Supply Chain Management Blog 

Insight for Warehouse and DC Operators

The Best Way to Avoid Co-Employment Risk

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Temp agencies are a common resource for companies with seasonal, project-based, or manual labor-intensive operations. In our global economy, everyone is familiar with the advantages of outsourcing, and human resources are no exception. However, hiring a temp agency can quickly become a risky proposition if the legal frameworks surrounding the practice aren’t well-understood. Full Text

Managing Supply Chain Seasonality

Costa Solutions - Friday, September 01, 2017

Seasonal demand is a major part of life in warehouses and distribution centers. In most cases, warehouses see a 15-20% increase in shipping volumes in the months leading up to the holiday season.

Warehouse managers must carefully evaluate the options available to them for protecting margins and ensuring capacity and timely inventory movements.

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What Sets Us Apart From Other Lumper Services

Costa Solutions - Friday, August 04, 2017

A quick Google search of trucking forums shows that many in the industry have had unpleasant experiences with lumpers. So widespread is this opinion that we set out to diagnose the problem and explain why a properly managed lumper program is an asset to both the host company and the drivers who visit it. Full Text

7 Ways to Reduce Warehouse Operating Costs

Costa Solutions - Monday, July 24, 2017

In any business, using a warehouse becomes a prerequisite. It is the place where raw or produced materials are stored. This serves as the link between production site and logistics department of the company. To keep margins on the higher side, it is necessary to keep warehouse operating costs within control. Without effective planning and deployment the same products stored in the warehouse may spoil, running costs may go up and productivity can be adversely affected. Full Text

Developing a Career Mindset

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

unloading service team members in trainingAnyone who’s spent time searching for a job knows how stressful it can be. Submitting applications, waiting to hear back from companies, and interviewing can really take their toll on a person. After all, one’s livelihood is at stake. Finding a job and keeping is one of the most important undertakings in life. Full Text

6 Signs Your Warehouse Needs Improvement

Costa Solutions - Thursday, May 25, 2017

As a provider of unloading and support services for warehouses, we’ve seen the tunnel vision that can befall managers all too often. It’s easy to fall into the “business as usual” trap. When you’re busy working in the business, sometimes you need some outside perspective to be able to work on the business—to that end, we’ve compiled this handy list of reminders you can use to examine your warehouse operations with an eye toward profitability. Full Text

How Cost Per Unit Saves Money Versus Hourly Rates

Costa Solutions - Monday, April 17, 2017

Warehouse labor is usually the biggest driver of cost in the inbound supply chain. Workers employed by a warehouse are most often paid an hourly rate that scales up based on the worker’s tenure at the company, level of experience at hire, or seniority. Full Text

What to Look for in an Unloading Service

Costa Solutions - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Partnering with a freight handling company for your warehouse is a big decision. Your company should create a detailed set of requirements and measureable objectives for improvement before contacting potential providers. In this post, we outline some of the top areas to consider when evaluating an unloading service. Full Text

How to Manage Warehouse Labor Effectively

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Warehouse and DC managers face a unique challenge in their roles: managing a variable cost that ebbs and flows on a daily basis. Of course we are talking about warehouse labor, i.e. the crucial folks in the inbound supply chain who receive product, organize it, and move it through to the storefront. If your job is managing a warehouse for profitability, here are some strategies you can use to run the most effective operation possible. Full Text

How to Run an Efficient Warehouse

Costa Solutions - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Between a warehouse’s staff, its shippers, and its in-house or contracted labor, the inbound supply chain is a complex equation. Even the most sophisticated distribution centers are filled with opportunities for improvement. Here are just a few points to consider when thinking big picture about your warehouse operations. Full Text