Topic: Retail and Grocery Shipping Best Practices

Shipping Carbonated Beverages

Even if you’ve never been on the wrong end of a shaken soda bottle, you’re likely aware that these fizzy drinks can explode if shaken or frozen and cause sticky chaos. So how do you avoid product damage (and major messes) while shipping carbonated beverages? Why do carbonated beverages explode when shaken? Carbonated drinks contain […]

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Timely Answers to 5 Big Logistics Questions

The logistics industry is in a rapid state of change and advancement, and its sophistication and development are a work in progress. It seems like every day and every week a new value proposition comes along that continues to shape the industry. This changing environment, particularly ongoing technology trends, brings up some fundamental questions worth […]

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Sam’s Club On-Time In-Full (OTIF) Program

Sam’s Club is moving forward with instituting an On Time in Full (OTIF) program, like its parent company, Walmart. This program exists to score Sam’s Club suppliers on their overall delivery performance and to clarify vendor expectations. What is a Supplier Scorecard? Most retailers have some sort of supplier scorecard system in place to evaluate […]

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Walmart Updates Supplier Guidelines, Again

https://sfa.ziplinelogistics.com/blog/walmart-otif-may-2019/ Over the last two years, Walmart has tightened their delivery standards. The strict guidelines were implemented to help the company run leaner and be more exact with inventory levels. Unfortunately, most suppliers have been unable to meet the strict guidelines. Walmart went from requiring a four-day shipping window in 2016 to a two-day shipping […]

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10 Powerful Logistics Metrics to Watch for Success

Management guru Peter Drucker famously stated, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Controlling the performance of business operations, which includes your supply chain and transportation, is nearly impossible without business metrics and data analytics. These quantifiable measures and in-depth discoveries of useful information help evaluate the success of your organization in meeting […]

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Retail Logistics: Right Carrier for the Job

When launching a relationship with a big-box store, it’s essential that brands understand the implications of using “the right carrier for the job.” If using the wrong trucking company for a certain region, route, or customer, brands can end up dealing with delivery issues, upcharges, and unnecessary frustrations. This fact is little known to newer […]

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The New Supply Chain Quotient: Visibility and Control

Visibility and control are prerequisites of a high-performing supply chain. But, in the Geodis 2017 Supply Chain Survey, they found that only 6% of organizations said they had end-to-end supply chain visibility. As the shipment of goods becomes a key component in a firm’s ability to compete and succeed, new technology solutions have become the best […]

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Shipping on Weekends; Added Capacity

As a shipper, you have the option to move product on Saturdays and Sundays. The trucking industry doesn’t operate on a regular schedule. In fact, you can move goods 24/7, 365. Weekends and overnight are never off limits. But when SHOULD you take advantage of this added capacity? There are certain situations better suited for […]

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Protect Freight from Freezing

Photo Source: AP Does your merchandise have the potential to freeze during transit? Food and beverage products, cosmetics, and many other goods can be irrevocably damaged if exposed to subzero temps. The issue is most easily illustrated with beverages. Liquids expand when they freeze, creating pressure inside closed bottles. Some packaging is built to withstand […]

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What is Flat Rate Pallet Shipping?

Flat-rate pallet shipping is not unlike flat rate parcel shipping. Both programs aim to alleviate shipping complexity by removing steps from the traditional quoting process. You are likely familiar with the Priority Mail Flat Rate program from USPS. Their flat rate pricing eliminates the need to weigh personal packages or calculate shipping fees. If your […]

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Logistics Service Through Specialization

Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group recently wrote an article about Zipline Logistics on Forbes.com. He calls out our focus on service and explains why Zipline’s specialization is essential for our customer base of CG brands. “As specialists in CG transportation, Zipline’s entire organization is familiar with the unique requirements of every major retailer DC (distribution center) and […]

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Logistics Strategy for Food Startups – Podcast

Logistics strategy can often be an afterthought, or at least not an area of focus, for new brands. Product development and marketing take center stage and shipping is seen as a necessary (but aggravating) part of doing business. However, when brands start to think about logistics from a strategic standpoint, particularly in the early stages […]

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