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Gamification And How It Can Save Your Company Culture

Gamification is a method by which an ordinary task or something that already exists can be taken and have game mechanics integrated into it in an effort to increase engagement with said task. This could be anything, a website, an app, or even an educational setting such as a classroom. In more recent years, however, […]

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

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

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How To Do Inventory Management The Right Way

Keeping track of an ever-changing inventory can prove to be a difficult undertaking for most. There is so much to juggle, so much data to organize, so much to make sense of in a space in which that data may change wildly from minute to minute. Even the very best logistics manager in the field […]

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

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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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5 Common Myths About LTL Shipping

LTL shipping is typically referred to as the neglected child of the logistics supply chain. While most shippers prefer to ship full truckloads (FTL) whenever possible, the truth is that less than truckload is just a way of life. If you are new to shipping or a seasoned veteran, another reality is that there is […]

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

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6 Tips for Planning LTL Shipments in Winter

To quote Ned Stark – “Winter is Coming”. While the iconic character of Game of Thrones was referring to a fundamental change in the mythical land of Westeros, winter does pose a problem for shippers who need to transport commodities across the USA. Since today’s customers have time-management restrictions – and simply don’t accept weather […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Damaged Freight Best Practices – Five Ways to Reduce the Potential

A major expense that all shippers deal with is damaged freight. Whether it’s caused by the carrier in transport, at a freight terminal, or by the recipient, the reality is that freight damage can significantly impact a shipper’s business operation. However, a smart shipper understands that most damage to their freight can be avoided. To […]

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

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How a Retailer Can Benefit by Working with a 3PL

Operating a retail company requires incredible bandwidth. Whether you operate a brick and mortar location, or simply sell online, any retailer depends on the efficient movement of freight in order to maintain their operations. From inbound inventory to shipping orders directly to customers, the main component of any retail operation revolves around logistics. However, what […]

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

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The Benefits Of Intermodal Freight Transport

In this article, we are going to be discussing what intermodal transport is, how it generally works, and more importantly… How this system of transport greatly benefits freight operations. What Is Intermodal Freight Transport? In a nutshell, Intermodal freight transport (IFT) is a term that describes the action of using two or more different modes […]

Date: November 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Top 3 Challenges Of The Trucking Industry in 2018… And Beyond

The trucking industry faces a lot of challenges on a daily basis. And every few months there seem to be new rules being enacted, drafted up or talked about. In actuality, the majority of the time, it is less discussion and more stress. But did you know that there are 3 really big challenges that […]

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

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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: 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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Why Leading Fortune 500 Companies Depend on Third Party Logistics Providers

Here is a pop quiz – what do 90 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have in common? If you answered that they all have consulted with or currently use a third-party logistics provider to help streamline their supply chain – you get the blue ribbon. 3PL’s have been serving the retail and manufacturing world […]

Date: November 14, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Five Steps for Choosing the Right Freight Broker

Choosing the right freight broker to manage your logistics is the best way to streamline your supply chain. The relationship a shipper develops with a freight broker helps them navigate the complex world of global logistics. While there are several good freight brokers that can be found with a simple Google search, there are a […]

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

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Shipping LTL Freight – 3 Ways to Beat the System

In a perfect world, every shipper would have their own fleet of full trucks delivering their goods to millions of customers across the USA. Unfortunately, the perfect the supply chain world exists for about 1 percent of all shippers. For the other 99 percent, LTL freight or less than truckload shipments come into play. While […]

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

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The 5 Habits of Highly Effective 3PL Companies

It’s hard to trust people to represent your brand these days. Whether you’re a small manufacturer, retailer, or operate an e-Commerce marketplace, your ability to service customers through the expeditious shipment of freight can make or break your business. While there are several good third-party logistics providers or 3PL Companies out there, there are some […]

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

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What is a Bill of Lading and Why is it Important?

Whether you’re shipping via LTL or parcel package, using a bill of lading is vital. This legal document not only provides details about the shipment to carriers, but it also provides a paper trail of information that protects the rights of the shipper. While several freight companies have streamlined their operations to include a computer […]

Date: November 13, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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A Day In The Life Of An LTL Pallet

What happens to your products when they leave the factory or warehouse and head on their journey to the next stop? What does a pallet go through before getting brought to its final destination? Today, we’re taking a peek behind the curtain into the life of an LTL pallet. What is a Pallet? A pallet […]

Date: November 9, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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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: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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What Transportation Modes Are Most Affected By The Capacity Crunch

The 2018 capacity crunch has been even more impactful than originally anticipated. Raised transport rates have become inevitable, slow and off-time deliveries are common, and small ecommerce retailers are losing shipment space to larger organizations. How is this capacity crunch impacting different transportation modes and the overall shipping industry moving forward? The Impact What has […]

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

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The History of Supply Chain Management

Although the term “supply chain management” is a recently new term used in the public domain, the history of supply chain management goes back more than 100 years to Fredrick Taylor in 1911. Taylor is the founder of industrial engineering and his publication The Principles of Scientific Management focuses on the importance of improving processes […]

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

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5 Strategies to Reduce Supply Chain Cost with LTL

What it costs for your business to plan, source, deliver, and return your products is called the supply chain management cost. The supply chain costs can be a huge budget eater for many businesses, large and small. Getting your cost reduced using Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping can help your profits skyrocket. Faster Long-Haul Transportation […]

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

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What is LTL Shipping & How Did it Come About?

LTL, or less than truckload, shipping is the transportation or shipment of small freight. LTL shipping is the in-between shipper for parcel shipments that can be sent through the postal service, UPS or FedEx, and full truckload shipping. Parcel carriers can typically only handle packages that are less than 150 pounds, and full truckload shippers […]

Date: November 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Lean Transportation: Are You Using Lean Thinking to Reduce Waste?

Lean transportation focuses on eliminating any processes that do not add value to the supply chain management system. Eliminating waste brings value to your customers that go above and beyond expectations. Using lean thinking to reduce waste within your supply chain saves you time and money which increases your company’s profits and reputation. The “Rights” […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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A Brief History of Supply Chain Management and Best Practices

In the modern world, a company’s supply chain is the backbone that holds up everything else and is the most crucial part if they want to grow and prosper. Your supply chain could be defective, costing you a ton of money and can waste resources unnecessarily. Knowing who to buy from, how, when, and where […]

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

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Transportation Liability – Busting Three Common Myths

There was a time when transportation liability was rather simple to comprehend. However, as federal regulations have tightened, and the transportation industry has evolved, liability insurance has become increasingly difficult to standardize and understand. The truth is that today’s transportation liability contracts are negotiated on an individual case, and between shippers and carriers. The problem […]

Date: October 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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

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Sustainability in Logistics – How to Combat the Hurdles

Across the supply chain, sustainability has become more than just a clever buzz term. Whether it’s cutting back on the use of fossil fuels, finding better ways of using resources, supply chain sustainability is on the rise. The key to implementing a sustainability program within logistics, a company needs to fully comprehend the term, how […]

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

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Concealed Damage in Freight & What You Need to Know

There is nothing worse than opening up a delivery and finding concealed damage. Whether you’re a customer receiving an order placed online, or a company waiting for a critical component for your business, finding damage upon delivery can cause delays in manufacturing and significantly impact the daily operations of any type of industry. While filing […]

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

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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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