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Why outsourcing to a 3PL provider might be good for business

Third Party Logistics (3PL) is a service which allows companies to outsource all things associated with logistics including warehousing, transportation, pick-pack, compliance labeling, etc.  Utilizing a 3PL provider allows customer to focus on other parts of their business.  The 3PL provider offers all in one solutions and helping customers maximize profits, reduce wait times and improve customer service.  

Utilizing a 3PL provider eliminates the need to invest in warehouse space and staff.  Lansdale Warehouse has 600,000 sq feet of storage capacity and trained logistic professionals experienced in inventory control and material handling.  

3PL providers give companies the flexibility to scale space according to inventory needs.  Companies can utilize more space and resources as needed.  Lansdale Warehouse is flexible to customer’s seasonal volumes, providing space and staffing on an as needed basis.

Best practices in logistics are known by 3PL providers.  Lansdale Warehouse is continuously staying up to date in technology and trends as well as monitoring practices to eliminate inefficiencies.  Our technologies, including radio frequency communications (RF), warehouse management systems (WMS), electronic data interchange (EDI) provide inventory management and visibility allowing our customers to focus on their core competencies.
The outsourcing of logistic services ensures continuous improvement, helps maximize profit, reduce wait times, and improves customer service.

Cycle Counting – What is it and what are the benefits?

Physical inventories at the end of the year is a painful and exhausting process which disrupts daily operations.  Counts performed annually often result in a buildup of errors not discovered until the end of the year resulting in significant adjustments.  100% physical counts require a significant amount of work that needs to be completed within a small window of time and usually involves bringing in temporary staff not familiar with the policies and procedures of the  operation.  

 

Lansdale Warehouse has adopted daily cycle counting as an effective way to improve our operation and inventory accuracy.  We’ve assigned dedicated and trained employees on the cycle counting process.  We believe in continually validating the accuracy of inventory in our WMS system by regularly counting portions of our customer’s inventory on a daily or weekly basis depending on the activity of the customer.  We have made cycle counting part of our daily routine, we count and count and count inventory.  

 

What is cycle counting?

Cycle counting is the process of continually validating inventory accuracy by counting portions of inventory daily or weekly insuring that each item in inventory is counted within a set timeframe.  

Benefits of continuous cycle counting:

Better customer service.  Our customers depend on Lansdale Warehouse to make certain that inventory levels are accurate.  Nothing erodes customer relationships quicker than customers who do not trust the inventory in our system.  

Additional level of operation efficiency.  Continuous counting has improved organization within our facilities

Increases inventory accuracy preventing adjustments and gives opportunities to diagnose discrepancies when they occur.  Whether it be human error or finding additional training is needed.  

How we count

Traditional physical inventories assume that all items in stock are equal in value and importance.  Traditional physical inventories do not take into account inventory turns.  Lansdale Warehouse utilizes “ABC” grouping where items with a higher turnover are counted more frequently.  Each company is different and counting is tailored to each customer’s specific situation.

General rule of ABC grouping:

Group A comprises of top 70% of turns

Group B comprises of next 15% of turns

Group C comprises of bottom 15% of turns

Cycle count teams makes counting part of their daily routine using barcode scanners that feed counts directly into WMS systems.  Managers review results of cycle counts and find route cause of significant adjustments recorded.  Inventory errors are tracked down and corrective action is taken to ensure mistakes do not happen in the future.

Why we care about cycle counting
Lansdale Warehouse is committed to 100% customer confidence in inventory accuracy.  Cycle counting increases our ability to meet our goals in maintaining customer satisfaction.

Lansdale Warehouse Co. President Paul Delp Wins 2015 Jock Menzies IWLA Distinguished Service & Leadership Award.

IWLA, the resource for warehouse logistics, recently awarded the 2015 Jock Menzies IWLA Distinguished Service & Leadership Award to Paul Delp, president & CEO of Lansdale Warehouse Co Inc., based in Lansdale, Pa. Delp received the award among his industry peers during the International Warehouse Logistics Association annual business meeting March 10, 2015, in Savannah, Ga.

More information: (IWLA.com)