Standard Distribution Co. https://www.standarddist.com 3PL Warehousing and Fulfillment Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:42:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 3 Biggest Challenges of Inventory Management https://www.standarddist.com/2018/01/16/3-biggest-challenges-inventory-management/ https://www.standarddist.com/2018/01/16/3-biggest-challenges-inventory-management/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:41:40 +0000 https://www.standarddist.com/?p=3150 One of the biggest components to owning and operating a successful distribution center is to have an effective inventory management system. A lack of accurate inventory information can cause a very large amount of confusion. This can then result in all sorts of problems throughout the distribution center from the initial order to the fulfillment […]

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One of the biggest components to owning and operating a successful distribution center is to have an effective inventory management system. A lack of accurate inventory information can cause a very large amount of confusion.

This can then result in all sorts of problems throughout the distribution center from the initial order to the fulfillment of the final product. Inventory management can present many different types of challenges.

Reluctance to Change

The best way to make sure that you are using an effective inventory management system is to make sure that it is up to date. Many companies are reluctant to take the plunge when it comes to purchasing a new inventory management system.

A new system can often seem costly and complicated. This is exactly why most organizations continue to use old systems, even if they no longer work appropriately. However, an investment in a new system may be exactly what your business needs to stay on top of its continually changing inventory.

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Many distributors prefer to be safe than sorry. This is why they often keep extra inventory on hand, especially during busy seasons like the holidays. Unfortunately, every extra piece of inventory that is sitting in a warehouse is money being wasted. An accurate inventory management system can help you maintain a more appropriate amount of inventory.

Missing Information

When distributors operate on a large scale, it becomes impossible to be aware of each and every detail going on within the business. Inventory management systems can help to fill in these gaps. They offer high quality information that would otherwise go unnoticed. This information can then be utilized to better the business as a whole.

More From Standard Distribution Co.

Here at Standard Distribution Co., we are committed to offering the best service possible to each and every one of our employees. We completely devote ourselves to each product we produce, from start to finish.

To learn more about Standard Distribution Co., please visit our website! Once there, you will be able to learn much more about our many different locations and services that we offer. To contact us, please click HERE.

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Happy New Year From Standard Distribution! https://www.standarddist.com/2018/01/03/happy-new-year-standard-distribution/ https://www.standarddist.com/2018/01/03/happy-new-year-standard-distribution/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:01:59 +0000 https://www.standarddist.com/?p=3168 As we enter into 2018, we remember all of the incredible accomplishments that the previous year has brought us. Standard Distribution Co. has been in operation for over 80 years. Our long term success is a result of each and every one of our dedicated team members, as well as our loyal customers. Community Investment […]

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As we enter into 2018, we remember all of the incredible accomplishments that the previous year has brought us.

Standard Distribution Co. has been in operation for over 80 years. Our long term success is a result of each and every one of our dedicated team members, as well as our loyal customers.

Community Investment

Each year, the City of Cedar Falls and Cedar Falls Utilities recognizes local businesses for their efforts to better the Cedar Falls community. In 2015, Standard Distribution Co. was honored to be the recipient of the “Long Time Investor Award”.

Our company has continued to better the community in which we reside. This past year Standard Distribution Co. began construction on an addition to our Corporate Headquarters. This expansion is located at 317 Savannah Park Road in Cedar Falls, and represents our ongoing commitment to the Cedar Falls community.

The new location is set to officially open in the first few months of 2018. We look forward to providing additional assistance and value to the City of Cedar Falls in the months to come.

Ongoing Energy Efficiency

We here at Standard Distribution Co. we are also very concerned with our impact on the environment. Two years ago our company received the “Energy Innovation Award” for our energy efficiency efforts within our 1225 Rail Way location in Cedar Falls.

Our business continues to dedicate itself to these improvements. In April of 2016 we began generating solar energy at our 1109 Viking Road location. This project continues to progress, and we are incredibly proud of the positive effect it has brought to our company and community.

More From Standard Distribution Co.

To learn more about our company, please visit our website. There you will find additional information about the various products and services that we have to offer.

You can also stay up to date on all of our projects by following our blog. Our content creation team regularly publishes content that is pertinent to the distribution industry in order to keep you well informed.

Thank you for an incredible year. We here at Standard Distribution Co. look forward to working with you again in 2018!

 

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STANDARD DISTRIBUTION CO. EXPANSION SET TO OPEN IN EARLY 2018 https://www.standarddist.com/2017/12/29/standard-distribution-co-expansion-set-open-early-2018/ https://www.standarddist.com/2017/12/29/standard-distribution-co-expansion-set-open-early-2018/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:56:14 +0000 https://www.standarddist.com/?p=3158 Once again, in order to meet the demands of our clients, Standard Distribution Co. is set to finish construction on our 3rd addition at our Corporate Headquarters, located at 317 Savannah Park Road in the Cedar Falls, Iowa Industrial Park.  The additional 55,000 square feet is set to be operational by February, 2018. This facility […]

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Once again, in order to meet the demands of our clients, Standard Distribution Co. is set to finish construction on our 3rd addition at our Corporate Headquarters, located at 317 Savannah Park Road in the Cedar Falls, Iowa Industrial Park. 

The additional 55,000 square feet is set to be operational by February, 2018. This facility services multiple clientele including agricultural and industrial commodities and will now be over 333,000 square feet in total size. This FDA approved warehouse and fulfillment center is open 24 hours a day, 6 days a week and handles hundreds of truckloads per week. We’re excited for the opportunity to continue to grow and offer world class 3PL warehousing and fulfillment services shipping products throughout Iowa and the Mid-West.

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Distribution During the Holidays Done Right https://www.standarddist.com/2017/12/20/distribution-holidays-done-right/ https://www.standarddist.com/2017/12/20/distribution-holidays-done-right/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:45:04 +0000 https://www.standarddist.com/?p=3129 The holiday season is the busiest time of the year. With so much to do and so little time, everyone is constantly running ragged during this entire 3 month period. For distribution centers like Standard Distribution Co., things are no different. Every year the chaos in the distribution builds as we approach the holidays. This […]

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The holiday season is the busiest time of the year. With so much to do and so little time, everyone is constantly running ragged during this entire 3 month period. For distribution centers like Standard Distribution Co., things are no different.

Every year the chaos in the distribution builds as we approach the holidays. This season is filled with challenges, but also huge rewards.

According to Deloitte’s 2017 holiday survey, each household is expected to spend $228 more than they did in the previous year. An astounding 83% of these survey respondents also said that they will be making purchases through devices like desktops and laptops. As you can probably imagine, this creates an incredible boom in the distribution industry. From warehousing to packaging to complete product fulfillment, every distributor is expected to be firing on all cylinders during this time of year.

Surviving The Surge

It can seem rather daunting and almost impossible to approach this situation. That is why every distributor needs a game plan on how to handle the holidays. Cerasis published a great article on how distributors can stay ahead of the curve. In the article, they describe 5 major ways in which shippers can improve their holiday logistics:

  1. Set a Benchmark: The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Take the time to look at previous year’s sales volumes. This can give you a good idea of how many products you will be working with, which will give you clear estimates of what to store in warehousing, how much time you will need to process orders, etc.
  2. OmniChannel Inventories: Integrate your inventories into one single stream of information. This allows you to look at the bigger picture, rather than confusing yourself over dozens of different documents.
  3. Get Involved: The best way to oversee an operation is to actually see it first hand. Get out of your office and take a walk out on the floor. This allows you to see how well operations are functioning and if there are any major problems that you need to immediately solve.
  4. Anticipate Staffing Needs: With all of the added inventory, you are going to need some extra hands to move and process it. Make sure that all stations are equipped with enough employees to keep fulfillment operations running smoothly.
  5. Set Early Deadlines: It is always better to be safe than sorry. As a quality distributor, you should already be very familiar with your product’s throughput times. Give this a little extra cushion to ensure that you will not fall behind. Once your operation begins to lag, it can be hard to recover as orders just continue to flood in. Stay ahead of the game and set an early deadline.

Happy Holidays From Standard

We here at Standard Distribution Co. would like to extend our warmest regards to you and your family during this holiday season. Our business depends on the satisfaction of our beloved customers. Without you, we would not be here today. Thank you for your continued business and consideration!

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Standard Distribution Co. Invests in Simple Solar https://www.standarddist.com/2016/09/28/standard-distribution-co-invests-in-the-cedar-falls-utilities-solar-power-project/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:32:57 +0000 https://www.standarddist.com/?p=3048 The post Standard Distribution Co. Invests in Simple Solar appeared first on Standard Distribution Co..

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Standard Distribution Co. Invests in Simple Solar

Standard Distribution Co. is proud to be a major investor in the innovative Cedar Falls Utilities solar power project, “Simple Solar,” located directly across the street from our 1109 Viking Road location.

Simple Solar, the largest community solar project in the state of Iowa, now provides 1.5 megawatts of green power to homes and businesses in Cedar Falls. Energy generation started at the site on April 1, 2016.

Total capacity of the array is 1.5 MW. It is currently the largest community solar project in Iowa. Here’s some interesting facts on the Prairie Lakes Solar Project:

  • 1,250 Families, businesses and organizations purchased solar energy from the project
  • 1,500 killowatts Generating capacity of Prairie Lakes Solar (AC)
  • 8 acres Size of the site
  • 6,516 Solar panels installed
  • 8,682 Units of energy offered to the public. The project is 100% subscribed

Click here to view the real time solar energy output for the Simply Solar project in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Standard Distribution Co. will receive the Energy Innovation Award for the company’s newest building, completed in 2015, at 1225 Rail Way in the northern Cedar Falls Industrial Park.

The company worked with Pete Olson of Cedar Falls Utilities, general contractor Fred Rose and electrical contractor Tom Stickfort to update energy technology, including LED lighting, sunlight harvesting and lighting and environmental control systems. The company also is working on applying similar updates to its original Cedar Falls buildings, at 317 Savannah Park Road; 1109 Viking Road; and 6206 Nordic Drive.

 

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IWLA Food Council – Standard Operating Practices Webinar: Part 3 https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/16/iwla-food-council-standard-operating-practices-webinar-part-3/ https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/16/iwla-food-council-standard-operating-practices-webinar-part-3/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:47:39 +0000 http://preview.standarddist.com/wordpress/?p=2804 Part 3: Standard Distribution Co. Operations Manager, Wendy Schaefer, is Co-Chairman of theIWLA Food Security Council and was asked to write and produce a series of informative webinars on several different topics imperative to those involved in Food Safety to be showcased to IWLA members.

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Part 3: Standard Distribution Co. Operations Manager, Wendy Schaefer, is Co-Chairman of theIWLA Food Security Council and was asked to write and produce a series of informative webinars on several different topics imperative to those involved in Food Safety to be showcased to IWLA members.

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Standard Distribution Co. Wins Award https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/standard-distribution-co-wins-award/ https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/standard-distribution-co-wins-award/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:54:37 +0000 http://preview.standarddist.com/wordpress/?p=2816 Standard Distribution Co. recently accepted the 2015 “Long Time Investor Award” from the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa in association with the Cedar Falls Utilities.

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Standard Distribution Co. recently accepted the 2015 “Long Time Investor Award” from the City of Cedar Falls, Iowa in association with the Cedar
Falls Utilities.

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IWLA Food Council – Standard Operating Practices Webinar: Part 2 https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/iwla-food-council-standard-operating-practices-webinar-part-2/ https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/iwla-food-council-standard-operating-practices-webinar-part-2/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:53:51 +0000 http://preview.standarddist.com/wordpress/?p=2813 Part 2: Standard Distribution Co. Operations Manager, Wendy Schaefer, is Co-Chairman of the IWLA Food Security Council and was asked to write and produce a series of informative webinars on several different topics imperative to those involved in Food Safety to be showcased to IWLA members.

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Part 2: Standard Distribution Co. Operations Manager, Wendy Schaefer, is Co-Chairman of the IWLA Food Security Council and was asked to write and produce a series of informative webinars on several different topics imperative to those involved in Food Safety to be showcased to IWLA members.

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Standard Distribution Co. Continue to Expand on Industries We Serve https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/standard-distribution-co-continue-to-expand-on-industries-we-serve/ https://www.standarddist.com/2016/06/15/standard-distribution-co-continue-to-expand-on-industries-we-serve/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:52:50 +0000 http://preview.standarddist.com/wordpress/?p=2810 Since the beginning, Standard Distribution Co. has served its clients by providing an unparalleled level of service and trust. For over 75 years we have worked with companies of all sizes helping them streamline their supply chain right here from the Midwest. Our experience, history, central location and success provides a competitive advantage for our […]

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Since the beginning, Standard Distribution Co. has served its clients by providing an unparalleled level of service and trust. For over 75 years we have worked with companies of all sizes helping them streamline their supply chain right here from the Midwest. Our experience, history, central location and success provides a competitive advantage for our clients.

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