How to find a 3PL tailored to your needs

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 1, 2015 4:50:49 PM

Outsourcing logistics to a 3PL can streamline your supply chain, but with so many providers available across the country and around the world, how do you find the right one for you?

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Is Your 3PL's Carrier Procurement Process Up to Snuff?

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 24, 2015 1:30:33 PM

You choose to work with a 3PL for their expertise and ability to make your supply chain fluid. Not having to worry about the daunting logistics behind finding the right carrier to transport your goods eliminates a major time-sucking headache.

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Getting the Most out of Your 3PL - Inside a 3PL

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 22, 2015 5:21:25 PM

Working with a qualified 3PL provider saves time and money while giving you access to technologies and expertise you may not have internally. After all, great freight brokers are experts in all aspects of shipping logistics, whether you want reliable refrigerated carriers, warehouse storage or intermodal transportation. If your supply chain needs a competitive edge, a good 3PL provider will be it.

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Supply Chain Success: Better Logistics through Technology

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 17, 2015 11:22:26 AM

It doesn't matter what type of freight you're shipping, you want to know it's safe and trackable at all times. When you work with a 3PL provider, shipment tracking should be a top priority. Each organization has a unique approach, so it's best to find one that prioritizes customer service while using the latest technology.

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Supply-chain damage claims: Reducing risk & handling claims promptly

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 9, 2015 11:33:20 AM

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Outsourcing Can Be Your Supply Chain's Competitive Edge

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 20, 2015 4:29:08 PM

Today's highly competitive business dynamic means maintaining a supply chain that runs like a well-oiled machine isn't just a goal, it's a necessity. It becomes quickly apparent to most companies that it's impossible to do it all, and therefore it's critical to find the right outsourcing partners to supplement weaknesses in the supply chain, such as contracting out assembly or hiring a 3PL provider.

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10 critical questions to ask when researching supply-chain service providers, 3PLs

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 13, 2015 10:43:24 AM
An efficient and highly functional supply chain involves various steps along the way to getting a product from raw form to the final point of sale. Many aspects of the supply chain will benefit from working with external companies, such as a materials supplier or a freight management company that ships across the nation. When conducting supply-chain research to find the ideal 3PL to drive your supply chain to the next level, it's important to be thorough.
The right 3PL will provide innovative services that save time and money; the wrong ones, however, can crush your productivity and halt your revenue stream. Be sure to ask these 10 questions any time you're considering a new supply-chain service company.
1. Is the company financially stable? The supply-chain services landscape can change in an instant, so you should always research whether a potential partner is financially secure before making a decision. For 3PL companies, check their D&B rating and the size of bond they carry.
2. Is this a quality partnership available at the right price? Resist the urge to look only at the price and focus instead on the best quality service at the right price. Prices too good to be true can mean an inferior service that will ultimately cost more.
3. Does the company belong to any industry associations? For example, quality freight brokers will belong to reputable industry organizations like the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC), or their local Chamber of Commerce.
4. Has the company received any awards? Another key indicator of a quality partner is that they have been honored with awards and accolades. This information is usually displayed on the company website, often in the "news" or "about us" sections.
5. What is the company's reputation? Ask others in the industry about their experience with a potential partner. Additionally, don't hesitate to ask the company for customer references, and be sure to contact them.
6. How will you monitor performance and cost? Watch the work of your suppliers and implement key performance indicators to reveal any weaknesses so you can fix them proactively.
7. What type of software and technology does the company use? Knowing that a company is using the latest technology ensures it has up-to-date insight into communication processes and real-time transparency.
8. Who will be your main contact and how will you receive communication? Knowing who is managing your account to ensure a quality outcome is important. Who is your main contact, is he/she available 24/7, and who is this person's backup?
9. How are disruptions in the supply chain process handled? Manufacturing machines break and weather delays shipping; there is much that is beyond your control. How does the company handle disruptions to services and communicate updates to partners?
10. How does the company process paperwork? Missing or untimely paperwork can create a huge clog in the productivity pipeline. How does the company streamline paperwork and accounting processes?
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Choptank Transport Jan/Feb Newsletter 2015

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 12, 2015 5:27:43 PM

There is a lot going on in 2015 at Choptank Transport. We've hired a new Director of Carrier Services and Choptank's CEO is speaking at the upcoming Food Shippers Conference. Read about the fluctuating fuel prices and see who was named Carrier of the Month!  Click here to read our latest newsletter

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Choptank Transport Q3 Newsletter 2014

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 12, 2015 5:23:15 PM

See our latest Choptank Transport Q3 Newsletter 2014. Topics include important details regarding how to save costs on your reefer LTL shipments. Also, read about Choptank hitting the career fair circuit... we may be coming to your city soon! Click here to read our latest newsletter.

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Inside the Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 6, 2015 9:48:15 AM

Producing a revenue-boosting product is no small feat. From the sourcing of the raw material to manufacturing, packaging and transport, there are many steps before the final product is ready for sale. Smart businesses know that streamlining this process is a must to ensure a quality result with a minimum investment of time and money.

This is exactly why a strong and efficient supply chain is a critical component of any successful business.

A close look inside the supply chain reveals a complex process that cumulatively progresses toward an end goal. A breakdown in just one of those steps puts the entire outcome at risk. Through proper planning and management, however, a business may be able to make its supply chain its competitive advantage.

Can one organization do it all? Many businesses become masters of the first parts of a successful supply chain: sourcing and manufacturing. Too often the unexpected hurdles are found in the logistics step of the supply chain, which includes the transportation, storage and delivery of the product.

The last thing a business wants is for goods to be ready and have no way to get the items safely where they need to be. Trustworthy partnerships prevent supply-chain breakdowns so the business can continue without missing a beat.

Refining your supply chain to best serve the needs of the business can take time, but the result can revolutionize the production of your product. By creating an effective supply-chain strategy, researching available services and determining the best options for outsourcing, you'll position your business for success and create an even stronger revenue stream.

 

 

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Choptank Transport recognized for Silver Optimas Training Award

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“We are excited to be recognized for such an essential part of our business. We’ve put a lot of effort into creating an optimum training program over the last several years,” said Paul Wood, director of process improvement. “

 

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