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nGROUP Performance Blog

A Better Culture On The Production Floor

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 12, 2014 6:43:48 PM

Years ago I worked with two 3PL’s that had cross-docking operations in the Southeastern US.  On paper, the businesses were strikingly similar. Both supported big box retailers with highly manual processes. They had dramatic fluctuations in volume and frequent interruptions to production planning due to upstream supply chain issues. The companies paid market competitive, but relatively meager wages, and had a workforce primarily made up of minorities.

However, their cultures were as different as night and day. So, what made these two similar operations so different?

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Topics: Human Logistics, Business, Workforce Management, 3PL, Increase Productivity, Employee Impact, Energize Employees, Labor Management

From Pit Row to Production Floor: How To Make Seconds Count

Posted by David on Jul 2, 2014 3:31:48 PM

It takes perfect timing to win the Indianapolis 500.  The fastest Indy500 was completed in 1990 by Arie Luyendyk with an average speed of 185.981  mph.  In 1997 Luyendyk won the Indy500 again by .570 seconds.  This year the 97th Indy500 takes place on May 26 and as the most legendary automotive race in the world.  It’s certainly every racer’s dream to chug milk in victory lane and take home the Borg-Warner Trophy.

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Topics: Human Logistics, Labor Management, Business, 3PL, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, performance partners, warehouse efficiency

What Is The 3PL Model?

Posted by David on Jul 2, 2014 2:22:02 PM

A Look at Third Party Logistics (3PL)

A 3PL is a firm that provides a one stop shop service to its customers of outsourced (or “third party”) logistics services for part, or all of their supply chain management functions. Originally 3PLs focused on logistics which was primarily transportation, warehousing and distribution and charged the client on a cost plus model.

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Topics: Human Logistics, Labor Management, Business, 3PL, Third Party Logistics