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Supply Chain Technology Trends 2018

Digital disruption continuously changes how we do business. A strategy that proved effective in 2017 may start to phase out in 2018. Companies, therefore, need to embrace this ongoing digital transformation and reshape their business models to improve customer experience, redefine their brand positioning, and enhance customer expectations. Every logistics company in the supply chain needs to keep track of the following trends in 2018. Continue reading

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The Holiday Shipping Logistics Crush of 2017

We are now in the thick of the holiday season. Lots of folks out there are spending quite a bit online to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, and this is where logistics come in. Without the right channels and people in the right places, those gifts will never reach their owners in time. Logistics refers to the complex operation between the point of origin of a product and its point of consumption. It is a highly specialized process that makes sure every item ordered is released from the manufacturer in top condition and gets all the way to the consumer unscathed.

What are the logistics of this holiday season?

We are past the middle of December, and this is a rather hectic time for consumers. While 25% of consumers already shopped in the month of November, the expectation is that 43% are still in the midst of their holiday shopping as the middle of December passes, and the statistics indicate that they are ready to splurge on gifts, with an estimated one third of household budgets going to gifts this month. The average family is going to spend a little over $1,200 on gifts, so logistics providers need to be ready to handle this kind of volume.

In order to understand how the 2017 season is stacking up from a logistical standpoint, we need to look at what happened in 2016. Omni-channel trades for that year’s holiday season amounted to $1 trillion. This year, experts project a 4.2% increase, which is saying something. E-commerce sales in particular totaled $110 billion, and there are excited murmurs about that rising 15.8% this year. Within the total e-commerce number, mobile commerce is also going to be a big deal this year, with an incredible 45% surge projected over 2016’s $22.7 billion in business.

It gets even better

Last year was “the year of massive parcels volumes,” as the holiday statistics would suggest.

  • The United States Postal Services delivered 750 million packages.
  • United Parcel Service did 700 million.
  • FedEx did 357 million.

In 2016, retailers hired 738,800 temporary employees to manage the surge in gifts being transported across the country.

So, 2016 was a massive year for holiday season logistics. If preliminary figures are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be far bigger. Now more than ever, retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, need to really stay focused on prompt and accurate order fulfillment.

Oakland Bay Area Logistics

If you are in need of logistics, warehousing & distribution, or intermodal services, R&A Trucking is the go-to company in the Oakland Bay Area. To speak with a representative today call 510-632-7112 or use our online contact form.

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5 Tips for Better Shipping Logistics: Ways to Save Time, Trouble and Money When Shipping

Logistics can make or break a company. When people think of a shipping company’s logistics, they mainly think only of the shipping and receiving elements. However, the thought process should involve the whole company, external companies, carriers, vendors and end users. It’s a process that revolves around moving products from your suppliers to the end user. For a shipping company to have a successful logistics plan, there are several key elements that can be followed to ensure that your company is effective and efficient while keeping customers well satisfied with the end result. Continue reading

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10 Tips For Warehouse Management

Warehouse managers need to understand that managing operations at the warehouse is not as easy as it seems. There are various needs to consider, including optimizing the building’s layout, ensuring smooth and efficient product flow, making sure orders are fulfilled, as well as ensuring profitability. With so many things to consider, the task may seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to make your warehouse management easier and faster. Continue reading

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Tips on How to Improve Your Transloading Operations

Companies have to be smart about logistics to improve their bottom line. To reach the customer on time, the company needs to come up with a fast and flexible supply chain. Transloading is one way to improve logistics, especially when the shipment involves bulk items. The right method of transportation allows the company to move faster and spur growth. However, as a company, you need the right strategy to ensure you get the best out of your transloading process. Here are some tips that will help you turn the process into a seamless operation; Continue reading

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Logistics Tips: Increasing Shipping Efficiency

Proper logistics fosters cross-functional harmony across your business. With the right logistics system in place,  trucks, vendors and warehouses are enabled to play their role most effectively. When all these components are working together, products are delivered on time and in good condition. From the warehouse to the customer, goods are transported smoothly and reliably. On the contrary, an underdeveloped supply chain that has deficiencies might result in missing product and unnecessary expenditure. If you want to increase your shipping’s efficiency, then you must manage all aspects of the supply chain properly. How do you go about it? Continue reading

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10 Tips for a More Efficient Warehouse

In producing quick and accurate shipments, an efficient warehouse plays a huge role in customer satisfaction. However, to run such an efficient warehouse, a great deal of effort and time is required. Additionally, it requires a careful planning process and the use of the proper tools, to confirm that all operations run smoothly. In addition to a steady flow of operations, strong warehouse management will save time and costs. So if you are a warehouse manager, please consider the following tips. They will go a long way in easing your workload and improving your operations. Continue reading

Gain Efficiency in Your Warehouse Management

When products are delivered on time to the satisfaction of customers, it is easy to assume that your company is performing efficiently. However, there are numerous tweaks that can be implemented to make a positive impact on your firm’s bottom line. Most people think that  strong warehouse efficiency is all about getting products delivered on time, while keeping everything in place. However, efficiency in warehouse management is all about maximizing productivity, while saving money and time. Continue reading

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Logistics Management Tips

Any company whose business entails providing a variety of services and products to consumers should have a well-defined logistics strategy. This is importance towards the sustainability of that business as well as providing the highest standards of service at all times. Logistics mainly deals with supply of materials, when they must be transported, delivery, and time considerations, to ensure the entire procedure runs smoothly from start to completion. Continue reading

Key Insights to Balancing Warehouse Workforce

If you are a manager for a Bay Area warehouse services company and you want to get the best out of your team, here are some few tips to consider.

managing warehouse staff, bay area warehousing services, oakland logistics services, warehouse managementRunning a warehouse workforce successfully requires good interpersonal skills. As a warehouse manager, you want your staff to be successful, both as a team and individually. However, there are many challenges facing today’s warehouse manager, including differences in language, age, gender, literacy levels and cultural differences, among others.

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