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Why You Should Audit Your Freight Invoices?

We all understand that people can make mistakes. But when those mistakes cost your business money – it can lead to significant problems. For those who ship products, data entry or billing invoice mistakes are leading sources of lost revenue. To reduce the potential of financial losses in shipping, many companies allocate resources to the […]

Date: August 30, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting | Supply Chain

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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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What is a Mobile Supply Chain?

While a company’s supply chain is just a set of processes and actions, it might as well be a living and breathing thing.  Supply chains evolve as quickly as anything else within an organization’s structure whenever there are advances in technology. An efficient and effective supply chain is the gold standard but it can be […]

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

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An Autonomous Supply Chain: Is It Possible?

A growing question in today’s automated society is whether an autonomous supply chain is possible – and if so, when will it become a reality. While the transportation industry is spending billions of dollars in developing autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, the concept of a completely automated supply chain seems to be more science fiction than […]

Date: August 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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

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How IBM Watson Can Support Your Supply Chain

For years, logistics companies have been searching for a more efficient way to streamline the supply chain process. Whether it’s through cloud-based CRM solutions, or evolving best practice standards, it’s generally understood that as technology improves – so will supply chain optimization. The new kid on the block is IBM’s Watson – a question-answering computer […]

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

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How Blockchain Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Watson isn’t the only secret weapon in IBM’s technology arsenal. Blockchain is the new kid on the supply chain solutions block. This new software solution allows organizations to track inventory and assets, complete payment and audits with better efficiency than other solutions. This advanced IBM solution empowers companies to anticipate, control and react to supply […]

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

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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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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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