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Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of supply chain activities with the intent to maximize value to customers while achieving a sustainable advantage over the competition. SCM comprises the efforts of companies and their supply chain partners to develop and run supply chains in the most effective and efficient way. SCM oversees each process involved from start to finish. It begins with the delivery of raw materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, and ends as the finished product or service is delivered to the end user. SCM is Based on Two Core Principles The cumulative effort of multiple organizations goes into almost every[…] Read More ›

The Art of Moving Sculptures

An artist’s passion is to create art that speaks to and moves people. However, when it comes time to display that art to the world, that in itself another art form, especially when it comes to sculptures. Moving a sculpture installation from studio to gallery or another destination and displaying it as the artist intended can be challenging. Respect and Attention Your Art Deserves A lot of planning goes into the moving of a sculpture installation. One does not simply wrap a moving blanket around a sculpture and rent a truck. A work of art deserves to be treated with respect and to be protected[…] Read More ›

Differences between Professional Installers and Movers

Interior installations and renovations give your home or office an elegant appeal, but they can be expensive. Doing the installation by yourself can cost you a substantial amount of money in the end. Taking shortcuts is like bandaging a possibly bigger problem. Interior installations demand accurate measurements and professional techniques to make sure the job is carried out correctly the first time. Read on to find out how qualified and experienced interior installation professionals can save you time and money. State-of-the-art equipment In order to set up large installations with accuracy, professionals use state-of-the-art tools and equipment. From large machinery that addresses mechanical challenges of[…] Read More ›

Guide to 3PL for Small Business Owners

If you run an e-commerce business or any kind of business that requires you to ship out products, then you need to find a way to store and ship your inventory. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using 3PL (third-party logistics). The following are a few of the benefits that you will enjoy from using a 3PL company: Save time – Fulfilling orders takes time and organizational effort. As a SMB owner, you would likely prefer to focus on other aspects of your business to help it grow. Contracting with a 3PL service will free up time so you can focus on priorities[…] Read More ›

Top Challenges for Logistics Providers 2017

The advent of the Internet of Things and smart technology has expanded the responsibilities of logistics providers. Here are the top challenges that the industry will face in 2017: 1. Rapidly Changing Delivery Orders More and more customers are demanding a greater window of time to change orders. With better transport facilities, companies are in a position to fulfill that demand. Now the question is, just how much time can reasonably be given to customers to change the details of their order without costing the company an arm and a leg? The window of time may shrink from 10 days to a day or less[…] Read More ›

Common Furniture Installation Questions Finally Answered!

Once you have partnered with a professional installation company, you may have some questions about how the entire process works. After all, you have a lot riding on what happens next. With that in mind, read on for some answers to common furniture installation questions. Communication is Key You will want to be dealing with a single point of contact from start to finish, so you never have to feel as if you are explaining your situation anew every time you call. Your project is coordinated, and all installation dates, receiving and accounting are handled efficiently. You should feel confident at every step of the[…] Read More ›

The Do’s and Dont’s of Art Hanging

One of the finishing touches to any room is its art. You may have specific items such as lamps or vases that will complement your room and its colors and textures. One of the things that seem to stump people is how to correctly hang their wall art. It’s Not One Size Fits All Wall art comes in many shapes and sizes. You may have brand new items that need to be positioned, or older more traditional family portraits and the like that look well together. If you walk into any home or hardware store, you’ll be amazed and confused at all of the hardware[…] Read More ›

Supply Chain Distribution: What You Need To Know

At American Western Distribution, we pride ourselves on keeping the client in the loop and well informed every step of the way while attending to their interior installation needs. So let’s talk about the supply distribution chain and what you need to know about it. A lot has changed in the way supply chains and distribution channels worked since a couple of decades ago. The advent of the internet has had a hugely disruptive impact on the industry, and many players are still learning to cope with a new, globalized client base and all its attendant demands. A successful distribution and supply chain management style[…] Read More ›

3PL Transportation Capabilities Nationwide

When working with any kind of supply chain, logistics is a vital part of making sure products, packages and goods arrive at a set location on a set date. Installation service providers often work with varying third party material manufacturers. Due to this, relying on transportation between the third parties can prove difficult as different companies use different logistical programs. Third party logistics (3PL) occurs when a company outsources different aspects of distribution, which is where less stellar service providers run into trouble. It also is where the best of the best stand out against the competition. Outsourcing and Logistical Problems When a company outsources[…] Read More ›

A Day in the Life of the Best Logistics Company

Everyone in business knows there’s a lot more to what goes on then just what is seen from the outside. There are inner workings that if set up correctly, are crucial to a company’s success. Planning, executing and optimizing transportation operations, there’s no room for mistakes in understanding how all of your fulfillment and logistics come together. The Process is Key Once orders are received, the process has begun. Shipping the order out to a customer seems like it’s a simple enough process. However, all businesses are different. All transactions differ. All vendors are different. The whole process, inevitably, can lead to all kinds of[…] Read More ›