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2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Manufacturers with Shipping

New Year’s resolutions are fine and dandy – but without an effective plan and realistic expectations, most of them fall short. Such is the case with navigating the complex LTL industry for many manufacturers. Whether your manufacturing company serves a global market or those in the same city or state as you, there are a […]

Date: January 9, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top 3 Things To Consider When Choosing An LTL Freight Carrier

Less Than Truckload or LTL freight shipping can be a very viable and cost-effective way for smaller companies to ship out their products or other goods quickly when they don’t have a full truckload to send out. But LTL shipping is a bit different than what you may have come to grow accustomed to with […]

Date: December 28, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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LTL vs Parcel – How Manufacturers Determine Which is Best

There was a time when shipping was determined simply by the size of the package. If it was above 150 pounds, a manufacturer would send via LTL carriers and if it was under that threshold, parcel was the preferred method. However, as technology and customer-demand have changed, manufacturers these days are forced to pick the […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload

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How the General Rate Increase Impacts Shippers

There are several constants in shipping – the weather will always delay freight, volume is heavier during the holidays, and carriers will drop general rate increases on shippers at the most inopportune time. For shippers who have been involved in logistics for more than a year, the GRI or General Rate Increase is nothing new. […]

Date: December 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How Shippers Can Reduce or Eliminate Accessorial Charges

Regardless of the size of your company, how much you ship, or the relationship you have with an LTL company, one constant all shippers can rely on are accessorial charges. These freight charges can unexpectedly show up on your freight invoice – and quite often will raise some eyebrows as to why the extra fee […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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How Retailers Can Benefit from Freight Invoice Auditing

The retail world has plenty of opportunities to make money. From controlling margins, cost-of-goods, to reducing overhead, and payroll, today’s retailer often makes hard choices to keep their businesses operating in the green. However, one item that most retailers consider a non-controllable expense are freight invoices. Truth be told, every day thousands of dollars of […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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How Can 3rd Party Shipping Companies Help an eCommerce Business?

The eCommerce world has come a long way over the past decade. While it is assumed that anyone can set up a Shopify store and make a million dollars in a week selling sea turtle tea kettles, the truth is that eCommerce is not as simple as plug-and-play. Today’s savvy online shoppers demand efficiency, from […]

Date: December 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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Five Ways Retailers Can Reduce Freight Damage

Shrink is the 6-letter word that no retailer loves to discuss. While most damage and loss of retail products can vary from theft, employee errors, or customers breaking products as they shop, a leading source of retail damage occurs before or shortly after it arrives on the receiving dock. Transporting freight is part of a […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Can 3rd Party Shipping Companies Help an eCommerce Business?

Today’s online shopper demands shipments to be fast, affordable, and consistent. To accomplish this task, many eCommerce businesses depend on the experience and professionalism of 3rd party shipping companies to help them meet the evolving demands of savvy online shoppers. Whether you operate a WooCommerce platform or utilize Shopify, Amazon or E-Bay as your store-front […]

Date: December 14, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Software | Technology

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Outlining the Pros and Cons of FOB Shipments

Shipping of commodities – especially internationally, doesn’t always go off without a hitch. Moving freight from international ports often requires multiple handling, different methods of transport, and in most cases, several stops before it reaches your point of delivery. With so many hands handling your commodities, and potential for damage, many responsible buyers opt to […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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How Do 3PL Freight Bill Audit Companies Simplify the Process?

Freight auditing is a complex process that involves multiple, individual steps. From receiving and categorizing all freight related invoices, reviewing the data, verifying pricing, then submitting payment, many shippers determine that accurate freight auditing is simply put – not cost effective. It is due to these reasons that many professional shippers reach out to 3PL’s […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay

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Why the Reefer LTL Market will Grow in 2019

The recent signing of the revised NAFTA agreement by President Donald Trump was a hidden gem for the reefer LTL industry. While there are several specifics that need to be fine-tuned and adjusted, the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will increase the export of US-based products that require temperature control. Beyond this new […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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3 Tips for Hiring the Best Third Party Shipping Companies

Navigating the complex supply chain is a difficult task – even for experienced operators. The changes in shipping regulations, increasing costs, and complexity of international logistics procedures often inspire shippers to search for the best third party shipping companies to help them with their logistics programs. There are several good 3PL’s out there – but […]

Date: December 12, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Transparency In The Logistics Space

The supply chains of today are under a lot more pressure than their predecessors. As new technologies emerge and operations get shipments out quicker every year, logistics operations have an ever-rising standard of service that they must strive to achieve if they want to keep growing. Because of this, quality control is becoming more vital […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Building Customer Loyalty In 3 Simple Steps

In the logistics space, networking is uber-important. In all honesty, it probably makes up almost half of what we do in this industry. From the customers that we serve to the partners that we choose to work with, building up long-lasting relationships is crucial in this line of work. And while we certainly don’t want […]

Date: December 6, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Benefits of Supply Chain Management

Business needs to work like a well-oiled machine. A machine usually has many moving parts that work together to achieve a common goal, or many goals, depending on the complexity of the design. A business that requires a supply chain must have the necessary components, so it can work properly. Moreover, the supply chain must […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Partnering with the Best Inbound Logistics Top 3PL Providers

Inbound logistics refers to the freight coming into your business and how those goods are transported, delivered to your business, and warehoused. Your inbound logistics team manage the relationships and processes between supplier/manufacturer. Outbound logistics means the same but refers to the goods leaving your business. The outbound logistics team will maintain the relationships and […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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3 Reasons Freight Bill Audit Companies Are Needed in Logistics

In a perfect world, every transaction would be completed ethically, without errors, and smooth as silk. Unfortunately, especially in the global supply chain, we don’t live in this utopian society of freight billing. In fact, the leading cause of lost revenue and payment mistakes is inaccurate information documented on freight bills. With so many companies […]

Date: November 27, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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What is the Cubic Capacity Rule – and How Does It Impact Shippers?

If you’ve recently reviewed an LTL shipping invoice, and noticed a surcharge classified as “minimum cubic capacity rule” – don’t worry; you’re not alone. While shipping less than truckload (LTL) is convenient and can save money under certain situations, there are some rules that must be complied with to ensure accurate billing. One of them […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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5 Tips for Reducing Freight Costs for Manufacturers

With the cost of goods rising, resources and manufacturing supplies dwindling, and operational expenses blowing through the roof, finding creative ways of reducing costs is a daily struggle for any shipper. The struggle is real for manufacturers, who depend on the efficient flow of supplies and commodities. One way to reduce expenses and improve bottom-line […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Accessorials in LTL Shipping: What Business Owners Need to Know

Let’s start off by understanding what accessorials in LTL shipping are. LTL means “Less than truckload.” An accessorial in this context is referring to an added service that does not come standard with traditional LTL shipments. There are times where carriers can add accessorial fees to shipments where they were not necessary, which is why […]

Date: November 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How To Do Inventory Management The Right Way

Keeping track of an ever-changing inventory can prove to be a difficult undertaking for most. There is so much to juggle, so much data to organize, so much to make sense of in a space in which that data may change wildly from minute to minute. Even the very best logistics manager in the field […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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5 Common Myths About LTL Shipping

LTL shipping is typically referred to as the neglected child of the logistics supply chain. While most shippers prefer to ship full truckloads (FTL) whenever possible, the truth is that less than truckload is just a way of life. If you are new to shipping or a seasoned veteran, another reality is that there is […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How a Retailer Can Benefit by Working with a 3PL

Operating a retail company requires incredible bandwidth. Whether you operate a brick and mortar location, or simply sell online, any retailer depends on the efficient movement of freight in order to maintain their operations. From inbound inventory to shipping orders directly to customers, the main component of any retail operation revolves around logistics. However, what […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Virtual Logistics Teams Are On The Rise

Industries are always looking for new and innovative ways to replace traditional work with something that is a bit more efficient, easier to manage, and just streamlined better overall. And as more and more of the nationwide workforce is moving away further and further away from traditional ways of operating, virtual logistics teams have really […]

Date: November 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Why Leading Fortune 500 Companies Depend on Third Party Logistics Providers

Here is a pop quiz – what do 90 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have in common? If you answered that they all have consulted with or currently use a third-party logistics provider to help streamline their supply chain – you get the blue ribbon. 3PL’s have been serving the retail and manufacturing world […]

Date: November 14, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Five Steps for Choosing the Right Freight Broker

Choosing the right freight broker to manage your logistics is the best way to streamline your supply chain. The relationship a shipper develops with a freight broker helps them navigate the complex world of global logistics. While there are several good freight brokers that can be found with a simple Google search, there are a […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Shipping LTL Freight – 3 Ways to Beat the System

In a perfect world, every shipper would have their own fleet of full trucks delivering their goods to millions of customers across the USA. Unfortunately, the perfect the supply chain world exists for about 1 percent of all shippers. For the other 99 percent, LTL freight or less than truckload shipments come into play. While […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The 5 Habits of Highly Effective 3PL Companies

It’s hard to trust people to represent your brand these days. Whether you’re a small manufacturer, retailer, or operate an e-Commerce marketplace, your ability to service customers through the expeditious shipment of freight can make or break your business. While there are several good third-party logistics providers or 3PL Companies out there, there are some […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Nine Ways to Improve Carrier Relationships

When it comes to shipping and logistics, the importance of good carrier relationships can hardly be overstated. Vendor-client relationships must be carefully managed and cultivated in all businesses, so as a shipper, it is vital that you work to nurture your carrier relationships. After all, if it weren’t for your carriers, you would not be […]

Date: November 6, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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