Saddle Creek Corporation is a nationwide third-party logistics (3PL) company providing integrated warehousing, transportation, packaging and fulfillment services. Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, the 3PL operates locations across the U.S. The company's transportation division, Saddle Creek Transportation, offers both logistics services and fleet operations nationwide.

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  • Ecommerce sales are growing at double-digit rates in the U.S. and expected to reach $632 billion by 2020, according to Business Insider. That growth poses unique supply chain challenges. Sound all too familiar? A 3PL can help, Saddle Creek’s Perry Belcastro, vice president of fulfillment services, explains in the latest issue of Inbound Logistics. Following is an excerpt from the Read more The po...

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  • Today’s omnichannel shoppers expect options like free shipping, expedited deliveries, store pick-up, ship to store and return to store. That can make order fulfillment very challenging. To meet the needs of an omnichannel environment (or simply expand to accommodate sales growth), retailers and ecommerce companiesneed to move products through the supply chain faster, get them closer to the end cus...

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  • Did you know that nearly half of online shoppers will typically back out of a purchase if they don’t qualify for free shipping? Today’s consumers expect more from their retail experience. In what has been dubbed the “Age of the Customer,” shoppers expect to have what they want when, where, and how they want it. Not convinced? Just consider what Read more The post How Can a Fulfillment Provider He...

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  • Dramatic peaks and valleys in order volume can be challenging to accommodate. Whether they’re caused by unpredictable forecasting or seasonal promotions, this variability is difficult to plan for in terms of space and staffing requirements. If you handle your own fulfillment, you always need to have enough space and staff available to handle your highest potential order volume because you Read mo...

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  • Explosive sales growth, product line expansions, and moving into new markets are all positive business changes, but they can tax your resources. You need additional space, staff and more sophisticated technology to handle the increase in order volume. Failure to scale can lead to service issues and/or delivery delays. While every company has a different threshold, most reach a critical Read more ...

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  • Order fulfillment plays a vital role in your business. The way in which you receive, process and deliver orders to your end customers has a direct impact on the customer experience – and that can make or break your business. Chances are, you’re currently using one of the following fulfillment options: You fulfill the orders yourself, supplying products from a manufacturing facility, Read more The...

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  • There are about 5.7 million subscription box shoppers in the U.S. today, according to Hitwise. What’s more, the potential opportunity for additional growth is significant. Over a third (38%) of consumers say they are interested in signing up for a subscription service, a Forrester study shows. Retailers are taking notice. Recognizing that the subscription market gives them a new way Read more The...

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  • A strong-performing fulfillment provider can be a valuable business partner, helping to increase efficiency, control costs and improve customer service. A subpar provider, on the other hand, can seriously impact your operations in the opposite direction, taking a toll on your business and your bottom line. What is the real cost of a poor provider? Tom Patterson, senior vice president Read more Th...

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  • Have you ever conducted a search for a third-party provider and been disappointed by a slew of responses that come up short or were entirely off the mark? A poorly constructed request for proposal (RFP) could be to blame. Before you start your next search for a 3PL, give careful thought to how you frame up your RFP. Wondering how Read more The post How to Get the Most from Your 3PL RFP appeared f...

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  • Omnichannel and unified commerce are fast becoming the new norm in retail. Customers expect a consistent and seamless experience. Before placing an online order, they want to know if an item is in stock online or available for pickup at a nearby store. And they’ve come to expect fast and free shipping as well as multiple options for delivery. To Read more The post What is an OMS and Why Do I Need...

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  • Online and non-store sales are projected to triple the year-over-year growth rate for the entire retail industry in 2017, the National Retail Federation predicts. The new sales environment is one marked by constant evolution, a high level of competition and cautious consumers. What does this mean for your business? Today’s sales environment calls for an unprecedented level of flexibility and Read...

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  • There’s no denying the value of loyal customers. In fact, an Adobe study shows that repeat customers generate three to seven times more revenue per visit. So it’s not surprising that improving the customer experience is the top priority for 72 percent of businesses, according to recent data from Forrester. Wondering how you can increase customer loyalty? Here are five Read more The post What is t...

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  • There’s no denying the impact that Amazon has had on online customers’ expectations. As evidence of the Amazon Effect at work, consider that 70 percent of shoppers said they expect free shipping for standard delivery during the holidays, according to a new Kibo Software study. They’re not willing to sacrifice speed, however. A Deloitte study found that 45 percent of Read more The post Handling th...

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  • Eighty-six percent of shippers say that using a 3PL helps improve customer service, according to the 2017 Third-Party Logistics Study. With that high level of confidence, it’s clear that a third-party logistics provider must offer a number of advantages, but what are they? 5 Reasons Why Customers Like Your 3PL Here is a closer look at some of the top Read more The post How Can Using a 3PL Improve...

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  • Need to store cartons of crackers? Bottles of beverages? Pallets of pickles? It’s important to select a qualified third-party provider for warehousing and distribution. The food and beverage industry poses unique supply chain challenges, and not all 3PLs are equipped to handle them. You’ll want an experienced partner with an in-depth understanding of the food and beverage marketplace and the Read...

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  • The world is reeling this week from the impact of numerous natural disasters – from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to wildfires and earthquakes. Supply-chain resources and know-how can make a critical difference in relief and recovery efforts. That’s where the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) comes in. This highly respected non-profit association supports disaster recovery by engaging the supply ...

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  • Saddle Creek extends a warm welcome to Charlie Piper, who joins us as vice president of business development. Based in Chicago, he will focus on business growth for all of our logistics services. Piper has more than 25 years of supply chain experience, most recently serving as vice president of business development with Fidelitone Inc., a national provider of integrated Read more The post Saddle ...

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  • Continuous improvement is a key area of focus at Saddle Creek. We continually strive to bring our customers innovative ideas for controlling costs, increasing productivity and improving service. We’ve implemented a variety of initiatives to keep fresh ideas flowing. Our LEAN Leaders competition, for example, helps to generate excitement among associates and keep Saddle Creek’s commitment to qualit...

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  • If your 3PL is performing poorly, the impact goes beyond headaches and sleepless nights. A subpar 3PL can take a real toll on your business and your bottom line. Near-Term Cost Impact It doesn’t take long for a 3PL’s poor performance to put a dent in your budget, warns Tom Patterson, Saddle Creek’s Senior Vice President of Warehouse Operations. Inventory Read more The post What is the Real Cost o...

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  • Managing your warehouse/DC workforce can be a lot of work. For 62 percent of companies, finding and keeping qualified workers is the biggest challenge, a recent study shows – closely followed by increasing workforce productivity and controlling labor costs. Wondering how you can make the job easier? Outsourcing to a third-party logistics provider could help. Read on to learn more. Read more The p...

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  • Find yourself trying to do more with less? You’re not alone. Cost management is one of the biggest priorities for companies today. To ensure you’ve whittled down your costs as far as they can go, read on. 3 Strategies to Reduce Costs Here are several strategies that successful retailers, ecommerce companies and manufacturers employ to reduce their bottom line: Transportation Read more The post Ho...

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  • When you’re changing 3PL providers, a smooth transition is critical. It enables you to uphold customer service levels, maintain your speed to market and control costs. A seamless transition starts with clearly defined processes. Established processes will help guide every aspect of your start-up and ensure proper management and support for such transitions – particularly when they need to occur R...

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  • Back-to-school season isn’t just for the school-age set any longer. Just ask the 16 supervisors who attended the inaugural class of the Saddle Creek Academy in September. Saddle Creek established the Academy training program for its front-line supervisors with the goal of providing them with leadership skills that are aligned with the company’s corporate values.  Participants enhance their knowled...

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  • Green has always been our favorite color, so we’re particularly proud to report that Saddle Creek has been named a 2017 “SmartWay High Performer” by the EPA.  Our compressed-natural-gas (CNG) fleet has achieved the high-performance ranking as a SmartWay Truckload/Dry Van Truck Carrier. Saddle Creek is in an elite group. While hundreds of companies partner with EPA through SmartWay, High Read more...

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