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Tips for Navigating the National Carrier Hiring Standard

With the new year comes the activation of new Federal Regulations. While most carriers have been focused on the integration of the ELD Mandate, another government regulation is the creation of the National Carrier Hiring Standard. Although it’s still awaiting official approval by the US Senate, it is expected to pass quickly as the new […]

Date: January 11, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How to Choose the Best Route Planning System

Having a solid route planning system and software to back it up can make all the difference in the world in terms of how quickly and efficiently you are able to get packages out the warehouse door and well on their way to your customer’s doorstep. A good routing system can greatly benefit your business […]

Date: January 10, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Could the LTL Industry Be Headed for a 2019 Recession?

Coming off a record-setting year, 2019 could see a significant downturn for the LTL industry. The final weeks of 2018 saw rising economic tension on Wall Street, followed by tariff-related uncertainty, and a truck driver shortage that simply won’t go away, many trucking industry experts suggest that a freight industry slow-down is a foregone conclusion. […]

Date: January 9, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Could a Phased Autonomous Trucking Solution Be on the Horizon for 2019?

As the calendar extends to 2019, a recently published report indicates that the integration of autonomous or self-driving trucks could be closer than expected. A new report published by logistics industry consultants McKinsey & Co. postulated a concept of a four-wave, phased-in solution that could possibly reduce operating costs for carriers, help to resolve the […]

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

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2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Manufacturers with Shipping

New Year’s resolutions are fine and dandy – but without an effective plan and realistic expectations, most of them fall short. Such is the case with navigating the complex LTL industry for many manufacturers. Whether your manufacturing company serves a global market or those in the same city or state as you, there are a […]

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

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5 Ways Distribution Centers Can Kick Off 2019 on the Right Foot

The modern supply chain would look much different without distribution centers. Whether they fulfill for single companies or for multiple retailers, a distribution center faces multiple challenges that can impact their operations. Staffing issues, inventory control, and shipping and receiving are just a few of the daily tasks that can determine whether a distribution center […]

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

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These are the Biggest Issues the LTL Industry Will Face in 2019

The trucking industry is certainly no stranger to strict regulations and challenging requirements. These things get implemented every year… and every year the industry seems to bounce back with relative ease. But 2019 is not looking like it will be one of those years where we just spring back into action like nothing ever happened. […]

Date: December 28, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top 3 Things To Consider When Choosing An LTL Freight Carrier

Less Than Truckload or LTL freight shipping can be a very viable and cost-effective way for smaller companies to ship out their products or other goods quickly when they don’t have a full truckload to send out. But LTL shipping is a bit different than what you may have come to grow accustomed to with […]

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

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Why It’s Not Easy Being Green – Challenges the Supply Chain Faces

Kermit the Frog was right – when it comes to a fully-green supply chain, “it’s not easy being green”. Little did Jim Henson’s creation know how accurate that statement would be in 2018. The green supply chain movement gained momentum at the turn of the 20th century when leading logistics providers determined that it would […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Difference Between Cold Supply Chain and Normal Supply Chain?

Did you know that less than 100 years ago moving cold-storage freight more than 50 miles was a calculated risk? The cold supply chain in the past was comprised of cargo containers filled with blocks of ice, that would hopefully last the journey before melting. Times sure have changed. Today’s cold supply chain utilizes advanced […]

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

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The Impact of Winter Weather the Cold Supply Chain

Back in the 1920s, trucking companies would transport meats and other perishable products mainly during the winter season – simply due to the lack of temperature-controlled containers. If a truck was delayed due to a cold winter storm, it wasn’t uncommon for the trucker to park on the side of the road and simply wait […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Living in the Cloud – Who Really Benefits from Cloud-Based Freight Management?

Technology drives commerce. Whether it’s in the cars we drive, the products we purchase, or the computers we use for work and entertainment, our culture has become dependent on technology to simplify and streamline our lives. Those navigating the logistics space understand that technology can vastly improve their core services – which is what cloud-based […]

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

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How the General Rate Increase Impacts Shippers

There are several constants in shipping – the weather will always delay freight, volume is heavier during the holidays, and carriers will drop general rate increases on shippers at the most inopportune time. For shippers who have been involved in logistics for more than a year, the GRI or General Rate Increase is nothing new. […]

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

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How Parcel Carriers Use Last Mile Technology to Deal with Holiday Shipping

If there is a dreaded term in the express parcel industry, it’s ‘peak’. This four-letter word is associated with the holiday season when parcel shipments are at peak volume. In fact, it’s estimated that package volume with the USPS, UPS, and Fed Ex Express doubles from the 10th of December till Christmas Eve. The tremendous […]

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

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How National LTL Carriers Use Blockchain Technology

Did you know that 90% of the US LTL marketplace is operated by only 25 National LTL carriers? It’s true – companies like YRC, UPS Freight, Fed Ex Freight, and others dominate this industry, featuring fleets in the thousands, with multiple hubs, terminals, and routes that travel from sea to shining sea. With this much […]

Date: December 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Food Supply Chain Protection Best Practices

If there is one consumer segment that is constant in logistics, it’s the food supply chain. People and livestock require a constant intake of food to survive. However, getting this food to the billions of people and animals on this planet depends on a smooth and efficient food supply chain operation. While it’s often assumed […]

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

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Five Ways Retailers Can Reduce Freight Damage

Shrink is the 6-letter word that no retailer loves to discuss. While most damage and loss of retail products can vary from theft, employee errors, or customers breaking products as they shop, a leading source of retail damage occurs before or shortly after it arrives on the receiving dock. Transporting freight is part of a […]

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

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3 Reasons Shippers and Top LTL Carriers Use TMS Automation

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming tasks a shipper undertakes is finding the right LTL carrier for their light shipments. Shippers from retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and more are dependent on less than truckload carriers to move cargo and freight efficiently to their customers. However, with so many fish in the sea, how can a […]

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

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Outlining the Pros and Cons of FOB Shipments

Shipping of commodities – especially internationally, doesn’t always go off without a hitch. Moving freight from international ports often requires multiple handling, different methods of transport, and in most cases, several stops before it reaches your point of delivery. With so many hands handling your commodities, and potential for damage, many responsible buyers opt to […]

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

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Disputes And New Tariffs Are About To Raise Supply Chain Costs, Get Ready

If you have been paying even the slightest attention to the news in the past 2 years, then you know that by the start of 2019 we will see a sizeable rise in international, and quite possibly local, shipping rates. Talks have been heating up around this topic from within the Trump administration. Now, while […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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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Why the Reefer LTL Market will Grow in 2019

The recent signing of the revised NAFTA agreement by President Donald Trump was a hidden gem for the reefer LTL industry. While there are several specifics that need to be fine-tuned and adjusted, the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will increase the export of US-based products that require temperature control. Beyond this new […]

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

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3 Certain Freight Labeling Best Practices

There is nothing worse than receiving a phone call from an upset customer – because their delivery was delayed because of faulty labeling. While many shippers rush to blame the carriers for damaging their packaging and labeling issues, the truth is, label damage is something that is 100% controllable. Missed deliveries or delays in delivery […]

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

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Breaking Down the Complicated World of Fuel Surcharges

The logistics world is filled with complicated procedures and regulations. Among the most frustrating and non-transparent is the dreaded fuel surcharge. Contrary to popular belief, a fuel surcharge does not fall under the jurisdiction of any federal agency – nor does it have any official oversight. This flexibility permits many carriers and transportation companies to […]

Date: December 12, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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3 Tips for Hiring the Best Third Party Shipping Companies

Navigating the complex supply chain is a difficult task – even for experienced operators. The changes in shipping regulations, increasing costs, and complexity of international logistics procedures often inspire shippers to search for the best third party shipping companies to help them with their logistics programs. There are several good 3PL’s out there – but […]

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

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Transparency In The Logistics Space

The supply chains of today are under a lot more pressure than their predecessors. As new technologies emerge and operations get shipments out quicker every year, logistics operations have an ever-rising standard of service that they must strive to achieve if they want to keep growing. Because of this, quality control is becoming more vital […]

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

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

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using A SaaS For Your Supply Chain?

Software as a service or SaaS as it is more commonly known is simply a method by which software applications are hosted from a centralized location online (in what is referred to as the ‘cloud’) and delivered across the internet – as a service. It replaces the need for legacy software that must be installed, […]

Date: December 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain

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Reducing Carbon Emissions In The Supply Chain

Whether you are worried about the ever-increasing cost of fuel, the availability of that fuel, or things like climate change, there are plenty of good reasons to try to decrease our carbon footprint, overall. These are concerns that a majority of the world shares in some way as it affects all of us, and the […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Is Your Warehouse Ready For A Surge Of Orders? Here’s How You Can Tell.

I recently wrote an article about how a warehouse can take a few basic steps in helping them get through a large holiday season rush… without completely falling apart. In that article, I covered the 3 basics; testing your warehouse operations ahead of time, educating staff on best ways to operate during a rush, and […]

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

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