Long gone are the days of aftermarket parts catalogs and massive showrooms that cater to everyday drivers. Today’s automotive industry lives largely online. Customers prefer buying replacement parts and aftermarket equipment on the web instead of visiting stores in person. The North American online automotive eCommerce market size is now worth over $16 billion (U.S. dollars) and growing at 14 to 16 percent per year, and OEMs and other automotive companies will need to adjust their operations accordingly. Instead of shipping to a local auto parts retailer, OEMs need to deliver individual products right to a customer’s front door. Continue reading
If you need to ship large quantities of liquids, chemicals, industrial solvents, grains or dry goods like clothing and other consumer products, you’ll need to use a shipping barrel. These sturdy containers are known for their compact size, reliable construction and easy handling. After all, it’s easier to roll your goods than picking them up by hand or with a forklift. Unlike cardboard boxes and other shipping materials, barrels will also protect your goods from moisture and condensation. They’re designed to be in transit for weeks–if not months–on end, keeping your goods safe and intact every step of the way. You can also stack your shipping barrels, helping you make the most of your storage space. Continue reading
The cannabis industry shows no signs of slowing down here in the U.S. As more states choose to legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana, this once-underground industry is quickly scaling up. New businesses are looking to break into the industry every other day. The cannabis industry is expected to be worth around $30 billion by 2030. Continue reading
When it comes to shipping and storage, it all starts with the right container. They keep your goods safe as they sit on the shelf in your warehouse or as they make their way from point A to point B. There are plenty of containers to choose from, but finding the right type all depends on what you’re shipping or storing, where it’s going and how you plan on getting your goods to the final destination.
Shipping costs are on the rise. Companies spent a record $1.5 trillion on shipping in 2017. But the good news is that your business can lower the cost of shipping by switching to bulk containers. Bulk containers help you maximize efficiency in the workplace, while reducing the overall cost of each shipment. Learn more about the benefits of using bulk containers for one-way shipping.
The gross annual revenue for the third-party logistics industry in the United States was valued at just under $200 billion in 2019. With more goods and products moving across the globe, more businesses and individuals are utilizing what’s known as freight forwarding services. For many companies and individuals, handing off their goods to a third-party logistics company is often much easier and more cost-efficient than shipping these products themselves, especially if these goods are traveling overseas or across international borders. Continue reading
In the warehousing and logistics industry, many companies are turning to what’s known as cross-docking to improve efficiency and reduce their freight storage costs. Cross-docking refers to the idea of unloading shipments from an inbound vehicle and immediately loading them onto an outbound vehicle, thus eliminating the need for freight storage. Essentially, everything happens in the loading dock as your team focuses on just a few orders at a time. In a recent survey, 40 percent of warehouse managers said that cross-docking expedites delivery schedules and cuts shipping timelines. Continue reading
Bulk collapsible containers are perfect for long- and short-term storage. They tend to be more affordable than other types of storage containers, while still providing the same structural integrity. With collapsible containers, you can also easily fold up your boxes and totes, so they take up less space when they’re not in use. As beneficial as these containers can be, you should spend some time asking yourself a few key questions before buying a new set of containers, such as what the container will be used for and what kind of material is best for your business. Some containers may suit your needs and those of your business better than others. Keep these considerations in mind as you shop for collapsible containers. Continue reading
Hurricane season is just getting started on the Atlantic Coast and runs until the fall, while the Pacific hurricane season runs from May to November this year. Major storms can wreak havoc on your supply chain, which may result in delayed packages, disrupted shipping routes and damaged cargo. If you’re planning on shipping a wooden crate this hurricane season, we’ve got all the tips you need to protect your goods and ensure they arrive as quickly as possible. Continue reading