Mitchell's NY Blog
October 15, 2018
Whether you’re from France or another French-speaking country and are visiting the city or want to improve your speaking skills, you may be wondering where to find a French newspaper or magazine in New York City.
Local newspapers are much easier to find and cost less than other papers. However, international publications usually cover different topics and write with a different perspective. Reading other press helps you learn about world events and hear points of view you might not know about otherwise.
Several NYC shops sell French newspapers and magazines — as well as other publications from foreign countries — such as the following:
- Magazine Cafe: Located in Midtown on West 37th Street, this cafe offers more than 100 French newspapers and magazines. It’s the perfect place in the city to get some espresso and leisurely peruse the publications — you’ll feel like you’re visiting a news cafe in Paris. The shop sells both weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines in a wide variety of topics. You can read about business, sports, current events, fashion and more.
- SoHo News International: Unlike Magazine Cafe, this newsagent doesn’t specialize only in French publications. However, it sells some French newspapers at a lower cost than other spots in the city. If you’re able to stop in here, you could save some money. They sell weekly editions of certain French newspapers, like Le Monde and Charlie Hebdo, and are located on the corner of Sullivan Street and Prince Street.
- Casa Magazines: The walls of Casa Magazines are lined with magazines and newspapers, including plenty of French publications. It may take a little bit of searching, but once you find them, it will be well worth it. They also sell weekly periodicals along with their selection of magazines. Casa Magazines is located on 8th Avenue.
- French Institute Alliance Francaise: This organization offers many French magazines and newspapers at their Haskell Library, but you must be a member of the organization to access them. However, the annual fee is just $99 — or only $35 if you’re 25 or younger. When you become a member, you have unlimited access to these publications and their other events.
- Mitchell’sNY Newspaper Subscriptions: The easiest way to regularly get French newspapers and magazines is to have them delivered right to your home. With Mitchell’sNY newspaper delivery service, we bring the publications of your choice to your doorstep. If you don’t live near any stores that sell your favorite magazine or newspaper, you don’t have to travel across the city to get your news. We offer a wide selection of French publications, as well as periodicals from many other countries. Request a quote today to see what your subscription would cost.
French newspapers and magazines — as well as other international publications — are easier to find in New York City than you might think. You have several options for finding the news you want to read, including the shops we listed above.
September 15, 2018
You have to love the bustle of an urban area to live in New York City full-time. But, the constant movement can be exhausting, too. You may also become tired of seeing the same old landscape day after day — concrete sidewalks and buildings that all start to blend together after awhile. To relieve the sometimes bland atmosphere, New York City’s parks and gardens are an oasis for residents.
Here are our top picks for some of New York City’s best public gardens:
- New York Botanical Garden: While strolling through the seasonally-changing gardens, you’ll see all types of colors and smell many different fragrances around you. Taking a walk through the garden, you can’t help but forget about any stress and worries. The New York Botanical Garden is not only a place to see beautiful flowers and plants — you can also attend special events like concerts, poetry readings, lectures and classes, or take tours. Get involved with the New York Botanical Garden’s community initiatives, like the Bronx Green-Up. It’s a great way to meet new people and give back to the community.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden: You’ll see all kinds of colorful flowers and other plants when you visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. What you see always depends on the season. The garden offers fun activities for kids and families, as well as some adults-only programs. It’s the perfect place to unwind and learn something new about horticulture.
- New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden: Located on Staten Island’s Snug Harbor, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Asia. The features of this landscape were inspired by paintings and poetry of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian monks. There is a large pagoda-looking structure, a path through a bamboo forest and a koi pond.
- Sixth Street and Avenue B Community Garden: This is a favorite spot in the East Village, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Avenue B. The community garden hosts special events, including concerts and literary readings. It’s the perfect location to enjoy other activities in a quiet, beautiful space.
- Connie Gretz Secret Garden: This garden is located in the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Inspired by the classic children’s book The Secret Garden, you have to make your way through a maze to reach the destination. Once you solve the puzzle, you’ll find an enchanting little haven inside. There is a fairy-tale castle for kids to play, including a drawbridge and moat.
When you live in a large city like New York City, you should stop and appreciate any greenery you can find. Whether you’re spending the day at Central Park or admiring the Japanese lilac trees lining your street, it’s refreshing to see bits of nature to complement the urban landscape you experience daily.
In the comments, let us know how you add some nature to your day-to-day living in New York City, as well as which green spaces you love the most.
August 21, 2018
Whether you are shipping produce, floral arrangements or pharmaceuticals, maintaining a cold chain from production to delivery is essential. If the temperature is not adequately controlled at all stages of production, your perishable goods could spoil or even make your customers sick. But for a small company, delivering perishable goods safely can be an intimidating task. You want to make sure your products arrive fresh and safe for consumption, but you may not know much about logistics management or shipping regulations.
Depending on the size of your business and the goods you need to deliver, you may opt to ship your perishable goods in the mail or use a reefer truck for ground deliveries. No matter which method you choose, you must comply with federal regulations and maintain best practices for delivering perishable goods. Use this guide to perishable goods shipping to find the best delivery method for your business.
How Do I Ship Perishable Food and Goods?
For companies sending smaller deliveries directly to customers, shipping perishable goods in the mail may be the best option. Shipping cold or frozen products in the mail requires proper planning and care to make sure everything arrives safely to your customers. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to ship perishable goods.
1. Know Your Products
Before you begin shipping goods, make sure you know the temperature at which you must keep each product, so it stays fresh. You should know the shelf life of each product to determine how quickly it will need to be shipped. These factors will help you decide which type of packaging is best for your products.
2. Choose a Container
A variety of shipping containers are available for shipping perishable goods. These special packages provide insulation to keep out heat. You can purchase styrofoam boxes with thicker or thinner walls to keep out more or less heat, and they’re generally the most effective at maintaining temperatures. Typically, Styrofoam boxes are shipped inside of cardboard boxes for better durability during transport.
You can also purchase Styrofoam sheets, insulated liners or insulated pads to place inside of a cardboard box. Sheets and pads are often more cost-efficient than Styrofoam boxes, as you can purchase them in bulk and cut them to the right size for each package. You can also wrap insulated liners around your product for extra protection.
3. Select a Cooling Agent
Once your product is packaged, you will need to add a cooling agent to keep your product cold during shipping. Ice packs are typically a good option for refrigerated goods, while dry ice is best for frozen products. Dry ice is considered a hazardous material, so you’ll need to clearly label any your packages containing dry ice and should check for additional requirements from your shipping provider.
When determining how much dry ice or how many ice packs to use, consider the size of the product, what temperature you need to maintain, how long it will be in transit and the climate of the area it’s shipping to. Shipping trucks can reach very high heats in the summer, so be sure to take this into account when adding your cooling agent.
4. Get It There Fast
Choose a shipping partner that can provide guaranteed shipping times, so you know your product will be delivered on time. You should also balance speed with cost, as overnight or one-day shipping can be very expensive. If you want to provide a reasonable shipping fee for your customers, choose the longest shipping time that will still keep your product fresh and safe.
Challenges of Shipping Perishable Goods in the Mail
The cost to ship frozen food can be expensive, as you will need to send it quickly and ensure that proper temperatures are maintained. Ice packs and dry ice also take up extra space, meaning you may need to use larger shipping containers, which can add additional cost.
Aim to use the smallest possible container for your product and choose the longest shipping time that will still keep your product safe. No matter what shipping method you select, make sure to have your shipping policies readily available on your company’s website so customers can understand the associated costs.
Perishable Goods Delivery With Reefer Trucks
When transporting large quantities of perishable goods, a reefer truck may be the best option. Reefer trucks have internal cooling systems that can maintain a specific temperature inside the trailer. These trucks can be set at a range of temperatures from freezing to room temperature.
Reefer trucks were invented in the 1930s as a solution to the problem of transporting cold and frozen goods safely. Manufacturers and producers wrestled with this question for decades, employing the first attempt at a cold shipment method on trains in the mid-19th century. Railroad companies filled train cars with large blocks of ice in an effort to keep products cold as they traveled across the country.
After the invention of automobiles, drivers carried this method over to trucks and also used insulation to keep out heat. Fans in the vehicles also helped to move cold air around the container. This method was not sufficient, however, because drivers would still have to stop periodically to refresh the ice.
In the 1930s, inventor Fred Jones created a portable cooling unit that relied on the truck’s motor for power, and drivers could add it to the outside of shipping containers. These first refrigerated trucks allowed critical perishable items — such as food, blood and medicine — to be shipped to soldiers during WWII.
Refrigeration technology for transporting goods has continued to develop, and reefer trucks are now available with a wide variety of capabilities. Modern refrigerated trucks are powered by diesel and can be adjusted to exact temperature specifications. For smaller shipping needs, refrigerated vans are also available.
In many reefer trucks, internal technology allows drivers to continuously monitor the temperature inside the truck to ensure products are stored properly during the entire shipping process. If temperature monitoring is not already built into a reefer truck, additional devices must be used for accurate temperature maintenance and recording.
When to Use a Cold or Frozen Truck
Using a reefer truck can be an affordable, efficient way to transport perishable goods. Reefer trucks are valued for their ability to control both temperature and humidity, making them perfect for ensuring freshness of a variety of products.
Frozen food shipping companies use reefer trucks to keep products frozen during transport, while fresh produce is shipped in refrigerated trucks so it does not spoil or become contaminated. While cold and frozen trucks are most often used in the food and beverage industry, they have many applications in other industries, as well.
Below are examples of perishable goods that many companies often transport using reefer trucks:
- Frozen foods
- Produce, dairy or meats
- Cakes or baked goods
- Vaccines and medications
- Chemicals or engineered materials
- Fine art or antiques that require humidity control
- Perfumes and cosmetics
- Tobacco products
- Floral arrangements
Benefits of Reefer Trucks for Perishable Goods Delivery
Reefer trucks offer many benefits for perishable goods delivery that are not available using traditional shipping methods. Below are a few reasons to use a cold or frozen truck for your perishable products:
- Cost-Efficient: Reefer trucks allow you to ship more products at once while cutting back on packaging costs.
- Great for Shorter Transports: You can complete local deliveries more quickly with a reefer truck than via mail, and your customers will be pleased with your fast delivery services.
- Perfect for Large Shipments: Reefer trucks have the capacity for large shipments that would be costly to send via mail. If you have high-volume clients, they will appreciate receiving their deliveries quickly and at the same time rather than in several different packages.
- Better Temperature Control: When using a reefer truck to deliver perishable goods, you can continuously monitor the temperature to ensure high-quality. When shipping products in the mail, you cannot control the temperature of the product once it leaves your business.
Perishable Goods Delivery Regulations
Depending on what type of perishable goods your company is transporting, there may be specific regulations that your logistics team must stay in compliance with to avoid liability. If you are carrying floral arrangements or other perishable products not meant for consumption, your primary concern will be maintaining quality rather than ensuring safety. If you are delivering food or pharmaceutical products, however, you must be aware of the applicable federal regulations.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 in an attempt to prevent food contamination that has become a growing problem in the U.S. As part of this regulation, the FDA specifies safe practices for transporting human and animal food. The rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food sets guidelines for maintenance and design of transportation vehicles, transportation operations, training procedures and record-keeping.
All vehicles transporting human or animal food must be made of materials that are able to be adequately cleaned and sanitized, such as stainless steel. Refrigerated shipping vehicles must be able to maintain the appropriate temperatures for food transport and have functioning temperature controls. During transportation, reefer truck temperatures must be maintained and monitored. Companies must keep accurate records of food temperatures at each stage of shipping, including loading, transport and unloading. Then, they must fully disclose these records when requested and retain them for up to 12 months.
Below are some other best practices to keep in mind when shipping food or beverages in reefer trucks:
- Always pre-cool the truck before loading the product.
- Always pre-cool the product before loading it into the vehicle. Reefer trucks are designed to maintain temperatures, not to lower the product’s temperature. This is particularly important with produce that has a high rate of respiration.
- Verify that the reefer truck is at the correct set point required for the product you’re shipping.
- Set the temperature mode to continuous, so the reefer truck actively maintains the set temperature. A continuous setting will have a set defrost cycle, so ice and frost do not build up on the truck’s cooling mechanisms. If the truck will be making a lot of stops and the door will frequently be open, you may need to adjust the defrost cycle, so the vehicle defrosts more regularly.
When delivering pharmaceutical products, you must comply with the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations. Pharmaceutical products must not be handled or stored in a way that could adversely affect their quality, including proper temperature and humidity control during processing and transport. FDA regulations also require accurate record-keeping throughout the transportation and distribution process.
Outsourcing Your Transportation for Perishable Goods
As your company grows, you may need to develop a more advanced cold chain system for delivering your perishable goods. You may have been able to rely on shipping products in the mail before, but as your capacity grows, you will need a more efficient and cost-effective delivery system.
Managing your own logistics system will mean hiring staff members and buying or renting reefer trucks. If you prefer to focus on creating your product rather than worrying about shipping, consider using a third-party logistics (3PL) partner to manage your perishable goods delivery. Outsourcing your perishable goods delivery system has many benefits that will save you time and money while allowing you to focus on what you do best — running your business.
Below are a few benefits of outsourcing your perishable goods transportation:
- Less Stress: Your 3PL partner will be knowledgeable about regulations and policies that affect perishable goods delivery. They will handle all the shipping paperwork, so you can be confident your goods arrive at their destinations safely and within regulations.
- More Flexibility: Working with a 3PL company means you’ll have access to different sizes of trucks and shipping vehicles to tackle any job. Rather than sending a truck that is only half-full, your shipping partner can supply the right-sized vehicle for the job. An excellent 3PL partner will be able to adapt to your changing needs on a day-to-day basis.
- Save Money: When your 3PL partner handles your shipping paperwork and transportation management, you do not have to hire your own staff for the job, saving you time and money. The 3PL market has grown in recent years, making it an accessible and affordable option for small and large companies alike.
Outsourcing your perishable goods transportation will allow you to focus on growing your business, rather than worrying about how your products will get to your customers. Save time, money and stress by outsourcing your perishable goods delivery.
Trust Mitchell’sNY Logistic for Your Perishable Goods Delivery
Mitchell’sNY Logistic is a 3PL company serving New York City and the tri-state area since 1946. With decades of experience behind us, we know the tri-state area better than anyone else and have an unbeatable record of on-time performance. Our local expertise means we can supply fast, accurate perishable goods delivery in Manhattan and beyond, with consistency you can trust. We even offer two-hour deliveries anywhere in Manhattan, so you can fulfill orders faster and keep your customers happy.
When you choose Mitchell’sNY Logistic for your refrigerated truck delivery service, our expert team will ensure your perishable goods always arrive at the proper temperature and ready for your customers to enjoy. We deliver to businesses, hospitals and residential addresses to meet all of your delivery needs. Whether you’re an individual seeking fresh grocery delivery or a hospital receiving pharmaceutical supplies, Mitchell’sNY Logistic can provide perishable goods delivery for you. Our reefer truck delivery offers temperature control up to 65°F, so you can ship anything from frozen fruit to fresh flowers.
When your business works around the clock, Mitchell’sNY Logistic can offer early morning, late evening and weekend deliveries. We’ll help you meet deadlines and impress your customers with prompt delivery of refrigerated or frozen goods anywhere on the east coast. Plus, our reefer trucks have GPS tracking, so you will know exactly when your products have arrived.
Rest easy when you partner with Mitchell’sNY Logistic as your perishable goods delivery partner. We pride ourselves in handling each delivery with special care and a personal touch you won’t find at a larger company. Our team wants to provide the best perishable goods delivery service to you, so you can offer the best products to your customers. To hear more about our frozen and refrigerated truck services, contact us today for rates and services.
August 7, 2018
Central Park is one of New York City’s most famous places. Whether you’re attending a special event or want a break from the busy streets, this green space is the perfect oasis within the city. The landmark is home to many special events throughout the year, like Shakespeare in the Park and free concerts by the New York Philharmonic.
There are tons of different things you can do in Central Park every day, including:
- Central Park Zoo: Escape the concrete jungle to experience some real wilderness and other habitats. While visiting, you’ll see penguins, snow leopard, monkeys, sea lions and many other animals. The Central Park Zoo is a fun place to bring the whole family — the destination also offers special programs for children of all ages and even adults.
- Belvedere Castle: This structure was initially designed with no purpose but to be a unique building for visitors to enjoy views of the park. However, in 1919, the National Weather Service began using Belvedere Castle to collect data. Today, the building is home to several scientific artifacts and tools. It is currently closed for renovations but will reopen in 2019.
- Central Park Conservatory Garden: The Conservatory Garden is a six-acre formal garden divided into three separate areas: English, French and Italian. Walking through these unique landscapes, you’ll see flowers, trees, shrubs and lots of other plants. The Conservatory Garden is a quiet zone within Central Park, making it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a lovely walk.
- Strawberry Fields: Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre section of Central Park that pays tribute to John Lennon, a member of the Beatles. The location for Strawberry Fields was chosen because it was Lennon’s and his wife Yoko Ono’s favorite place in the park. The Imagine Mosaic, a black and white design to remind visitors of the themes of Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine,” lies at the center of the area. Adjacent to Strawberry Fields is the Dakota Building, where Lennon and Ono once lived together.
- North Meadow Butterfly Gardens: While you stroll through the North Meadow Butterfly Garden, you’ll see many different species of butterflies and the plants that help sustain their populations in the city. You’ll probably see a Monarch butterfly during your visit — the gardens act as a resting place while they migrate to and from Mexico. This spot is fun for people of all ages to visit.
Central Park is one of the largest green spaces in the New York City area. With more than 800 acres and lots of things to do and see, you’ll have to visit more than once to take everything in. Going to Central Park is a great way to relieve some stress and escape the constant movement of the city. Urban life is always exciting, but it can be stressful. Doing any activity at the park is just what you need to relax.
July 5, 2018
Classic New York City Restaurants
When you live in a metropolis like New York City, one thing you probably never complain about is the food. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it close by. Whether you’re craving a Cubano or a great steak, a homey diner or a swanky place that only follows the latest culinary trends, you can find it all in the Big Apple.
Many of these restaurants have been open for more than 100 years. Here are a few classic spots we believe are some of the best places to eat in New York City:
- Delmonico’s Bar & Grill: This eatery claims to be “America’s First Restaurant.” Whether it was first or not, it has some of the best steaks in the city. It’s credited with creating the Delmonico-style steak and also claims to have invented the baked Alaska dessert.
- Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza: Whether you’re a native or a tourist, you have to enjoy New York-style pizza while you’re in the city. Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza was the first pizzeria in the city — and possibly in the entire country.
- Zabar’s: This spot in the Upper West Side is both a market and eatery. Browse through their large selection of cheeses, baked goods and bread, seafood and deli meats. Once your mouth is watering enough — it probably won’t be long — you can sit down and grab a bite. They have all the classics of a Jewish deli, along with fluffy pastries and other sweets.
- The Monkey Bar: This restaurant opened around the time of Prohibition. Today, you’ll dine on tasty entrees and desserts paired with a great wine or cocktail. The Monkey Bar is unique and known for its creative murals from Ed Sorel, which depict icons of the Jazz Age.
- Great N.Y. Noodletown: The youngest restaurant on the list, Great N.Y. Noodletown opened in 1981 and is now one of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown. You’re sure to love whatever authentic Chinese cuisine that you order here. It’s a favorite among NYC residents because of its price and hours. It’s inexpensive —yet unwaveringly delicious — and open from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m., so if you’re craving Chinese in the middle of the night, you can still get it.
- Barbetta: This Hell’s Kitchen Italian restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family since 1906. The fantastic food is one thing that draws you in, but the seating options are another. They have a beautiful garden in the back that lets patrons enjoy a relaxing al fresco dining experience during the warm months. They also claim to be the first New York restaurant to serve several dishes, like tiramisu and risotto.
These established restaurants offer a variety of options, from higher-end dining to more casual, inexpensive choices. Let us know if you’ve visited these eateries — or if you have any additional suggestions — in the comments below!
May 15, 2018
You make the best cupcakes in all of the United States. People line up for hours at your store to purchase one of them. Demand is so strong that you’re thinking about opening a second or maybe even a third store in the city. The quality of your cupcakes has gone viral online, so you’re exploring ideas about going national or even international via the Internet.
You see a glowing opportunity right in front of your face to expand your business and your profits.
Only one problem.
You’re a baker, not a shipping executive. You know a very great deal about how to make cupcakes that drive people crazy. But you know next to nothing about how to get those cupcakes to other stores in your city or, let alone around the nation or world. You can hire someone who understands supply chain management, but you don’t have the time to find the right person, and you’re worried about the cost.
So what do you do?
Why It’s Time to Outsource Your Business Transportation Management
At this point in your business plan, it’s probably time for you to consider the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing transportation. If you hope to expand and meet your goals, knowing about your options is the best first step. There are so many benefits to outsourcing your transportation management. Once you opt in, you’ll be able to:
- Focus on what you do best: Whether it’s making cupcakes as in the above example or crafting engine parts, chocolate, floral arrangements or any other goods, you want to spend your time improving your product and making more of it — not figuring out how to ship it.
- Save money: Outsourcing your transportation management also allows you to achieve another important goal — saving money. When you work with a trusted third-party logistics (3PL) partner who can handle all your shipping needs, you don’t have to worry about hiring a new employee to do it. And with the cost-saving technologies employed by most 3PLs, your cupcakes will get to where they need to be on time and in great shape, which means no lost goods that you have to remake without compensation.
- Stay flexible: When you’re in business, every day is different. Some days, people want more of your product. Some days, they want less. Third-party logistics providers can provide you with the flexibility you need. They can quickly adapt to that day’s schedule. You have a huge order, they send a big truck. You have a small order, they send a small truck. If you try to do all this on your own, you’ll probably have only one truck, meaning you could wind up wasting shipping space. That costs you money.
By now you may be thinking, “Okay, I see the benefits of outsourcing transportation management. But what if I made more than cupcakes? How do we determine what needs to be outsourced?”
Actually, that’s easy to determine. If you’re spending a lot of time and energy — and too much money — on something that’s not what your business is all about (i.e., making cupcakes or wedding cakes, etc.) you need to seriously consider outsourcing transportation management.
What Is a Core Competency?
Surprisingly, not everybody knows exactly what their business is all about. It’s only been since about 1990 that the issue of core competency has really taken hold of the business world. Before that, people could dabble in a lot of different areas and get by. But in a 21st-century world, where more people are looking for specific items of good quality, generalists just don’t seem to be doing as well as they did in the past. The world changes, and if we want our businesses to succeed, we must change with it.
So how do you determine your core competencies? Consider the following criteria:
- It is a process that makes a difference to the quality of the end product.
- It’s something you do that provides you with ideas for new products and services.
- It’s a product that’s very difficult for competitors to easily duplicate. It’s unique, and that’s one of the things your customers love the most about it.
To go back to our above example, if you make cupcakes that your competitors can’t duplicate, that’s a core competency, as are all the processes that go into making that cupcake. This work is where you want to spend your time and energy — making better cupcakes and thinking about improvements to what is already a unique product.
On the other hand, transportation management systems are, therefore, not one of your core competencies. But think of it this way: When it comes to the time and energy you put into your core competencies, 3PLs are doing the same thing with their business. They’re always looking for better, smarter and more cost-effective ways to ship your products to both traditional and new markets.
You focus on what you do best, they focus on what they do best, and you end up with a logistics supply chain that helps you grow your business in new and dynamic ways.
Why Third-Party Lostistics Is Such a Good Idea
Technology has grown and become an important part of any business’s everyday operations, and 3PLs are one of the best examples of this trend. Supply chain logistics has, in a very real sense, democratized the transportation industry. It’s now much easier for smaller companies to effectively partner with a 3PL company, and the 3PL companies themselves use technology to improve their service. This strategy enables them to deliver a service far superior and at a far better cost than what was achievable in the past.
This pairing is especially important for smaller companies looking at expansion. Because of the way social media works, a cupcake business in New York City can earn a global or national reputation with just a few clicks. If the company wants to take advantage of new markets, it can do so quickly and efficiently by partnering with a business that specializes in outsourced transportation management logistics. You make it, they ship it, and suddenly you have new, satisfied customers in Seattle or Bangkok or Toronto raving about your cupcakes.
Here are some other benefits of third-party logistics providers. You’ll be able to:
- Save money: We mentioned this above, and for good reason. It’s probably one of the most important reasons you use outsourced transportation. Transportation management companies offer real discounts, because transportation logistics is all they do. When you have a lot of business from a lot of people, you can provide them all a better cost.
- Avoid liability: Nobody likes to think about liability or insurance. But transportation management companies do. It’s one of their core competencies. They know the DOT rules and regulations that need to be followed because they have people who focus on this area. They spend the time making sure your shipments follow the letter of the law, so you can concentrate on making better cupcakes instead of wondering if your shipments are going where they need to be.
- Have fewer bodies: There’s so much paperwork that goes along with shipping: invoices, bill payments, government forms, international border issues if you ship globally, calculating the most cost-effective rate to ship your products. You don’t need the hassle or all that stuff. Knowing when you work with a transportation management company that they have the staff and knowledge to handle all this complicated paperwork illustrates a real advantage of 3PL transportation.
- Benefit from versatility: The more the merrier. 3PLs can work with many individual carriers and companies. When you call them and tell them you have a shipment of such and such a size, to go to such and such a place, they will know exactly who to select to give you the best value and get your products to market on time. The right size truck, at the right time, at the right price. This versatility is one of the most popular benefits of outsourcing transportation.
- Customize to order sizes: Size matters. Businesses that operate their own trucks always face the question of “Should I sent this truck that’s only half full because I need to get these cupcakes across town by nine?” When you work with the 3PL company, they or the companies they work with will find you the right size truck so that you never have to ask yourself these questions again.
- Maintain scalability: Most 3PLs have their own warehouse facilities, which means you won’t need one. When your demand goes up or down, it’ll be easy for the 3PL to adjust the warehousing space you need.
- Hold onto peace of mind: Okay, you want to focus on making better cupcakes. But transportation companies realize you also want to make sure your products are getting where they need to be on time. Quality 3PL’s offer their customers tracking systems to follow products, and they can also send you real-time email notifications that the product has been delivered. You’ll be able to enjoy a level of visibility that lets you know things are working as they should.
Quality Versus Cost
Cost is always important to every individual or company that works with a 3PL on outsourced transportation management logistics. Most customers are the happiest when they can achieve better visibility and better services for the same cost. Strangely enough, however, the cost is not the most important factor. According to a survey done by Inbound Logistics, 80 percent of those who took part said what mattered to them the most is quality. Only 20 percent stated cost.
Looked at the situation realistically, the cost is always crucial. Yet the quality factor plays a huge role when you decide the transportation management company you want to work with. While bigger businesses often work with more than one 3PL transportation management company at a time, smaller companies typically just partner with one. That partnership means if you run a smaller business, you need to vet a company and make sure they’re going to maintain quality at an acceptable price.
So what should you look for in a transportation management 3PL? Take the following steps in your search:
- Locate a company with team members who care as much about their business as you do about yours. That says a lot about the service they’ll provide to you.
- Ask them for references. Who have they worked with in the past? Are the former customers happy with the service they received?
- Inquire about what kind of tracking systems the company uses. How visible will your shipments be to you?
- Find out about their investments in technology. Is this a company that’s looking at where the transportation management field is headed in the future?
- Learn about whether they’re financially stable. How long have they been making deliveries? Do they have a track record of surviving the ups and downs of the economy?
- If it’s an older, more established company that you’re looking into, determine whether they’ve adapted to the times.
- See if they can handle your global or national market plans. Do they understand issues like currency variations, state shipping regulations, foreign regulations and the best way to ship things through customs?
Take your time. Make a good choice. You won’t regret it. You’ll find the quality you desire and, most likely, the cost savings you were hoping for.
Mitchell’sNY Offers Quality at the Cost You Desire
If you’re looking for a 3PL refrigerated truck shipping company to move your produce or perishable goods anywhere in New York City or tri-state area, talk to us at Mitchell’sNY Logistics. Mitchell’sNY has been operating in New York City since 1946. We know the city and the tri-state area like the back of our hand, and we offer people a personal touch that you can’t find in larger 3PLs. We also have a record of on-time delivery that’s second to none.
We offer all manner of delivery services, from couriered messages to a white glove delivery service for those very special deliveries. But one of our real strengths is our temperature-controlled shipping operations. If you have perishable items that need to be moved across the city, anywhere in the tri-state region or even to another part of the country, we’ll give your goods the special attention they need at the proper temperature to make sure they arrive at their destination ready for customers to buy.
No matter what perishable good you need to transport, Mitchell’sNY will provide you with the best service and care. We’ll deliver your item — whether it’s milk, cheese, fresh vegetables or even biological tissue — on time and in great shape. If your order needs to go anywhere in Manhattan, we can give you refrigerated truck delivery within two hours.
We know how important your business is to you. We understand that when you’re looking at refrigerated shipping companies, you want to work with a company that cares as much about your product as you do. If you want to know more about how we can help you, or if you’re looking for up-to-the-minute information about our rates, you can contact our experienced and logistics team today. We look forward to working with you!
May 1, 2018
Even if you’re too young to remember when “Seinfeld” made its television debut in 1989, you’re probably still familiar with the iconic show, thanks to syndication. Often referred to as a show about nothing, “Seinfeld” has entertained generations of viewers with episodes that famously focus on the little things in life.
Although the last episode of “Seinfeld” aired in 1998, the show is still widely viewed as one of the best ever to air on TV. “Entertainment Weekly,” “Rolling Stone” and “TV Guide” each rank “Seinfeld” as one of the best shows of all time. Several years ago, the Writers Guild of America named the sitcom the second best-written television show of all time, second only to “The Sopranos.”
Locations Forever Affiliated with Seinfeld & Friends
Whether they appeared in one unforgettable episode or they were places where Jerry and his friends met regularly throughout the entire show, certain locations in New York City will forever be affiliated with “Seinfeld” in the minds of many viewers. Here are some of the locations that are synonymous with one of the most enduring shows ever to appear on television:
- West 56th near 8th Avenue: This location is where the infamous “Soup Nazi” had his stall in one of the funniest “Seinfeld” episodes ever made. The Soup Nazi, who said, “No soup for you!” as he banned characters from enjoying his scrumptious soup throughout a “Seinfeld” episode, is based on the self-described “Original SoupMan,” Al Yeganeh. Yeganeh wasn’t a fan of the character and subsequently banned Jerry Seinfeld from his real-life soup stall after the show featuring the Soup Nazi in action aired in November 1995.
- Monk’s Coffee Shop: Located at 2880 Broadway at 112th Street, the exterior of Monk’s Restaurant is familiar to every “Seinfeld” fan as the coffee shop where Seinfeld and his friends met regularly. In the show, the coffee shop is the only location in town were Jerry’s fictional ex-girlfriend, Elaine, can order her big salad.
- Yankee Stadium: Iconic in its own right, the old Yankee Stadium is where the often-unemployed character George Costanza finally lands his dream job with the New York Yankees. With real-life Larry David sometimes doing hilarious voice-overs of then-Yankee-owner George Steinbrenner, episodes that include shots of Costanza working at Yankee Stadium are among the show’s most amusing.
- 129 W. 82st Street: This address is where the fictional Jerry Seinfeld lived. It’s also where the actual Jerry Seinfeld lived before he hit it big on the small screen. Many “Seinfeld” episodes include shots of Jerry’s apartment, making it one of the most recognizable “Seinfeld” locations.
If you live near a location in NYC that “Seinfeld” forever popularized, Mitchell’sNY can deliver newspapers, magazines, pastries and beverages right to your doorstep. To schedule a delivery, contact Mitchell’sNY today.
April 15, 2018
What to Do After You Read Your Newspaper or Magazine
There’s nothing quite like sitting down at the kitchen table with a warm cup of coffee and your favorite newspaper or magazine, especially if doing so is part of a leisurely weekend when you have nothing pressing to do. For many, the smell of morning coffee is intoxicating and the literature you read in your breakfast nook is captivating. This quiet time with your cup of joe and great reading material is just what a lot of people need to start the day off right.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, this is certainly the case when it comes time to pop your bubble of serenity, put down your newspaper or magazine and discard your coffee dregs. While those activities are sure signs quiet time has come to an end, looking around your living space and seeing stacks of old newspapers and magazines littered all over is all you need to come crashing back to reality…hard.
Even if the mounds of periodicals scattered throughout your place would make it easy for a casual observer to mistake you for a hoarder, you don’t have to turn away from your older periodicals in the aftermath of your morning Zen-like retreat in shame. Instead, you should embrace your stacks of newspapers and magazines with pride and recognize them for what they are — an opportunity for you to do some good.
Did you pick up a magazine in the waiting room the last time you went to the doctor’s office? If so, you may have noticed that the name and address of the periodical’s original recipient were struck out so that the information was unreadable. That was probably done because someone who loves magazines as much as you do donated the magazine to your doctor’s office.
You can follow the lead of that good Samaritan and donate your older magazines to doctors’ and dentists’ offices. If you have some left over, consider giving them to a nearby nursing home, retirement community or shelter.
While magazines typically have information that’s relevant for longer periods of time than daily newspapers, you can still do some good with your old newspapers. Many animal rescues will line crates with newspapers to keep their furry inhabitants warm and comfortable. Reach out to the animal rescues in your area and see if they can put your old newspapers to good use.
If you can’t find anywhere to donate your old magazines or newspapers, recycle them. When you recycle your old reading material, you’re helping to protect the environment. You’re also preventing recyclable materials from ending up in a landfill or collecting dust in your living space.
To enjoy newspapers and magazines during your morning quiet time, you have to acquire them from somewhere! Thanks to Mitchell’sNY, you can have your favorite periodicals delivered right to your doorstep as often as you’d like. Contact Mitchell’sNY to make delivery arrangements today!
March 16, 2018
Every company has logistics and supply chains no matter the size of the business or the industry they’re in. Increasingly, businesses are turning to third-party providers of logistics services and supply chain management to meet these needs, help them increase customer satisfaction and gain a competitive edge.
Mitchell’sNY Logistics has been providing these services, including delivery, warehousing, crating, freight forwarding and more, to New York City and the tri-state area for decades. It’s safe to say we know logistics and supply chain management.
So, what exactly are these vital parts of a business’ operations, and what functions do they entail? What services does a third-party logistics, or 3PL, company provide? Read on to find out.
What Is Logistics?
Logistics is defined as the processes a business uses to get goods from their point of origin to their customers. The goal of logistics management is the seven Rs: getting the right product to the right customer in the right quantity in the right condition at the right place at the right time and at the right cost.
As necessary functions of getting goods from point A to point B, logistics also includes the flow of information and finances that goes along with the products. The end result of effective logistics management is customer satisfaction.
You can break logistics down into two broad categories: inbound and outbound:
- Inbound logistics involves the flow of goods, materials and other assets from suppliers to your company. Inbound logistical activities include procurement, transportation, handling and storage.
- Outbound logistics involves getting your finished product from your company to your customers. Outbound logistical activities include collection, maintenance, order packing and fulfillment, distribution and delivery.
Logistics also includes activities such as managing and controlling stock and maintaining the balance between supply and demand. Smart logistics management helps to prevent both understocking, not stocking enough goods, and overstocking, stocking too many goods. If you understock, you can’t provide customers with the goods they want and satisfy the seven Rs. If you overstock, your costs will be unnecessarily high.
Whether or not a company has an explicit logistics strategy, logistics plays a role in its operation. Every business needs to get something, whether it’s products, services, information or finances, from one place to another. Coordinating the activities this requires is logistics.
Even a business as simple as a lemonade stand involves the basics of logistics management. To run one, you must conduct, perhaps with the help of an adult, logistical activities such as obtaining the ingredients to make the lemonade as well as pitchers and cups and choosing a location for the stand.
Most businesses have much more complicated processes than this and, so, to achieve customer satisfaction and a successful business operation, they must develop a logistics management strategy. Some companies handle the development of this strategy and the execution of logistical activities internally. Others work with a third-party logistics company that helps them to create and execute a strategy. The third-party organization may also already have processes and infrastructure in place that the company can use.
What Is Supply Chain Management?
Supply chain management is a term that’s often used in tandem, or even interchangeably, with logistics management. The two concepts supplement each other, but they can be differentiated. Logistics is often said to be one of many sets of activities that make up the larger supply chain. The supply chain has been described as the body, while logistics is the blood that runs through it.
Supply chain management is similar to logistics in that it involves the processes that get the end product to the customer. There are several key differences, however, between the two:
- Logistics focuses on just one company, while the supply chain involves every organization that plays a role in getting a product to the end user, including suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
- Logistics focuses on getting a finished product from the supplier to the customer. The supply chain includes everything from development to sourcing to manufacturing to distribution, as well as other business activities.
- The goal of logistics management is customer satisfaction, while the goal of supply chain management is gaining a competitive advantage.
Managing the supply chain helps to link together the various companies and processes that play a role in meeting the requests of customers. It creates the framework within which logistics activities occur and strives to develop a business model that meets goals, such as improved efficiency, consistent quality and reduced costs.
It also plays a vital role in meeting social responsibility objectives as it helps businesses ensure their products are sourced, manufactured and transported in a way that respects human rights, wildlife and the environment. The impact it has on a business’ progress toward these goals is why effective supply chain management is important for customer satisfaction and a company’s public image.
Supply chain management includes a wide range of activities across various organizations that include but are certainly not limited to:
- Product development
- Customer services
- Performance measurement
Like logistics, supply chain management involves the flow of physical goods, information and finances. Also, similar to logistics management, companies might use internal processes to manage their supply chains or work with outside companies. These third-party operations may help them to develop a supply chain management strategy, assist them in managing their supply chain or provide consulting services.
Software also often plays a role in managing the supply chain. Businesses can employ various software and web-based systems to track the flow of goods and information as well as, with the help of algorithms, determine the optimal way to fill orders. A company might choose to share the data input into these programs with their suppliers or clients to make their supply chain more efficient.
Overview of Services
What kinds of logistics and supply chain needs do businesses have? It differs from company to company, but below are some of the most common ones. The logistics branch of Mitchell’sNY is proud to offer these services to New York City and the rest of the tri-state area:
Courier and Messenger Services
When you need to get a small package or parcel to its final destination quickly and accurately in NYC, Mitchell’sNY Logistics can help. With over 7 decades of local experience, we are able to deliver over 750 packages on time every single day. Our bike couriers and foot messengers will get your package where it needs to go when it needs to be there no matter how much traffic, roadwork, subway closures or local events they encounter. Our courier and messenger service can handle anything that weighs less than 10 pounds and is sized smaller than 36 inches.
For packages over 10 pounds and 36 inches, we offer export motor delivery. We can deliver packages within Manhattan in two hours and provide same-day delivery for outer boroughs. Contact us for estimated times and rates for other areas. We can also transport large packages nationwide by box truck or tractor-trailer and will handle processing pickup and delivery.
Delivery by Refrigerated Trucks
Perishable goods require special attention and properly regulated temperatures. Our refrigerated trucks delivery service provides both. We accept up to a full truckload of goods and can provide refrigerated delivery in Manhattan within two hours and fast delivery to other areas.
White Glove Pick-Up and Delivery
When you need your event to go off without a hitch, you can depend on Mitchell’sNY Logistics. We offer white glove pick-up and delivery services and will handle your event logistics from start to finish. We provide crating and packing, loading and unloading along with pick-ups and delivery.
We can transport anything you need, including fragile and high-value items and perishable goods. We’re a premier provider of shipping and delivery services for Javits Center events and have worked with some of the top fashion designers in NYC.
Crating and Freight Forwarding
We can also transport your high-value and extra-large items. We offer custom crating solutions that can accommodate goods of any type and size, even those with odd dimensions. Our quality crating materials will protect your items and make sure they arrive at their destination safely. We also offer freight forwarding to all 50 states and can even organize international freight forwarding.
When working with Mitchell’sNY Logistics, you’ll have access to dedicated shipment options, overnight air shipment and sea shipment upon request. You can drop your crated items off at our loading dock, or we can come pick up your shipment and crate it if necessary.
You can also outsource your shipping and warehousing to Mitchell’sNY Logistics. We have secure facilities and experienced staff that enable us to provide reliable on-time delivery, daily email updates and exceptional customer service. We’re your source for pick-and-pack fulfillment and last-mile logistics services.
Since needs vary throughout the year, our warehousing services are highly flexible. We can store merchandise of all sizes and accommodate both large and small operations with our over 45,000 square feet of storage space. We can also create a warehouse management system customized to your unique business needs and goals.
Time Services and Facility Management
Reduce your overhead and streamline your operations by letting us take care of your time services, messaging and facility management. We’ll provide in-house mailroom support, messenger service, document delivery, order fulfillment and other services to help you optimize your company’s communications.
Rather than hiring staff and investing in facilities and equipment, you can take advantage of our affordable, reliable service.
Our friendly, professional staff also provides a wide range of convenience services. These services are available anytime including late nights, early morning and weekends. Mitchell’sNY Logistics is your source for:
- Commerical and residential moving help
- Packing supplies
- Temporary and long-term storage
- Truck tracking
- Garbage disposal
- Temporary staffing
- And more
Delivery, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Consulting
You can also come to us for consulting services regarding delivery, logistics and supply chain management. With over 72 years of logistics and supply chain experience and local knowledge, we’re the company that NYC trusts for everything from vendor management to last-mile logistics.
The experts at Mitchell’sNY Logistics can help you develop strategies for choosing a supply chain management solution that works for you. We apply a personal touch to our extended supply chain management service with our constant communication and friendly, helpful customer service.
Reasons to Use a Third-Party Logistics Company
Working with a third-party logistics company has a number of advantages over handling everything yourself. That’s why 65 percent of shippers are expanding their use of 3PL services, according to a study from Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. It’s also why 86 percent of domestic Fortune 500 companies use third-party logistics, according to data from consulting firm Armstrong & Associates.
Many of these companies even work with multiple 3PL companies, and here’s why:
A Large Resource Network
3PL companies typically have access to a larger resource network than individual companies. This opens up new opportunities, especially for smaller businesses, and means there are more way to optimize operations.
You could get access to some of those resources yourself, but it would require a significant up-front investment. 3PL services can also reduce your overhead costs through increased efficiency and large-volume discounts.
More Time for Your Core Business
In addition to saving money, outsourcing your logistics management saves you time. You don’t have to do everything yourself, and, due to the number of resources they have, 3PLs can often get things done faster. This gives you more time to focus on what you do best — running your core business.
For 3PLs, logistics is their core business. That means they have a lot of experience, knowledge and skills in this area, which can improve the results of your logistics management.
Flexibility and Scalability
Working with a 3PL provides more flexibility and scalability than handling logistics yourself. For example, you can easily scale up or down on inventory and warehouse space based on demand during different times of the year.
If you had bought a warehouse when demand was low, part of your facility would sit empty. It also gives you more freedom to expand into new areas, without making significant up-front investments.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
Ultimately, working with a third-party logistics company can improve customer satisfaction because it can help you get your customers the products they need faster and at a lower cost.
Selecting a Third-Party Logistics Company
When choosing a logistics company, you need to consider your unique business needs and goals and choose the company that will best help you meet them. Here are some of the factors you should consider:
Make sure the company has the services you need, whether that’s warehousing, delivery, crating or anything else. Since you can use multiple companies, they don’t need to have every single service you might require. They should, though, be willing to work with you to come up with solutions that fit your needs.
Equipment and Resources
You’ll also need to consider the size and location of their warehouses, the size and qualifications of their staff, their delivery vehicles and the technologies they use. Make sure these resources can meet your business’ requirements.
Availability and Location
Before you work with a 3PL, you need to make sure they’re available when you need them, especially if you might require their services during early-morning, late-night or weekend hours. You should also consider where they’re located in relation to you and your customers. Local knowledge of an area can make deliveries much more efficient.
Look for testimonials, reviews and statistics, such as on-time delivery ratios, online. If they have clients that have been with them for a long time, that can be a positive sign. Feel free to ask for references from the company too. Also, consider years of experience and whether they’ve done work that’s similar to what you need.
You’ll also have to make sure the pricing aspects, including the overall cost, pricing structure and payment terms, of the services you need make sense for your company. The 3PL should be able to provide you with a quote.
Are you considering working with a third-party logistics company? There’s no better choice than Mitchell’sNY Logistics. We’ll work with you to create a custom logistics and supply chain management solution for your business.
With decades of experience, local knowledge and logistics expertise, we can provide you with the services you need to meet your company’s needs and reach your goals. Contact us today via phone, email, mail or online form to learn more about our services and how they can benefit your company. You can also request a free quote online.
March 1, 2018
Spring is a great time of year, isn’t it? With warmer temperatures, colorful new growth all around and longer days, spring just beckons you outside. While you may want to spend all your free time outdoors soaking up some rays after a long, dormant winter, you can’t deny that there’s work to do inside your apartment. That’s right, the time for spring cleaning comes hand-in-hand with the arrival of the new season.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Although you may dread the thought of cleaning your apartment, it’s a necessity for many apartment dwellers when spring rolls around. And there’s no denying that having a sparkling apartment is certainly worth it in the end. The key is motivating yourself to get from where you are to the endpoint of a clean, well-organized living space.
To help you get motivated, you should create a plan for cleaning your apartment and enlist some help. Cleaning with friends is always more fun than scrubbing your bathroom on your own. Having a plan will help you and your crew remain inspired because you’ll be able to check things off your list of cleaning tasks as you go.
Here are some additional tips for tackling your spring cleaning:
- Sort and Store Your Cold-Weather Clothes: Spring is a fantastic time to go through your cold-weather garb and decide what you want to keep, donate and toss. There is no point in storing clothes you don’t plan on wearing next winter, after all, so donate items that are still wearable. If an item is in disrepair, throw it out or repurpose it into a cleaning rag. Stow the clothes you want to keep in a location that won’t clutter your closet or living space.
- Dust Your Blinds: Many people don’t notice the dust that builds up on their blinds in the winter because the days are shorter and they’re working when the sun shines in their apartments. With longer days, dust becomes much more obvious in the spring, making it the perfect time to dust your blinds thoroughly. To get the job done right, use a dryer sheet so that the dust will cling to the sheet instead of falling back onto your blinds.
- Flip Your Mattress: Flipping your mattress regularly can help your mattress last longer and prevent uneven wear. If it’s been a while since you flipped your mattress, make it a point to turn it over it as part of your spring cleaning ritual.
- Take a Break: You can make spring cleaning more enjoyable by infusing some fun into the process. Accomplish this by including frequent breaks in your cleaning schedule. An effective way to keep yourself and your helpers motivated to wrap up your spring cleaning is to make arrangements for Mitchell’sNY to deliver pastries and beverages to your apartment during a break. Contact Mitchell’sNY to schedule a delivery now!