Client Spotlight: The Adventure Park

We are excited to welcome one of the newest members of the Cannon Hill Logistics team: The Adventure Park!

Outdoor Ventures Group, LLC, started in 2008, inspired by outdoor adventure parks in Switzerland. They design, build, and operate seven adventure parks that aim to connect people with the outdoors. The parks consist of a series of platforms constructed at various levels throughout the trees. The platforms are connected by bridges of various types, and participants maneuver from platform to platform together. Each course is color-coded based on difficulty. All participants wear safety harnesses for protection.

There are Adventure Parks located in these cities:

  • West Bloomfield, MI
  • Sandy Spring, MD
  • Long Island, NY
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Storrs, CT
  • Cape Cod, MA

All the courses are constructed to make a minimal impact on the natural environment. The trees are all well-cared-for by the staff of OVG. The beauty of the natural landscape and the outdoor activity promotes ecotourism, which focuses on responsible travel and sustainability.

Here’s what OVG’s customers have to say about them:

“We took our boys here yesterday. All of us were new to zip-lining and the short training session was perfect. There was plenty for my 7 and 12 year old to do, as well as my husband and I. The staff was great too. I will be sharing my awesome experience. Thank you for a great time.” – Alisha B.

 

“Took our summer camp there for a field trip and wasn’t sure what to expect. Our kids ranged from 2nd to 5th grade and each and every one had a blast! None of us had any previous experience but the staff did a wonderful job explaining everything. I would highly suggest visiting! I also think it could make a great date night!” – Nik H.

 

“I had an amazing experience at the adventure park yesterday! The staff was so helpful. It was my first time and they walked me through everything and were so nice! I recommend this place to everyone!” – Kayla B.

We love the philosophy behind everything  The Adventure Park does – promoting the natural world, encouraging spending time together, and getting people out and moving! At Cannon Hill Logistics, we are proud to help them grow their business!

5 Signs you may Need a 3PL Company

Wholesale Distribution Logistics Company in MarylandGetting your products into the hands of customers and distributors is a vital part of your business. Processing these transactions efficiently and in the most cost-effective manner are crucial to maintaining and growing your profits. However, the logistics of moving all your products can prove challenging as your business grows. How do you know when making the switch from in-house to a third-party logistics (3PL) company is right for your business? Here are 5 signs to look for when deciding if 3PL is right for you:

You’re struggling with seasonal scaling

If your business is seasonal in nature, or you experience seasonal cyclical fluctuations, making sure your warehouse is staffed properly can be difficult. In fact, maintaining a seasonal or part-time workforce may end up costing your business money, eating into your profits. Outsourcing your packing and shipping to a 3PL allows you the flexibility of having workers when you need them without worrying about hiring, training, or payroll costs.

Some aspects of your business are taking the sidelines

As a small business owner, it’s easy to get bogged down in the tasks of everyday operations. Some of the things that are important to making sure your business grows can take a backseat, such as finding new markets for your products and building vital relationships with new partners. If you notice that these crucial activities are being superseded by processing orders and returns, or making sure your warehouse is properly staffed, bringing in a 3PL can free up your time for these important tasks.

You’re running out of warehouse or storage space

Storing all your merchandise is expensive. As your business grows and you develop the need to store more products, it may become clear that your current warehouse space isn’t going to cut it much longer. Rather than hunt for more storage space, which can easily eat up your extra budget space, a 3PL has the capability to store more products than any small business can manage.

You want to be able to expand your offered products

Innovation is important for any business, and developing and marketing new products allows your business to grow and diversify. If you already feel bogged-down by packing and shipping the products you currently carry, adding new ones can seem out of the question. Also, if you’re spending late nights making sure orders go out on time, you’re not left with much time to spend on activities that grow your business. Tasking a 3PL with the day-to-day management of your inventory gives you more time to do what you do best – Create products people love.

You’re getting mired in returns and exchanges

Returns and exchanges are just a part of doing business, though a frustrating and time-consuming one. If you’re spending a lot of time and manpower tracking down replacement items for your customers, it may be time to consider extra assistance. A 3PL has the staff to hunt down mislabeled merchandise and process returned products, saving you money.

While hiring a 3PL may seem like a big step for a small business, it’s one that many face when experiencing growth. There’s no magical time that’s right for every business, but it is important to consider multiple factors and needs when thinking about bringing in an outside group to handle packing and shipping. If you believe the time is right, contact Cannon Hill Logistics to find out how our quality third party logistics services can help you make your business the best it can be!

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Setting up an automated inventory management system for your warehousing operations can help you make smarter and more effective decisions as a business operator. Inventory control allows you to have a greater insight into your stock and a real-time update of your goods. Here are some additional benefits of an automated inventory management system. Continue reading

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