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A Breath of Fresh Air in ES3 York

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ES3’s clean air system installation was recently recognized by Modern Materials Handling.  The system, which has reduced dust by 80%, garnered immediate positive feedback from employees and customers alike.  ES3 partnered with Zehnder Clean Air Solutions to install 12 new air filtration systems in the warehouse.  The 12 systems filter dust, bacteria, and other particles…

3PL: An Evolution

A look back at the evolution of logistics is an interesting one. Defined as “the management of materials flow through an organization, from raw materials through to finished goods”, logistics had been relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. Civilizations moved boxes, put products on ships, cars, trucks, trains and planes, and traveled all over the…

Distribution 3.0: The Physical Internet

The below is an excerpt from ES3’s “collaborate.grow.win. how smart devices create smart supply networks” whitepaper.  Receive your copy today to understand the impacts of the convergence of the Internet of Things and the Physical Internet on retail’s future state.   The Physical Internet provides a global framework for collaboration, enabling scale and cost-savings.  Designed to…

Dabba-What? Dabbawalla!

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As mentioned last week, Starbucks hopes to begin desk delivery in select urban markets as early as next year. Desk delivery in a crowded city environment sounds equally like a new complex innovation and a logistical nightmare. But what if a vastly successful delivery system already existed?  What could we learn from it? On the other side of…

UPS Holiday Volume to Peak on Dec. 22

UPS expects to deliver more than 585 million packages this December, up 11% over last year.  During the 2013 Holiday Season, bad weather and last-minute orders prevented UPS and FedEx from meeting Christmas delivery deadlines, resulting in many unhappy customers.  This year, both FedEx and UPS have increased capacity and tightened last-minute order deadlines in order to not…

Is On-Demand Packaging the Solution?

On-demand packaging saves time and money down the supply chain. Currently, only 7% of companies make their boxes on-demand, but more and more companies are becoming familiar with the automated technology (up to 27% in 2013 from 18% in 2012). On-demand packaging reduces the quantity of corrugate required by 28%, reduces filling material by 80-90%,…

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