Supply Chain Management Blog 

Insight for Warehouse and DC Operators

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

Beyond Warehouse Temp Agencies

Costa Solutions - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Costa Solutions is more than just a warehouse temp agency. A quick search for this term will reveal a lot of companies doing business under this model. But what’s the danger of contracting with someone who bills themselves as a “temp agency?” Full Text

Doing Palletized Shipping Right

Costa Solutions - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The undersung hero of the supply chain, the pallet is an intrinsic part of many operations across multiple industries and all over the world. Palletized shipping is just what it sounds like: using pallets to ship goods. Though it is a method we may take for granted, there are actually a lot of interrelated freight unloading factors to be considered when a company is looking to set up palletized shipping and, most importantly, make it cost-effective. Full Text

Incentivized Pay Leads to Better Customer Outcomes

Costa Solutions - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Although many in warehouse labor pay workers a flat hourly rate, at Costa we've found that incentivized pay can be the most productive way to compensate workers. Full Text

7 Costly Warehouse Mistakes

Costa Solutions - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Warehouse mismanagement accounts for millions of dollars in lost revenue for American companies every year.

Don’t be one of them.

 Full Text