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The Top 5 Packaging Tips to Avoid Damaged Freight

Picture this. A brand new product you just developed is fresh off the assembly line. Orders are pouring in and your staff is enthusiastically packaging up the items and preparing them to be shipped to eager customers awaiting their new purchases. You wave as your shippers pull out of your lot, barely able to wait […]

Date: November 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What are White Glove Services in Transportation Management?

Is it true that all services in Transportation Management are the same? As long as the shipment arrives you’re good, right? Wrong. There are services you can provide your client above and beyond the normal expectations of standard shipping. In this post, we will explore some of the White Glove Services that can be provided […]

Date: November 8, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What Is FOB and What Does It Mean?

If you’re importing products from another country, how do you know who owns the goods while they’re in transit? At what point do the goods transfer from seller to buyer property? Who is responsible for damages, fees, and costs at the various points along transit? These questions of ownership and risk are what the term […]

Date: November 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Dry vs Reefer LTL Shipping: Advantages and Disadvantages

There are a number of transport options for shipping your business’ freight from warehouses and hubs to your customer’s door. So how do you choose the type of shipping that will work best for your products and bottom line? In this article, we’ll go through the two most common forms of shipment: dry and reefer […]

Date: October 23, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How the New ELD Mandate Will Affect the Trucking Industry

According to American Trucking Associations, the ELD mandate will affect over 3 million truck drivers all over the United States. This is a call to all carriers to be prepared for this massive change in the industry. Many companies have already registered ELDs with the FMCSA. As the compliance date nears, it is expected for […]

Date: October 19, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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The Most Valuable Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management – Part 1

The supply chain is a complex and constantly evolving part of doing business. Although the tools and strategies may change, the need for first-rate supply change management will continue to be crucial to the success of business firms. This article will cover some of the best skills supply chain managers can possess. Obviously, there are […]

Date: October 17, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Last Mile Logistics and eCommerce Growth

The hefty burst in eCommerce has brought with it a change in transportation management and supply chain analytics. Consumers are demanding more reliability and efficiency from their companies, requesting same-day deliveries and on-the-go package tracking. This eCommerce consumer demand has, in turn, changed the landscape of last-mile logistics for logistics departments. Understanding Last Mile Logistics […]

Date: October 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Amazon Prime Day Affected LTL Shipments

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, continues to shock the e-commerce market, and this time it was with Prime Day. Amazon’s 3rd annual Prime Day was a huge success for the company that was able to rake in more sales in a single day than ever before, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If […]

Date: October 5, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How to Choose a Shipping Strategy for Your Ecommerce Business

In the e-commerce world competition is fierce. Consumers are getting more selective about purchases as the number of available sources to purchase items increases. They can easily compare prices, quality, and more to narrow in on the specific place they’ll make a purchase. And if your business has done its job and won the customer’s […]

Date: October 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Impact Of Hurricanes Harvey And Irma On The Trucking Industry

This year’s hurricane season is hitting the entire country with an unprecedented force, and there has been a drastic impact on the trucking industry in response. From flooded and damaged roads to destroyed warehouses, Harvey and Irma have devastated two major transportation areas back to back. And sorting out the aftereffects for the transportation and […]

Date: September 22, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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LTX Shipping Spotlight: e-Commerce

In this week’s LTX Shipping Spotlight, we will be focusing on e-Commerce. If you missed the previous week’s spotlight on forklift shipping than feel free to check it out here. E-Commerce is one of the biggest buzzwords in shipping now. The meteoric rise of online retailing has left many shippers and retailers scrambling to figure […]

Date: September 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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The Basics Of Hazmat Transportation Management

There are nearly 500,000 shipments of hazardous materials in the U.S. every day, according to Don Boyd in Transportation of Hazardous Materials. Despite its prevalence, companies still don’t know how to properly manage their hazmat (hazardous materials) transportation. Hazmat transport is a complex system with intricate rules and regulations. Manufacturers and shippers are often unaware […]

Date: September 7, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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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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The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain

I think we can safely assume by now that anyone working in logistics is well aware of the immense technological advances that have permanently altered supply chain management. State of the art technology gives unparalleled insight into what makes supply chains tick, including areas prime for optimization and or automation so that suppliers are better […]

Date: August 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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Protecting Your Supply Chain: Security and Risk Management

Security is extremely important for all businesses. Companies who do not take supply chain security seriously leave themselves vulnerable to potentially devastating attacks. Before we jump into the details, lets first define what supply chain security is. Supply chain security is a broad term that encompasses the efforts to reduce the risk of both external […]

Date: August 7, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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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How Autonomous Trucking Will Affect the Trucking Industry

America’s first autonomous truck went for a drive October 2016 from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. With a professional driver’s assistance navigating on and off the highway, this autonomous truck made the 120-mile journey safely and effectively. Those 120-miles opened up a road of rocky terrain with an intense uncertainty for the future of the […]

Date: August 1, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Hidden Dollars: How Supply Chain Analytics Create Value

As technology continues to improve our ability to gather data in near real-time, businesses are left with the task of figuring out how to leverage this data and apply it to intelligent business decisions. At times this can feel like an overwhelming task, with data coming in at faster rates and in higher volumes than […]

Date: July 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Mobile Technology and the Supply Chain

Devices such as smartphones and other handheld devices are reshaping the business landscape and transforming many current processes and operations. The standard smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than the computers used in the moon landings. Now many forward-thinking businesses are directing this power towards improving the efficiencies of their supply chains. Three […]

Date: July 25, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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Should You Use a Lean or Agile Supply Chain?

Supply and demand are no longer the only driving factor of the market. Consumer behaviors and economic movements are changing daily, so production and manufacturing are forced to find ways to keep up. Companies have been working tirelessly to determine the best supply chain models in today’s market. These chains need to look at both […]

Date: July 18, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Freight Audit and Payment Best Practices

Accurate and comprehensive data is the key to an organization’s success. Proper data enables a thorough analysis of systems and procedures within the business. This, in turn, leads to aligned strategic decisions that can boost the overall profitability and growth of the company. Thorough data, often found through auditing and analysis, helps answer the following […]

Date: July 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Supply Chain

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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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The Logistics of the Last Mile

The term last mile should perhaps have a trigger warning attached to it due to all the headaches it causes for supply chain managers. There is a large amount of uncertainty surrounding this term which can cause problems for even the strongest of supply chains. Many of you may be familiar with the convenience of […]

Date: June 30, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How the IoT (Internet of Things) Affects the Supply Chain

Although a fairly new term, IoT—or the Internet of Things—has become part of many of our individual lives over the last couple of years. Many of the things you use every day, like an activity tracker to count your steps or a Bluetooth enabled electric toothbrush, are all part of the IoT. What is the […]

Date: June 29, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | 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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How You Could Benefit from Using Cloud-Based Freight Management Software

As any business who relies on freight transportation knows, managing it correctly can be the difference between happy customers and continued growth and logistical missteps that hinder progress and leave companies scrambling to keep up. But cloud-based freight management software provides a way to effectively manage freight to maximize operational efficiency. What is ‘The Cloud’? […]

Date: June 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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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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Why Should You Outsource Technology to A 3PL?

Keeping your shipping technology in-house seems like a good idea on the surface. You feel you can have control over the system and it will directly relate to your company’s processes. Right? But if you’re a transportation manager, you’re likely wasting precious hours trying to keep technology updated, data consolidated, and tracking systems efficient—when you […]

Date: June 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Impact of Big Data on the Supply Chain & Transportation Industries?

Whether you’re part of a business that’s already leapt into the world of Big Data or if you’re still in the process of learning how to use it to your advantage, there’s no denying that Big Data is here to stay and changing the landscape of the transportation industry and the way supply chains are […]

Date: May 31, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Reporting | Supply Chain | Technology

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