Pearl Transportation & Logistics expands its operations – twice in six months – Daily News

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When a company moves to a bigger facility because of increased demand for its services, that’s a clear sign business is good.

But when it happens twice in six months … well, they must be doing something right. That’s the case with Pearl Transportation & Logistics, a Los Angeles-based company that provides pickups, deliveries and warehousing service to customers throughout Southern California and the world.

In June 2019, Pearl moved from a 750-square-foot space on Eucalyptus Avenue to a 3,000-square-foot space at 420 Hindry Ave. The company’s most recent move to 419 Hindry took them across the street to a 4,500-square-foot facility that will better accommodate their office and growing warehouse business.

Company President Lorena Camargo said the additional space was sorely needed.

“For the last few months, we’ve had to use various off-site facilities around the area to meet the growing needs of our warehousing and fulfillment clients,” she said. “The move to 419 Hindry allows us to consolidate all of that off-site storage capacity into one warehouse. We can also supplement that with the additional access we have to another 7,000 square feet, depending on customer demand.”

The company is leasing the 4,500-square-foot facility, which is used for short-term storage. The extra 7,000 feet of available space is at another location and can be leased as needed. It’s earmarked for long-term storage needs.

“One of our e-commerce customers is opening up a store, and instead of paying a staff member to wait around for UPS deliveries we have their products shipped to our warehouse and we handle all of those deliveries for them,” Camargo said. “That’s an example of just one of our e-commerce clients.”

A diverse range of industries

With eight direct employees and 35 subcontracted drivers, Pearl offers courier services, on-demand pickups and deliveries, next-flight-out services, logistics consultation and services, dedicated trucking and warehousing and distribution.

The company serves a diverse range of industries, including film and TV production companies, hospitals and clinics, law firms, auto dealers, machine shops, blood banks, medical laboratories, aviation parts manufacturers and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Print production accounts for a big part of Pearl’s business, according to Camargo.

“Many of their products are done in bulk,” she said. “They do promotions for companies like Sony, Universal, Kia, Toyota and Apple, and they’re running their presses 24/7. During one monthly visit to a client’s business, we saw that they had pallets of material sitting outside on the loading docks. We said, ‘Hey, what’s going on? It’s going to start raining soon.’ So, now we’re handling a lot of that business. We also handle cord-blood kits that are delivered to maternity wards. We have medical clients that keep us busy year-round.”

An evolution in movement

The ways in which merchandise is moved from warehouses to businesses and customers’ homes is undergoing a rapid transformation. In a recent McKinsey & Co. report, Partner Ludwig Hausmann discussed what last-mile package delivery will look like in 2030.

“There are a lot of machines that are being talked about,” Hausmann said. “There are drones. There are droids — small robots walking the streets. Then there could be parcel lockers — not stationary ones, but ones that are mounted on top of autonomous vehicles and circulate 24/7 in residential areas.”

John Murnane, another McKinsey partner, agreed.

“I think you will see drones,” Murnane said. “Maybe not drones flying from a warehouse in the suburbs, over the city, and into your home. But I think you’ll see, within residential-delivery networks, a truck pull up with 10 drones that go out and deliver to each of the locations, just to get scale in the economics of delivery.”

‘Peace of mind’

Camargo acknowledged the transportation and logistics industry has become crowded.

“There is a lot of competition, especially in L.A.,” she said. “Everyone is moving products from Point A to Point B, but what sets us apart is that we also offer peace of mind. Customers use our service because they have daily deadlines they need to meet and they have to know exactly where their products are and what the estimated time of delivery is. We’ll call our clients before they call us to let them know when there are delays because of traffic or other factors.”



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