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Container Shipping News for September 2022
Here is what is happening right now in shipping and logistics including two hurricanes getting ready to wreak havoc in North America. Read more here.
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The Advantages of Choosing Pacific Coast Distribution, LTD, for Shipping and Logistics
Pacific Coast Distribution, LTD, has some important advantages in shipping and logistics over its competitors. Read more here.
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What Is Dangerous Goods Freight?
Shipping dangerous goods freight is regulated by Transport Canada, is more complicated than normal shipping, and requires special protocols. Read more here.
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How 3PL Companies Optimize Warehouse Space
Shipping and logistics companies have many ways to optimize their warehouse space from reducing aisle width to thinking vertically. Read more here.
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Dedicated Versus Shared Vancouver Warehousing Services
Dedicated versus shared warehousing is whether or not a warehouse is used for only your products or the products of several companies. Read more here.
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Top Factors Affecting Ground Transportation Costs This Spring
Lack of drivers, weather problems, and spiking oil prices are all affecting ground transportation costs for shippers this spring. Read more here.
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What Is Consolidation and Deconsolidation?
Consolidation and deconsolidation are technical terms used in shipping and logistics. Consolidation means combining several smaller shipments into one shipment, and deconsolidation is the opposite.
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What is Drayage in Shipping and Logistics
In shipping and logistics, drayage is an important concept. Most clients need it at least some of the time if not all the time. But what is it exactly?
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Why Shipping and Logistics Is Always More Complex During the Holidays
Last month we talked about the supply chain problems [link to last month’s blog] that are specific to the Vancouver, BC, area. Today we would like to talk about the winter holidays and why shipping and logistics is always more complex during the ho
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British Columbia’s Supply Chain Problem
If you have been watching the news, then you have likely heard that British Columbia is currently having a supply chain problem. What is the problem? And why is British Columbia having it?
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What Is a Supply Chain
If you hear the term “supply chain,” this refers to the whole process of obtaining raw materials, turning them into a product, and then packaging and shipping them to, perhaps a distribution point, and then finally to the end, which may be a r
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Trends in Warehouse Automation
Over the years, technology has improved in every sector, and warehousing is no exception. Warehouses are becoming increasingly automated, and in this article we will give you some ideas how that automation works.
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31
Aug
2021
Best Practices in Warehousing
August 31st, 2021 in General Warehouse
Companies that specialize in shipping and logistics often also offer warehousing to shipping clients. All warehouses are not created equal, so in this blog article we are going to talk about some of the best practices in warehousing.
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31
Aug
2021
What Is a Freight Broker?
August 31st, 2021 in Freight Broker
A freight broker is the person who is responsible for shipping products from point A to point B using one or more modes of transport.
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What Is Cross-Docking
Cross-docking is a strategy used by shipping and logistics companies to make shipping more efficient. In cross-docking, shipments are unloaded, packaged or repackaged if needed, then consolidated immediately for further transport.
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In order to understand why efficiency in a transportation, shipping, and logistics company is important, you need to first understand how this type of business operates. Third-party, transportation, shipping, and logistics companies optimize the ship
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Companies that require the transport or shipping of large volumes of product frequently use a third-party transportation and logistics company. How would you go about choosing such a company for your business? In this article we will give you some id
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How Logistics Companies Make Their Warehouses Efficient
For logistics companies, there is nothing more important than an efficient and optimized warehouse. The reason being that this is an industry that thrives on productivity.
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Shipping and Logistics are similar concepts when it comes to business application but there are several key differences between the two terms that are important for understanding how both apply to your business.
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What is 3PL
3PL is an acronym for third-party logistics. Third-party logistics is a business sector that handles the packaging (sometimes), shipping, storage, and/or freight forwarding for other businesses.
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What Is HACCP Certification?
29
Dec
2020
What Is HACCP Certification?
December 29th, 2020 in General Warehouse
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. HACCP refers to a management system for food safety, the purpose of which is to understand and prevent problems in the food retail industry throughout the supply chain.
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A Glossary of Freight Terms
Previously in our blog, we defined a few terms from our industry. We wanted to take some time to define a few more terms for those who may not be familiar with the trucking, transportation, and freight world.
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On June 28, 2008, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) signed an arrangement that increased the compatibility of of the two countries expedited border clearance programs.
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28
Nov
2018
Our Brokerage Department
November 28th, 2018 in Freight Broker
Meet Aaron and Chris, the brokerage team for Pacific Coast Distribution . Both men are long time employees who started with our company in 2004 and 2009 respectively. They started as dispatchers and made the move to lead the brokerage department
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30
Aug
2017
Advantages of Cross Docking
August 30th, 2017 in Cross Docking
The idea behind crossdocking freight is to minimize the amount of handling required to get materials from the supplier to the manufacturer and finished products from the manufacturer to the customer
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Companies in the business of supply chain management of food products are well aware that strategies locking down efficiencies when it comes to food supply chain is of utmost importance.
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Asset based freight brokers are a popular choice for shippers who decide to use a freight broker for their loads. An asset based freight broker is a company that has their own equipment that is needed to move and store freight
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When it comes to logistics, there are a number of terms and phrases thrown around on a daily basis that (to an outsider) may sound like complete gibberish. We have compiled a list of some of the most common phrases
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07
Dec
2016
Why You May Choose Storage Containers
December 7th, 2016 in Articles
If you are running a successful online merchandise-based business, you probably need storage for your merchandise. And one of the best things about running an online business is the flexibility and the low cost of operating
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A full service logistics company can make sure that you have everything you need for efficient, safe, and appropriate storage. With the help of high-quality warehouse logistics in BC, you can keep your goods secure and in perfect condition
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29
Sep
2016
What Is Container Stuffing
September 29th, 2016 in Warehouse Logistics 3PL
If you are new to logistics and transport, you may have questions about the process by which products are readied for transit and also delivered to the retail outlet. Commonly, questions arise around what is involved with container stuffing
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Refrigerated container transport and warehousing are essential considerations for anyone working in industries involving perishable goods. Whether the items in question are food, pharmaceutical products, medical, or life science products
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If you are starting or expanding your business in BC, you are likely to be considering third-party warehouse services. Here are some of the benefits of Third-Party Warehouse Logistics.
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It’s a good day for your business when you get to the point of needing warehouse space. At the same time, it can seem like a daunting task.
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Warehouse storage is important, but we believe in going above and beyond. Pacific Coast Distribution is more than just warehouse storage; we are your one stop shop for everything to do with transportation, logistics and warehousing.
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All businesses, from start-ups to large corporations, have storage needs. Something as simple as renting a self-storage unit can suffice for some businesses, but how about a solution more easily scalable and more flexible?
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A freight logistics broker connects people needing transportation with authorized freight carriers such as Pacific Coast Distribution. They negotiate and arrange for the shipment of goods and handle all of the necessary paper work required
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07
Jan
2016
Happy New Year!
January 7th, 2016 in Articles
At Pacific Coast Distribution Ltd. we look forward to serving you in 2016. We are a one stop shop for asset based freight transportation, logistics and warehousing distribution services.
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