Moving over dimensional loads in the Calgary Region just got easier

If you are a manufacturer in the Calgary Region, your oversize loads permit process got a whole lot easier. 

A simplified solution for permitting and routing for over dimensional load vehicles has been launched by the City of Calgary.

Why does this matter?

Read More

Shipping to an inland port: Helping reduce your total landed cost

Shipping goods into Canada can be tricky but determining whether the journey ends at a marine port can be even trickier.

Beyond the simple logistics, the cost considerations can be endless.

Read More

Total Landed Cost: How to calculate the complete cost of your products

Total landed cost can make or break a business.

Yet many businesses, when considering coming to Canada, don’t understand what goes into landed cost calculations.

Or what to consider when figuring out the true cost of moving your product to your customer throughout your supply chain.

Read More

The ultimate guide to taxes in the total landed cost formula (to help reduce costs)

Finding the right formula to calculate total landed cost is critical in finding the right location to expand your business, locate your warehouse or distribution hub.

In our post on calculating landed cost, we showed you how to build a model based on four buckets:

Read More

Total Landed Cost: How to choose the best location for your business

One of the first steps in choosing a location for you business is to build a Total Landed Cost model based on:

  • inbound transportation;
  • occupancy;
  • inventory; and
  • outbound transportation.

Calculating the cost of materials and finished goods arriving from offshore sources is not always an easy task.

Though this fundamental aspect of supply chain management is very important, too many businesses rely on shoddy guesswork often leading to failed ventures.

To safeguard your investments, it’s helpful to use a landed cost calculation model accurately projecting the total cost of sourcing materials from start to finish.

For the purposes of this article, we have built a simulated Total Landed Cost Model:

Read More

How transit time and infrastructure impact supply chain cost savings

Daily decisions made by governments influence transportation costs.

In turn, they can affect total landed cost.

That's why every landed cost model should take into account a region or destination's transportation network and its future infrastructure investment plans.

There is only so much room on the road for trucks.

If your company needs to move cargo and get it to the customer in a timely and cost-effective fashion, it’s critical there be a road network that can facilitate that.

Schedule flexibility equals cost savings which applies to every business.

Time is money and every minute a product waits in a lineup it eats into profit.

Read More

How to select a 3PL partner that's right for your business (and lower landed cost)

When a company finds what it does well, focusing on that can be a boon to the bottom line.

In doing so, though, it makes good economic sense to find specialized companies who can handle supply chain issues to create/improve overall company efficiencies.

Before you do that, though, Corrie Banks of Triskele Logistics suggests asking one question:

Do you have the in-house expertise to successfully execute a supply chain?

If your answer is no, that’s where the outsourcing of supply and distribution logistics can give a company a competitive edge in reducing total landed cost.

It’s here that third-party logistics providers or 3PLs enter the picture. 

 

What is a 3PL?

Such companies handle clients’ logistics needs in the supply chain such as:

  • transportation
  • warehousing
  • order processing and preparation
  • handling
  • inventory management
  • supply and distribution
Read More

Choosing an inland port: 8 crucial tips to lower your total landed cost

If you are not already using an inland port, are you considering it?

Perhaps you are looking at increasing your use of one?

These are important decisions many companies face with significant financial implications. 

There's rising demand for inland ports because of their effectiveness and efficiency.

The supply chain is all about obtaining the best total landed cost while achieving your business objectives. Many supply chains have even moved to an intermodal model to further lower costs.

With growing transportation expenses, a shortage of truck drivers and congestion at larger sea ports, inland ports have become a viable option.

If you are evaluating inland ports, here are eight tips to help you:

Read More

Hiring a customs broker: How to avoid raising your total landed cost

When getting your products into a country as either an importer or exporter, customs is an unavoidable hurdle.

And, as with any situation, the decision comes to whether or not a business should try and navigate those waters alone or use a customs broker to help steer through often-choppy seas.

Another question to be answered when looking at using such a broker is whether the price of doing so affects total landed cost and if the benefits outweigh those costs.

Read More

How long combination vehicles help Alberta business lower their supply chain costs

At first thought, the idea of long combination vehicles (LCV) hauling goods to market makes sense because larger vehicles can haul more goods.

And, that is true.

However, there are more benefits which can help lower total landed costs and also make a business a better corporate citizen.

The use of LCVs also means Alberta Highways have fewer trucks on the road, more efficient transportation costs, major reduction in fuel costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and less pavement wear.

Read More