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Barrett’s Blueprint® Process is a proprietary and proven method of assessing your supply chain ‘current state,’ defining physical and information streams in place and creatively building improvements into the design for maximum efficiency and overall performance. The entire Barrett team operates within a culture that recognizes, values and rewards continuous improvement. We thrive on creating measurable results for your business.

Barrett Distribution Centers designs, builds and implements 3PL supply chain solutions that align to customer goals and requirements. Our approach leverages people, process and technology to optimize flexibility, scalability, control and customer satisfaction.


  1. ANALYSIS – Barrett analyzes the details of your current supply chain to identify key “pain points.”
  2. DESIGN – Barrett uses the analysis to design a solution tailored to your company’s specific needs.
  3. BUILD – Barrett assembles the teams, resources, equipment and facility to service your company.
  4. IMPLEMENT – Barrett deploys experienced professionals to get your operation running smoothly.
  5. MANAGE – Barrett monitors the operation through KPI’s and metrics to proactively identify issues.
  6. IMPROVE – Barrett analyzes every issue, big or small, to continuously improve service and ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied.

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Did you know that global e-commerce sales are expected to reach $8.1 trillion by 2026, a 56% increase from 2021? According to a report by Statista , the rapid growth in online shopping is driving this significant increase. Brand and consumer demands have fueled an explosive expansion of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry. 3PL services cover the full range of e-commerce fulfillment processes, from warehousing to pick-and-pack, shipping, and returns. If you’re an e-commerce company and fulfilling orders in-house is no longer viable, it’s time to turn to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider like Barrett Distribution Centers to expand your fulfillment strategy. Here’s what you should know about working with a logistics partner and how to choose the right one for your business's needs: 1. Experienced and Reliable Team The first and foremost consideration is the experience and reliability of the 3PL partner’s team. When leading a Request for Proposal (RFP), you might evaluate several companies, initially focusing on price and cost. However, these elements can often be quite similar across different proposals. What truly distinguishes one 3PL from another is the team’s expertise and proven track record. You want a partner who has “been there, done that” and can easily navigate the complexities of logistics. At Barrett, we pride ourselves on our people and culture, which consistently win us business. The team’s ability to do things efficiently and effectively is crucial for a successful partnership. 2. Exceptional Service Levels Service quality is another critical factor. The ability to fulfill orders accurately and on time is paramount, especially in the e-commerce sector. Customers expect their orders to arrive when promised, and any delays or inaccuracies can lead to dissatisfaction and lost business. When choosing a 3PL partner, ensure they have a robust system for managing order fulfillment and a track record of delivering exceptional service. The right partner will help you maintain high standards and keep your customers happy. 3. Scalability and Systems Lastly, consider the 3PL’s scalability and technological capabilities. While most large, reputable 3PLs have sophisticated systems in place, scalability is what sets them apart. You need a partner who can grow with your business and support you as you expand into new channels and markets. At Barrett, we aim to be your long-term partner, making it virtually impossible to outgrow our services. We think five, ten, or even fifteen years ahead, ensuring we can support your business's growth and evolving needs. Look for a 3PL that seamlessly integrates with your current operations and scales as your business grows. In summary, when hiring a new 3PL partner, prioritize their experience, service quality, and scalability. By focusing on these key areas, you can ensure a successful and long-lasting partnership that supports your business’s growth and operational efficiency. Why Choose Barrett Distribution? With over 80 years of experience in the logistics industry, Barrett has a proven track record of helping businesses overcome their 3PL challenges. Our commitment to innovation, scalability and customer satisfaction sets us apart from other 3PL providers. You're partnering with a logistics provider dedicated to your success. Are you a high-velocity D2C brand looking for a 3PL? Contact Barrett today to learn how our e-commerce fulfillment services can help your business thrive.
By Katherine Wroth 10 Jul, 2024
KAO Brands is a leading consumer products company specializing in haircare and hygiene products. They rely on Barrett Distribution Centers (BDC), to manage their entire fulfillment operation. As KAO's e-commerce business flourishes, optimizing costs per order becomes increasingly crucial. A Sustainable Impact Historically, KAO used seven carton sizes for packaging all their e-commerce orders. With ever-increasing shipping costs, BDC knew exploring hidden opportunities to improve KAO’s packing efficiency was necessary. Beyond the impact on their bottom line, KAO Brands strives to develop sustainable products and packaging, “making the world healthier and cleaner.” BDC’s Industrial Engineering team, spearheaded by Nick Halcombe , investigated potential cost reductions through cartonization optimization. Halcombe stated, “By partnering with Paccurate to pilot their innovative cartonization platform, BDC sought to determine if Paccurate’s software could identify a more efficient carton suite for KAO Brands. This collaboration can lead to significant savings in transportation and materials and positively impact the environment.” Leveraging Simulation for Real-World Impact The power of Paccurate’s packaging analysis tool, PacSimulate, lies in its ability to analyze vast amounts of order data and perform millions of cartonization iterations rapidly and at scale to test different carton sizes, cartonization rules, rate card changes, and more. In this case, BDC leveraged Paccurate to evaluate an entire year’s worth of order data to determine what savings might be found by optimizing the outbound shipping container sizes. Data-Driven Results The analysis revealed a clear path toward significant savings by comparing KAO's existing seven-box system to the ideal-fit cartons suggested by PacSimulate. Five out of the seven existing cartons were identified for replacement. This strategic shift resulted in a projected annual transportation cost reduction of 5.9%. Furthermore, PacSimulate's analysis identified a substantial opportunity for material savings. The optimized carton suite yielded a 33% reduction in corrugated material usage and a 34% net DIM weight reduction. These savings will contribute to KAO Brand’s ESG initiatives of ensuring 100% of their products will leave a full lifecycle environmental footprint that science says the natural world can safely absorb. Additionally, further analysis identified that KAO Brands could even reduce the number of cartons they stock while still seeing some benefits from a transportation and corrugated waste perspective. Optimization Results By implementing Paccurate's cartonization solution, BDC identified significant cost savings for KAO from both a transportation and materials perspective. The power of data-driven cartonization and its potential to significantly impact e-commerce fulfillment costs benefit customers and provide a value-added service for 3PLs like Barrett Distribution Center. The Bottom Line for KAO + BDC 33% Less corrugated material usage 5.9% Transportation cost reduction 34% Net DIM weight reduction About Barrett Distribution: With over 80 years of experience in the logistics industry, Barrett has a proven track record of helping businesses overcome their 3PL challenges. Our commitment to innovation, scalability and customer satisfaction sets us apart from other 3PL providers. You're partnering with a logistics provider dedicated to your success. Ready to overcome your logistics challenges? Contact Barrett today to discover how our tailored solutions can help your business thrive.
By Katherine Wroth 26 Jun, 2024
At Barrett Distribution Centers , we know that not all SLAs are created equal. When partnering with a 3PL provider for order fulfillment services, a well-designed Service Level Agreement (SLA) is your blueprint for success. A strong SLA sets the stage for a productive and transparent relationship, ensuring both parties understand their roles and responsibilities. It also serves as a benchmark for evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the 3PL provider, promoting continuous improvement and accountability. What exactly is a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? A Service Level Agreement (SLA) ensures that all parties involved in order fulfillment are on the same page. An SLA is a formal contract between the 3PL provider and a client that outlines the specific services expected, the standards to be maintained and the metrics for measuring performance. 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This section should outline the steps to be taken during service failures, including who to contact, the timeframe for resolution, and how issues will be documented and reported. A clear escalation path helps quickly address and mitigate issues before significantly impacting the business. Service Availability and Support: This section should specify the availability of services and support. For example, it should detail the operating hours, availability of customer support and any provisions for after-hours or emergency support. This ensures clients know when to expect assistance and what support is available. Compliance and Security Standards: Order fulfillment often involves handling sensitive information, such as customer and payment information. The SLA should outline the compliance and security standards to which the 3PL provider will adhere. This may include compliance with regulations like GDPR or CCPA, data protection and cybersecurity standards. Performance Reporting: Regular performance reporting is crucial for transparency and accountability. The SLA should specify the frequency and format of performance reports. These reports should provide insights into key metrics, any service issues encountered and steps taken to resolve them. This helps maintain a transparent relationship and enables continuous improvement. Penalties and Incentives: To ensure adherence to the SLA, it’s common to include penalties for non-compliance and incentives for exceeding performance expectations. Penalties might include financial compensation for missed targets, while incentives could be bonuses for consistently meeting or exceeding service levels. Managing Capacity for Growing E-commerce Businesses: Many of our e-commerce clients are experiencing significant growth. Are you prepared to manage new markets and increase sales? When collaborating with your 3PL partner, it’s essential to consider how rising order volumes will affect your SLAs. 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