| By Ardy
|On May 15, 2013 |
No matter what type of business you work for or own, budgeting is always a major consideration. Using couriers can save you time and money, but knowing just that bit of information isn’t everything you need to know. To understand if using a courier will work with your budget, you need to first understand how courier rates are calculated. Costs are calculated by combining two buckets of information: vehicle costs and employee costs.
Vehicle costs are probably the first thing you think of when you think about calculating courier rates. These costs include things like:
- Type of vehicle
- Number of vehicles required
- Price of gas per gallon
- Vehicle miles per gallon
- Miles driven per day
- Insurance per month
- Exterior maintenance of the vehicle
- Communication devices
As you’d expect, the rising costs of gas can have a great impact on what these costs end up being.
Employee costs involve many different line items. From hourly rates to hours worked, there are many factors that go into calculating these costs.
- Number of drivers
- Hourly rate
- Overtime rate
- Regular hours worked
- Overtime hours
By adding together the vehicle and employee costs, the courier rate is calculated. If you’re interested in finding out the rates of deliveries with Reliable Delivery, use our courier calculator.
| By Ardy
|On May 9, 2013 |
Have you ever wondered why it would be beneficial for your business to outsource fulfillment and warehousing? If so, then this blog post is right up your alley. We’ll help you understand the benefits of outsourcing your warehousing and order fulfillment.
- Eliminate the need for storage facilities: Choosing to outsource warehousing and fulfillment means you don’t have to worry about the upkeep of storage facilities and shipping centers, or employment of distribution teams.
- Reduce expenses: What business isn’t looking for ways to save money? When you outsource warehousing, you can reduce expenses related to printing, shipping, and many other distribution-related activities.
- Increase efficiency: When you partner with a company that specializes in fulfillment and warehousing, operations run more efficiently. They have streamlined, tried and true processes in place, as well as state-of-the-art technology to handle your needs.
- Satisfy customers: No matter what type of business you have, your customers will appreciate their orders being delivered on time and with reasonable shipping costs. Warehousing providers can help you satisfy your customers.
- Handle seasonality of orders: Having experts in warehousing and order fulfillment on your side can help you get a handle on the seasonality of your orders. You can also save money by not having to hire and train professionals in peak periods.
So if you’re looking to streamline your warehousing and order fulfillment, outsourcing these activities could be the right thing for your business. Make a wise business decision and contact Reliable Delivery for warehousing logistics and Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.
| By Ardy
|On April 24, 2013 |
At Reliable Delivery, we know how to pack a package so that everything in it stays intact and your delivery is made correctly. Want to learn how to pack your deliveries like a pro? All you have to do is follow these simple steps.
- Cushion: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not cushioning your items appropriately. The key to doing this right is choosing the cushioning that’s the appropriate density and thickness for your package. You’ll also want to make sure you use enough cushioning materials to fill the void spaces in your box.
- Boxing: Have you ever seen a package where the box appears to be bursting at the seams? If so, you know that whoever packed that box chose the wrong box size. Make sure you select a box that is big enough to accommodate the proper cushioning for the item you’re shipping.
- Sealing: You might want to conserve your packaging tape and use as little as possible, or maybe you’re someone who uses a whole roll of tape on one package. Either way, a great rule of thumb for sealing packages is to apply at least three strips of packing tape to the top and bottom of the container you’re shipping.
- Labeling: Your labels should include the recipient’s full address on it. In addition, when placing your label on the package, make sure you put it on the most visible side of the box and away from any seams or folds.
Want to learn more package delivery tips and insight? Keep reading our blog and contact us today if you’re interested in learning about the delivery services we offer.
| By Ardy
|On April 17, 2013 |
Unless you’ve used couriers for years, you might be wondering exactly what a courier service is. Simply put, as a courier service in Michigan, we carry out package deliveries for businesses and organizations. But courier services aren’t a new thing. In fact, they’ve been around for almost as long as civilization has been around. Ancient leaders used couriers as a way to make new laws and communicate edicts throughout their country.
While we’re not sending our couriers out into the world to communicate new laws, our couriers still serve an important purpose. We specialize in delivering medical equipment and supplies, as well as legal documents. Reliable Delivery exists to help free up your internal resources to carry out the day-to-day work of your business, while we handle the running around and delivering of your packages.
Even as technology evolves, the need for courier services still exists. While some documents can be delivered electronically through email, institutions like hospitals and medical facilities will still require the physical transport of packages. Instead of modern technology eliminating the need for our services, we’re just using modern technology to improve the efficiency and timeliness of our courier services.
Learn more about our courier services and be sure to contact us if you want to schedule a delivery.
| By Ardy
|On April 10, 2013 |
No matter what industry you’re in, there are probably some tools and tricks of the trade you use to make sure the job is done efficiently. Like your business, Reliable Delivery uses a set of tools to ensure the timely delivery of our services with the quality that our customers have grown to expect from us.
Online Order Entry
We like to make things easy for our customers, which is why we offer online order entry. Once you have an account established, you’ll be able to easily enter your order into the system from wherever you are. It’s fast, easy and just what you need to make sure that your deliveries are scheduled properly.
Online Order Tracking
If you need timely information on where your order is, then our online order tracking system is perfect. It’s a fast and easy way to find out the status of your order at any time of day.
We work our hardest to ensure that we’re building the most efficient delivery routes, and our routing software helps us do this. With this software, all routes are optimized for cost and time saving.
Have you ever experienced the frustration that comes with not knowing where your delivery driver is? Our main office is able to communicate with drivers while they’re making deliveries. This ensures that we know where delivery drivers are in their route and lets us communicate any changes in routes. It also ensures that we always know where your delivery is.
These tools are just one piece of the puzzle in delivery quality services to our customers. Contact us today to learn more.
| By Ardy
|On April 3, 2013 |
A medical delivery services driver’s main job duties are exactly what you’d think they’d be. It’s this person’s job to pick up and deliver medical supplies to medical offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities. This person is responsible for making sure patients and medical facilities have all the supplies they need.
Why You Need Medical Delivery Drivers
Ask any medical facility today, and they’ll tell you that they depend on their medical delivery service drivers. This type of service is critical to their successful treatment of patients because they don’t have time themselves to spend picking up and delivering medical supplies and medications. Whether you realize it or not, medical delivery services are a big part of keeping patients happy and healthy.
Benefits of Being a Medical Delivery Services Driver
With most jobs, people are looking for a sense of purpose that comes along with their job duties. As a medical delivery services driver, you’ll have that. The job is rewarding because drivers know that they’re helping save lives and keep the people in their community healthy.
Learn more about our medical delivery services and our drives today.
| By Ardy
|On March 26, 2013 |
Medical supplies can range from specimens to instruments, and all of them are equally important to treating patients. In life or death circumstance, not just any delivery company will do. A medical delivery company understands that the supplies they’re delivering could potentially save lives. And at Reliable Delivery, we take that very seriously.
Our couriers have years of experience and receive on-going training to make sure they understand each kind of medical delivery they might have to make. In addition, we can customize your medical delivery service to meet your exact security, logistical and budgetary needs. If that wasn’t enough, our list of types of deliveries we make is far reaching and includes:
• Medical equipment
• Medical supplies
• Donor organs
• Biohazard category B specimens
• Research materials
• Medical records
• Radioactive materials
• Patient transport
Whether you need deliveries made to a hospital, university, clinic, airport, residence or warehouse, we can help. Our team understands the needs and parameters that each site requires, so deliveries are always made smoothly. We’re able to do this not only because of our knowledge and experience, but also because of the tools we have at our disposal. Each of our couriers uses a GPS to find the best way to get to the delivery site and we’re in constant contact with our drivers too.
We know that all of your medical deliveries are important, and we treat each of them with care. Contact us today to find out more about our medical delivery services.
| By Ardy
|On March 19, 2013 |
Did you know that warehousing logistics is rich in history? In this blog post, we’ll give you a crash course in the history of warehousing, from its origins to where it stands today.
Way back in the time of early European explorers, warehouses were essential. These explorers used warehouses that were conveniently located at shipping ports. Goods were stored at these warehouses before they were sent along shipping and trade routes.
Once railroads began to gain popularity, warehousing logistics underwent a necessary change. Warehouses were built at more convenient locations along railroads and closer to the final destination of goods. Railroads made it much easier to move goods from one location to another; and warehouses were an essential component in making this happen.
At the turn of the 20th century, the United States experienced significant growth in commercial warehouses. This fast and furious growth forced the government to place restrictions on railroad operations in order to keep everything under control. However, by the middle of the century, modern warehouses, also known as “distribution centers,” were popping up. These distribution centers offered high-tech capabilities that helped move goods through the supply chain. Today, these distribution centers can also act as call centers and logistics providers.
Now that you know the history of warehousing logistics, you can feel confident choosing a provider of warehousing logistics in Michigan.
| By Ardy
|On March 12, 2013 |
Do you ever wish you had a professional organizer at your disposal to help you keep your warehouse in check? Making sure your warehouse is well-organized is essential to your business, but it’s also one of the most difficult things to stay on top of. Just like cleaning and organizing your home might be a challenge, so can cleaning and organizing your warehouse. Here are some organization tips that might make it easier to keep your warehouse more efficient.
1. Sticker products with label information. Whether you use a SKU number, or just label products with information on the type of product a description, doing so can make your warehouse more organized.
2. Put like products in the same place. Grouping like products together in your warehouse can make it easier to find what you need, when you need it.
3. Stack products vertically. Stacking products vertically, rather than horizontally, saves space in your warehouse. In addition, stacking products in this way gives your warehouse a cleaner look.
4. Keep aisles clear. Removing any boxes or debris from aisles can make it easier for your warehouse employees to get around and perform their jobs. Cluttered aisles make it hard for them to reach products they need and makes it more difficult to store things too.
5. Place digital pictures on boxes. Sticking pictures on boxes so you know what is inside them can be a huge time saver. It eliminates the need to open boxes and supplements your product labeling well in case there is any doubt as to what is in each box.
Follow these easy tips for organizing your warehouse and you’ll find that your warehousing logistics are more efficient. And if you’re looking for a warehouse that already has these organization tips down, contact Reliable Delivery today to learn about our warehousing logistics services in Michigan and Ohio.
| By Ardy
|On March 5, 2013 |
If you’re looking for a warehousing logistics solutions provider you can count on, you’ll need to hone in on what services you’re really looking for. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive warehousing logistics provider, than you’ll likely need to understand what the term “white glove” means. Let us help you.
By “white glove,” we really mean full-service. White glove warehousing logistics services provide special attention and care to all of the goods they store and ship. At Reliable Delivery, offering white glove warehousing services is not a joke to us. We take customer service and providing the best services possible very seriously. This is why we offer a complete selection of warehousing solutions. These include:
• Receiving and inspection
• Floor and rack storage
• Cross docking
• Customized racking configurations
• Order processing management
• Pick, pack and ship
• Lot control
• Inventory reporting
Our white glove services basically roll out the red carpet for you and treat your company’s goods like a king. And if you don’t have the time, the physical resources, or the know-how to perform all of these warehousing duties, why not trust a professional who can do it all? With white glove services, you don’t need to worry about your goods being accounted for and taken care of just the way you’d like them to be. Contact Reliable Delivery today to learn about our warehousing services in Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.