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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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Blockchain for Omnichannel Supply Chains

Whether it’s IBM finding new industries to target, or the industries themselves looking for ways to integrate this revolutionary digital ledger into their day-to-day, blockchain is getting a lot of press recently. A growing conversation in the logistics and retail world is how blockchain for omnichannel supply chains will work – or if it has […]

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

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The Current and Future State of the Omnichannel Supply Chain

The retail landscape has undergone an extensive transformation in the past few years as eCommerce has spurred heightened expectations and demands from customers. Traditional retailers must modify their way of doing business to compete with emerging companies that have taken advantage of the possibilities afforded by the digital age or risk being left behind. Creating […]

Date: September 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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What is a Transportation Management System? How Does it work?

Shippers, carriers, 3PL’s and others are always looking for ways to improve efficiency in logistics. A growing solution is the transportation management system or TMS. A TMS is a platform, typically cloud-based, that is designed to streamline several aspects of the shipping process. This revolutionary platform is being used by leaders in logistics and automates […]

Date: September 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Technology

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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: August 29, 2018 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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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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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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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: August 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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

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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: July 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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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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Future of Transportation Technologies And How It Will Change the Industry

As technology evolves, so does commerce. Like any other industry, transportation and logistics depend on advancements in technology to efficiently ship freight across the globe daily. While society has generally become accustomed to slow-moving freight, today’s fast-paced business demands improvements to expedite the process. To improve the customer experience, logistics leaders will focus on the […]

Date: July 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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RFID in the Supply Chain

As companies expand their operations, their supply chains grow with the company.  The processes become more complex, which stresses the importance of accuracy at each link in the supply chain. Restricted visibility along with inaccuracies can halt production and limit a company’s overall efficiency, so companies are looking for solutions to avoid any additional supply […]

Date: May 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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Improving E-commerce Fulfillment through Business Integration

The marketplace today isn’t quite what it used to be.  With the development of technology, consumers no longer need to leave the comfort of their own home to shop for anything and everything.  E-commerce businesses are growing faster, and quickly replacing the traditional retail experience. E-commerce businesses are growing and the owners of these businesses […]

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

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