Collaborative E-Commerce Supply Chain Solutions: All the things that we do
All the things we do as One Partner, Many Solutions.®
One of the growing industries in the United States is the e-commerce industry. Over the past year, online and grocery shopping have become sensational tools to utilize; this means our partners have been working to face more challenges and to keep up with the larger number of orders coming in. At Burris Logistics, we are experts in handling the end-to-end supply chain needs for our e-commerce partners. Our solutions and services extend further than just storage of their products and transportation, though.
As a dedicated and experienced partner, we can provide our e-commerce partners with logistics technology, temperature-controlled warehousing, backhaul capability with a dedicated fleet, procurement, specialized packaging, shipping rate negotiation, dry ice handling, and much more.
Let’s take a deeper look into some of these solutions…
Our Logistics Technology allows our partners to have complete visibility and control over their supply chain experience.
We have been working on a technology initiative to increase the accuracy and communication of our shipments’ location and predicted arrival times. Gregg Inns, one of our Project Managers, said, “We are planning to invest in technology that will increase efficiency in our e-commerce replenishment and selection processes, which will allow us to scale up and become more accurate with order processing.”
Our customized IT Solutions Technology has eased the manual efforts required to manage complex tasks like inbound appointment scheduling, making the process for our partners and Team more efficient and productive. Logistics Technology transforms the way we manage time and temperature-sensitive products and how we fulfill our customers’ needs.
We can offer transparency to hold us accountable for executing all of our solutions while meeting the timely delivery and needs of our partners. In addition, our Supply Chain Portal expands our capabilities to reach more of our partners’ appropriate carriers, vendors, and brokerage agents to implement Inbound Appointment Scheduling to our distribution centers (DC’s).
Trinity Logistics, a Burris Logistics Company, works hand in hand with us with Inbound Deliveries, as we can manage all of our partner’s freight through their Team.
Our logistics technology allows for a more accurate operation of our cold chain operations. We know that dealing with specialty products such as meat, ice cream, and other temperature-sensitive goods is highly important. Our technology allows us to ensure the safe handling and distribution of the products we manage, thanks to our scales at the end of our pick lines, allowing us to correctly weigh our partner’s products with and without the dry ice they require.
Dry ice is important because it keeps the products refrigerated in their boxes at the temperature needed to maintain their freshness and integrity. Our technology allows us to see the fluctuation in the line types and dry ice amounts used for each specific product. In addition, we offer dry ice sourcing and offer gel packs when that coolant is preferred. This helps to keep landed costs down.
Our storage capability lets us store frozen and refrigerated products in a friendly environment. Our Waukesha location can also store dry/ambient products in addition to frozen and refrigerated products.
Frozen food items and direct-to-consumer meals/frozen products that can be delivered right to your door have been a growing preference. Among the main reasons for giving preference to frozen food items are:
- Longer shelf-life
- Time-savings on preparation
- The ability to stock up in case of food shortages
- Limiting trips to grocery stores
We must offer proper storage and packaging of these products to reach your homes safely.
Temperature-controlled warehousing capability is vital to our variety of partners. We understand that products require different environments, which is why we design our facilities to provide different temperatures and humidity, depending on your unique need. Our logistics technology capability allows us to closely monitor each environment and deploy cutting-edge tools such as our Produce Inspection Tool to inspect the quality of the produce coming into our warehouses for our partners.
Parcel shipping rates dictate the overall cost of an e-commerce order. We help mitigate that barrier of entry for partner’s customers by helping to keep this cost low. Our aggregate approach with FED-Ex, UPS, and other local carriers allow us to keep delivery accurate at a lower price.
We can even offer procurement to our e-commerce partners. Our knowledgeable team of buyers can help source new suppliers and replenish diminished stock as it fluctuates based on demand and industry trends. Burris Logistics can offer the capital to obtain supply for our partners in order to adjust to the demand.
“We offer similar procurement options for our E-Commerce partners; for example, we utilize this solution with Butcher Box. This helps them by freeing up their capital to go and acquire new customers,” Michael Pitcher, Senior Account Executive.
Our e-commerce partners can reach a maximum number of consumers with reliable service and delivery solutions for the east and west coasts. A large part of this is due to our geographic footprint.
All of our strategic locations across the United States empower our e-commerce partners to scale their business at their own pace. We recognize that e-commerce is about reaching customers. Burris Logistics acts as their supply chain, providing expertise, temperature-controlled warehouses, logistics technology, and more to ensure that their product is delivered fresh and on time. Our locations allow us to deliver any order in the continental United States in two days or less.
Published on August 11, 2020: The promising rebound in the foodservice industry in June gave many hopes that things would soon return to normal. However, the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. convinced the states to roll back the reopening phases, which led to restaurants opening at limited capacity. Buying groceries online or in-store and cooking at home remained the main focus for American families for many weeks to come. According to an AFFI report, “90% of consumers are eating more meals prepared at home versus pre-pandemic. Besides, 73% of consumers are taking more time to prepare meals than usual – both present big opportunities for the frozen food department”.
Among the main reasons for giving preference to frozen food items are the longer shelf-life, time-savings on preparation, the ability to stock-up in case of food shortages, and limiting trips to grocery stores.
Besides the growing interest in frozen foods, consumers adopted new shopping methods and started to rely more on buying products online. U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2020 report conducted by FMI states that “Last year shoppers reported online grocery spend represented 10.5% of all grocery spending. That figure rose to 14.5% in February of 2020 and surged to 27.9% in the March/April period”. The fast-growing surge shows that the demand for online grocery shopping will not only remain stable but also will keep ascending. According to AFFI, “50% of consumers expect they will purchase a lot more (18%) or somewhat more (32%) frozen foods in the next few months compared to their pre-pandemic level”.
Burris Logistics is proud to be a leader in frozen and refrigerated food supply-chain solutions. We can offer our partners, cold-chain expertise, innovative technology integrations, competitive parcel shipping rates, and next-day distribution to 87% of the United States population. We have e-Commerce fulfillment sites in New Castle, DE, Jacksonville, FL, Oklahoma City, OK, and we have access to an e-fulfillment facility in California. We offer a unique opportunity to combine our technology and knowledgeable team members to create a turn-key approach to fulfillment for your e-commerce customers. Here, at Burris Logistics, we do it with WOW Service! Visit our website for more information: www.burrislogistics.com
About Burris Logistics
Established in 1925, Burris Logistics operates an expanding network of temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution centers from Maine to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma. This fifth-generation family-owned enterprise provides leading-edge logistics, transportation, and supply chain solutions, coast to coast, through our Brands: Burris Logistics (E-commerce fulfillment, distribution, warehousing, Honor Foods (a redistributor of frozen, refrigerated, and dry foodservice products), and Trinity Logistics (a global freight solutions provider). For more information about our trend-setting logistics and deep-rooted values® please visit www.burrislogistics.com.