North Carolina Logistics Blog

How to Scale a Business: Think 3PL

October 29, 2015

Programs like Shark Tank and funding sites like Kickstarter have put a spotlight on entrepreneurs who have an idea and an appetite for growth. Top of mind for these new companies is how to scale a business. These entrepreneurs have…

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5 Ways Logistics Outsourcing Can Save You Money

October 15, 2015

Logistics are a key component of virtually any business that handles a physical product, but it takes time and money if you choose to manage the function internally.  The primary reason companies turn to logistics outsourcing with third party logistics…

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Plant Services: What Manufacturers Can Learn from Great Chefs

October 1, 2015

There’s only one chef that is in charge of purchasing and ordering the ingredients, arranging shipment, receiving and unpacking the meats and vegetables, and managing storeroom inventory, plus the meal preparation. Her name is Mom. As for top restaurant chefs,…

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Lean Production has its Roots in Kanban

September 17, 2015

Lean Production has its roots in Kanban – a scheduling system for JIT production developed in the early 1950s by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Our company, Kanban Logistics, took its name from this system because of our…

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New Rules for 3PL eCommerce Fulfillment

September 3, 2015

Amazon, with its 100+ fulfillment centers, has set the bar for consumer expectations on fulfillment time, cost and accuracy. Many of the etailers who compete with Amazon have actually chosen to use Amazon’s distribution arm, Fulfillment by Amazon, to fulfill…

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Aerospace Logistics Services: Check out Video

August 20, 2015

There are literally millions of different parts in a single airplane. For example, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is made up of about 2.3 million parts, from “fasten seatbelt” signs to jet engines. Think about the complexity of this inbound supply…

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What East Coast Ports (and 3PLs) Make Sense for your Imports?

August 19, 2015

Labor strife at West Coast docks and the expansion of the Panama Canal to handle large, post-Panamax vessels have led importers to look at shifting more import shipments to East Coast ports. But which port? The Port of Virginia, consisting…

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Right to Work States: Locating Your Logistics Site in North Carolina

August 6, 2015

What’s the least unionized state in the country? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the top spot goes to North Carolina, with less than one in 50 employees holding union memberships. This same BLS analysis, summarized by a…

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East Coast Logistics to Thrive After Panama Canal Expands

July 30, 2015

If you import products from Asia, the most significant shipping event in 2016 will be the completion of the Panama Canal expansion. The upgrades will double the capacity of the Canal and allow it to serve post-Panamax shipping vessels, which are the…

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