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What are the Top 10 3PL Companies?

There are several good third-party logistics companies across the globe. However, there are a few that accelerate past the competition. Whether it’s the customer service they provide, reliability, affordability, or their flexibility – there are 10 3PL’s that tend to end up on multiple top 10 lists. Noted below are what many customers have ranked […]

Date: October 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Partial Truckload vs. LTL vs. FTL

In the complex over the road logistics world, shippers have more choices than ever. Whether you have a single package to ship or several pallets, carriers are quite flexible in order to meet the evolving needs of shippers navigating the supply chain. However, when it comes to truckload shipments, there are three, general options, Partial […]

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

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The Best Way to Manage All Over the Road Modes

Whether you’re shipping full truckload, light truckload, or even horse and buggy, shipping over the road is made much easier with organization. Many leading shippers and 3PL’s depend on advanced computer software programs or in transportation – a TMS (transportation management system) to navigate the complex over the road logistics networks. Using a robust TMS […]

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

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What the Difference Between Collect, Prepaid, and 3rd Party Freight Charges?

When it comes to LTL freight, it’s important to know the differences between Collect, Prepaid, and Third-Party freight charges because ultimately its effects who to the bill and when. Knowing and understanding the differences between these on your Bill of Lading is a useful and necessary tool in dealing with LTL freight from start to […]

Date: October 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Should I Buy CIF or FOB?

CIF and FOB are shipping agreements for international trading between a buy and seller. Knowing which to purchase in different situations concerning international trade can be tough, but there are a few guidelines and general preferences among those who specialize in it. Most dealing in international shipping usually buy FOB and sell CIF, and you’ll […]

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

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Bill of Lading: A Comprehensive Overview

The bill of lading is an important document, providing much-needed information for the shipper, the carrier, and the arrival destination. Learning to read and understand a bill of lading document is very helpful if you are involved anywhere in the shipping and freight process. What is a Bill of Lading? The bill of lading is […]

Date: October 15, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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What is an FAK (Freight All Kinds) and How Can It Help Your Rates?

FAK is an acronym used in the shipping industry that stands for Freight All Kinds. According to globalnegotiator.com, they are rates applicable to all types of goods and not restricted to any particular commodity. Let’s investigate exactly what an FAK is, how it is determined, and how it can help your shipping rates. What is […]

Date: October 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Understanding Partial Truckload and Volume LTL

Partial Truckload and Volume LTL (less than truckload) are two very closely related terms that refer to shipping in smaller quantities than full truckloads, yet larger than a traditional LTL shipment. Typically, a shipper sticks to FTL or LTL shipments, but occasionally a shipment will fall into this “middle ground”. Understanding the difference in these […]

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

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The Difference Between a Freight Management Company and a Freight Forwarder

There is a ton of technical jargon in the logistics world – and quite often it can be self-inflicted. While acronyms like 3PL, LTL, FTL and more have a specific meaning, one phrase that often gets lost in translation is a Freight Management Company. By definition, freight management is the process of overseeing the process […]

Date: October 2, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Many Definitions of a 3PL (Third Party Logistics)

Third party logistics has simplified shipping for thousands of companies. 3PL’s is the abbreviated term that describes third party logistics, meaning a company that provides outsourced logistics operations and freight management. While there is a lot of great information on what a 3PL is and does, it is also true that there are several definitions […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Package Optimization Benefits Your Supply Chain

Packaging is an intrinsic part of the shipping and freight industries. Without proper packaging, transporting items can lead to damaged goods and unhappy customers. Optimizing the way you package your products can have a beneficial impact on your business and your supply chain. What is Package Optimization? Package optimization is the use of smart packaging […]

Date: September 26, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

The modern supply chain is filled with roadblocks that impact a smooth operation. When it comes to inbound logistics management, shippers must navigate through a minefield of hurdles that range from end-user demands to changes in operational costs of doing business. The truth is that shippers face multiple issues that can throw a curveball in […]

Date: September 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Makes a Good Supply Chain Consultant?

With the way a supply chain is constantly evolving, it can help to bring in a supply chain consultant to take a look at your operations to see where improvements can be made.  If you decide to bring a consultant in, how do you know whether or not that person has a good eye for […]

Date: September 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Who is to Blame for the Truck Driver Shortage?

The United States is currently experiencing a shortage of truck drivers that is a contributing factor to the rise in shipping rates and higher prices for many types of goods delivered by truck. According to cnbc.cm, the shipping industry needs at least 50,000 drivers to close the gap. The American Trucking Association estimates that a […]

Date: August 29, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Record-Breaking Order for Tractor Trailers Last Month

The trailer industry saw record-breaking sales during the month of July 2018 according to recent reports published by ACT and FTR. The two research firms indicated that the preliminary estimate for July 2018 was 29,300 unit – with final volume totals expected to be released in late August. The growth of the trailer industry is […]

Date: August 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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As the Import Tariffs Grow How is Domestic Shipping Affected?

Anyone who watches the news understands that our President is not wasting time in his effort to “Make America Great Again.” One of his most important agenda items is finding a way to make America competitive again in the international free market – specifically with tariffs for imported and exported commodities. While this is an […]

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

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What to Know About the New National Carrier Hiring Standard

The freight and logistics industry is once again preparing to comply to another new Federal Regulation – this time focused on hiring practices of carriers. This new regulation is an amendment within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act which was passed through the US House of Representatives in April 2018. Although it has not […]

Date: August 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Factors that Contribute to the General Rate Increase in LTL

Shipping companies need to set their rates in a manner that assures that they earn a profit on their services. When less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers increase their base shipping rates it is known as a General Rate Increase (GRI). These periodic adjustments are usually made once a year, although there have been exceptions when either no […]

Date: August 14, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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Uber Shuts Down Self Driving Truck Unit

It’s been a bad year for Uber’s self-driving division. After a tragic accident in Tempe, Arizona earlier in 2018, and a few recent hick-ups from its self-driving truck division, Uber has announced that it will be shutting down the self-driving truck division to focus exclusively on cars. However, this decision will not impact Uber Freight, […]

Date: August 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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How to Find a Great Freight Forwarder

For many shippers, working with a freight forwarder can significantly reduce the stress associated with transporting commodities. While there are several outstanding freight forwarding companies out there, there are some that look good on the outside, but struggle to provide consistent services or operate ethically with their customers. To ensure your company receives the best […]

Date: August 9, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Five Challenges in Food and Beverage Supply Chains

The global food supply chain is one of the most complex yet important logistics programs our world needs for sustainability. While we assume that the food supply chain is finely-tuned, and incorruptible – like any other process – it is ever evolving and faces many challenges. As technology improves, and the need for safe, and fresh […]

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

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How to Improve Freight Labeling

One of the leading causes of delayed freight is mislabeled or lost labels. While technology has significantly improved tracking and the freight shipping process, the fact remains that properly applied and strong labels can make the difference from an on-time shipment or a lost customer. Mishaps with labeling cost shippers and carrier’s money, time, and […]

Date: August 1, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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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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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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Freight-Sharing Apps: The Uberization of Supply Chains

The success of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have many players within the freight industry looking to replicate the technology in their own supply chains. As supply chains become ever more tech-driven, success in the industry will largely be determined by how quickly and effectively companies can embrace current and future technological trends. […]

Date: February 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software | Technology

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What A Nationwide Truck Shortage Means For Your LTL Shipping Plan

2018 is shaping up to be the year of Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipments. With a nationwide shortage of trucks, the volume of freight loads far outweighs the availability of carriers. Due to such high demand, retailers and manufacturers are faced with extensive delivery times and exorbitant prices. Shippers have been forced to pay high […]

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

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Where in the World is Capacity? Maximizing Utilization and Blurring Modes

There has been a lot of discussion over the past few years on the lack of trucking capacity, particularly in full-truckload (FTL) carriers. LTX has even covered this topic in previous blog posts. The rising level of demand for trucking capacity, fueled by economic and e-commerce growth is only highlighting the pains of capacity crunches. […]

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

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Common Mistakes When Dealing with A Freight Forwarder: International Edition

As a business, you may be considering the prospects of taking your product/service overseas. There are many more factors to consider when going international rather than remaining domestic. A good strategy when considering the options is to partner with a reputable 3PL or freight forwarder. However, there are some things to consider when entering such […]

Date: January 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Why And How To Implement ELDs Into Your Trucking Fleet

By December 18, 2017, all fleets will need to have implemented certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) in order to remain compliant with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. Not only are all fleets—small and large alike—mandated to use ELD tech, but also these devices are proven safer and more cost-effective than other forms of tracking and logging. […]

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

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