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FTL Month Over Month Increase – What’s Causing the Rate Hike?

If there is one constant in full truckload shipping, it is that pricing always changes. Whether it’s due to supply and demand, changes in regulations, fuel surcharges, or employment issues, shipping rates for full and light truckloads are constantly fluctuating. However, 2018 has seen a significant FLT month over month increase due to several possible […]

Date: July 30, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Supply Chain

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Challenges in FTL Freight Management

Price Club founder Sol Price was fond of saying, “volume cures all”. While the man who Sam Walton credited for inspiring him to create Walmart is correct, volume shipping or a full truckload is not without its hurdles and challenges. Although most consumers understand that full truckloads are more efficient for shippers and can be […]

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

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Transportation Trends to Expect in 2018

Much like every facet of the economy, the transportation industry has not been able to escape the grasp of technology’s influence. As we march deeper into 2018, transportation management trends continue to point toward an increasing emphasis on technology aimed at improving collaboration between carrier and shipper. Also, 2018 has shown a renewed importance on […]

Date: July 27, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What is a Dimensionalizer?

The process of accurately measuring freight for LTL shipments has undergone some significant changes in recent years. In years past, measuring and billing for cargo logistics was a very simple proposition; the customer was charged by the size of the shipment or its weight. As times and technology evolved, rates for shipping commodities changed to […]

Date: July 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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Safe Stack Systems – How it Improves Shipping

Since the beginning of cargo logistics, one common problem that all shippers have is reducing damage to freight during transit. Whether it’s via trains, planes, or automobiles, shipping commodities and goods are challenging mainly due to two constants – gravity and physics. While shippers and cargo carriers do their best to keep freight secure, the […]

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

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ELD Hardware – What Do You Need to Become ELD Compliant?

For many smaller LTL and FTL carriers, or private owner/operators, the ELD Mandate has created more questions than answers. While there is a lot of information about electronic logging devices out there, weeding through the sea of ELD product advertisements have created some confusion. To simplify the facts about ELD Hardware and what do you […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Do Order Fulfillment Companies Work?

Online shopping is phasing out shopping at brick-and-mortar stores and this is one of the main reasons why the shipping market is booming. With the transition to online shopping, more and more e-commerce companies are looking for companies to handle their order fulfillment. If you’re not familiar with the term order fulfillment, it is the […]

Date: July 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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Distribution Center Best Practices to Implement

Regardless of its size, a distribution center is a vital component within the supply chain. From juggling staffing issues, receiving and shipping out products, and inventory control issues, running a distribution center is incredibly complex. To maintain a finely-tuned operation, successful distribution managers follow a series of operational best practices. Noted below are nine distribution […]

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

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Live Loading: Developing Effective Transportation Strategies

Every shipper is looking for ways to improve their transportation effectiveness without throwing their budget down the drain because an effective transportation strategy generally leads to less stress, fewer issues, and cost-effective solutions. As a shipper’s freight volume increases, transportation managers are faced with a fork in the road when it comes to loading:  live […]

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

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Challenges Facing Modern 3PLs

More and more of today’s purchases are now being made online and one of the beneficiaries of this movement is the shipping industry.  The industry is expected to continue to increase but modern third-party logistics companies (3PLs) face a few challenges keeping up with the growth spurt. According to a new market report published by […]

Date: June 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Valuable Information on OEM’s

OEM’s, or Original Equipment Manufacturers, are companies who will take over the manufacturing and distribution of products for other companies and industries. Many companies are choosing the route of utilizing an OEM for their products for many reasons. If you want to learn more about how your company can take advantage of an OEM, read […]

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

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The Biggest Mistakes Shippers Make With Density-Based Freight

With the deepening effects of the trucking capacity crisis, transportation carriers are moving towards smarter methods of pricing freight. In an effort to get the greatest bang for their buck while transporting the greatest number of pallets, carriers are moving away from the typical 18-class freight system defined by the NMFTA. Instead, they’re beginning to […]

Date: June 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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How a 3PL Can Help You with the Capacity Crunch

2018 continues to be the year of the carriers as capacity continues to be stretched thin. The lack of readily available truck capacity has resulted in more expensive rates and difficulties in booking shipments. There are a few underlying causes for the capacity crunch, such as economic growth, the ELD mandate, and dangerous weather conditions. […]

Date: February 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Last Mile Metrics

How well is your company performing in the last mile? The last mile is the last leg of transportation that delivers a package to the customer’s door. It’s often the most expensive and intricate portion of the trip—but it’s also the most important for service and analytics. You want to deliver impeccable service in the […]

Date: January 29, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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2017 A Year in Review: Transportation Disruption

2017 was a year of disruption for the transportation and supply chain industry. There were many factors that contributed to the volatility of the industry, but in this article, we will focus on four: 1. Continued Growth of E-commerce 2. The New ELD Mandate 3. Dangerous Weather Conditions 4. Increased Growth in the Economy By […]

Date: January 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Are We Still Talking About Capacity Crunches in 2017? Does it Really Affect Full Truckload?

It’s amazing that we have been talking about the capacity crunch in 2017 and its effects on full truckload (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. The buzzword first surfaced in 2014 as fears about the industry being close to a tipping point due to a number of factors such as completion, government regulations, inexperienced drivers and […]

Date: December 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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National vs Regional Carriers – When to Choose One Over the Other

As of last year, over 500,000 carriers had recent activity operating in the United States. With so many carriers in operation, it’s important to be able to narrow down your choices to a manageable selection when deciding which ones to use. One important metric when doing this is whether you’re dealing with national vs regional […]

Date: December 6, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Best Practices for Dealing with Freight Brokers

Freight Brokers act as the go-between for shippers and carriers. Freight Brokers have the connections, technology, and experience to bring down the cost of shipping, but what are the best practices for dealing with Freight Brokers? A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other […]

Date: November 20, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Parcel vs LTL Shipping: What to Choose to Maximize Savings

Up until recently the line between when to use parcel shipping and LTL shipping was quite clear. Parcel shipping focused on packages that an average person could reasonably lift without assistance or—to put a number to it—packages that weighed less than 150 pounds. Because these packages were considered easier to move than larger parcels they […]

Date: September 14, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload

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How Bad Weather Storms Affect the Supply Chain

As most of our readers are aware, the United States has been wracked with storms over the past few weeks. Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented flooding and damage in Houston Texas, and then Hurricane Irma brought record breaking wind speeds and rain to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to […]

Date: September 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL

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Leveraging The Relationship With Your 3PL Partner

Choosing a third party logistics provider is like choosing a best friend. You want your interests to be aligned, you want to provide value to one another, and you want the relationship to last for the long haul. Why is this important to a 3PL partnership? Because maintaining a strong partnership can give you access […]

Date: September 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Reporting | Software

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Changes Coming NMFTA Freight Classifications

Anyone who works within the shipping industry is most likely aware of the recent changes to freight classifications by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). These changes could ultimately have some far-reaching consequences for the shipping industry as well as creating uncertainty and anxiety for shippers. But put your mind at ease, LTX Solutions […]

Date: August 31, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Working With a 3PL: Why Transparency is Key

A modern 3PL—or third party logistics provider for those not familiar with the acronym—can make a powerful positive impact on your business when combined with a sophisticated transportation management system (TMS) that gives you a competitive edge when it comes to meeting customer satisfaction. They can help you better understand the complexities of forming a […]

Date: August 24, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Transparency in The Modern Day 3PL

What do you want from your 3PL (third party logistics provider)? Do you simply want a truck to bring your goods from A to B or do you want a key partner in creating a successful, efficient, cost-effective transportation process? Do you want a 3PL that cares about your growth and provides you with quality […]

Date: August 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL

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Outsourcing Opportunities for Manufacturing SMEs

Outsourcing is used to put your company at a strategic advantage. Whether you’re a sales, service, or manufacturing business, outsourcing provides opportunities that allow you to focus on your core competencies. SMEs, or small and medium sized enterprises, have been utilizing outsourcing more and more in recent years. In our fast-paced, online economy, it’s simpler […]

Date: August 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Direct to Carrier vs. Working with a Freight Management Company

For many companies who ship material consistently, the choice of whether to work directly with the carrier or outsource freight management to a 3PL is one that greatly concerns operations managers. There are advantages associated with either option, however, you may find that it is more beneficial to employ the outsourcing strategy. Especially if your […]

Date: July 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Technology

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How to Make Your Supply Chain More Agile

Every company who transports goods appreciates the need for agility within their supply chain. For those who don’t know, supply chain agility is the ability for a supply chain to respond effectively to unforeseen circumstances, whether it be environmental, economic, customer, competition, governmental, or a combination of all five. While most companies understand the need for […]

Date: July 7, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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7 Ways to Avoid Freight Damage

Transporting freight is part of your business. But, to ship goods successfully and keep your customers happy you need to protect them from freight damage. Freight damage is not only a pain for you, but can cause significant losses to your company. The most noticeable loss to companies dealing with freight damage is that often […]

Date: June 22, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top Freight Audit & Payment Companies

Freight payment and audit is a necessary evil for businesses consistently shipping materials and goods. Companies who do not specialize in freight payment and audit may be leaving large amounts of potential savings on the table. That is why it is important to outsource freight audit and payment to a reputable third-party logistics (3PL) company. […]

Date: June 19, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay

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Green Shipping Practices in The Trucking Industry

The truck industry’s carbon footprint is tremendous. As you can imagine, thousands of trucks drive coast to coast daily using massive amounts of fuel and oil and emitting dangerous carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the air. Furthermore, packaging and fulfillment can cause a significant amount of waste that finds its way into landfills and […]

Date: June 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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