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Thursday, 11-Jul-2013 09:49 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Transportation Costs Drive Small Business Concerns

Taking clients out to lunch, delivering goods and performing service duties are what drive entrepreneurs to success. Microbusiness owners and the self-employed depend on transportation to provide their products and services. However, escalating energy costs are making it more difficult to survive and profit as a microbusiness owner.

An online poll from the National Association for the Self-Employed asked members how rising gas prices are affecting their business. Over 70 percent of microbusiness owners agreed that rising gasoline prices are significantly or moderately hurting their businesses. Nearly half (43 percent) of respondents increased prices to compensate for the growing costs of fuel. "Microbusiness owners often depend on their cars to connect with their consumers or use shipping services to mail products," says NASE president Robert Hughes. "Most people did not account for such increases in their travel or shipping budgets for the year."

This year, the self-employed will need to revise their budgets to accommodate increasing energy costs. In the meantime, several options to stabilize energy costs are supported by the association members who opted into the survey. Tax subsidies for energy companies to develop new energy-efficient technologies, as well as tax credits to drivers who buy cars with fuel-efficient technology, were supported by two-thirds of respondents. Additional drilling in possibly oil-rich areas within and offshore of the U.S. appealed to 67 percent of members who responded to the poll.

The National Association for the Self-Employed is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and microbusinesses, and brings a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy.

As a reminder, you are urged to do your part to help limit the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the earth’s atmosphere from your own vehicles. With that in mind, its important to remember that you do not have to go completely green, which is a term used to commonly define global warming activists.

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Monday, 3-Jun-2013 07:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Case Study for Ocean Lineage in Term of Distribution

One of the more creative and fast growing companies we have partnered with is a firm by the name of Ocean Lineage. Ocean Lineage is headed up by Ryan Dubach formerly an operations manager for a company focused on the power sports industry. When Ryan contacted us at Frontline Distribution I instantly had a feeling that our firms shared a similar vision of how a business could be run to provide ample income but yet the life style that every entrepreneur deserves over time.

When we first started helping Ocean Lineage, Ryan and his partner Linus were running the firm out of Ryan’s home and he wanted to us start helping him receive his Stand up Paddle Board containers in our Los Angeles CA and Atlanta GA facilities. From there the plan was they were going to focus on design, production, and ultimately sales and marketing and Frontline Distribution was going to handle all back end warehousing, inventory management, order fulfillment, and ultimately the outbound freight shipping to stores and end consumers.

Since we began working with Ryan and Ocean Lineage the company has tripled in size over the past three years. Ryan now handles all North American Import, Sales, and distribution of not only Coreban Stand up Paddle but now Boga Stand up Paddle line too. With all this growth and success you would figure that we would have had to add a lot of rank and file employees to handle it but not so. Ryan is focused on back end automation and has leveraged his relationship with Frontline Distribution now tasking our firm with import, warehousing, and freight distribution to all his end customers out of four regional hubs in key sales markets for their product line up.

This has allowed him to do even more with less and lower his overall cost of doing business while managing the while managing the overall process himself with a growing arsenal of easy to use ERP software that will ultimately connect to Frontline Distribution via EDI and automate almost all backend sales, pricing, rep splits, order management, then straight to us in real time for order fulfillment, outbound shipping, and tracking and dispatch relay. If your interests are not peaked by this short recount to make the situation sweeter Ryan upped and moved his company to the Incline Village Lake Tahoe and runs it exclusively from there. What to run and grow your empire from one of the most picturesque alpine lakes in the world? If so, give us 20-30 minutes of your time and we will hash out a backend solution that will make the rest possible.

Give us a call; you’ll be glad you did.

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Thursday, 30-May-2013 08:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Start your own business, build your own and empire, help make the world a more fun or comfortable place to live by the products you create! Building and/or running a business can be a very empowering and sometimes time consuming task, but it does not have to be. By refocusing on your core competencies and why you got into business in the first place, you can liberate your time and have more fun running your business. How would one go about this you ask, the answer is simply, by outsourcing more and more of the menial day to day tasks to experts in their field.

This may sound a little scary at first, I know many of the companies I have spoken to over the years (5027 at last count and growing) get a warm fuzzy satisfaction from seeing their products tucked safely into their own warehouse and running all the position in the company with a large office staff. I guess it all comes down to why you got into running your own business in the first place. Is your aspiration to run a management heavy large organization that demands countless hours of oversight just to make sure your people are doing their job? Or did you get into running your business so you could design great products or provide great supply chain management services that you were interested in, make the world a better more interesting, or comfortable place, make a better income than working for someone else, and still have the freedom of time and place to enjoy it all!

If the later is true then we need to talk. My firm may not provide all the services that would be necessary to allow you to run your company from anywhere but we do provide the large chunk of them through outsourced warehousing, and order fulfillment. From routing your containers of manufactured products to our 15 and counting regional warehouses in the US and Canadian markets. We can then receive them at the ports, pulling them into our warehouses, stage them by sku or batch number, and pick packing and fulfilling both your small parcel and freight orders we can take a lot off your plate. In addition to these services we manage your warehousing and order fulfillment from the top down so you only have one point of contact for all services and we even give you real time visibility of your inventory via a web based inventory management system no matter whether you use one of our warehouses or all 15!

For now this is just an intro into looking at a whole new way of looking at creating and running a business. I will be providing more and more details of our services, and laying out a plan of attack for reclaiming your life and time, yet running and growing a business you love. The day of your business owning you is over, and we can help move towards an entrepreneur/life balance that you will love. Just take a small leap of faith with us as we lay out in more detail exactly the types of service we can provide for you. As well as providing you a resource to the rest of the arsenal of services that will ultimately provide you as much freedom of time and place as you like, while still having fun growing and running your business!

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Monday, 20-May-2013 05:49 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Fast Growing Company for Transportation and Distribution

Frontline Distribution, a fast growing provider of flexible warehousing, order fulfillment, and freight distribution solutions is head quartered in San Diego Ca. Frontline Distribution specializes in partnering with small to medium sized companies in fast growing market segments that are looking to outsource a significant amount of their day to day work, gain a tremendous competitive advantage, and focus their time on their core competencies and business growth.

Initially the firm, headed by Jeremy Curran, has focused on his passions including outdoor action sports equipment such as bicycles, surfing and Stand-Up Paddle Boards, ski and snowboards, motorcycles and other power sports equipment, and green technology equipment such as Solar Panels. Although these are still our passions, we are open to working with any fast growing companies whom need to keep more cash on hand for critical raw materials investment, and are looking to stay or become a lean, sale and designed focused company.

Frontline distribution provides these flexible Supply Chain related services to over 25 fast growing companies. In addition the firm helps another 30 plus companies reduce their freight transportation costs and streamline their quoting, booking, and tracking with their first in class freight transportation motor. If you or someone you knows firm is looking to reduce it overall cost of getting its products to market or streamline its distribution in a more efficient manner you owe it to yourself to contact us today to see what Frontline Distribution can do for you. Frontline Distribution, Flex-warehousing and Distribution solutions to grow your sales virtually anywhere!

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Thursday, 9-May-2013 16:26 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Shipping and your Effect on Modern world

Shipping is really important to activities of all those, as well as Americas. Various commuters understand they can count on the path to encourage them to and additionally right from succeed, to travel on vacation, to weekly chores, combined with to earn the software to make sure you valuable visits. The fact people are needs to uncover exactly how much on the have an effect on this reliance relating to shipping price ranges. This is exactly a large number of found for modern world heating up.

In the case of modern world heating up, you can see it to be understood to be the entire boost on the earth’s high temperature, because the strength on the emission about varieties of greenhouse unwanted gas. Bearing that in mind, shipping is really a subject that should be lay out. It really has been talked about that every van this really is removed the road may well eliminate as well as emissions just by even though key to make sure you 400 unwanted weight!

Even though there may grounds that our vans enjoy a poor have an effect on across the world, a lot of us keep on travelling, as though insurance provider little or nothing unsuitable. Why does this approach for that reason? It's always primarily scheduled to some extent towards trendy belief. The fact is, various operators presume that they have to utterly eliminate most of the vans or possibly buying a cutting edge, energy levels valuable

Like up to now acknowledged, you do not have to completely eliminate your automobile assist you on the combat with modern world heating up. The things verify, customer implement, still, is normally constrain any applies. Are you able to carpool or possibly benefit from common shipping? Your job is around going to walk individual? The expense of, you must get out of your automobile into your garage. Bearing that in mind, do not forget to just remember that you don't really have to utterly eliminate your automobile. An example, you might need to desire you too ultimately and additionally from food market. In this case, attempts suggest to a fellow worker along the length of or possibly carpool by means of an alternative comparable. Equally, constrain any researching jaunts and start even though you’re able to all of the derived from one of voyage. However these are all of the simple steps which enable you.

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