Weber Renews Contract With Buxton for Nationwide Retail Distribution

Buxton, a manufacturer of personal leather goods, has awarded a two-year contract renewal to Weber Distribution, a third-party logistics provider (3PL). Weber will handle the storage, pick & pack and distribution of Buxton’s product line to retailers throughout the United States, such as JCPenney and Nordstrom.

Under the renewed contract, Weber will perform a variety of 3PL-related services for Buxton, including order processing, label generation, inventory control and routing guide compliance, as well as value-added services such as re-work with ticketing and sub-styling. Buxton’s product line includes a variety of brands, including Buxton, Dopp, Wenger and several private label programs for major retailers. Their wallets, travel kits, belts, business accessories, computer cases, totes and other personal accessories are all manufactured in China and are stored and distributed at Weber’s 303,000 square foot facility in Fontana, Calif. According to Kendall Walsh, Buxton’s supply chain director, the company renewed its contract with Weber because of past experience.

From Weber’s Fontana facility, Buxton’s products are stored and orders are routed and picked by case or pallet for retailers such as Samsonite stores, Gottschalks, Sears, JCPenney, Fred Meyer and Nordstrom. Buxton has more than 4000 unique SKUs and through Weber’s facilities they ship roughly 3500 to 6000 orders per week containing 23,000 to 42,000 cases.

Buxton originally signed a contract with Weber in 2008 because their East Coast-based pick & pack distribution no longer fit their business model. Weber manages Buxton’s retail compliance for all of the major retailers’ specific routing, shipping and labeling requirements. At the heart of the compliance program is a custom-designed internal web site that allows all of Weber’s warehouses to reference every major retailers’ most recent routing and shipping requirements, without having to individually review and interpret routing and vendor guides.

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