Warehouse

Don’t Let the Chinese New Year Get the Best of Your Business

To many, the Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the New Year, while businesses see the holiday as a supply chain nightmare. The date of the festival falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21st, which happens to be January 25th, 2020. Even though the Chinese New Year only lasts one week, many factories and businesses shut down for about 10 days before the holiday to allow for travel time, causing the disruption to last anywhere from 35-40 days. As you can imagine, this throws a serious wrench into many business’s logistics plans. The Chinese New Year will affect your supply chain in several ways. During this time when employees travel back to their hometown, all manufacturing projects are put on hold while manufacturers and distributors go on vacation as well. This means that no orders ship out of China or Taiwan. Any attempts at phone calls or emails will remain unanswered as no one will be present on site. You may experience serious production slowdowns about one to two weeks before the Chinese New Year because employees have already left to travel back home. In addition to slow production, you may also run into some quality control issues as workers rush to complete orders before too many employees leave and before they close for the holiday. The Chinese New Year produces a lot of turnover within factories, resulting in additional quality control problems from inexperienced new hires. This all may seem like inevitable chaos, but fortunately we have several tips to help keep your supply chain running smoothly. Ship Orders Early: Try to

Don’t Let the Chinese New Year Get the Best of Your Business2020-01-31T16:43:32-05:00

Tackle Your Small Parcel Transportation with Confidence

Are you fed up with paying too much for transportation? Do you find yourself spending too much time on deliveries and not enough on growing your business? Has the stress of coordinating confusing shipping details put you over the edge? If your heart rate increases when simply reading these questions, it’s time you did yourself a favor and partnered with Smart Warehousing’s Transportation team. Smart Warehousing is your “one-stop-shop” for all your transportation needs, including small parcel, LTL (Less Than Truckload), and Truckload. With the continued growth of eCommerce and online shopping, the need for cost efficient small parcel shipping is exploding. A small parcel shipment consists of a single package or multiple packages that typically ship direct to consumer. We ship through almost all service channels including Ground, as well as Air with only one to two-day delivery. Small Warehousing ships primarily through FedEx, UPS and USPS with daily scheduled pickups at each of our warehouses. Take advantage of our dedicated experts and avoid navigating this complex industry on your own. In addition to gaining a reliable industry expert that rivals some of the best, Smart Warehousing offers deep discounts to our transportation customers. When you partner with Smart Warehousing, we guarantee our customers substantial savings off small parcel published shipping rates. Tackle your company’s transportation operations with confidence by choosing Smart. We make it easy by handling all of the details, including acquiring weights and dimensions of your shipments, quoting, booking, generating BOLs, and filing disputes or claims with carriers on your behalf. If an error occurs, we will file the claim and own the incident. Increased accountability

Tackle Your Small Parcel Transportation with Confidence2020-01-28T13:00:13-05:00

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 2020

Each year the way we do business continues to evolve as technology advances. These changes have international affects across the globe, while others influence us on a personal level. Overall, technology is altering how we work and understand our businesses. Smart Warehousing and Paul Wallbank with Ovations have predicted the following technology trends and focuses for 2020. 1.) Computers Machines are gradually taking over more tasks within all different industries, from long-haul trucking and customer service to healthcare and inventory management. For example, Smart Warehousing utilizes S.W.I.M.S., our web-based order and inventory management system created specifically for the warehousing and supply chain management industry, to provide our customers with real-time visibility of their inventory. All the while, these computers are talking to each other, which speeds up decision making processes and reduces the need for specific management within companies. 2.) Reorganization As mentioned, the increase of computers and quicker decision-making results in the need for less management. In order to remain competitive, companies must reduce management levels in order to process information quicker. If not, they will lose business to others who are more adept. 3.) 3D Printing 3D printers build three-dimensional, solid objects by adding material layer by layer through a computer-aided design model. This allows the user to print anything from an acoustic guitar to entire houses. 3D printing is occurring alongside advances in biological engineering. It is predicted that within the next decade we will have the capability to print skin, body parts and organs. 4.) Mobile Apps It is hard to imagine a time when we did not have access to smart phones, and the mobile

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 20202019-12-23T13:14:01-05:00

MetroWire Media: KC Logistics Firm Finds “Smarter” Way to Warehouse

By Lisa Shackelford Kansas City-based third-party logistics firm, Smart Warehousing, stays ahead of the game by using in-house technology to create efficiencies and value for each one of their 800-and-counting nationwide clients. Strategically headquartered in the center of the US in Kansas City, Smart Warehousing has become an industry-leading warehousing, fulfillment, and logistical solutions company by offering new technologies and services so clients can focus on core business activities while they handle the details. “We have developed simple and dependable systems to give our clients ultimate control, said CEO and founder, Carl Wasinger. “Our flexible warehousing adds value by reducing seasonal challenges, and our web-based management systems are designed to keep all parties informed.” Smart Warehousing becomes the ultimate solution for their clients by ensuring that orders are filled, inventories stay accurate, and clients stay connected by using their own technology and employing a full-time staff of developers and IT professionals. “This is not something that a lot of companies have. They’ll have a Director of IT, but they don’t have a Director of IT and a whole department of developers focused on further integration,” Wasinger said. The company’s initial and continued investment in technology has contributed to growth over time and is proving to be fortuitous in today’s e-commerce world, an industry heavily weighted towards technological expertise. Founded in 2001, with just 9,000 square feet, the 3PL giant has experienced explosive growth, entering three new markets in a 12-month period including Reno, Dallas and Milwaukee, as well as expansion in Pennsylvania. They currently occupy 7.7 million square feet in 12 states, in 26 individual warehouse facilities. “Our rapid growth over the

MetroWire Media: KC Logistics Firm Finds “Smarter” Way to Warehouse2019-06-05T11:33:15-05:00