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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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Self Driving Trucks – Do they Really Resolve the Truck Driver Shortage?

In the logistics and supply chain industry, self-driving or autonomous trucks and the ever-present truck driver shortage are hot-button topics. While the pros and cons of each are discussed ad nauseam, the truth is that the successful implantation of autonomous trucks can resolve the growing shortage of qualified drivers. However, since we’re a long way […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Technology

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Why LTL Cost is Impacted by Dimension-Based Technology

Those who ship via LTL carriers may have noticed an uptick in pricing on their shipping invoices. While the driver shortage and rising fuel costs are a major contributing factor, the inclusion of dimension-based equipment is showing up on many shipper’s invoices. But, it’s not because of the LTL carriers need to recoup their investment […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Software | Technology

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How Far Away is a Fully Automated Supply Chain?

Did you know that the United States commercial supply chain employs slightly less than 40 percent of the total workforce? From warehousing operations to transportation and selling of consumer goods, the supply chain in the United States is incredibly people heavy. However, as with any other industry, those who manage supply chain operations are always […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is A Yard Management System?

Yard management systems,  also known simply as YMS, is any software-based system that is designed to facilitate the management of trucks, trailers pallets, or even personnel in the yard, warehouse or fulfillment center. These systems are able to provide warehouse operators with real-time information regarding the location of these various things whether in the yard […]

Date: December 12, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Could Drones Be The Next Big Thing In The Supply Chain?

In the last 15 years or so, the world has witnessed the rise of drones. These nifty pieces of technology have been used by everyone from hobbyists just looking for a new toy to fly around to the military utilizing them on scouting missions and training exercises. But in more recent years, drone technology has […]

Date: December 6, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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3 Hurdles that Self Driving Trucks Need to Climb to Become a Reality

It has been estimated that companies including Otto, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and others have invested more than $2 Billion in the development of self-driving or autonomous semi-trucks – just for long-haul logistics. While the transportation industry has come a long way in a short period of time, the reality of self-driving trucks entering the supply chain’s […]

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

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Future of Supply Chain Management

Studies have shown that supply chain management companies number one force of change was changing customer requirements. The top business strategy was to achieve high-quality service, and it was deemed that this business strategy goes hand in hand with the number one force of change for supply chain management companies. Companies such as third-party logistics […]

Date: November 27, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is The Most Comprehensive Logistics Software?

Logistics is an all-encompassing term for a wide array of operational backend processes. This means it can be a challenge to find software that comprehensively pulls together all of your logistics needs and activities to a single platform. It’s especially challenging because logistics management system software is a niche and growing field, and operations managers […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Warehouse For The Increased Holiday Demand

Is your warehouse prepared for the influx of inventory, shipments, and returns that the holiday season brings? The average retailer increases their inventory by three or fourfold for the holidays. More inventory means more sales and revenue, but it also means more stress on the logistics and fulfillment process. So how do you make sure […]

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

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Why a Logistics Company Should Consider Using API Software

Clear and transparent communication is one of the most important attributes a logistics company can possess. With technology accelerating quickly these days, many transportation and supply chain providers are integrating advanced communication platforms, such as API software to streamline and improve the communication between multiple programs. However, just like any other technology solution, knowing the […]

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

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RFID And The Ever-Changing Logistics Landscape

Radio-frequency identification, also known simply as RFID is a technology that was first conceptualized way back in 1948 and by 1966 it was being used in security checkpoints and other anti-theft devices that were being produced specifically for commercial interests and RFID became widespread. These security devices became wildly popular and most self-respecting retail stores […]

Date: November 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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4 Ways a Transportation Management System Streamlines Operations for Shippers

The name of the game in today’s supply chain is optimization. Regardless of the type of industry or customers you serve, finding creative ways of streamlining the operations for optimal efficiency is the objection that senior management often tasks their team. For shippers, optimization is all about creating efficient methods of transporting their goods throughout […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Supply Chain | Technology

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Automation Tech And Self-Driving Delivery Trucks: We Must Be Living In The Future

It is almost a daily thing now to hear about the latest advancements in the field of drivable technology. The idea of a car that can drive you or your goods from point A to point B with just the push of a button has been a dream of many for decades. And not only […]

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

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

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Balanced Scorecard: How To Have The Right KPIs For Your Business

How do you measure the success of your operations? How do you know if business is trending upwards or downwards? How do you gauge growth? Balanced scorecards with key performance indicators can help you “keep score” of your processes, especially in your logistics department. These KPIs become a clear-cut way to align the business with […]

Date: November 9, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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What is 5S? Elements of the 5S for Lean

For manufacturers and shipping carriers, activating a lean manufacturing or lean management program is becoming quite common. This proven operational philosophy places an emphasis on efficiency, by structuring the operations in such ways as to reduce resources used, improve the efficiency of the operation, save money on operational costs, and improve quality of the service […]

Date: October 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Benefits of Lean Management Practices in Transportation

Waste and lost productivity are never positive in the transportation industry. Whether it’s the existence of redundant systems or using antiquated and outdated systems, the logistics industry depends on streamlining their operations to stay competitive and profitable. This is where lean management practices come into play. While many industries utilize this proven method of operation, […]

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

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LTL to Benefit from eCommerce Growth

The growth of eCommerce in the 21st Century has had an impact on many different aspects of our personal and professional lives. eCommerce has profoundly changed the way we shop and has changed our expectations regarding the time required to deliver goods to our homes and businesses. It has also opened up a world of […]

Date: October 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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Blockchain for Supply Chain, Transportation, and Logistics

There are big changes on the horizon for transportation and logistics companies. Many of these relate to new technologies that can help to revolutionize the process of making deals, serving customers, and getting physical goods from one place to another. One such technology is the immutable ledger technology called blockchain. Many of those who haven’t […]

Date: October 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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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: October 2, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Top Challenges that Occur with AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Logistics

The integration of artificial intelligence solutions in logistics appears to be approaching – sooner than many would like. Although the concept of AI is appealing to shippers, carriers, warehouse providers and others within the supply chain, there are several challenges that will occur with AI in Logistics that needs to be carefully considered. Noted below […]

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

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What is API and How Does it Streamline Freight and Logistics?

In the good old days of shipping and logistics, manual processes controlled the industry. Mechanical systems like land-line telephones, fax machines and other electronic data interchanges (EDI’s) were responsible for most communication methods between shippers, carriers, and others in the supply chain. The introduction of application program interfaces or API’s revolutionized the logistics industry by […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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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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Freight Management Systems – Why a Small to Mid-Size Shipper Should Utilize One

Today – information and the methods on how a company gathers it makes all the difference. This is especially true with freight management systems and the way they help small to midsized shippers improve efficiency across multiple platforms. Freight Management Software solutions or FMS is a robust management software solution that is typically cloud-based – […]

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

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Difference Between Lean and Agile Manufacturing

In logistics, waste significantly impacts the bottom line. Whether it’s in using inferior materials or inefficient manufacturing processes, wasted resources need to be identified, and resolved for a company to be profitable. This is where lean and agile manufacturing comes into place. Determining the source of waste and then activating a lean or agile manufacturing […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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Benefits of a TMS (or FMS) Automation

Logistics professionals have utilized transportation management systems for several years. As technology has improved, TMS solutions have evolved – converting from hardware to cloud-based systems that focus on all aspects of the supply chain; including automation. A growing trend in logistics planning is integrating TMS or FMS solutions with a focus on integrating automation into […]

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

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The Future of Blockchain and Your TMS

Blockchain software solutions have come a long way since its debut. While it’s known widely as a cryptocurrency security solution, there is a home for blockchain technology in transportation management systems. However, to integrate blockchain software into the TMS, logistics carriers, shippers, and 3PL’s must think outside the box to explore the most efficient areas […]

Date: September 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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How to use Automation to Combat Tariff Spikes

There has been a lot of discussions lately of tariff spikes due to evolving conflict between the Trump Administration and foreign countries. While fair trade has been the elephant in the room that no politician has wanted to touch or improve in decades, it has become a reality recently. Tariff spikes deliver multiple hurdles for […]

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

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Do I Need a Freight Forwarder for my eCommerce Store?

As eCommerce evolves, so does the need for reliable shipping solutions. Customers today demand quick, affordable, and efficient shipping of items they purchase online. Whether it’s through Amazon.com or a Shopify platform, serving the customer’s needs for shipping services can make or break an eCommerce business. Due to this fact, many eCommerce leaders have reached […]

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

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