Inventory Management Services Customized for you!
This is where we discuss your inventory challenges and goals. Lippert has over 40 years of experience and numerous OEM partners, and we have met a variety of inventory needs. We can help you achieve your goals; whether that means improving delivery time, streamlining dealer returns, or better managing warehouse space.
With an understanding of your goals and challenges, we can start planning your specialized inventory solution. Through collaboration, we will identify which Lippert services will best meet your needs.
Now that we've developed a plan, our partnership will flourish as we help you accomplish your inventory goals. Lippert offers custom reports, so you will be able to track the progress and improvement of your inventory management along the way.
Technology is racing ahead and a business’s ability to survive in the future economy may be directly linked to their ability to utilize and implement emerging tech. Possibly one of the biggest ground-breaking developments is autonomous driving vehicles (AV). Forty-six companies are currently working on developing AV technology. While the attention of the companies is mostly focused on consumer vehicles, autonomous driving vehicles will have a vast impact on logistics and supply chains.
Inbound Logistics Magazine’s article “Self-Driving Trucks Are Set to Transform Trucking and Logistics” details the early logistical model that is currently being utilized by Uber and Embark. A human driver picks up freight and drives to a “transfer station.” At the transfer station, the trailer is attached to an AV. The AV then drives to the next transfer station where the trailer is disconnected and then reattached to a human operated truck. This system will allow for autonomous transportation between long distances from one transfer station to another, where a human driver will take over. This will greatly reduce the distance a human driver will be behind the wheel. Eventually, this process could become completely autonomous and not require transfer stations whatsoever.
Inbound Logistics also mentions a couple of future potential benefits of AV technology, including trucking companies creating convoys of AVs that minimize drag utilizing drafting to increase fuel efficiency, collision detection and other safety features reducing accidents (both on the road and workplace accidents at loading/unloading docks), and relieving time pressures that human truckers face.
AV has already seen partial deployment in some projects. On 2/20/2019, Volvo released the article “Breaking New Ground” which showcased Volvo’s “first autonomous solution in real operation.” Brønnøy Kalk AS is a private, family-owned company in Norway that operates a limestone mine. Volvo has deployed 6 full autonomous trucks to test AVs with a real workload. The trucks pick up limestone from the mine and unload it at a port where it is boated away to its destination. The distance between the mine and the port is about 5 kilometers (or 3.1 miles). Volvo’s test will provide interesting insight on AV development and how they may be used in the near future.
There are many things to keep in mind when searching for a third-party logistics (3PL) provider. Choosing the correct 3PL provider can help elevate a company above its competitors. The wrong 3PL can cause dysfunction, headaches, or even loss of business. Below are 5 things to keep in mind when choosing a 3PL provider:
How does the 3PL provider stand financially? Having a 3PL suddenly fold due to financial woes could result in a business’s operation coming to a complete stop. A reputable 3PL will have a strong financial foundation and have a plan for future growth. Choosing a 3PL with an uncertain future is a risk that a business shouldn’t take.
Can the 3PL provider scale and keep pace with the company’s needs? If a provider is chosen that cannot scale to current demand, the business will likely need to restart their 3PL search from the beginning. On the other hand, a 3PL should be able to downscale a company’s needs if business slows.
Clear, responsive, and honest communication is vital when partnering with any provider. How quickly do they answer emails and phone calls? Can they be reached easily? Are they quick to solve issues? Are they upfront and honest when an issue arises? These are all questions that should be asked when researching 3PL providers.
Trustworthy and Dependable
In addition to being financially stable, a business should pick a 3PL that is dependable and has industry references. Are they known in the industry? Do they have long-term agreements with clients? Do they have testimonials? A reputable 3PL will be knowledgeable in the logistics and transportation industry. They will also be applying new technologies, researching more efficient methods, and staying current with industry trends.
Additional Services Offered
A company should evaluate its future needs and consider partnering with a 3PL provider that offers those services. These services might include kitting, packaging/co-packaging, dealer returns, government sales assistance, and additive manufacturing (3D Printing). Partnering with a provider that offers these services may eliminate the need to search for another partner in the future.
Ashland County is often boasted as being the halfway point between Cleveland and Columbus, but the county has much more to be excited about. Ashland’s economic development office, Grow Ashland, has stated that Ashland County sits within 600 miles of 60% of the U.S. population and 50% of the Canadian Population. This provides the county with economic opportunity that not many other counties have.
However, it is not just Ashland County’s location that plays to its favor, but its abundant transportation and infrastructure that keeps the county economically competitive. Sitting within 60% of the U.S. Population would be meaningless without the means to receive and distribute goods. Luckily, Ashland has numerous main highways running through it, such as Interstate 71, U.S. 42, U.S. 250, U.S. 224, and U.S. 30. Additionally, the county has a public airport only 5 miles from the Ashland Business Park and 4 miles from Downtown Ashland. The county also has direct access to the Ashland Railway and is about an hour away from the Rickenbacker Inland Port in Columbus OH, which offers a rich mix of air, sea, rail, and ground transport companies and providers. Finally, Ashland is 66 miles from Cleveland and about 97 miles from Toledo, allowing relatively easy access to the Port of Cleveland and the Toledo Port Authority.
With this amazing location and infrastructure available, the area has tons to offer. So, it comes as no surprise that Ashland County was ranked the nation’s 5th top Micropolitan (population less than 50,000) for economic development in 2018 for Site Selection Magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” report, which was up 2 spots from the previous year’s rankings.
Lippert Enterprises is proudly located in Ashland. Lippert has been innovating inventory practices since 1976 by buying excess stock to help satisfy businesses’ short-term inventory goals. Legacy parts management, third-party logistics (3PL), packaging, and dealer returns are just some of the other services that Lippert can provide businesses across the country. Lippert takes on the role of managing aging inventory, intricate dealer returns, logistics and 3PL, which in turn allows businesses to focus their time and resources into other matters without sacrificing quality of inventory management.
Call your Lippert Partner Services Associate to help you determine what Flexible Inventory Solutions will help you manage your inventory, deliver far greater access to parts and improve brand loyalty.
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