Dry or ambient Storage Capability is not new to Burris Logistics. Even though our warehouses have always had a temperature-controlled focus, we have always maintained Dry Warehouse Storage to support our ecommerce Partners who require boxes, liners, and promotional collateral to run their direct-to-consumer business. 

Dry/Ambient Warehouse Storage Solutions in Waukesha, WI.

Our initial operations made do with the layouts that we had for cold storage. However, we quickly evolved, creating dedicated rooms to support the ecommerce partners we were already providing Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) services to. In 2021, we acquired our facility in Waukesha, WI, equipped with up to 70,000sq ft. of dedicated dry and ambient warehouse storage

Our Waukesha, WI, warehouse is in a prime location with direct proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. In addition, freight and parcel shipping rely on access to I-94, I-43, and I-41. We spoke with Anton Butkovic, who is a Senior Account Executive at our Burris Logistics Waukesha facility, about some of the benefits of this location: 

Q: What does Waukesha location offer to our customers when it comes to dry storage capabilities? 

A: (Anton) The Waukesha location is ideal for any Ambient needs. Located with close proximity to Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee with capabilities of 1 or 2-day transit to our southwest and west regions. Waukesha can provide our customers with D2C, ecommerce, case selection, and warehouse storage space if needed. Ambient capabilities are key in Waukesha for customers that are looking to maintain their products from high temperatures or items that can be ruined from colder temperatures.  Anything to make sure the goods are kept from perishing.

Waukesha Dry & Ambient Warehouse Storage

Dry & Ambient Warehouse Storage in Waukesha, WI

What Can Be Stored in Dry/Ambient Warehouse? 

These attributes, plus the versatility of dry/ambient warehouse storage, make Burris Logistics the perfect partner for storing: 

It’s challenging to include all of the categories of products we can handle since our capabilities are unlimited. 

Dry Storage Guidelines.

At Burris Logistics, we take safety very seriously, and product integrity is handled like perishable foods. We maintain optimal temperatures and air exchange. Products are stored away from heat and light and off the floor to allow for proper air circulation. As a result, we can convert a space to your needs and ensure integrity. 

Anton Butkovic ensures that all the products are stored and handled in proper conditions, and our valued Partners are always well-informed. He has shared some of the Burris guidelines for operating a Dry Storage space: 

Our Direct-to-Consumer and Warehousing Capabilities.

In addition to dedicated dry storage programs, we can increase our D2C ability by storing pre-constructed boxes and equipment. We can deviate from our usual perishable fulfillment expertise and partner with ecommerce companies in the dry or ambient consumer product space. With its layout and space, the Waukesha facility has even allowed us to run a box erector machine and in-house dry ice production. 

There is a lot more to warehousing than just storage! Burris – Waukesha is a perfect example of our evolution. We have taken a building and added value for our Partners with dry/ambient storage and dry ice. 

 About Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is the operational brand of Burris Logistics offering traditional cold storage, distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment for E-commerce companies. Since 1925, this family-owned company has expanded its networks of warehouses from Florida to Maine, and now out to the pacific coast of California. For more information about us please visit www.Burrislogistics.com.

At Burris Logistics, each of our facilities is designed, run, and strategically placed to benefit our Partners and accommodate their unique needs. Our Distribution Center in Jacksonville, FL, specializes in direct-to-consumer capabilities, ecommerce order fulfillment, and temperature-controlled warehousing. We spoke with General Manager Maurice Grier and Senior Account Executive Kevin Tackett to find out all of the specific ways in which the Jacksonville Team can support your business.

 

Q: What makes Jacksonville’s geographic location valuable for our Partners?

A: (Kevin) Jacksonville is a very desirable location due to its close proximity to the Port of Jacksonville and the I-95 corridor. This allows our Partners to utilize the port to bring their products into the United States quickly and disperse these products all along the eastern seaboard.

Jacksonville, FL Ecommerce Warehouse & Distribution Center

Ecommerce Warehouse & Distribution Center in Jacksonville, FL.

Q: What makes your Team special?

A: (Kevin) The Jax Team is made up of seasoned ecommerce associates who are the best in class in delivering upon the critical needs of the D2C world. The Jacksonville warehousing Team is also composed of well-trained and dedicated warehouse Team Members who play a critical role in our direct-to-consumer fulfillment operations.

 

Q: How does Jacksonville go above and beyond to support its ecommerce Partners?

A: (Kevin) The Jacksonville Team goes the extra mile to service our ecommerce customers by providing a dedicated supervisor to each of these critical accounts. Our ecommerce supervisor provides critical communication to our D2C partners and keeps the ecommerce Team focused on delivering on our D2C Partners’ needs. Weekly check-in calls with our customers ensure that the Jacksonville Team continues to provide exceptional service.

 

Q: What accomplishment is your facility most proud of?

A: (Maurice) Even given the immense labor challenges that our facility has faced this year, we’ve still been able to successfully build a strong leadership Team that is committed to leading our Team Members in fostering great relationships with our customers while working hard to meet their demanding needs.

Although the hours have been long and the labor challenges persistent, our Team has consistently come together to persevere and have proven that they are truly committed to Making it Happen for our customers, no matter what.

 

Q: What is a major challenge that this Team has faced, and what was done to overcome it?

A: (Maurice) Over the past year, our facility has risen to the challenges facing many warehouses and service providers in the country. With challenges come adaptation in order to keep our customers’ confidence high. We were able to adapt our technology to keep up with complex partners’ needs and consumer demands. Our leadership team is hyper-focused on Team Member happiness and retention, focusing on development and ensuring that Burris Logistics is a premier employer in the logistics industry. Our Team Members help to build partner processes and customize the solutions that they need for success. This collaboration sets us apart from our competition, adding personal service excellence to our daily operations. As a Team, we remain focused on our partners’ needs, coming together to achieve the same goals. 

In addition to the capabilities mentioned, our warehouse in Jacksonville, FL, offers storage in a temperature-controlled environment (-20°F to 58°F), ecommerce frozen fulfillment service, product tempering by the customer or product specification, case selection/order assembly/pallet kitting, cross-docking, and online reporting under our Warehouse Management System. 

 

If you have supply chain needs and desire a true Partnership, please call us at 1-800-805-8135 or contact our ONEBURRIS Sales Team to discuss your unique needs!

 About Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is the operational brand of Burris Logistics offering traditional cold storage, distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment for E-commerce companies. Since 1925, this family-owned company has expanded its networks of warehouses from Florida to Maine, and now out to the pacific coast of California. For more information about us please visit www.Burrislogistics.com.

If you need to get the package right and ensure product integrity during transit to your customers’ doorstep, you need Burris Logistics.

Part of a complete Direct-to-Consumer fulfillment program is offering up expertise to our partners beyond just the warehousing and shipment of products. With proper fulfillment comes ecommerce food packaging that combines safety, design, efficiency, and product integrity. Once a shipment leaves our warehouse, destined for a customer’s doorstep, that product relies on a well-designed box and liner appropriately packed with the proper coolant. 

Why should you choose a third-party logistics provider for your ecommerce fulfillment needs?

Burris Logistics takes pride in over 97 years of experience running highly-controlled multi-temperature warehouses and translates that into Direct-to-Consumer fulfillment programs. If you apply the same logic that a warehouse is a refrigerated box to a well-designed corrugated box, you end up with a shipment that maintains product integrity at the right temperature. Our capabilities apply to any product, and our expertise is best displayed when it comes to food products. We consult with our ecommerce partners to help develop boxes to best fit their product type and number of SKUs. These boxes must be durable and sized correctly to ensure that the coolant inside protects the meat, seafood, or meal kit inside. 

How do you maintain a product’s integrity with package design?

Dry-Ice and Gel Packs are the most common coolants used to transport products via parcel shipping carriers. The coolant inside each box is accurately weighed and placed into each box to minimize temperature increases while also anticipating delays along the way. Corrugated cardboard boxes can be designed to separate products from the coolant to ensure an even temperature exists throughout the entire box. We ensure that our warehouse network is within a two-day transit using regional parcel carriers. 

How does our Team help you get your packaging right?

Sourcing packaging does not end there. Our ONEBURRIS Business Development Team can consult on everything from tape to exterior design and marketing inserts to maximize the impact you have on your customers. It is important to remember that the visual attraction of your parcel shipment makes for a more engaged customer relationship. Packaging is the only physical representation of a company that only exists on a virtual storefront; you have to Get It Right! 

We are proud to use our cold warehouse expertise for consumer products and dry capability to accommodate bulk packaging. Our Team Members know how to handle you with care to ensure that your customers have confidence in the product they are serving at their family table.

 About Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is the operational brand of Burris Logistics offering traditional cold storage, distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment for E-commerce companies. Since 1925, this family-owned company has expanded its networks of warehouses from Florida to Maine, and now out to the pacific coast of California. For more information about us please visit www.Burrislogistics.com.

Burris Logistics is going the extra mile when it comes to safe food shipping and handling.

As you may or may not know, September is National Food Safety Education Month. In our industry, safe food handling processes are critical for ensuring safe and quality products from our direct-to-consumer Partners to our temperature-controlled warehouse to your doorstep.

So, we sat down with Corporate Food Safety Manager Justin Straka and General Manager of the Federalsburg DC, William Paskey, to find out how Burris Logistics keeps your food safe.

Q: What measures does Burris Logistics take to ensure the safety of the shipped perishable orders? (Justin)

A: All team members are trained to handle all products entrusted to us with the highest care across all areas of our company. Products are shipped on temperature-controlled trailers that have been inspected to ensure they are clean, safe, and in good working order. Locks and trailer seals are used and verified to ensure products are not tampered with during transport.

Q: Can you discuss the most recent certification obtained by the Federalsburg DC in regard to food safety? (William)

A: Federalsburg was recently awarded the National Organic Program Certificate of Compliance back in May 26, 2022. This certification was required to gain the Perfect Snack e-commerce account as well as the ability to increase the Perfect Snack PRW program. This is our largest customer here at Federalsburg, and we are proud to say we are now organic compliant to keep our customers satisfied and the business growing.

Q: What are the required temperatures for storing perishable food items, and what are the required temperatures for shipping perishable food items? (Justin)

A: Frozen products should be held at or below 0 to -10 degrees F and ice cream will be stored much colder at around -20 degrees F. Remember, the walls of the trailer can radiate heat into the product, causing temperature abuse if the trailer is not pre-cooled properly.

Keep in mind the “danger zone” for food safety is between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F, so cooler products need to stay in that sweet spot just below 40 degrees F for storage and transport. 

Some ready-to-eat foods, like produce, have different temperature requirements from other cooler products. Most are safe to store between 32 and 40 degrees; however, some products, like bananas for instance, should be stored and shipped around 56 to 58 degrees F to keep from spoiling quickly.

Q: What are some common mistakes made when handling perishable food? (Justin)

A: 

1. Do not assume the temperature reading on the trailer accurately reflects the product temperature when receiving. The temperature reading and set point on the trailer is a good first impression but should not be used as the only reference point for correct product temperature.  Product temperatures should be taken at the tail, middle, and nose of the trailer from the product itself using a certified thermometer as soon as the first pallet comes off the trailer during receiving.

2.  Cross contamination is another big area that people can slip on, especially when it comes to allergen clean-up or handling. When handling an allergen like shrimp during clean-up, for example, all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that has been directly exposed to an allergen and the cleaning tools used, like the broom and dustpan, must be cleaned thoroughly afterward.  There should also be dedicated cleaning utensils for the purpose of allergen clean-up, like a broom that is marked and used for allergen clean-up only, that would not be used for anything else, to prevent cross-contamination.

Q: How does Burris Logistics go above and beyond in our handling of food? (William)

A: 

1. Storage temperatures are monitored and recorded continuously, using thermometers that are calibrated by a NIST-certified thermometer or ice water.

2. Deviation of a target storage temperature is immediately reported to the General Manager and Plant Engineer. Should the storage temperature rise above +10 F (frozen) or +40 F (cooler), the customer/owner of any affected product will be notified via email for instructions as to how they would like the deviation handled.

3. Racking is pre-inspected to ensure safe storage of products.

4. Products are never stored near/under unprotected overhead pipes to avoid condensation drips.

5. Damaged products are excluded from shippable products using our WMS.

6. Products are never stored on the floor.

7. Chemicals are never stored above food products.

8. Every week, Justin Straka posts a blog for Team Members regarding a different food safety topic. Through these blogs, his goal is “to grow and improve our food safety culture as a company and bring awareness to what is most important: keeping the food we serve our families safe. All of us play an important role in this process from start to finish or farm to table, as those of us in the food business like to say. Sometimes a little reminder is what we need to stay focused and remember what is truly important. Feeding the world isn’t just a job; it’s an honor.”

About Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is the operational brand of Burris Logistics offering traditional cold storage, distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment for E-commerce companies. Since 1925, this family-owned company has expanded its networks of warehouses from Florida to Maine, and now out to the pacific coast of California. For more information about us please visit www.Burrislogistics.com.

The e-commerce Boom, as Described by Food Logistics, Leads to Outsourced Logistics Demand. 

It is essential to revisit the common vernacular that describes the growing industry of e-commerce. E-commerce is the business practice of creating a product delivered to the consumer’s doorstep after the order entry through popular shopping portals like Shopify.

E-commerce brands aim to drive demand for a unique product offering and acquire customers into subscription-based models. Optimization of this model strives to keep customer acquisition costs down and basket size up. E-commerce expertise is frequently in marketing and product curation. 

Direct-to-Consumer Fulfillment is the service that delivers a product to a consumer’s doorstep. At Burris Logistics,  we are a premier third-party direct-to-consumer fulfillment provider that uses our experience as an interconnected supply change solution to create value for our e-commerce partners. With a rich history in food logistics, we have warehouses capable of storing inventory in a controlled environment. This same product is then picked and packed destined for American households.

Through Logistics Technology, our systems integrate with online orders ensuring rapid fulfillment and ongoing inventory management. Added values, including freight management and a network of warehouses across the United States, optimize business operations behind the curtain, letting our partners focus on what they do best. 


With our end-to-end supply chain solutions, Team Member expertise in cold storage, and innovative approach to direct-to-consumer fulfillment, we were named to Food Logistics Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list for 2022. Learn more about our direct-to-consumer capabilities on our website.

About Burris Logistics

Burris Logistics is the operational brand of Burris Logistics offering traditional cold storage, distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment for E-commerce companies. Since 1925, this family-owned company has expanded its networks of warehouses from Florida to Maine, and now out to the pacific coast of California. For more information about us please visit www.Burrislogistics.com.