things grocery and CPG trends. From which pandemic-related consumer behaviors are temporary vs. here to stay to the future of national grocery chains. Not to mention they talk groundhogs (yep), Kim Kardashian, and the NY Mets. Want to be on the next episode or have a topic you like us to cover? Inbox us at info@taylorlog.com

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B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Food Safety, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Team Taylor, Third Party Logistics
Groceryshop Meetup 2021

GroceryShop brings together the grocery and CPG industry’s community of leaders across a wide range of job titles and areas of expertise, including digital and eCommerce, marketing, technology, merchandising, supply chain, and store operations curated, double opt-in meetings and to participate in peer-group discussions.

Team Taylor will be there, and we want to talk with you! If you have any questions or want to chat on areas of interest in operations, supply chain, and logistics, we are here for you. Cya on Zoom!

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Customer Experience, eCommerce, Ominchannel, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management, Team Taylor, Third Party Logistics
Supply Chain Visibility Taylor Logistics

We know it can be challenging to find a logistics partner to handle all of your brand’s needs. While a lot of partners can manage certain aspects, they can’t handle the others. What do we mean by this? Oftentimes you might have to outsource your transportation and shipping needs to one partner while doing your fulfillment and distribution at another. In the end, it can be difficult to have complete supply chain transparency when two or more companies are running your brand’s logistics. 

What Is Supply Chain Visibility?


Supply chain visibility is the ability to track raw materials and components from origin suppliers and manufacturers through the organization’s manufacturing facilities to customers. This definition extends to include tracking goods from suppliers through to end customers (B2C or B2B) for retail operations.

How Can We Solve This Problem? 


Today’s businesses rely on comprehensive and often multi-layered networks of vendors, suppliers, and customers, resulting in complex supply chains incorporating vast amounts of information from a range of sources. Effectively managing your networks, and therefore visibility is essential for an optimized supply chain. It would help if you had a partner that can handle your products from the ports in New Jersey to Ralphs’ shelves in California and everything in between. The between can be anything from relabeling cases, Amazon FBA/FBM, creating multi-packs of products, and POP in-store displays. Rest assured, you should have fast, efficient, and reliable delivery, as well as outstanding service, for you and your customers.

Look No Further 


Taylor has been in business for 170+ years; they have altered their business to better suit customers’ needs throughout their extensive history. There’s a saying that goes, ” I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two,” and that’s deep-rooted in Taylor. From fortune 500 companies to small businesses and special projects, they’ve seen a lot of things come through their dispatch center, fulfillment warehouses, and brokerage team—no task too big or too small for a team within Taylor to tackle. They are a solutions-based company that prides itself on innovation, safety, and technology. They can cover whatever your needs are, eCommerce, LTL shipping, port-to-door services, SQF food-grade distribution, finding a new logo for your packaging, kitting time studies, and anything else your brand might need help with; they will be the expert, or they will find the expert. 

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Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Technology

Chris Baum and Noelle Taylor discuss an ideal third-party logistics team, complete with packaging, shipping, IT integration, eCommerce, and transportation experts. They dive into how Taylor is different from other 3PL’s, the Taylor “sauce,” applying a fast-food business model, and strategies and trends they are seeing from their customer base.

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eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Sustainability, Technology, Third Party Logistics

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has radically shifted consumer shopping habits to online marketplaces we’ve been purchasing everything from dog food to potting soil to TikTok Amazon trends and outdoor heaters. Retailers have altered inventory as a response to these shifts, and they’ve taken note COVID-19 buying patterns are here to stay. Here are the three industry trends impacting this shift.

Sustainable / Eco Purchasing Habits


Over two-thirds (65%) of consumers want to impact the environment through their everyday actions positively. This is a key reason why brands are shifting their products from plastic to eco. As temporary custodians of this planet, we understand that we have a job to make it as clean as possible for generations to come. We’ve said absolutely not to all bubble wrap in every part of our business; that word isn’t even in our vocabulary. We’ve got a couple of brands we partner with to look into bubble wrap alternatives that are sustainable. Not only is it great for our planet, but it’s also fantastic for your brand, and it’s what your customer wants! The growing awareness of our collective impact on the environment has elicited increasing demand for companies to demonstrate their sustainability commitment beyond just the end product to responsible sourcing and operating standards. 

The Need for Efficiency


The hurdle we see is maintaining information accuracy in every stage of the supply chain, which can be difficult when dealing with information overload. Another risk attached to information overload is inventory overload. Research suggests that inventories are essential when creating the optimal pricing strategy for food and beverage products. At a point in your company’s lifecycle, it comes time to partner with a 3PL to optimize your business efficiencies. Focus on your core business, expanding your brand, getting into Erewhon, new products, etc. We will fulfill orders, store your product, and get it to your customers. Scaling as you scale with multiple services under one roof, like customized packaging to an eCommerce task force that can de-bug any inventory or eCart issue

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Regulatory Requirements


The food supply chain requires all players to adhere to strict operational practices to ensure food safety and quality from the fulfillment center to the wheels that bring it to the consumer. Food safety is our middle name, Taylor food safety Logistics. Jokes aside, food safety is essential to us and has been our business’s foundation for the last 171 years. Each year all of our food handling fulfillment centers undergo a Safe Quality Foods audit to obtain the highest level of food safety by the Safe Quality Foods Institute and are all FDA certified. 


Our team will work with you to build scalable fulfillment, eCommerce, packaging, kitting, transportation, and shipping solutions for your food and beverage brand.

We have an entire team ready to assist. Fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch asap. If you’d rather email us that works too! info@taylorlog.com

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B2C Fulfillment, Cincinnati, Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, ISDT, Technology

From the Taylor Talk podcast vault: Transitioning to eCommerce fulfillment with Grant Taylor, while this episode initially aired months ago, it seems more relevant now than ever.

Our operations, IT, and superuser teams have been working vigorously to transition five distribution centers into eCommerce centers. This was a massive undertaking for our team because; eCommerce granted customers can break open cases, which was an entirely different process for Taylor. 

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Taylor Logistics 3PL Partner 2021

The decision to change your third-party logistics provider (3PL) provider can be a time-sensitive process that requires a lot of consideration and planning. It can be an excellent move that will help grow and push your business forward. We’re covering everything you need to know for a seamless transition!

When is it time to switch? 


Are your customers receiving damaged products? If your current provider is messing up orders in any capacity, this can significantly impact your reputation. We absolutely do not want that; it’s time to change! 

Think about all that’s changed in the past couple of years; TikTok has taken over; consumers expect one-day delivery, and we can purchase anything from our phones. Can your 3PL keep up with the constant shift? Suppose your fulfillment provider hasn’t improved or expanded their technology, operations, or facilities since you started working with them. In that case, they might not be thinking ahead. It’s time to change! 

Has your business significantly grown? It’s critical to find a team that will scale with your business. If your current 3PL can no longer handle the volume, it could be time to switch. 

Do you feel like you have a reliable team that understands your specific business needs and will jump through hurdles for your business? You need that person you can text at any time of the day, even though they are in an entirely different time zone—a person who knows the ins-and-outs of your products, your brand, and your mission. A team that can collaborate to solve and issues that might arise. If you don’t have this kind of support system, it might be time to switch. 

When should you make a change?


When changing providers, it’s wise to consider the timing of the transition. Many merchants search for a new provider to coincide with starting a new calendar or fiscal year. Ideally, switching during a quiet period operationally is best. It can also be helpful to transition to a new provider before adding a new product line or entering a new market. If your needs truly aren’t being met, then switch now!

Ensuring a smooth transition


Once you’ve found the perfect partner, you need to plan for a seamless transition. It is essential to have clearly defined processes to uphold customer service levels and maintain speed to customers, and control costs. Your new partner should take the time to understand your business requirements thoroughly and define the project scope upfront. Work with their team of key resources from operations, production, packaging, quality, and process engineering teams.

Questions to Ask a potential new partner


Ready to make a switch? Below are questions to ask a potential 3PL to assess whether they’re the best fit for your business so you can be confident in your choice.

Does your technology integrate with ours?


What types of products does the third-party logistics provider specialize in?


What will the 3PL provider do to meet my performance metrics?


What predictive analytics are available?


How have you handled or corrected errors in the past?


Is there a minimum monthly order volume to work with the fulfillment center? 


How quickly can I expand with the fulfillment warehouse?


What is the company’s history?


How Extensive Is Their Network?


We’ve helped hundreds of brands just like yours!


At Taylor, we helped hundreds of brands throughout the past challenging year with capacity, resources, expertise, and solutions to better their business. In 2020, we remained agile, kept operations moving with a record volume of orders, and all while keeping our team safe. Specifically, Team Taylor: 

Kept all fulfillment centers open and operating safely


Opened a new strategically located warehouse 


Added extra shifts to ensure products got out on time


Shared transparent carrier performance data


Added new carrier qualified partners to our network

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2020 Holidays, Amazon, B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, Cincinnati, Customer Experience, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Taylor Information, Team Taylor, Teamwork

Team Taylor is talking! Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Chris Baum & Noelle Taylor. They are breaking down the entire year, everything from eCommerce and packaging to the largest seasonal project in Taylor history. Tune into Taylor Talk wherever you listen to podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, etc. Click one of the buttons below to listen.


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2020 Holidays, Amazon, Amazon Fulfillment, B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Operations

Black Friday & Cyber Monday (#BFCM) are here, make sure you know your shipping deadlines for FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Questions? Inbox us at info@taylorlog.com 

FedEx 

Dec. 9 | Smartpost

Dec. 16 | Ground 

Dec. 21 | Express Saver 

Dec. 23 | Overnight 

UPS 

Dec. 13 | Ground 

Dec. 18 | Next Day Air & 2nd Day Air 

Dec. 19 | 3 Day Select 

Dec. 23 | Next Day Air 

USPS 

Dec. 14 | Ground 

Dec. 18 | APO/FPO,DPO

Dec. 20 | First-Class Mail 

Dec. 20 | Frist-Class Packages 

Dec. 21 | Priority Mail 

Dec. 23 | Priority Mail 

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Amazon Fulfillment Cincinnati Ohio

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 managed through a seller directly or by partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.


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.

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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!


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B2B Fulfillment, B2C Fulfillment, D2C, eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Food & Beverage, Food Grade, Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management

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.   

Inventory Tracking 

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.

Cincinnati Best Location for eCommerce Food and Beverage Fulfillment

Scalable Resources

With flexible staffing and food-grade warehouse space, Taylor can accommodate fluctuating order volumes without a permanent overhead investment.

Cost Savings

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.

Advanced Technology

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.

Conclusion

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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