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BENNETT AWARDED TOP 50 WOMEN IN BUSINESS

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Bennett, President and COO of Kelly Direct Inc., has been honored with the distinction as a “Top 50 Woman in Business” by the Pacific Coast Business Times.  The announcement, made by Henry Dubroff, Chairman and Editor of the highly regarded publication, recognizes top female executives in a tri-county area in Southern California.   This is the second consecutive year Bennett has earned this award.

The publication serves business interests in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.  The combined population of these counties is 1.5 million and is home to several Fortune 500 firms including Amgen, CKE Restaurants, Dole Food and Patagonia.

“The elevated role for women in the C-suite really vindicates our decision to spotlight the top female executives in the Tri-counties.  It also makes the job of picking our Top 50 Women in Business that much harder,” says Dubroff.

Bennett is among three award recipients in the Consumer Services Division.  Other honorees include Kathleen Cochran, GM of Bacara Resort and Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia.  The keynote speaker is Pam Lopker, Founder and President of QAD, once named the richest self-made women in America by Forbes.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at the Outdoor Rotunda at Decker’s corporate headquarters in Goleta.  The event will be held between 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Kelly Direct has a limited number of reserve seats available for interested clients and partners.  Tickets may also be obtained at www.paccoasttimes.com.

Kelly Direct provides 10 supply chain services in top 10 US ports.  The firm distributes millions of products and branded promotional items to consumers and retailers worldwide.  The firm offers over 13.5 million square feet of warehouse space in the domestic US, Canada and Europe, focusing on product inbound to the Ports of LA.    Bennett has 30 years experience in supply chain and fulfillment and the firm’s client base is an impressive list of America’s leading consumer products companies, advertising agencies and non-profits.   The firm is WBENC certified meeting supplier diversity requirements.  For more information go to www.kellybdirect.com or call 818.262.0613.

 
AMAZON.COM DRONE APPROVED BY FAA

Amazon.com won approval from the FAA to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by small, self-piloted aircraft.

Fulfillment via drone is a realistic – and exciting-- scenario for some package deliveries in the future -- though the use of drones is fraught with issues involving safety and privacy.

Key components and restrictions of the program are below:

  • Amazon prototype drone will be allowed to perform test flights over private, rural land in Washington state.
  • The experimental certificate applies to a particular drone and Amazon must obtain a new certification if it modifies the aircraft in any way.   This makes is it difficult to adapt the model quickly in the field.
  • Amazon must keep flights below 400 feet and keep the drone in sight.  (Amazon asked to fly up to altitudes of 500 feet).
  • Drone operators must have a private pilot licenses and current medical certification.

Industry updates, like these, are part of the Kelly Direct experience.   Our goal is to make you look good.  Keeping you up on top of developments in the fulfillment industry -- and mostly recently LA port operations -- is just part of the value we bring to the table.

To better manage your merchandise supply chain, please go to the “Contact Us” page.
 
Port Update Jan 2015

As know, West Coast dockside labor and management negotiations and significant infrastructure issues have resulted in the worst West Coast port crisis in decades.

Negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) -- which represents employers at 29 ports -- and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents 20,000 dockworkers – have significantly impacted merchandise supply chain.  As a result, for the past two months, all of us in the industry have had extreme challenges getting containers off the vessel, into the warehouse and out to end users on time  (and without OT labor).

To give you an Executive Summary of what is going on – and to help plan for the next few months.

The Port of Long Beach opened a 30-acre depot for the temporary storage of empty containers.  The facility on Pier S will run to at least March 31 2015.  The idea is to provide more space to place empty cargo containers, remove their chassis and use them to pick up new loads of incoming cargo containers.

The four companies that control 95% of the chassis at Los Angeles-Long Beach (over 100,000 chassis)  agreed to develop a neutral chassis pool.  Phased roll-out began on February 1, 2015.  The assets of the four chassis pools will be interoperable, which means that a trucker pulling a container and chassis can pick up or deliver the equipment at any of the 13 terminals in the harbor without regard to which pool serves a particular shipping line or terminal.

The negotiations appear to be easing into a final agreement.  Spokesmen for both factions (PMA and ILWU) disclosed that the issue of maintaining cargo chassis has been addressed, thereby easing the way toward a final agreement.

When an agreement is reached, however, there will be an additional 30-day period to allow time for the ILWU to ratify.

The bottom line:

Overall, we feel that the situation is getting better and we should see a quicker – 5 to 7 day -- turn of containers at West Coast ports in the coming months.

We will continue to keep you updated on this evolving issue and its potential impact to your programs.

 

 

 
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