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KITTING – FULFILLING YOUR REWORK NEEDS

Although kitting, fulfillment and distribution may seem less glamorous than other aspects of business, their importance can’t be overlooked. Effective kitting and fulfillment processes reduce cost and lead times while minimizing the amount of obsolete inventory. With our suite of kitting and fulfillment options, you can deliver messages to customers and employees worldwide through just one point of contact. We build fulfillment plans tailored to give you control over the entire ordering and supply chain process with just one provider.

Whether kitting for critical orders, fulfilling your rework needs, shipping direct to customers or supplying your distribution channel, Laney and Duke leverages shared resources to provide cost-effective kitting solutions. We understand that quality, fill rates and on-time delivery are crucial in today’s economy and we deliver with exceptional performance.

COST-EFFECTIVE KITTING SOLUTIONS

  • TOTAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
  • JUST-IN-TIME OPERATION
  • OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY
  • CAPACITY TO HANDLE A WIDE RANGE OF KITS – FROM 10 COMPONENTS TO 1,000’s
  • BARCODING AND LABELING TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS
  • TOTAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
  • FREIGHT MANAGEMENT

 

Laney & Duke provides kitting services in Jacksonville, FL by way of their superior labor and knowledgeable supervision. We create displays or kits based on your specifications while meeting your sensitive deadlines. With experienced quality control personnel, you can be sure that your product will reach the customer on time while exceeding their expectations.

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WHAT IS THE BEST OPERATIONAL FIT FOR CROSS DOCKING?

Cross docking or flow through distribution is a goal of many retailers, but it works better in some scenarios and for some type of goods than others. Cross-docking services involves transferring your cargo from an incoming shipping medium to a different, outgoing shipping medium with little or no time spent in storage.

Laney and Duke has many requests each week from local as well as national trucking companies needing our help to transload products from a container to a trailer or flatbed.

Sometimes the trucking company’s customer requires the load be received to them in a particular fashion that the trucking company was not aware of. As a result, they need our cross-docking services for temporary storage or simply transload their goods from one container to another to satisfy their customer’s requirements.

SO WHERE DOES CROSS DOCKING HAVE THE BEST FIT? 

  • Use cross docking for products with high, stable demand: If demand is fairly constant, then the inventory serves little purpose, and the product is a good candidate for cross docking. If demand is highly variable or the cost of a stockout is high, then traditional warehousing is probably the best strategy.
  • Use cross docking for products for which customers are willing to “wait a few days”: This is typical for larger purchase items such as major electronics or appliances. When a “stockout” in a store does not mean a lost sale, cross docking can become very attractive.
  • Push distribution systems should cross dock everything that can be sold in stores now: This model is especially associated with heavy discount retailers,  where merchandise is acquired at a discount and everything is pushed to the stores. Customers are used to constantly changing merchandise and inventories.Warehouse club stores take a similar distribution approach for many of their SKUs. When customers have a low expectation that any particular item will be in stock, it is a “perfect situation” for cross docking.

WHAT CAN LANEY & DUKE CROSS DOCKING SERVICES OFFER?

Laney & Duke offers everything you need for cross-docking services in Jacksonville, FL including drayage to and from the Jacksonville ports. Whether it’s stripping full trailer loads or trans-loading onto overseas containers or stripping full container loads for domestic delivery, Laney & Duke has you covered. No matter your shipment or needs, Laney & Duke can meet your unique supply chain requirements.

Let Laney & Duke handle your cross-docking needs in Jacksonville FL to truly see how this tool can help you maximize the efficiency of your operation. Call today for a quote.

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ERP & ECOMMERCE EDI COMPLIANCE

One of the most important services a 3PL provider can provide is a seamlessly exchange information via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). The 3PL provider also must be ERP & eCommerce EDI compliant. Does your company require a 3PL partner that is EDI compliant?

Laney & Duke is EDI compliant.

Laney & Duke incorporates EDI compliant warehouse management software by Camelot to streamline warehouse inventory and billing operations. Camelot, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a software solution provider to the global 3PL industry with installations in over 200 3PL organizations, managing 500+ locations worldwide. Camelot’s warehouse management solution helps us manage your warehouse operations better and in the end will make you a better strategic partner for your customers.

So What is EDI?

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), a standard method of exchanging files that has been around since the 1980’s. EDI is used in some degree in almost every industry and EDI compliance is a must. Over the years, EDI has become widely adopted throughout the retail, manufacturing, transportation and health care industries for exchanging data between entities. Some industries require their trading partners to use of EDI in an effort to reduce ordering costs for things such as ordering, invoicing and shipment notifications.

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) Benefits:

  • Eliminates manual reentry of orders.
  • Generate appropriate confirmation notifications and transmit to customers.
  • Mapping utility is included to configure data templates to your customer specifications thereby reducing mapping costs.

What’s the next step to implement EDI?

The next step for any potential account is to get their IT department to speak with our IT professional at Laney and Duke to discuss the “mapping” details as it relates to integrating their system to ours to accomplish exactly what the potential customer requires.

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CHOOSING A FOOD GRADE WAREHOUSE

If you are looking for a certified food grade warehouse provider, there are a number of considerations that are extremely important to understand in order to make sure that you select the right provider for your business. To begin with, understanding the differences between the varying types of food grade warehouses offers some helpful insights. Some warehousing companies offer all three types of temperature ranges, whereas some only specialize in one or two of the options – so you’ll have to check with the specific provider in order to determine if they can meet your needs.

There are three main types of food grade warehouse companies – frozen food grade facilities, dry food storage facilities, and refrigerated facilities.

Frozen Food Grade Facilities – Frozen storage usually operates its environment within the temperature range of 0 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Refrigerated Facilities – Refrigerated, or climate control facilities, can keep food at a comfortable temperature range of 34-39 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry Food Storage Facilities – Dry food grade storage facilities usually operate within the 50-70 degree Fahrenheit range.

Factors to Consider When Comparing Food Grade Warehouses

Once you find a provider that meets your needs with regard to the temperature requirements of your food products, you’ll want to investigate the potential provider’s overall capabilities, certifications, standards and procedures, and track record of success with managing food grade commodities for others. In order to feel comfortable with the vendor, it makes great sense to tour the facility in order to personally gauge the strict adherence to regulations. Some of the items below are most important to investigate:

  • Is the facility clean and free of bacteria, fungus or health hazards –  Obviously, a food grade facility should be a very clean environment. In order to keep food in the required condition for consumption, it should be free of anything that would adversely impact its condition, such as bacteria or fungus. Make sure to keep a sharp eye open as you tour the facility.
  • Condition of the building and regulations –  It’s important to check the overall health of the warehouse, both inside and out. In particular, check to make sure that it is well maintained (no cracks and holes in walls and windows) and that the doors are sealed, and check the overall temperature and humidity. This will keep pests out. Furthermore, the warehouse should have a pest control plan, detailing the precautions that the warehouse staff take in order to eliminate this risk. And definitely make sure that the outside of the building is well maintained and kept, as this can have an impact on the overall health of the facility.
  • Master sanitation schedule and overall SOP’s – Does the warehouse have a master sanitation schedule? One of the best signs of a high quality food grade warehousing company is the presence of detailed procedures, and a sanitation schedule should be at the top of the list. This schedule provides the details behind what measures and steps the personnel take in order to maintain a clean facility. Furthermore, every process and procedure should be logged in the company’s SOPs (standard operating procedures). These are detailed steps to ensure the quality operation of the warehouse and its staff.
  • Personal hygiene and training – As an extension of the sanitation schedule, the warehouse company should maintain a high degree of personal hygiene, including a detailed training schedule to make sure that the facility is adequately equipped with sinks, etc., and that staff are well trained in terms of maintaining their personal hygiene throughout their shifts. As a part of this function, make sure that the company has controls over any hazardous materials, such as cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Lot tracing and FIFO – Food products must be strictly controlled with regard to its age, and thus warehouses must have the capability of tracking product based upon lots and utilizing the FIFO (first in, first out methodology). In particular, check out the company’s warehouse management system to verify their capabilities.
  • Registered with the FDA – This one is a bit of a given, but be sure to check that the warehouse is in fact registered with the FDA. Occasionally, some warehousing providers aren’t aware of regulations for common, dry food products and lack the proper registration.
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THE BENEFITS OF CROSS-DOCKING

Cross-docking is a flexible operations arrangement between firms that involves multiple suppliers arriving at a designated time at the handling facility where inventory receipts are sorted and consolidated into outbound trailers for direct delivery to the customer. Cross-docking is typically used to avoid storage and materials handling. Mass merchants in the retail industry using cross-dockingreceive store-specific assortments and are able to maintain continuous inventory replenishment without having to hold large stocks of inventory.

Laney & Duke offers everything you need for cross-docking services in Jacksonville, FL including drayage to and from the Jacksonville ports. Whether it’s stripping full trailer loads or trans-loading onto overseas containers or stripping full container loads for domestic delivery, Laney & Duke has you covered. No matter your shipment or needs, Laney & Duke can meet your unique supply chain requirements.

Benefits of Cross-docking

  • Allows the efficient consolidation of products.
  • Decreases inventory levels due to elimination of storage.
  • Enables faster product flow by eliminating “dwell”.
  • Enables more frequent deliveries.
  • Decreases inventory
  • Decreases inventory obsolescence due to reduced inventory and faster product flow.
  • Decreases labor requirements and costs due to decreased material handling through elimination of put-away to storage and order picking.
  • Decreases inventory damage costs due to less material handling.
  • Supports businesses Just in Time strategy.
  • Accelerates payments to suppliers.
  • Improves the relations with the supply chain partners.

Let Laney & Duke handle your cross-docking needs in Jacksonville FL to truly see how this tool can help you maximize the efficiency of your operation. Call today for a quote.

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LANEY & DUKE ADDS LOCAL FLORIDA LIFESTYLE CLOTHING COMPANY

Laney & Duke added a new local customer called Flomotion, headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  Founded in 2010, Flomotion is a Florida-based lifestyle brand, offering surf and outdoor clothing for men and women. Combining a love of action sports with fashion, music, and design, Flomotion is for people who are committed to living a laid-back and active Florida lifestyle. With a fresh array of men’s and women’s fashions.

Their catalog is designed in-house and ranges from shirts and hats to swimwear and accessories. Flomotion’s products are found in retail locations across the United States – primarily in surf, skate, and specialty stores, but they are also sold through their online store. In addition to clothing, Flomotion has a vast family of artists, athletes, and adventurers, who represent the brand globally.

Laney & Duke provides warehousing, order retrieval (shipstation) and pic-n-pack services for Flomotion. Flomation is in the process of expanding to Texas, California, and the Northwest.  Laney & Duke is excited to grow with them.

Much like other features and services within the shipping industry, pick and pack services is exactly what it sounds like: processing packages, disassembling their contents and reassembling them with correct shipping labels. Laney & Duke provide pick and pack services in Jacksonville, FL that are second to none.

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REDUCING COSTS WITH BARCODE LABELS

Barcode labels have been in use for many years in shipping and manifesting systems, but many warehouses still don’t fully use this technology. Barcode printersshould be utilized in every warehouse, because barcodes help you reduce costs and increase control of your operation. You can use barcodes in warehouse paperwork (purchase orders, pick tickets, etc.); for individual employee identification to track who did what; on individual products; and on cartons or pallets to identify the contents and track activities. Each warehouse location can have a unique barcode that facilitates inventory moves.

The backbone of any barcode inventory system is the barcode label. In a warehouse, labels are used to identify locations, pallets, individual items, and shipments. At Laney Duke we have applied barcode technology to areas such as receiving, putaway, replenishment, picking & packing, shipping and manifesting, returns, cycle counts, value-add functions and labor tracking.

Among other functions, barcode labels let you track the what, who and when for all warehouse activities within the four walls. As a result, potential savings can occur in the following areas:

  • A decrease in clerical costs due to reduced need for manual data-entry functions
  • Fewer errors thanks to improved inventory tracking and positive verification of activities
  • Increases in overall inventory accuracy
  • Ability to track employee performance that can increase productivity
  • Improved scheduling of warehouse activities

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TOP 5 LOGISTICS NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

In 1929, during the Great Depression Laney & Duke made a resolution to provide cost-saving solutions custom designed for our customer’s needs. Throughout the years the industry has changed enormously, and we’ve grown with it and continue to make new resolutions each year.

As with most New Year resolutions, they can only benefit you if you keep them. If you do, they will help you implement cost-saving logistics management strategies that will provide greater profits for your business. Most people make New Year’s resolutions, but the vast majority fail to uphold those pledges – either out of laziness or forgetfulness. While resolutions may be a bit overrated, the idea of establishing some sort of goal for the year, especially as a business owner or manager, is a noble effort. Although you’re bound to think of some of your own resolutions, here are some topics to consider for making a resolution for your logistic and supply chain management efforts.

1. Outsource Your Warehousing Needs

When it comes to the shipping industry, infrastructure plays a huge role in being successful. You need the facilities to house your goods between shipping destinations and without it, you’re going to pay more for transportation expenses. From building materials to food products, everything has to eventually be stored. Luckily, Laney & Duke has the knowledge and experience to help you get the job done with our product warehousing services.

2. Implement Cross-docking

Cross-docking is a flexible operations arrangement between firms that involves multiple suppliers arriving at a designated time at the handling facility where inventory receipts are sorted and consolidated into outbound trailers for direct delivery to the customer. Cross-docking is typically used to avoid storage and materials handling. Mass merchants in the retail industry using cross-docking receive store-specific assortments and are able to maintain continuous inventory replenishment without having to hold large stocks of inventory.

3. Start an Order Fulfillment Program

Order fulfillment services, in the broadest definition, involves all of the steps from receiving a customer’s order until completion of that order. This involves business-to-business (B2B) orders and direct-to-consumer (D2C) orders. Let Laney & Duke handle your Order Fulfillment needs in Jacksonville to truly see how this tool can help you maximize the efficiency of your operation.

4. Consider a Kitting Service

Kitting, or display assembly services as it might be called, involves the packing together of various items to supply the customer with a single unit. Instead of shipping three different packages from your warehouse, you’re now combining all separate items into one package for its final destination. By shipping fewer total parcels, you greatly reduce the risk of shipping errors you might face. One package is also easier to ship than three so you will save on transportation fees and any storage fees you might encounter.

5. Partner with a 3PL company

Do you have a unique 3PL logistical challenge? Are you frustrated with the results you’ve achieved in the past? Are you tired of having to piece together logistical services from a variety of vendors? Give us a call at (904) 798-3500 or contact us here. We love a challenge. We’ll eliminate those disappointments, and provide the right mix of services, managed by experienced personnel, to deliver cost-saving logistics management that will provide greater profits for your business.

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LOGISTICS: WHY CHOOSE NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Florida is now the nation’s third most populous state – and more than 60 million U.S. consumers live within a one-day truck drive of Northeast Florida’s ports and warehouses in Jacksonville, Florida. Much of Northeast Florida’s development has been driven by major retailers choosing to partner with 3PL provider like Laney & Duke in Northeast Florida to streamline their supply chains, eliminate unnecessary handling of shipments and reduce logistics costs.

Laney & Duke, a 3PL provider located in Jacksonivlle, Florida, has more than 1 million square feet of distribution center and warehousing space within close proximity to the Jacksonville ports. Our warehouse incorporates EDI compliant warehouse management software by Camelot to streamline warehouse inventory and billing operations. Laney & Duke has certified food grade warehouse solutions for your business, and everything you need for cross-docking services in Northeast Florida, including drayage to and from the Jacksonville port.

If you need a pick and pack service, Laney & Duke has the experience. We processes over 5,000,000 pick and packs per year in Northeast Florida, so without exaggeration we can say that one of our specialties is handling medium to large pick and pack operations for many companies.

Laney & Duke also provides kitting services by way of their superior labor and knowledgeable supervision. We create displays or kits based on your specifications while meeting your sensitive deadlines. With experienced quality control personnel, you can be sure that your product will reach the customer on time while exceeding their expectations.

Laney & Duke has the depth of logistical experience to give your supply chain optimal performance, and to give you peace-of-mind. We’re a third generation, third-party logistics company based in Northeast Florida and serving the state of Florida and South Georgia

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WHY OUTSOURCE INVENTORY AND PRODUCT FULFILLMENT OPERATIONS FOR AN ONLINE STORE

SHOULD YOU OUTSOURCE YOUR INVENTORY AND PRODUCT FULFILLMENT OPERATIONS?

“The answer is a resounding yes, and here are four reasons why making the decision to outsource selected supply chain functions and processes to a Third Party Logistics (3PL) company is a smart choice for a growing company.”

Why Outsource Shipping To a Fulfillment Center:

  • It makes your business inalienably adaptable. As your business develops, you don’t need to stress over including new systems, stock controls and hardware. As your shipments expand, it’s just a question of expanding the stock at your 3PL providers location.
  • Outsourcing decreases order fulfillment time. Generally, the companies that specialize in order fulfillment have warehouses located near major shipping hubs and ports. Subsequently, all shipments to clients regardless of where they live normally takes lest transit time.
  • When you outsource inventory and product fulfillment operations it allows time for you to focus on advertising and developing your business. Keeping up and sorting out your own stock can be a major pain and take up a critical bit of your time. By permitting a 3PL company to assume control, you can center your endeavors on enhancing your business.
  • You can also expand your business to other nations. Making international shipments can be a hassle with the costs and paperwork involved. A company that provides third party logistic services will have the experience to handle your international shipping. By outsourcing your order fulfillment to a 3PL company, you no longer have to worry about anything other than sourcing your items from a supplier.

 

Warehouse Outsourcing Benefits:

Here are a few compelling and financially-wise reasons why sub-contracting staffing and using your company’s expertise in auxiliary functions might be your best move this year.

  • Hosting services on location versus at a third-party facility allows a plant manager to monitor performance hour-to-hour, day-to-day.
  • Your expertise and resources are not optimal in-house to manage a manufacturing or distribution center.
  • Reduction of in-house employees means a decrease in payroll costs and related expenses.
  • Capability to ramp up or down allows you to keep up with business cycle fluctuations.
  • Access to supply chain professionals with years of experience provides a competitive advantage over your competitors.
  • Improve the efficiency of your business’s fulfillment and supply chain processes.
  • Benefit from advanced technologies and warehousing software without the upfront investment.
  • Maintain higher safety, quality, and efficiency standards.
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