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Why the Reefer Market is Poised for Growth

It’s generally understood that the global logistics industry is experiencing a health-amount of growth. A recent report noted that the global reefer market is poised to see nearly a three-percent growth over the period of 2014 till 2019. Whether it’s due to new vessel sharing agreements, or other factors, the cold supply chain is expanding. […]

Date: August 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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5 Ways that a Cold Supply Chain is Different from the Traditional Supply Chain

The logistics supply chain is comprised of multiple sub-domains of specialty – each of which requires unique equipment and procedures. One of the most complex is the cold supply chain. The cold supply chain transports perishables across the globe, ensuring to keep them in a controlled temperature environment to reduce the spread of contamination, bacteria, […]

Date: August 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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LTL Carriers Boosting Dimension Use to Improve Pricing Accuracy

A major misconception within the less than truckload (LTL) industry is the reasoning for integrating new technology in their operations. While it’s assumed that profit margin is the number one factor, the truth is that most LTL carriers are looking for accuracy and consistency throughout their business. When it comes to pricing accuracy, the inclusion […]

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

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Dimensional Rating: Parcel in the Past and the Future of LTL

It is estimated that more than 25 Million individual packages or parcels are shipped in the United States each day. Whether it’s through USPS or overnight carriers including Fed Ex or UPS, businesses and individual consumers depend on parcel shipping. On the other end of the spectrum, the top 10 consumer commodities are shipped via […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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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Threat of Ransomware in the Transportation Industry

Technology is not always the solution to today’s problems – sometimes it is the cause. A growing threat that the transportation industry faces is cyber-crime. Whether it’s the threat of scrupulous hackers gaining access to financial data, or a virus impacting a transportation’s cloud-based CRM, companies of all size and scope all face challenges. One […]

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

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Amazon Prime Day’s Impact on the Transportation Industry

Online retailing giant Amazon has observed the birth of the company by celebrating Amazon Prime Day (APD) since July of 2015. The company takes advantage of the mid-summer season which is the slowest shopping period for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. This year’s promotion began on July 16th at 3 PM Eastern Time and extends for 36 […]

Date: August 6, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Omnichannel in Manufacturing

The smart retailer knows the value of omnichannel options for consumers. While online platforms have significantly improved the customer shopping experience, retailers and others within the supply chain are having difficulty keeping up with demand. Manufacturers specifically are having challenges with fulfillment due to rising costs in materials, employee wages, and other non-controllable factors. In […]

Date: August 3, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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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How Are Fuel Surcharges Calculated?

There are multiple regulations that oversee the LTL and FTL shipping industry, however, fuel surcharges have no official guidelines or government oversight – for now. The truth is that many logistics companies have used fuel surcharges as a hidden profit margin that shippers simply factor into the overall cost of transporting commodities. And this fact […]

Date: July 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 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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Walmart’s New Omnichannel Return Strategy

Today’s competitive retail environment requires businesses that have been tremendously successful in the past to employ cutting-edge technology to appeal to the demands of modern consumers. The growth of online shopping has forever changed the landscape for those brick-and-mortar retailers that once thrived by simply attracting foot traffic to their establishments. Failure to demonstrate flexibility […]

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

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What Does the ELD Mandate Mean for Small Carriers?

If there is a group that is directly impacted by the ELD Mandate, it’s smaller carriers and private owner/operators. Most large FTL carriers have been using ELD systems since it went into law in 2015. The smaller or independent operators are careful about investing in equipment or new procedures until it’s required or officially required. […]

Date: July 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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: 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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How New Legislation Will Affect FTL

Federal trucking and transportation regulations have impacted transportation company operations for decades. While most professional full truckload carriers are prepared for changes in transportation regulations and proactive about addressing them; some are caught off-guard. As 2018 continues, there is some new legislation that will affect FTL in minor ways. To clarify some of the misinformation […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 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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How Recent Regulations Have Impacted LTL in North America

There are hundreds of regulations that apply to freight carriers and transport companies. For even the most skilled carriers, it can feel like a logistical nightmare to try to stay compliant. This is especially worsened by changing government administrations that don’t have experience in the transport industry. Trucking is one of the most regulated industries […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 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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Who Are The Major Players In The LTL Industry?

Whether you’re a transport company or partnering with a shipping carrier, it’s critical that you understand the intimate dynamics of the LTL industry. While the dominating companies in the overall trucking industry are those with the biggest scale, this same principle doesn’t actually hold true in the less-than-truckload sector. In fact, among LTL companies, the […]

Date: July 3, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 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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LTX Solutions Recognized Among Fastest Growing Companies in Georgia

The Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global professional organization with the mission of driving middle-market growth, recognized LTX Solutions as one of 2018’s top 40 fastest growing companies in Georgia. “The companies being honored this year exemplify ACG’s focus on driving middle–market growth and demonstrate the strength and significance of […]

Date: June 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Smart Warehouses And Inventory Management

70% of organizations are planning to increase their use of technology in their warehouses in the next few years, according to a study by Zebra Technologies Warehouse Vision. In fact, retailers are expected to spend a total $2.5 billion for updated IoT hardware and installation. But what is a smart warehouse, and what does it […]

Date: June 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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