Summer 2012 Barrett Bugle

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Summer 2012 Barrett Bugle, Digital edition

As Vibram faced the challenges of rapidly growing demand for its wildly popular footwear innovation, the company found its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and IT systems inadequate to process the growing number of orders.

Barrett worked with Vibram to address challenges, while simultaneously creating a solution to build and maintain separate order processing and management locations for web and retail orders, improve forecasting capability and bring inventory levels up to ensure responsiveness to the surging demand.

Additionally, we dealt with requirements for counterfeit product detection and management of the brand threat, while ensuring that all solutions position Vibram to scale, with orders and delivery (direct to consumer and to retail channels) capable of fast response as orders grow in number and complexity. [read more]

Importance of Memphis Growing

Barrett Distribution Centers "Buying In" to Memphis  

MBQ: Inside Memphis Business / March 2012 / Buying In by Clifford F. Lynch

Much has been written about the transportation advantages of the Memphis metropolitan area. Five Class I railroads, a large motor carrier contingent, the largest river in the country, and a world-class airport all contribute to making Memphis and the surrounding area a major logistics hub — indeed one of the most important in the country.

Often overlooked, however, is the network of logistics service providers the city is fortunate to have in the region. These firms range from small, family-owned businesses to large national providers, and everything in between. Products handled include almost anything, from agricultural chemicals to zippers.

President's Reflections

Bridging Generations for Success

By Arthur Barrett, President, Barrett Distribution Centers

I had the pleasure of chairing the 2012 Annual Convention & Exposition for the International Warehouse Logistics Association which was held this year at the historic Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. The conference theme was appropriately, “Bridging Generations for Success.”  After the Sunday afternoon golf tournament, we kicked off the three-day convention with an invitation-only dinner featuring... [read more]

Top Packaging Suppliers for Specialty Fulfillment

Barrett customizes solutions which often require specialty fulfillment services from packaging to delivery. Having reviewed carrier partners earlier this year, Barrett now provides a review of the top four providers of materials typically incorporated for specialty fulfillment solutions: from quality printed cartons, specialty padded mailers and customized totes to general packaging supplies. These four companies represent the best array of products, highest-quality service and most responsive customer service in this market segment... [read more]

Q1: How important is fuel efficiency to the Logistics industry?
A1: For private fleets and commercial carriers, fuel expenses can account for more than 25% of their total operating costs.

Q2: What are the best ways to increase fuel efficiency in tractor trailers?
A2: * Maintain speed limits: Drivers who keep within the speed limits can increase the truck's fuel economy by more than 20%.
* Avoid unnecessary idling: The average idling tractor consumes 1.2 gallons per hour or more than 8 cents a minute based on today's fuel prices.
* Keep tires inflated to the proper levels: For every 10 psi below the rated tire pressure, the truck's fuel economy decreases by 0.5%.

Q3: How are companies affected by fuel efficiency?
A3: Fuel efficiency impacts every one of the 750,000 trucking companies in the U.S, and their costs impact every consumer.

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