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Warehouse Services

Murphy is a leader in fulfillment and distribution services

For many organizations, order fulfillment and delivery services are essential components of success. With our network of commercial warehousing third-party logistic (3PL) distribution centers spread across Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri, Murphy is a leader in this field, guaranteeing your stock and prompt delivery.

Efficient and effective supply chain management requires technical skills and a strong network of logistics partners. At Murphy, we seamlessly integrate different components of your logistics chain so you can focus on what you do best. We offer a wide range of customizable fulfillment and distribution services, along with custom storage designed to support your business needs and company growth.

FULFILLMENT & DISTRIBUTION

Why Do You Need a Fulfillment Partner?

Remaining competitive in the fast-paced world of modern retail necessitates not only intelligent logistics but also a strategic partnership with an expert fulfillment service provider. These service providers take care of the challenging responsibilities of storing, painstakingly packing, shipping, and even handling refunds on your behalf, greatly enhancing the operational effectiveness of your company.

The knowledge of these experts spans a broad range of distribution services that are specially designed to satisfy your particular needs. This includes rapid and precise inventory management to make sure your goods are always on hand to satisfy client demand. Your clients will receive their orders promptly thanks to efficient order processing and shipping processes. Working with a trustworthy provider of order fulfillment services is essential for success in business.

Murphy Logistics Fulfillment and Distribution Services

At Murphy Logistics, we offer state-of-the-art 3PL distribution centers that provide smart inventory allocation, customized kitting and assembly, time-bound postponement, and efficient reverse logistics. We provide everything you need under one roof, including:

  • Stocking Services: This is where we get the products from you and stock them in our over 3 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space across North America. Our state-of-the-art 3PL distribution centers are equipped to handle food grade, medical grade, consumer goods, and industrial products.
  • Inventory Management Services: We provide you with customizable inventory management systems that help track your warehouse inventory and cross-dock products with real-time monitoring. 
  • Value-Added Services: If you wish to outsource that last leg of product assembly, we provide kitting and assembly services, marketing inserts, and small parcel packaging to help your products cost-effectively.
  • Shipping Services: We work round the clock with our custom distribution solutions to pick and pack your products as soon as your customer places the order.
  • Reverse Logistics/Recycling Services: Returns are an essential facet of customer satisfaction. We provide reverse logistics services for every kind of product.
  • Order Picking: Seamlessly retrieving orders by lot/SKU/serial number allows for confidence in packing, shipping, and fulfillment.
  • Cross-docking and Transloading: We strategically move intact pallets between trucks or sort and reorganize pallets for the next steps in your delivery.
  • Assembly: If you need help with the assembly of your products before delivery, our team can offer light assembly services.
  • Kitting: Organizing and compiling individual parts or components to allow for delivery of full orders is a value-added part of our fulfillment and distribution services.
The Murphy Edge: Why Choose Us as Your Distribution Partner

At Murphy, we are in the business of understanding our customers. Many of the 250+ companies we work with have unique requirements, including needs as diverse as international logistics, custom kitting and assembly, rigging services, or rail logistics. Our strength comes from working with different industries, serving the region as the only General Purpose Free Trade Zone (119), and exploring the uniqueness of every product that we ship. We are proud to serve both Fortune 500 enterprises and small-scale start-ups with the same passion.

With our coast-to-coast warehousing and logistics partners and more than 120 years in the industry, we are always ready to give your e-commerce fulfillment and distribution service needs the unique touch they deserve. Save your warehouse space for what you do best and partner with one of the Upper Midwest’s leading distribution services providers today.

Contract Warehousing

Efficient and Flexible Contract Warehousing
Solutions for Streamlined Supply Chains

Businesses depend on commercial warehouses as essential hubs due to the fact they provide centralized storage, simplified transportation, and effective order processing. In terms of services, contract warehousing is comparable to public storage but differs due to longer-term contracts which commonly last years. The advantage is a lower cost for each order because we plan for your long-term presence and provide space accordingly, giving you peace of mind.

For businesses looking to set up distribution centers in new markets, our contract warehousing services are ideal. We offer specialized supply chain solutions in addition to warehouse operations. To ensure that your items move smoothly and on time, we maintain a competent, well-trained crew with cutting-edge inventory tracking, just like with our public storage services. Our facilities provide square footage that is organized, secure, and specifically allocated to meet your particular needs.

How Contract Warehouses Are Different

As centralized storage facilities, warehouses are crucial parts of the supply chain for various items before they reach their final destination. Different warehouse designs meet the needs of various business industries and sectors. Here are a few of the main types:

Private Warehouses: Individual businesses own and run these warehouses to store their own goods. Private warehouses provide total control over the storage and delivery processes, enabling firms to efficiently manage inventory and uphold quality control. Large manufacturers and merchants frequently choose private warehouses to simplify their supply chains and lessen reliance on outside facilities.

Public Warehouses: Public warehouses are independent facilities that temporarily provide numerous clients with storage and distribution services. Companies with shifting inventory levels or those looking for flexible storage solutions might consider these warehouses. By pooling resources among numerous customers, public warehouses offer affordable solutions.

Contract Warehouses: Contract warehouses are a mix of private and public warehouses. In this arrangement, a third-party business works on an extended, frequently multi-year contract to offer warehousing and distribution solutions to a single client. For companies searching for specialized storage options and a stable cost structure, this kind of warehouse is perfect.

Businesses can decide on their storage and distribution methods by being aware of the many sorts of warehouses. Each type caters to particular requirements across diverse industries and supply chain types and offers particular advantages. The proper warehouse type must be chosen in order to effectively manage inventory, cut expenses, and satisfy customer requests.

Advantages of Contract Warehousing

Contract warehousing offers specialized services, including import/export, cross-docking, packing, inventory control, timely management, local transportation, and quality control, that are catered to by manufacturers and distributors. To better fit customers’ individual demands, these services can be further modified.

Control of Goods: Although maintaining some degree of control is important, relinquishing some will improve the efficiency of your contract warehouse relationship. Contract storage strikes a good middle ground by providing some measure of control without the burdensome costs of outright ownership. By actively interacting with your contract warehouse provider and cultivating a collaborative atmosphere, you may leverage the benefits of contract storage while avoiding problems. This synergy improves operational efficiency, lowers costs, and ultimately improves customer happiness, generating a competitive advantage in the market.

Transaction Fees: In addition to transaction and storage fees, public warehouses may also charge extra for optional services. In contrast, contract warehouses charge fees as well but offer customers discounted access to the exclusive services available in private warehouses. Companies looking for affordable, specialized, and adaptable storage options will find contract warehousing is an appealing alternative. Businesses can concentrate on their core activities with cheap access to premium services and risk reduction, secure in the knowledge that their products are in excellent hands. In a market environment that is always shifting, the capacity to scale in conjunction with long-term partnerships promotes stability and growth.

Operating Costs: Contract warehouses provide similar characteristics to private warehouses but at lower costs. Private warehouses require significant capital inputs for development and maintenance, whereas contract warehouses maintained by third parties offer more cost-effective solutions. The decision between private and contract storage is influenced by a number of factors, including the size of the business, growth projections, financial limits, and the requirement for operational control. Contract commercial warehousing, with its low cost and specialized skills, is an appealing option for companies looking for efficient storage solutions and seamless logistics management.

Contract warehousing has numerous benefits that make it an appealing option for businesses looking for efficient and cost-effective storage solutions. Contract warehouses distinguish themselves by providing access to specialized services at lower costs, as well as the flexibility to react to changing company demands. Businesses may focus on their core skills and strategic growth by delegating storage operations to external professionals, knowing that their goods are in capable hands. Contract warehousing agreements promote smooth logistics and improve overall supply chain performance through their collaborative approach and shared resources.

Other Considerations of Contract Warehousing

While there are many advantages to working with contract warehousing companies, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. Specifically, the duration of time to which you’re required to commit in order to capitalize on the savings that come with the commitment.

Contract warehousing requires the client to sign a multi-year contract, while public warehouses provide flexibility for short or long-term storage needs, even as short as one month.

Choosing a Contract Warehousing Partner

Contract warehousing is a comprehensive and cost-effective solution for companies looking for efficient storage and delivery services. Contract warehousing is an appealing choice for businesses looking to optimize their supply chain operations because it allows them to personalize storage solutions and obtain custom services at a lower cost.

Contract flexibility enables clients to react to shifting market needs, seasonal changes, and increasing storage requirements. Companies can focus on core strengths while outsourcing warehousing operations to specialists in the sector by working with competent third-party operators. This collaborative approach promotes smooth logistics, better order fulfillment, and more customer happiness.

Contract warehousing provides organizations a dependable and cost-effective storage solution without the large capital investments required for private facilities. Furthermore, the blurring of the barriers between public and contract warehousing opens up new opportunities, allowing clients to obtain superior warehousing and logistics services through a contract arrangement.

Murphy Logistics is dedicated to providing top-tier contract warehousing services that are tailored to our client’s specific requirements. Our cutting-edge facilities, cutting-edge technology, and professional personnel ensure that your items are in safe hands and that operations run smoothly and efficiently. Our contract warehousing services can help you build a distribution center in a new region, seek scalability in your storage requirements, or find a more cost-effective warehouse option.

By collaborating with us, you may improve your supply chain performance and operational efficiency. Contact our team today to discuss your specific warehouse requirements and to learn how our contract warehousing services might benefit your company. We’ll create a successful partnership and pave the road for your company’s growth and success in the fast-paced world of logistics and storage.

Warehousing & DISTRIBUTION

Ensure your stock and on-time delivery with
Murphy’s fulfillment & distribution services

Order fulfillment and distribution services are vital pillars of success for many businesses. Murphy is a leader in this space with our network of commercial warehousing third-party logistic (3PL) distribution centers throughout Minnesota.

Efficient and effective supply chain management requires technical skills and a strong network of logistics partners. At Murphy, we seamlessly integrate different components of your logistics chain so you can focus on what you do best. We offer a wide range of customizable fulfillment and distribution services, along with custom storage designed to support your business needs and company growth.

Why Do You Need a Fulfillment Partner?

Remaining competitive in the fast-paced world of modern retail necessitates not only intelligent logistics but also a strategic partnership with an expert fulfillment service provider. These service providers take care of the challenging responsibilities of storing, painstakingly packing, shipping, and even handling refunds on your behalf, greatly enhancing the operational effectiveness of your company.

The knowledge of these experts spans a broad range of distribution services that are specially designed to satisfy your particular needs. This includes rapid and precise inventory management to make sure your goods are always on hand to satisfy client demand. Your clients will receive their orders promptly thanks to efficient order processing and shipping processes. Working with a trustworthy provider of order fulfillment services is essential for success in business.

Murphy Logistics Fulfillment and Distribution Services

At Murphy Logistics, we offer state-of-the-art 3PL distribution centers that provide smart inventory allocation, customized kitting and assembly, time-bound postponement, and efficient reverse logistics. We provide everything you need under one roof, including:

  • Stocking Services: This is where we get the products from you and stock them in our over 4.2 million square feet of warehousing and distribution space across North America. Our state-of-the-art 3PL distribution centers are equipped to handle food grade, medical grade, consumer goods, and industrial products.
  • Inventory Management Services: We provide you with customizable inventory management systems that help track your warehouse inventory and cross-dock products with real-time monitoring. 
  • Value-Added Services: If you wish to outsource that last leg of product assembly, we provide kitting and assembly services, marketing inserts, and small parcel packaging to help your products cost-effectively.
  • Shipping Services: We work round the clock with our custom distribution solutions to pick and pack your products as soon as your customer places the order.
  • Reverse Logistics/Recycling Services: Returns are an essential facet of customer satisfaction. We provide reverse logistics services for every kind of product.
  • Order Picking: Seamlessly retrieving orders by lot/SKU/serial number allows for confidence in packing, shipping, and fulfillment.
  • Cross-docking and Transloading: We strategically move intact pallets between trucks or sort and reorganize pallets for the next steps in your delivery.
  • Assembly: If you need help with the assembly of your products before delivery, our team can offer light assembly services.
  • Kitting: Organizing and compiling individual parts or components to allow for delivery of full orders is a value-added part of our fulfillment and distribution services.

Storage

Securely and safely store your products for
transport with Murphy’s custom storage

Warehousing and custom storage services have been at the heart of Murphy’s business for more than 120 years. We own and operate 15 logistics campuses in Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri, enabling businesses of all sizes to get cost-effective custom 3PL services.

With more than 4.2 million square feet of long-term and short-term storage space, we can fulfill a wide range of warehousing demands, such as rack storage, bulk storage, retail storage, food-grade, industrial logistics, and outdoor storage. The Murphy network of on-demand fulfillment centers allows you to place your inventory strategically throughout the Midwest to save time and money.

CUSTOM 3PL WAREHOUSING AND FULFILLMENT SOLUTIONS

Murphy focuses on the needs of individual businesses. We also understand that shipping costs affect small businesses more than anyone else. That is why we offer custom 3PL warehousing and fulfillment solutions to store and move inventory according to your requirements. Whether you want a customized area for huge industrial equipment or smaller spaces for your products, we provide cost-effective solutions for every scale and size. You can always scale with Murphy as your 3PL brokerage partner.

CLASS 1 RAIL ACCESS

Many of Murphy’s logistics campuses are connected directly through private spurs by Class I rail carriers, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Canadian National, and Canadian Pacific. We have both indoor and outdoor rail logistics accommodations. We also operate our own fleet of asset-based carriers to help transport your inventory across the Midwest. Additionally, we are partnered with 3PL brokerage shippers so that your orders are promptly picked, packed, and shipped across the country.

INDUSTRY CERTIFIED

We take both logistics certifications and warehouse certifications seriously. Our warehouses are registered with the FDA/USDA and follow HACCP guidelines. Murphy is proud to hold Level 2 SQF certification which requires rigorous quality control over the handling, storage, distribution, and transportation of food products. Furthermore, our Minneapolis logistics campus is a custom storage certified organic handler under the USDA National Organic Program standards.

OUTDOOR CUSTOM STORAGE

With over 250,000 square feet of commercial outdoor storage space at our Shakopee and Plato locations, we have more than enough area to meet a variety of storage needs. This expansive space is not only spacious, but it is also well-protected with excellent security features. Formidable fencing, secure gates, and guard shacks that surround our facility ensure the security and integrity of your items in storage.

This large industrial outdoor storage space offers incredible flexibility. It’s the perfect approach to storing weather-resistant goods economically while maintaining their protection. Additionally, it provides a practical temporary location for bulky equipment that is made to endure outdoor exposure. Our Shakopee location has the ideal outdoor storage solution to fit your needs, whether you need short-term storage options or a secure place to store your valuable equipment.

VALUE-ADDED SERVICES

By offering a wide range of value-added distribution services that address a broad range of company needs, Murphy Logistics goes above and beyond. Our dedication to excellence extends to the logistics solutions that streamline your supply chain, the fulfillment services that guarantee prompt order processing, the effective pool distribution for optimized delivery routes, the cross-docking to reduce handling and storage time, and the exact pick-and-pack services that satisfy particular customer requirements. These custom distribution options allow your business to operate the ways you need.

Along with these logistics solutions, we also give you the option to postpone customization until closer to the point of sale, increasing your flexibility and capacity to react to market demands. Our state-of-the-art 3PL warehouse management solution offers real-time data analytics and continuous inventory visibility to enhance your decision-making and operational effectiveness. This enables you to improve decision-making, shorten lead times, and improve supply chain efficiency. You have a partner in Murphy who is dedicated to improving your distribution and logistics skills.

INVENTORY AND QUALITY CONTROL

Utilizing our extensive supply chain management expertise, we constantly provide our clients with tangible benefits, resulting in significant cost reductions and increased customer satisfaction. We provide a full range of auxiliary services in addition to our primary responsibility of safely and securely fulfilling orders.

Our dedication to perfection extends to product sampling, which enables you to test and improve your products before releasing them to the market, reducing risks and improving product quality. We also offer exact SKU control for accurate inventory management, and careful auditing services to ensure compliance with industry standards and laws.

Additionally, we provide assistance with FDA inspections to make sure your products adhere to strict regulatory standards. Our sanitization services uphold the strictest standards of cleanliness, guaranteeing the reliability and security of the products. Additionally, to increase the effectiveness of order fulfillment, our kitting capabilities allow us to put together unique bundles or packages that are tailored to the requirements of your clients. We are committed to maximizing the value we add to your supply chain at every stage with our custom logistics solutions.

Partner with Murphy Logistics Today

Connect with a representative from Murphy Logistics today to discuss your storage and logistics needs. We have warehouse space available and are ready to be your logistics partner. Call 612-260-9442 to get started.

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