Welcome to Team DCA
Nationwide Distribution with Regional Specialists for more than 30 years!
Blended, 'Asset-Driven' 3PLs
A recent thought piece from a supply chain software executive caught our eye. The article's focus on the importance of efficient warehousing—especially its reference to "asset light" third-party-logistics providers-hit close to home for Distribution Centers of America (DCA) and our member companies.
"Many warehouse companies choose to lease facilities or equipment, or they operate a combination of company owned and leased facilities. At Midwest, we operate a combination of company owned and leased facilities," says DCA President Mike Holland, VP, operations, for Chicago member Midwest Warehouse and Distribution.In our market, short term warehouse leases are not available today as space is very tight. Building owners are looking for five to 10 years leases. Finding a base customer that will match that lease with a contract for services is the trick," Holland says. Our preference is to own our facilities which enables us to create value thru equity and control our costs. We incur considerable start up costs installing IT equipment, racking, lift truck charging equipment, etc. and prefer to do this in a facility that we own.
DCA founder Jere Van Puffelen, president of California member company PRISM Logistics, agrees that the asset-light approach “works best with larger customers, at volume that supports securing and operating a dedicated facility.”
Three-year asset-light, or dedicated contract, warehousing fits customers needing at least 100,000 square feet and limited material handling automation,” says Tom Miralia, president of North Carolina member Distribution Technology Inc." More technology-intensive operations call for longer-term contracts, while smaller customers are probably better off using a shared-customer warehouse,” he adds.
Asset-light and Asset Blended 3pls have a place “in high-volume, large-space and low-margin operations,” says Erik Holck of Port Jersey Logistics. “Lately the demand for public warehousing has certainly increased along with facility costs. Managing our space costs is the key to offering competitive storage rates. More principals are realizing the advantages of outsourcing and there will always be a need for public warehousing. We have to do our part by controlling cost.”
DCA offers nationwide distribution through our network of top regional 3PLs. Our members manage some 30 million square feet of warehousing, providing customized, advanced distribution, inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation and warehousing logistics. For more information or to contact any of the fifteen regional member companies.
DCA Member Companies are each regional ‘Best-in-Class’ 3PLs. 'Play' the video below to meet Shippers Warehouse, long-time DCA member covering the Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA regions.
Together, the member companies of DCA are a network of 15 'best-in-regional-market' 3PLs with more than 30 MILLION SQ FT of warehousing capacity strategically located throughout the US.
Click on the map for more on each member company:
Warehousing and Distribution Centers:
Midwest / Central
High Quality Warehousing Distribution, Packaging and Fulfillment Solutions
TeamDCA is your premier source for warehousing solutions, warehouse distribution management, public warehouses, and warehousing logistics. A leading national cooperative of regionally individually owned and operated warehousing and logistics companies, DCA customizes solutions for manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and ... you?
A Different Kind Of Warehousing, Logistics and Fulfillment Provider...
Need a solution fast?
Fill out our rate quote request form, and a member company will be in touch within 24 hours.