American Western Distribution

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 ›

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 ›

Best Medical Warehouse Supply in Phoenix

Medical supply warehousing is heavily regulated. Every stage, from packing to installation, must comply with FDA regulations that are far too precise for a standard warehousing business. You need a distributor who keeps strict standards of cleanliness, temperature control, and humidity at every link in the supply chain. Inventory control entails more than just the receipt, control, and packaging of goods. Software is needed for record keeping, as is specialized knowledge of state and federal laws. The Art of Medical Storage Storage must be controlled from the moment your products leave their manufacturers to the second they arrive at their ultimate supplier. Lives literally depend[…] Read More ›

The Importance of Quality and Speed

Whether remodeling the interior of a retirement facility or building a custom home, quality matters. American Western Distribution not only ensures a high-end finished product, but in a short amount of time. This way, other projects can commence without delay. With the combination of quality and speed, few other companies have the capability of offering you what AWD can. Quality of the Finished Product Above all else, quality is the most important attribute to any distribution company. If the finished product is not up to your satisfaction, nothing else matters. When working with any distribution company, always make sure to inspect everything upon completion of[…] Read More ›

Warehousing Tips & Best Practices

Warehouse managers have to deal with a dizzying array of logistics on a daily basis. Questions such as how many product items to order for the warehouse at one time, how many workers to employ and how to ensure the entire operation remains profitable require all of the manager’s ingenuity. Here are some useful tips for keeping warehouse management operations running smoothly and efficiently. 1. Automate Data Collection The days of noting down logistic numbers on a pad or a computer are long gone, so don’t remain stuck in the past. Automatic data collection with the help of bar codes and radio frequency identification allows[…] Read More ›

What are Cycle Counting Procedures in Warehousing?

Cycle counting procedures help keep your warehouse operating well, without over-working your crew or making individual days or weeks overly complicated. What Are Cycle Counting Procedures? Cycle counting is the process of taking a count of a portion of what you stock in your warehouse. On a given day, you may have many thousands of widgets, and counting all of them would be extremely labor intensive. When you follow cycle counting procedures, you produce an accurate record. By following a cycle, you count a segment of your wares each day instead of trying to count everything at a time. How These Procedures Benefit Your Warehouse[…] Read More ›

To B2B or not to B2B?

The concept of business-to-business services can seem baffling to some. If your aim is to sell to retail customers of your product, why would you spend money on selling your product to companies? Here are some reasons why B2B services are important: 1. Company as a Customer Not every product that is manufactured goes straight from the factory to the retail store. In fact, very few products do. For most products to reach the retail store, first the raw material is moved to a processing factory. The processed material is sent to yet another factory, and then yet another until the finished product is made.[…] Read More ›

Choosing A Superior 3PL Company with a Superior Inventory Control System

Choosing the right 3PL provider for your business can be daunting. There are plenty out there and you should use this competitive market to your advantage. What should you look for? At a minimum, you will want to engage a company that uses modern technology and tracking to be fast, efficient, and cost effective for whatever your 3PL needs are. Automated Inventory Control The key to defining a superior 3PL is their grasp on data technology. Don’t take this as a given. Some of the smaller players still use a system too dependent on manpower, with the same information for each shipment rekeyed throughout the[…] Read More ›

Choosing A Superior Inventory Control Program

You feel the time’s right to purchase an inventory control program. Your business has outgrown spreadsheets, and it’s time you had systems in place which track your inventory. How do you choose the best inventory control system for you? Here are five tips: 1.      Is it easy for your staff to use? You don’t want to spend a fortune training your staff to use your new inventory control systems. If possible, use the system for free before committing to it by downloading trial software. How easy is it to use? You don’t want to be spending too much time training new staff, or giving existing[…] Read More ›