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Six (6) Tips to Select the Right Shrink Sleeve Decorator

Thinking about shrink for your next labeling project? The capital investment can be significant, so choosing the most qualified shrink sleeve decorator is imperative. Be sure to keep in mind these guidelines:

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7 Tip Success Story: Warehouse Management Systems

Are you actively shopping for or seeking information on a warehouse management system? The right solution can help improve order fulfillment, boost inventory visibility, and automate data collection. Follow these simple steps for choosing a WMS, and you'll soon be on your way to an optimized warehouse operation.

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To be insourced or to be outsourced - that is the question

Verst Logistics has been servicing logistics customers since 1966, with a number of partnerships lasting 20+ years. With that in mind, and given our collaborative history with several major brands, this blog post covers the recent trends in outsourcing versus insourcing warehousing. We value our partnerships and believe it is our responsibility to provide support and assistance to our partners when considering strategic logistics options.

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Why Taking Care of CSA Scores is Important

 

Being subject to DOT inspections can cost a business a lot of money in lost time and fines. It is important to check scores, as they are an indicator of the type of companies the FMCSA will target, as they believe them to be unsafe. They are also a guide to where a carrier needs to make improvements in their safety and compliance.

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10 Best Practices for Optimizing Inventory Management in 2018

Most businesses have lots of areas to improve in, especially in their warehouses, but if you don't upgrade and streamline business operations sooner rather than later, the outlook for your business is not efficient.  Some of the effects of not streamlining operations results in bad habits, counterproductive practices, and a high cost of inventory.

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Quick Read: CSA Scores and What They Mean

CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability, and is an FMCSA initiative that was introduced to improve the overall safety of commercial motor vehicles.

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Best Practices For 3PL Warehousing Insurance Policies

Outsourcing has become a more common method for many businesses to store products and transport materials from suppliers and manufacturers to their end destination, and third-party logistics (3PL) companies have helped streamline the process. But what happens when your products become damaged, lost, or stolen? 

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Verst Logistics to Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Truck drivers keep America moving. Without the men and women drivers here at Verst Logistics, we would not be able to expand and grow our business.

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Quick Read: Inventory Management Tips

What Is Inventory Control & Why Is It Important?

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Factory Towns of the Future

 

Many present-day families than even before are depending on eCommerce tycoons like Amazon to pay the bills nowadays in America, just like other communities that revolve around the other industries such as the automobile and steel industry.

Why does it matter? 

The growth of eCommerce fuels the growth of newer technologies, especially with robotics that makes order fulfillment much more cost-effecient and more accurate. But just because everything is shifting towards automation does not mean that the number of jobs are going anywhere.

The surge in e-commerce has required the rapid build-out of a vast network of warehouses and delivery systems that include both robots and human workers. The robots didn't take jobs from people, because many of the jobs didn't exist before.

"We're not looking to do the same work with half the people," said Rick Zumpano, vice president for distribution at Boxed. "Since we're growing, we need everyone."

In the September 2017 issue of PPI titled "How eCommerce Creates Jobs and Reduces Income Inequality", Michael Mandel states that "we estimate that eCommerce jobs in fulfillment centers and eCommerce companies rose by 400,000 from December 2007 to June 2017, substantially exceeding the 140,000 decline of brick-and-mortar retail jobs. 

In this issue, Mandel continues to say, "based on a county-by-county analysis, we estimate that fulfillment center jobs pay 31% more than brick-and-mortar retail jobs in the same area."

Here's where it's happening:

  • Campbellsville, Kentucky has about 26,000 residents — and 20% of its working population works in eCommerce. That's largely due to two Amazon fulfillment centers.
  • Ottawa, Kansas, also a town of about 26,000 people, has 15% of its working population in eCommerce jobs thanks to a pair of big Walmart and American Eagle distribution centers in town.
  • Mount Vernon, Illinois, which has long been home to a Walgreens distribution center, has 9.5% of its working population in warehousing jobs.
  • And the list goes on with small towns from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania.

The big picture

While several small towns have high concentrations of warehouse workers, the e-commerce jobs boom seems to be mainly concentrated in big, wealthy cities, says Joe Kane of the Brookings Institution.

  • The biggest jumps in absolute numbers of jobs since 2010 have occurred in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Dallas — partly due to Amazon's hiring spree at its corporate hubs and partly due to the rise of last-mile distribution centers, which are smaller warehouses located closer to cities.

Don't expect the big rural warehouses to disappear anytime soon, Egan says. "Those are indispensable ... that's where a lot of the inventory sits, that's where fulfillment begins."

  • But CBRE predicts warehouses and distribution centers will add 452,000 workers by next year — and much of that growth will be closer to big cities, as companies invest more and more money in fast delivery.

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