Leading Ladies – Meet Shanon

Shanon is the Distribution Center Manager in Kamloops, BC.  She’s been with NRI for over 15 years and two maternity leaves.  Shanon is a major asset to our Kamloops facilities – ensuring they run smoothly and all clients are happy.

Leading Ladies – Meet Avelyn

Avelyn was one of NRI USA’s first employees.  After leaving for a short stint at another company, she returned to NRI where she continues to be a key asset in our success.  She has held a number of roles, most recently as Systems Project Manager.  Avelyn leads the systems integration process, helping our clients integrate seamlessly with NRI to ensure efficient and accurate operations.  With the support of NRI’s leadership, she decided to move closer to family and currently works remotely from Idaho.

Leading Ladies – Meet Tamira

Meet Tamira, Talent Acquisition Specialist based out of the Los Angeles office. She’s been with NRI since 2018, starting as a People Experience Advisor. Since starting at NRI, she has been an integral part of hiring our talent.

Have You Taken Advantage of Duty Free Ecomm?

Freight Train

Section 321 is the statute that describes de minimis. De minimis is the retail value below which articles can be admitted into the country free of duty and of any tax imposed on or by reason of importation.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection states that the fair retail value of articles imported by one person on one day and exempted from the payment of duty shall not exceed $800.  The de minimis threshold was previously $200 but increased with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). What does this mean for your business? It means a savings strategy. Because inventory can enter the U.S., if the items value is under $800, you can send orders from either of our bi-costal facilities in Canada duty-free.

The icing on the cake? Canada offers a business-friendly duty drawback program, as well as a duty deferral program. So, you can ship your inventory into Canada and ship orders from one of NRI’s Canadian facilities, duty-free and possibly receive a duty drawback. By combining these ideas and utilizing NRI’s Canadian facilities, this creates a duty-free program for USA destined ecommerce shipments.  It does not require an FTZ or bonded facility to operate and it provides potentially significant improvements to your margins.

 

Carrier Options

Carrier programs are now providing value propositions for brands to consider a single point of Global B2C inventory.

  • Cost competitive 2 to 4-day delivery services globally
  • Low-cost zone skip consolidation (USA direct injection, via USPS).
  • Consolidated inventory reduces costs, provides flexibility with less risk.

For a specific freight profile to your product please contact us and we will provide a detailed proposal.

NRI. The 3PL Who Aspires For More

Our Warehouse Management System (WMS) is different than any other. Why? We made it ourselves. Design began in 2005, development started in 2006, and we began to roll-out our software in 2008.

Our proprietary 3PL software suite provides NRI and our clients the benefits of a highly customized solution for the apparel, footwear, and accessories industries. In addition to strong API capabilities that support high degrees of integration and customization, Aspire provides:

  • Forecasting and planning
  • Labor scheduling
  • Training management
  • Receipt management
  • Inventory management
  • Order management
  • Returns management
  • Storage maintenance
  • Invoice management
  • Freight services
  • Performance metrics

NRI’s decision to utilize a home-grown system instead of an off-the-shelf solution was due to the lack of availability of an existing system that covered all our needs or the unique needs that we see our clients require. Having a system as robust and flexible as Aspire has allowed us to easily handle unique client and internal requirements without constraints – cost, time, and flexibility – of an off-the-shelf solution. It has also allowed us to develop a system that is scalable for multiple locations with minimal effort and cost. Aspire is a complete 3PL Software Suite including:

  • WMS (Warehouse Management System) which handles receipt, order, and RA/return management, complete inventory tracking at all touchpoints, cycle/physical count management and maintenance, and much more.
  • TMS (Transportation Management System) with rate-shopping logic against multiple carriers. It is currently integrated with all major domestic and international small parcel carriers in both the USA and Canada. As we have developed our TMS ourselves we have been able to work with our partners to integrate additional niche providers that can add value within their distribution network. We have experience integrating international agent services and mail consolidators for those clients who seek such services. Many functions exist beyond simple rate-shopping such as integrated automatic service upgrades with multiple parameters, setting of preferred vs. available carrier services, and more.
  • LMS (Labor Management System) managing client business forecast information, engineered labor standards, Service Level Agreements.
  • EMS (Employee Management System) managing employee related data, payroll, time sheets, invoicing, and much more.

Aspire is just one of many things we provide at NRI. Get in touch with us to find out more!

Are You Prepared for Q4?

Delivery woman in snow

As we are all just getting used to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the challenges it has brought us, the holidays have snuck into our lives. As a logistics company, we want to remind everyone that preparing for the holidays starts now! What can you do to prepare?

Forecasting – forecasting is critical in successful execution. What are your end-of-year and daily estimates looking like? Are there any promotions or gifts with purchase programs you’re planning? Planning and preparing for these are crucial to a smooth operation during the holidays.

Carrier Constraints – while we are currently working with carriers on developing plans to help mitigate the anticipated challenges of the peak holiday season, we encourage you to prepare and set expectations with your customers. Setting these expectations may decrease customer complaints and start everyone’s holiday season on the right foot.

Customer Service – many of our Partners at NRI are evaluating their customer service strategies to build additional support during the peak season – and we suggest you do the same!

NRI is also preparing for Q4. We’re increasing our staffing (our team members are permanent, full-time employees by the way!) and increasing shift ranges through each day of the week. We’re also building overtime shifts on behalf of our Partners to cover processing days during the peak season, which is a nice bonus for our employees.

NRI Job Fair Fontana July 30th

NRI Job Fair Coming Up on Thursday, July 30th from 2:30pm-6:30pm

We are growing and looking for great people to join our team. NRI is hiring for multiple roles at our Chino, Fontana and Riverside locations. We are offering permanent positions with benefits packages. Come to the job fair this weekend to learn more about NRI and to apply.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

2:30pm – 6:30pm

13129 Slover Ave., Fontana, CA

Immediate Openings
AM / PM / Full-Time / Part-Time
 
Order Fulfillment Processors
Shippers
Returns Clerks
Equipment Operators
And More
 
Strong Commitment to Health & Safety
Plus Additional COVID Pay

COVID-19 Health and Safety Update

NRI has an unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our team members, especially during this pandemic. As part of our continued efforts surrounding COVID-19, NRI is assessing risk in all areas daily.

In Southern California, the company has implemented the following COVID-19 safety measures:

  • On-site COVID-19 and antibody testing (available for family members too at no cost).
  • All team members temperature screened when entering the warehouse.
  • All team members to wear face coverings, and will be provided face shields while in the warehouse.
  • Increased cleaning schedule using third party resources.
  • Regular fumigation of high traffic/touch areas using third party resource.
  • Creation of COVID-19 specific internal email to support immediate feedback channel for team members.
  • Ongoing training and communication around COVID-19.

NRI truly cares and invests in doing what we can to keep all team members safe.

NRI Named 3PL Provider for Rip Curl USA

NRI to Provide 3PL Services for Rip Curl USA’s Domestic Operations

LOS ANGELES – (June 29, 2020) – NRI, a leading third-party logistics (3PL) provider for aspirational lifestyle brands, is proud to introduce its newest client addition, Rip Curl USA. NRI will provide logistics for Rip Curl USA’s domestic wholesale, retail and ecommerce business.

“It’s an honor to work with an iconic and innovative brand with such rich heritage,” said NRI President, Chris Maydaniuk. “Our companies’ mutual value of community and environment alongside quality of product and service make this a natural fit. On behalf of the entire NRI team, welcome to the family. We look forward to further building our partnership with Rip Curl USA, providing the best in class service, and innovating together towards a more sustainable future.”

Rip Curl provides a wide assortment of products deeply rooted in surfing including apparel, accessories, wetsuits and swimwear. NRI’s full service 3PL will handle warehousing, fulfillment and returns for all Rip Curl USA goods. NRI’s dynamic warehouse, IT and operations infrastructure will enable Rip Curl USA to focus on business objectives with the confidence of a trusted logistics provider.

“NRI’s reputation made the selection process seamless. They are a proven 3PL with deep roots in our industry and over 20 years of success in the business,” said Rip Curl North America President Dylan Slater. “NRI was built on relationships and values that align with Rip Curl. We are confident their expertise will deliver on our high expectations to provide the best service to our customers and continue to foster Rip Curl’s growth in the US market.”

 

Photos: Courtesy of Rip Curl

NRI Makes Organizational Moves

NRI is excited to announce organizational updates to our Business Development and Business Services teams to further enhance services for our clients and partners, and better align our people strategy.

With increased focus on NRI growth strategy, Ryan Dale-Johnson moves into Director of Sales – heading up the Business Development team of Sales, Freight Sales, and Marketing.

The Accounts team including Dave Kuan and Leemarie Soto join Will Jordan, Director of Accounts and Planning, in the newly formed Account Services and Client Management team. Additionally, Amanda De Monte and Jameel Thompson will be supporting the team in their respective capacities as Account Service Managers. These moves will bring further focus to our valued clients through increased cohesiveness, support, and engagement tools; as well as improved internal training, and standards.

“We look forward to building even more successful partnerships with our clients moving forward with these changes,” said NRI Distribution President Chris Maydaniuk. “Both Ryan and Will have a long tenure with NRI, having been with us since our formative years, and we are very confident in their ability to work together with their teams towards the long-term success of our partners and our one team mindset.”