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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›