The Power of a Network

The Power of a Network

 In the mid ‘70s FedEx started with 24 packages, delivering to the closest surrounding Memphis area.  They began connecting the dots and within ten years they had $10B in revenue and Impacted the small parcel industry. In the ‘90s Netscape as a startup company launched their product and found out 1’5M subscribers the very next day; there are many stories like that, and the common denominator is always the power of the network. A network often is represented by a tree or spider web to explain some level of complexity in a simple way (corporation org chart, collaboration matrix etc.) Network and Networking Impact positively our daily life.

In today’s challenging situations, companies rely on a DC in either side of the country; this is not the best strategic game plan to deliver their product quicker, in the most cost-effective manner and/or to gain market share needed to remain in the high competitive marketplace.

How to take advantage of the power of A network effect:

Starting with the right foundation mix

  • People
  • Product
  • Service

Build a unique value proposition

Partner with the right service provider that offers you a strategic footprint

Partner with the right service provider that offers you end to end solution

Partner with the right service provider that offers you 21st century tech resources

Retain actual clients

Strive for operational excellence

Create a win/win supply chain solution

2020 Peak Season 

We need to face the new reality; earlier peak season, new consumer behavior, equipment shortages, GRIs, limited warehouse space etc. Anticipation is power therefore prepare your supply chain for and additional stress-test in Q3 and Q4 and partner with the right service providers because anyone can move brown boxes around

Understanding you vision, meeting your goals and over exceeding   expectations is a different story.

ecommerce has grown YoY and this year it would not be the exception; expectations for 2020 peak season is to grow about 20% which will bring about $800B  in sales, realistically; Is every company ready for it? Sadly the answer is No. Do not get behind, take an action Today! and Impact your bottomline.

  • Optimize for more efficient operations
  • Complete E2E visibility 
  • Integrate the right technology, solution and systems for you.
  • Strategic footprint 


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IFS July 2020 Newsletter – MOVING FORWARD

IFS July 2020 Newsletter – MOVING FORWARD

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During these unprecedented times, IFS continues to see opportunity to deliver new value to our customers and shareholders.  Through enhanced transparency forums and a nimble systematic approach, our teams are able to scale to volumes, though labor constraints and compliance challenges are present.  This is accomplished through fostering strategic and sound relationships with our most valued customers, employees and vendors.  IFS takes an approach of delivering value through relationship, and truly being an extension and appreciated partner to all we serve.  Covid-19 has had a significant impact on businesses that were not deemed priority – essential businesses, and as a result shipments were delayed or altogether put on hold.  Due to the fact that all of IFS locations service priority -essential businesses, and supply chain is considered essential, we have been able to continue to safely service the needs of our customers despite the pandemic.  Through daily collaborations with our customers, we work to understand the everchanging rules of the game, prioritize the work around challenge at hand, and continue to exceed expectations.  All of this can only be accomplished by having the support of our valued workforce.  Our employees are informed and engaged in our solutions related to all health and safety measures, as to address their concerns and provide a workplace where they feel safe.  IFS is proud to serve our loyal and dedicated employees and as a result can continue to have a positive IMPACT on our customers Brand, Time and Bottom-line.  

Market Updated | Brief highlights:

CPG Business Intelligence, business leaders and researchers predictions for remaining Q3 & Q4 2020 :

  • Brands that excel in an amazing shopping experience will cashin over brands that struggle with their supply chains
  • Eco-friendly product & packaging are in demand as the emphasis on sustainability influences purchase habits
  • Healthy food and beverage will impact purchase decisions specially among adults
  • Digital experience is increasing as many APPs arrive to the marketplace to enhance the customer experience (grocery pick up or delivery).
  • Strong sales growth is projected for clubs/subscription type products –  DTC


Consumers are and expect to continue using:

51In-app ordering

45Home delivery

41Live chat/chatbot/voice assistant

35Virtual consultation

  • Companies’ supply chain focus on protecting the continuous flow despite any pandemic relying on MEC (Metro ecommerce Centers) that improve transit times and deliver smaller replenish quantities for metro areas and maintaining the shelf availability without having large inventories. 
  • Service providers adopting technology to digitize supply chain networks including IoT in order to improve their client base experience, shaping  a different dynamic for planning, production, distribution  and fulfillment of products. 

3PLs and Forwarders  are preparing for 4PL as competitors

As 4PLs emerge more and more, they may be considered an alternative  in the marketplace and competitors to established players providing , relabelled as logistics service providers. Those providers are essentially reselling floorspace and transport capacity as a commodity in an increasingly competitive market, with ever decreasing margins.



The number of people not in the labor force who currently wants a job, at 8.2 million, declined by 767,000 in June but remained 3.2 million higher than in February. These individuals were not counted as unemployed because they were not actively looking for work during the last 4 weeks or were unavailable to take a job.



Grab your VIP ticket and watch the official “Supply Chain – Moving Forward” and Join all major influencers in the industry talking about Leadership and looking ahead  in Q3 & Q4 2020

IFS June 2020 Newsletter

IFS June 2020 Newsletter

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New Laredo,TX Operation:

IFS is excited to announce the opening of our new DC in Laredo, TX, which began operations in May 2020.   We have been working diligently to facilitate the opening of the facility during these unique circumstances.  This facility is a dedicated operation supporting our new customer Solistica.   


Solistica is part of the biggest logistics firm in Latin America supporting operations from Mexico to all of South America.  We are looking forward to continued growth opportunities with our new partner in support of their efforts to grow their operations in the U.S.

I would like Welcome the local team who converted to IFS during the transition to the IFS Family, and thank them for their efforts during the transition.  Their dedication and professionalism have supported our goal of providing a seamless transition to Solistica’s customer as we continue to support their business. 

Thank you all and stay safe!

Shaun Sutherland

Regional VP of Operations -West


Message from our SCS President during this unprecedented times. (Click link below)

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Here’s an early morning photo of the warehouse before all the hustle and bustle of the day. (Click link below)

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