Back in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression, Rudy Buchheit started hauling livestock to market for local farmers. No superhighways, no GPS units-just Rudy, his truck and his determination to feed his family. Fast forward to the current generation which is Buchheit Logistics.
2015 finds Buchheit Logistics to be a vertically integrated, asset-based logistics solution provider offering a host of logistics options for our clients. We still have our well-known and highly regarded transportation mix plus we have been steadily growing our 3PL offerings of warehousing, specialized transportation services and material handling.
The past eighty years of logistics experience have taught us how to integrate our capabilities so that our customers can make a single phone call to handle multiple needs. Intermodal, transloading products, cross dock, reverse logistics and many more custom product handling specialties are available from Buchheit. Combined with our truckload transportation and peak shipping capacity expertise, you can be assured that your products will get there. It is this experience that we would like to share with you through this bi-monthly E-newsletter. You’ll learn about what is going on here at Buchheit and in the industry and preview trends we might see coming our way.
The slowing inland distribution flow can be countered with good communication between carriers and our shipper partners. Capacity is a concern within the entire supply chain. Stories abound of ships waiting long periods for an unloading berth, port slowdowns and uncertain chassis availability, slowing train speeds, driver/truck availability and yes, government regulations slowing our inland fleets. These uncertainties can be overcome with heightened openness and dialog between both shippers and carriers. Carriers are striving to better understand the requirements of the shippers. Shippers are working to realistically schedule both the pickup and expected delivery times of their loads.
One of the most discussed productivity enhancements receiving a lot of attention today is enhanced efficiency on the loading docks. Our drivers each have 14 hours today. Whether moving freight to the customer or sitting at the dock waiting for that load, once the clock starts, they are limited by law on how long they have to accomplish their duties. I recently heard a new phrase that I’ve never heard before in this industry: “Shipper of Choice” – those shippers that were working to improve their order and dock processes to ensure that the drivers are driving and getting products to the customer.
Buchheit Logistics integrated offering provides you with a one-call opportunity to take care of business. Transportation, warehousing and a diverse array of 3PL capabilities allow us to offer you peace of mind that your products will be positioned in the right place, at the right time thus assuring you, your plant and your customers of seamless availability. Call us today and let us show you the Buchheit difference.
Everyone is talking drones. Military applications abound. New orders delivered in less than an hour. Beer deliveries to Minnesota ice fishermen (the FAA grounded that one). But taking inventory in the warehouse? redOrbit.com had an article about a German company developing that technology. So hold back with the bird nets. That whooshing you hear overhead in the warehouse may well belong to an accounting drone.