What Every Supply Chain Needs to Start Doing

What is reverse logistics?

Reverse logistics is a strategy in supply chain management where distributed goods, or some part of the good, is reused. The term ?reverse logistics? comes from the idea that once the good is transported through the entire supply chain, (supplier, to manufacturer, to customer, to final customer) the reusable portion of the good then travels upstream through the supply chain in the reverse order. More simply stated, any movement of a product within its supply chain after the end customer purchases it is considered to be reverse logistics.

How can I use reverse logistics?

Typically, companies and businesses use reverse logistics to implement proper product disposal, to retrieve parts, or to refurbish used products. The following ideas are great for applying reverse logistics into your company?s supply chain management:

  • Environmental Initiatives – If you are a company that prides itself in being environmentally friendly, then reverse logistics is an excellent strategy for your supply chain. For example, many products can damage the environment if put in landfills. Reverse logistics provides a way to ensure  ?products are properly disposed in a way that reduces harmful waste. Also, reverse logistics is useful with recycling initiatives. Dasani is an excellent example of this as they have placed Dasani Bottle Bins across college campuses. Consumers can place their bottles in the bins, which then provides Dasani with the opportunity to retrieve the used bottles and recycle them. There are countless examples of this, including recycling cell phones for their metal parts that go towards energy and mining services.

  • Profitable Returns – Reverse logistics gives a member of the supply chain an opportunity to receive a return from the end-product sold. For example, Apple purchases their customers? older iPhones for the internal parts. This reverse flow starts off when customers sell their phone back to the Apple store. Apple then gives the used iPhone to the manufacturers where they are able to retrieve the useful parts. Since the original assembly of the iPhone is considered to be a sunk cost (a cost that is no longer relevant), the parts are seen as an additional source of revenue given their monetary value jx0rwoa.

  • Defects and Recalls – Unfortunately, there are many instances when companies are required to enforce a recall on a defective good. Johnson & Johnson is known for its Tylenol recalls due to poor quality-control at the manufacturing plants. By understanding and efficiently using reverse logistics in their supply chain, Johnson & Johnson could save itself thousands of dollars when returning the Tylenol back to the manufacturer.

Why is reverse logistics important?

Reverse Logistics is important because of the successful impact it has on supply chain management, contributing to a company?s overall success. Experts say that companies no longer compete with companies, but rather supply chains compete with supply chains. Now would be a good time to review your company?s supply chain management to see how implementing a reverse logistics strategy can benefit you.

Shipping and Warehousing with Propeller, Inc.

 

Shipping/Receiving

There are many companies who are primarily in the business of selling a product. Their profits are based on the amount of sales that are processed. There is another aspect to this kind of business: distribution. Distribution is necessary to keeping your business alive and ensuring customer satisfaction. In an ideal world, such companies would only focus on the sales aspect without having to oversee the means of distribution. For most companies, this ideal world has yet to become a reality. Enter Propeller Inc.

As your shipping company in Utah, we have the means to assist you with all of your distribution needs. With our services, you’ll be able to focus on sales and expanding your business; we will take care of the headaches that occur with shipping issues. You can be assured that your shipments will not only be prompt, but also cost-effective. Propeller Inc. offers a variety of shipping methods depending on the shipment. Whether you need to ship by land, air, rail, or sea, we’ve got you covered. We can ship to another store location, distribution center, or directly to the consumer. We will work with you to create a custom shipping and receiving process that will most benefit your business.

Our employees are rigorously trained to be able to handle all the complications that you would normally face when dealing with shipping. If you are concerned with Customs and are not familiar with those regulations, don’t worry, our team has the expertise required when dealing with Customs on your international shipments. We will inspect each shipment to ensure that order and product accuracy. We have a number of shipping services available to you:

  • Affordable In-House Regional Delivery
  • Import and Export Services
  • Expedited and Overnight Delivery
  • Carrier Integration with FedEx, UPS, and USPS
  • Order Status, Shipping, and Tracking
  • Real-time Web Based Reporting
  • And So Much More!

We have been in business for over twenty years and our experience in volume shipping will result in discounted shipping rates for you and your business.

 

Warehousing

We have nearly 75,000 square feet of available storage space. Perhaps you have a business that offers seasonal merchandise that requires it to be stored for the majority of the year. That kind of stock can take up large amounts of space that could easily be used for more necessary storage. You can relieve the amount of overstock by utilizing our vast storage capabilities. Perhaps your storage space is simply not sufficient for your needs; we have the storage you need. We are very accommodating and only charge you for the space you use. We will also handle the loading and transportation of your storage for you. The following list provides the services included when you hire Propeller Inc. for your storage needs:

  • Product Rotation
  • Inventory of Product If Desired
  • Short or Long Term Storage
  • Local Pickup and Delivery Available
  • Excess Inventory
  • Quarantined Inventory
  • Rack Storage
  • Bulk Storage
  • Container Receipts

We will also sort and palletize any goods that you wish. Let us do the work while you save space, time, and money. Experience the relief and increased revenue that will come as a result of working with Propeller Inc.

Daily Operations Integration

One of Propeller Warehouse’s many services is the ability to synchronize a company’s software system with our order fulfillment management utilities. Our Provo third-party logistics it is important that our clients to be able to access their data and progression at all times.

When requested, Propeller Warehouse will sync our organized data management software with your system so that you are always aware of the status of your orders. You can have your orders sent from your website’s shopping carts or accounting systems directly to our system. Our order fulfillment management system then processes the information and begin the procedures of kitting, packaging, and shipping. Our system then reports back to you all pertinent information, including tracking numbers, shipping methods, remaining open orders, back orders, and current inventory levels.

Our operations integration system deals primarily with orders, but we can also implement the same procedure for other similar processes: assembly, pick-ups and deliveries, retail packaging design, and virtually any process that needs to be tracked, monitored, and reported. Let our order fulfillment management system focus on organization and numbers, so you can focus more on growing your business and sales.

Managing distribution logistics can be very time-consuming and costly, especially when starting a business. That is why we recommend using our Provo third-party logistics system. Our system will improve the fluidity of your operations by enlisting the help of a third-party group to process, store, package, and ship orders. Allow our extensive facilities at Propeller Warehouse to manage your affairs and help your business become more efficient.

Get Started with Propeller

 

Propeller Certified Food Processing

Food Establishment Certification

Food Establishment Certification for Propeller, Inc.

Propeller, Inc recently met with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) to make sure we were up-to-date with all the modern food handling standards and procedures. We are now certified to go ahead with food processing.

Propeller can now process food items. We can process food items such as protein powders, supplements, cereals, rice, and some pastries. We currently do not have large refrigeration capabilities.

 

Food Processing Facilities & Equipment

Propeller can reprocess food items from bulk packages to smaller consumer packaging. For example, if you have a 50 lbs bag of coffee, and want to sell it in retail packaging, Propeller will use its would store your raw goods in the warehouse, when productions starts the 50 lbs bags would then be feed into the bulk hopper. An auger then conveys the coffee beans to the in feed hopper which stores ?the coffee for mechanical volume or weight based filling of packages. Propeller can then use a sealer to seal your packaging.

Since Propeller is a full featured 3PL provided, we can then store the finished product until it needs to be fulfilled and shipped to retailers, wholesalers and your eCommerce customers.

METTLER TOLEDO Bus Gives Propeller a Visit

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Propeller is Foodsafe

Utah-Idaho Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages Certificate received by Pepsi and 1960.

Utah-Idaho Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages Certificate received by Pepsi in 1960.

Some people in the community know that we are located in the old Pepsi bottling plant in Provo, UT. Pepsi already had a filling room (clean room) where the syrup was mixed with all the special ingredients and then found it’s way into bottles that were shipped worldwide. However, that was over 40 years ago. So Propeller, Inc recently met with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) to make sure we were up-to-date with all the modern food handling standards and procedures.

The meeting went well and we received the go-ahead to start processing low-risk food items.  Low-risk food items are things such as protein powders, supplements, cereals, rice, and some pastries.  We currently do not have large refrigeration capabilities.

 

Foodsafe Processing Facilities & Equipment

Propeller warehouse can reprocess food items from bulk packages to smaller consumer packaging. For example, if you have a 50 lbs bag of coffee, and want to sell it in retail packaging, the Propeller warehouse will use its would store your raw goods in the warehouse, when productions starts the 50 lbs bags would then be feed into the bulk hopper. An auger then conveys the coffee beans to the in feed hopper which stores the coffee for mechanical volume or weight based filling of packages. Propeller can then use a sealer to seal your packaging.

Since Propeller is a full featured 3PL provided, we can then store the finished product until it needs to be fulfilled and shipped to retailers, wholesalers and your eCommerce customers.

Warehousing Employee Water Bottles

propeller employee water bottle

Custom Made Water Bottles by 350Swag for our Warehouse

Our friends from 350Swag.com created a set of custom bottles for Propeller’s Staff! Each bottle has the Propeller Logo and the employee’s name laser etched on each bottle. Propeller provides fulfillment, warehousing and other various services for 350Swag.com.

What stands 350Swag.com out from other bottle companies is the ability to Customize every single bottle. Lets say you have a company party, you could put the company logo on one side and then every one of your employees names on the other. No other company will do that for you at the prices they offer. Each bottle then becomes a completely unique gift and will stand out among generic competition.

Propeller, an Integral part of your Supply chain

Propeller, Inc. has the connections to get your product from the planning stages to your customers by giving you access to our suppliers & vendors. We provide Warehousing for your raw materials and finished products. Logistics to source from your vendors and to ship to your end customers, Kitting & Assembly so you can develop your product to its fullest potential.

With our warehousing, we are able to provide a landing pad for your materials and products, so that you can use our centrally located warehouse to distribute and develop your products.

Order Fulfillment Management in Action

Fulfillment of a Client’s Needs

This client came to Propeller, Inc. with a strong product and a number of obstacles, as many clients do. They wanted to know if we could successfully deliver both their goods and their displays to an international retail location, eliminate their current damaged product issues and create an inviting display allowing for bilingual brand recognition, while allowing store associates a quick, easy display setup without the need for instructions or tools. This is where our order fulfillment management system helped fulfill our client’s needs.

 

Order Fulfillment Management in Action

We came up with a solid yet stylish solution to put our order fulfillment management system in action. With the custom designed packaging, Propeller’s solution sent the product safely overseas to the retail floor. We then had store associates simply remove a few components, while leaving the product on the shipping pallet, and the whole assembly became the actual display.

With 44 sq.ft. of advertising space, we were able to provide the brand with an eye-catching way to reach their customers, as well as deliver an easy, clean, hassle free set-up solution for the store associates involved. This was a multi-issue project that resulted in a win for everyone, thanks to our Provo fulfillment system.

The client has had resounding success with this project and couldn’t be happier. Let Propeller, Inc. help with your next project. We provide warehousing, fulfillment, kitting & assembly services to meet your needs. We can help you during the early stages of product development, assemble & kit your product to be shipped by us for the fulfillment of your orders.

Now Hiring: Warehouse Assistant May 2015

Now Hiring: Warehouse Assistant

Propeller, Inc, is now hiring a Warehouse Assistant who would be responsible to receive all inbound product and ship all outbound orders. They are also responsible to assist with inventory counts and process RMA?s.

Propeller, Inc.
Provo, UT | Posted July 8, 2014

Job Description

Job Description: Shipping and Receiving Department
Hours: 8:30-5:30
Salary: DOE
Sick/Vacation
Health and Dental Insurance after 30 days

General Overview:

Shipping and receiving employees are responsible to receive all inbound product and ship all outbound orders. They are also responsible to assist with inventory counts and process RMA?s.

Responsibilities

Duties:
  • Pick, Pack, and Ship customer orders according to account requirements
  • Receive all inbound shipments according to receiving procedure (includes unloading trucks, checking shipment, and filling out appropriate paperwork)
  • Process customer returns according to account requirements/follow procedure
  • Assist with first of the month inventory counts, report accurate numbers back to account managers for reconciliation.
  • Help to maintain a clean and organized warehouse (sweep, wipe down surfaces, crush cardboard boxes, label pallets with part # and quantity, put pallets away in racking up out of the aisles, etc)

Qualifications

Skills:
  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Basic phone and email etiquette
  • Familiarity with FedEx Ship Manager and UPS World Ship
  • Familiarity routing/shipping freight orders
  • Forklift certification
  • Strong attention to detail

About Propeller

Propeller was founded in 1991. For almost 25 years we have been providing exceptional services in warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment.

Propeller, Inc. is a full-service 3PL providing order processing, warehousing, shipping, kitting and assembly, packaging, invoicing (including EDI), returns management and materials procurement.

Additional Information

Please email resume to [email protected]

Propeller Inc Receiving Dock

At Propeller, Inc., our Receiving dock is now easier to locate on google maps. At this warehousing in Utah, the shipping/receiving dock staff provides customer coordination and assistance with deliveries and pickups.

 

About Receiving Docks

Dock high trucks access the receiving dock, when using the dock pallets can easily be transferred between the warehouse and shipping stations. Shipping by pallet has many economical advantages due to the per package shipping cost typically being lower due to the high volume of packages on a pallet to be shipped and received. This is also the preferred method of delivery for many retailers, wholesalers and dock to receiving dock shipping operations.

The quickest an order can get to a customer, the more satisfied the will be. With Propeller, Inc. the overhead of fulfillment of orders has been eliminated! We can perform kitting & assembly, packaging, warehousing, inventory & shipping for you. We use our receiving dock to interact with economical carriers.

Propeller has mapped the Receiving dock to make it easier to find on Google Maps. We have 3 docks and 5 bay doors to assist customers with Receiving and Shipping goods.
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More information about receiving docks:
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