There are so many delivery options available to businesses and individuals today. In the rush of everyday life, often people don’t put much thought into how they want to deliver or receive a package but just choose the first name that comes to mind. For deliveries in your area, choosing a local courier service is often the most efficient and economical route, and unlike big-name carriers that increase their rates 3-4% per year every year, we focus on quality service at affordable prices. From flexibility to technology to integrated transportation services, we have highlighted 10 reasons why choosing a local courier service like QCS rather than a standard delivery company or big-name carrier is often the smarter choice.
One in 20 Warehouse Workers Suffers Injury Each Year
Protecting company employees and assets should be proactively sought after by any business owner. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in 20 warehouse workers will suffer injuries in a given year. Creating a safe work environment and culture of safety brings benefits to both workers and management. Having a set of safety measures specifically designed for your work environment and regular health and safety meetings will minimize the risk of injury, causing fewer workplace disruptions and absenteeism due to injury. Below are five warehouse safety tips for maintaining a productive, accident-free warehouse.
IoT harnesses intelligence of billions of connected devices
Manufacturers and supply chain service providers have been putting sensors on things for ages, and now some have implemented the Internet of Things logistics technology to reduce costs and improve operations.
Over the past decades, the internet has shifted from a static repository of interlinked hypertext documents to a dynamic universe of networked humans, machines, and applications. IoT encompasses a world where machines and objects are embedded with sensors and linked through wired and wireless networks via the Internet, allowing them to process data and interact in real-time with their surrounding environment. It harnesses the intelligence of billions of sensors and connected devices that collect big data to make decisions.
Over the next decade, the logistics industry will enter a new era. New technologies such as the Internet of Things, robotics, 3D printing, self-driving cars and advanced logistics technology are evolving at breakneck speed. Operational constraints including increased regulations, driver shortages, a taxed infrastructure and the demands of increased ecommerce delivery threaten to disrupt transportation services providers.
The “27th Annual State of Logistics Report” warns that these forces are driving change in the supply chain today and predicts companies that build the skills to adapt to these disruptions during this period of transition will come out ahead.
Advanced Logistics Software Provides Visibility from Dock to Door
The courier and logistics industry has adapted to new modes of transportation and technology since the founding in 1852 of the first private express premium package delivery company, Wells Fargo. Today’s transportation services sector now makes use of sophisticated logistics technology and equipment to maximize workflow and ensure fast and timely delivery.
Technology has crept into nearly every aspect of our lives. Today, you can see your developing child’s facial expressions before he or she is even born with 3D ultrasound. You can answer virtually any trivia question at the kitchen table and track your heart rate, the number of steps you’ve taken and calories you’ve consumed with your smart phone or watch. With the latest ecommerce, tracking and transportation and delivery technology, you can order, pay for and follow the delivery of everything from pizza to clothing to furniture with a few clicks on a computer or taps on a smartphone screen. And you can even watch the delivery person come to your front door through remote digital monitoring technology while you are sitting at your desk at work.
For the 4th time, QCS rates on List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
QCS Logistics announced today that it has been honored as among the top 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country by Inc. magazine. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.
This is the fourth-consecutive year that QCS has made the Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The New Orleans-based courier and logistics company ranked No. 4,963 on the 2016 list with three-year sales growth of 41 percent.
New Orleans courier company QCS Logistics is distributing Baton Rouge flood disaster relief donations to shelters serving victims of the historic flooding impacting four parishes in Louisiana.
QCS Logistics is distributing donations to Baton Rouge-area shelters housing more than 10,000 flood evacuees. The company is collecting toiletries, nonperishable food, clothing and personal items for flood victims in local shelters. The items are being accepted at the company’s St. Rose Warehouse, located at 150 James Dr. East, No. 180, and will be delivered by QCS to state-run and American Red Cross shelters in the affected area.
Ecommerce boom and last mile demand
By Jason Burns, QCS Logistics Partner and CLDA Treasurer
From the ecommerce boom and increased demand for final mile delivery to recent rulings regarding worker misclassification and regulations on driver hours of service (HOS) and food and beverage transportation, the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA) Annual Meeting & Expo last month in Las Vegas focused on the issues, opportunities and trends impacting the same-day delivery and transportation services industry.
Here are some key takeaways from this year’s conference, which was themed “Leveraging the Last Mile.”
Driving Your Business Into the Future
This article appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of CLDA Magazine.
Eighty-eight percent of current family business owners believe their family will control their business in five years. But statistics undermine this belief: less than a third of family owned businesses survive the transition from first generation to second, and just 10 percent continue to the third generation.
In the courier industry, some 60 percent of business owners are looking to leave the industry in the next five years. For many, selling the business to another company may be a very likely scenario.