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shipping vessel delayed at port containing foreign ecommerce goods for 3PLs

Posted March 03, 2021 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Shipping

What Supply Chain Delays Mean for 3PL Warehouses

How 3PL Warehouses Can Prepare for Port Congestion and Supply Chain Delays I live in Southern California, home to the largest ports on the west coast: the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. When we...

Female using data from for decisions in a 3PL warehouse

Posted December 01, 2020 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Inventory Management, Warehouse Technology

How are Private and Public (3PL) Warehouses Different?

Can You Switch Between Them? Left or right, Coke or Pepsi, private or public. A seemingly binary choice, but it has far more meaning and nuance than people realize. On the one hand you have private...

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Third-Party Logistics Professionals

Posted November 05, 2020 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Peak Season, Ecommerce, Fulfillment

2020 Peak Season Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Ecommerce

Don’t Miss USPS, UPS, and FedEx Cutoff Dates I don’t know about you, but I love buying gifts for the holidays. Every year I make my list, plan my shopping day, and get excited about seeing all the...

3PL Warehouse Worker Checking Warehouse Report Data on a Tablet

Posted November 03, 2020 | Logistics, 3PL Growth, Industry Insights, Third-Party Logistics Industry Trends, Big Data

Industry First: The Third-Party Logistics Warehouse Benchmark Report

What 3PLs Need to Know to Plan for 2021 Every year as we head into the holiday season, I carve out time to reflect on what I’m thankful for and assess what went well or poorly throughout the year....

ecommerce shopping cart icon for 3PLs

Posted September 29, 2020 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Ecommerce

Shopping Carts & Marketplaces: Third-Party Logistics Overview

The move to ecommerce has drastically expanded the number of technologies that a third-party logistics (3PL) warehouse must be familiar with. In the Ecommerce Technology Lifecycle whitepaper, we gave...

Posted September 09, 2020 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Third-Party Logistics Industry Trends

It’s a Wrap: The 2020 IWLA Virtual Convention

This year has marked many “firsts”, cementing my newbie status. So far, I bought groceries online for the first time and, like 47% of Americans, I now make fewer trips to the store. I plan to do...

pouring glass of red wine

Posted July 24, 2020 | Logistics, Paperless Warehouse, Ecommerce, Inventory Management, Automation

Warehouse Automation for Wine & Spirits

Have you attended a virtual happy hour yet? Or have you tried a "quarantini" at the end of the day? Maybe you're just ready to grab a cold one. Whatever the case, the adage "it’s five o'clock...

A modern day warehouse and inventory management system using 3PL Warehouse Manager

Posted July 16, 2020 | Logistics, Third-Party Logistics Industry Trends, Paperless Warehouse, Inventory Management

A History of Warehouse & Inventory Management Systems

A Lookback at WMS Evolution Ever since humans evolved past nomadic hunter/gatherers and farming became a way of life, warehousing has also been a part of that life. However, taking a look back at the...

3PL warehouse worker with mask during COVID-19

Posted July 08, 2020 | Logistics, Industry Insights, Third-Party Logistics Industry Trends, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ecommerce

How to Prepare Your 3PL for the Next Wave of COVID-19

What Increased Ecommerce Fulfillment Volumes and More COVID-19 Risk Means for Your Business You can’t watch the news without hearing of record-breaking increases in coronavirus cases,...

3PL cold storage warehouse with pallets of pepper produce

Posted May 29, 2020 | Logistics, Cold Storage

How to Overcome Cold Storage Challenges as a 3PL

What 3PLs Operating Cold Storage Warehouses Need to Know About 95% of the food produced within the US goes through third party logistics (3PL) warehouses called “cold storage warehouses”. A cold...