Supply Chain Management Blog 

Insight for Warehouse and DC Operators

New Threats to Profitability for Texas Warehouses

Costa Solutions - Monday, January 22, 2018
Texas has for the past few years been among the fastest growing warehousing markets in the United States. The trend has, however, slowed down by a significant margin thanks to a combination of factors. Among these are the rising costs of leasing warehouse space and lower availability of skilled employees to hire. Reports also cite the costs associated with hiring warehouse staff, the availability of land, and the rising costs of construction as being directly responsible for the decline in the development of the warehousing sector in Texas.
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Considerations for the Safe Unloading and Storage of Food Products in a Warehouse

Costa Solutions - Thursday, January 11, 2018
To a majority of consumers, food safety and proper handling methods are non-negotiable. Food safety to most people means that there is no risk of naturally occurring toxins, pathogenic microorganisms, and other potentially harmful chemicals ending up in food either deliberately or unintentionally. Businesses involved in the food industry, therefore, hold food safety concerns in high regard. It is regarded to as the most crucial of missions; enforceable by the law. Warehousing facilities play a pivotal role in this task, and a catastrophic failure in the fulfillment of that mandate at any point along the supply chain can result in devastating legal, economic and health consequences.
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Improving Warehouse Efficiency and Meeting Delivery Schedules

Costa Solutions - Monday, December 04, 2017

According to the Food Marketing Institute, up to 75 billion dollars’ worth of sales are lost every year because products are either out of stock or unsalable due to supply related reasons. Food retailers now want suppliers to resolve the persistent problem of incomplete or delayed deliveries. In the past, retailers were used to giving suppliers more leeway, especially since several factors which include bad weather, surges in demand, technology malfunctions and others can and often foil the delivery of essential packaged goods from warehouses scattered across the country. Brands such as Walmart are telling suppliers that on-time deliveries translate directly into more sales and profits.  Full Text

Top Tips for Retaining Warehouse Workers

Costa Solutions - Friday, November 24, 2017
The warehousing sector is a critical part of any growing economy. The industry has been instrumental in aiding the growth of e-Commerce and maintaining a steady supply of goods in markets worldwide. The warehousing industry is erroneously viewed by most as merely involving storage facilities. Warehouses incorporate numerous vital elements that collectively come together to play a substantial role in ensuring that the supply chain functions efficiently. A warehouse workforce is perhaps the most integral of the elements. When not properly managed, high turnover rates, loss of productivity and increased costs can result. What can you do to achieve a satisfied warehouse workforce, and what would it take to retain your warehouse workers? Full Text

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