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The Importance of Property Management in your Warehouse

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Whether you own industrial property, are considering purchasing a warehouse, or are involved with industrial real estate, property management is an important service to be familiar with.   Read More

Topics: Diminishing Warehouse space, Industrial Real Estate Market, Supply Chain Strategy

Shadow Space- What is it and Where is it Found?

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While the supply of warehouse space throughout the country remains low, it is a misconception that the total vacancy rate represents the sum of the space available in a given market. The term "shadow space" refers to space that a tenant is leasing, but is not currently utilizing. In most cases, shadow space occurs when:  Read More

Topics: Diminishing Warehouse space, Future of Logistics, Industrial Real Estate Market, Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics News

How real estate selection fits into corporate strategy

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The cliché of “location, location, location” applies in industrial real estate as much as commercial or residential, but what factors you bundle into that assessment are vastly different. A smart company on the hunt for a site should be asking whether a proposed site will support their business goals, and should be aligned with corporate strategy.  Read More

Topics: Industrial Real Estate Market, Supply Chain Strategy

The Importance of Inventory Accuracy

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Inventory management affects a 3PL’s business at all levels and can make or break an operation. There are a number of events that can cause errors in your inventory including a mistake in the warehouse management system (WMS), a poorly laid out warehouse, or an employee error. The 3PL industry standard is 97 percent accuracy, which would be the equivalent of scoring an A+ on every single test. This seems impossible, but can be done with a few simple practices. So why is it important to be this precise and live up to this high standard?  Read More

Topics: Customer Service Lessons, Supply Chain Strategy

What Factors Should I Consider when Choosing a Warehouse Location?

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With demand for industrial space increasing in the third quarter (57 million SF absorbed nationwide), more businesses than ever are looking for warehouse space. Whether companies are looking to outsource to a 3PL or to plant their own warehouse, determining the right location is the most crucial step. It can be the difference in how efficient and successful a business is. Here are the most important factors to consider in this process:  Read More

Topics: Rise of 3PL Services, Future of Logistics, Supply Chain Strategy

Warehouse Investment 101

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Purchasing a warehouse or leasing warehouse space for your company can provide you with many different benefits: It can give you a place to store overflow at your facility You can build inventory off-site Allow you to access storage for the products you sell frequently. If you don’t have the capital at this time, scroll down to Consider partnering with a 3PL. Before you decide to obtain a warehouse, consider the following:        Read More

Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics News, Regional Distribution Center

The Coronavirus Impact and How 3PL's Should React

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Everyone is reacting to the Covid-19 virus and the uncertainty and stress of the resulting changes are making us all fearful. Take a deep breath and remember our priorities: Care for people and prevent the spread of any illness Provide for continuity of operations to service customers Minimize financial impacts to employees, customers, and our operations. Internally, Spartan Logistics will take all conceivable actions to protect and inform our team and their families.Once this is accomplished, we have an obligation to consider the impact the virus has on our customers and how we can assist them.  Major retailers such as Apple have reported that a prolonged outbreak could interrupt its supply chain, while Amazon has expressed concern that it won’t be able to import enough inventory to meet its annual Prime Day obligations. As one of China’s four central railway hubs, a virus outbreak quickly spread along the supply chain to the rest of the world, with outbreaks in 47 countries. Nearly 95% of Fortune 1000 companies are experiencing supply chain distruptions due to the rippling effect of the virus. Companies of less than 100 employees are likely going to be effected as well, seeing delayed goods, unfulfilled orders and unpaid invoices.  Read More

Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics News, Regional Distribution Center

The Generation Z Evolution and Why 3PL’s Should Be Ready

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Consider a Logistics Warehouse/RDC in Napoleon, OH

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 As the economy continues to prosper, e-commerce sales have become a way of life and manufacturing production overruns are becoming increasingly familiar. So where do you turn? You could consider an expansion to the existing property or locate a 3PL warehouse to store 50,000-100,000 square feet of production overruns as inventory and manage it for you. It’s not often that industrial property with >100,000 square feet is readily available. Q1 2019 saw a slight uptick in vacancy rate to 5.0 percent—so all eyes are on leasing activity now. Spartan Logistics customers reach out knowing our unique expanded 3PL services include our affiliation with NAI Harmon Group of Toledo, OH, and Logan Creek Construction of Oregon, OH. Having these resources gives Spartan Logistics an opportunity to differentiate and locate available industrial real estate options for our potential and existing customers with a diverse portfolio of commercial property all across the US.    Read More

Topics: Warehouses in Toledo Ohio, Industrial Real Estate Market, Supply Chain Strategy, Regional Distribution Center, NAI Harmon Group

Spartan's Fort Smith, AR Warehouse Reduces Risk at the Rail Car

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Railways keep most industries moving, quite literally. Unloading rail cars in a warehouse setting need to be executed quickly and safely upon arrival, so they are well on their way.  So How Does Spartan Logistics Unload Rail Cars While Reducing Risk and Improving Production? With a collaboration of Spartan's Warehouse Manager, a local vendor with a national equipment manufacturer account, and a Director of Maintenance at the Spartan corporate level — the overall solution agreed upon was centered almost exclusively around the safety and increased productivity of a high-end rotating clamp truck to unload 2-3 ton paper rolls from rail cars from the Fort Smith, AR rail access warehouse.    Read More

Topics: Rise of 3PL Fulfillment Services, Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics News, Warehouses with rail capacity, Logistic Leaders