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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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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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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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The Biggest Mistakes Shippers Make With Density-Based Freight

With the deepening effects of the trucking capacity crisis, transportation carriers are moving towards smarter methods of pricing freight. In an effort to get the greatest bang for their buck while transporting the greatest number of pallets, carriers are moving away from the typical 18-class freight system defined by the NMFTA. Instead, they’re beginning to […]

Date: June 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Self-Driving Trucks: What’s the Future for America’s Truck Drivers

Technology is advancing to the point where companies like Google, Uber, and Tesla are investing large chunks of their resources to develop self-driving trucks.  The end goal is automated shipping, where a driverless truck can pick up and deliver a shipment without issues.  But what does that mean for today’s truck drivers? There are roughly […]

Date: June 1, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What Does Amazon Shipping Service Mean For 3PLs?

Is Amazon’s new shipping service a threat to 3PLs and the transportation industry? Amazon is a business powerhouse, and they’ve disrupted a number of direct and indirect industries in recent years. Their focus on the customer’s demands for speed and efficiency has heightened the competitive sphere in e-commerce and physical storefronts. Dominating in a variety […]

Date: May 30, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How AI and IoT Can Change Transportation Management

We’re currently living through the greatest boom of technology and progression known to man. With these new technologies come advancements in every area of business, from customer-facing technologies to predictive inventory to transportation management. “Smart tech” is revolutionizing the way companies do business—including an impact on your company, whether you realize it or not. In […]

Date: May 24, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Amazon vs Uber: Tech Giants Disrupting Logistics

The logistics industry is a booming, multi-trillion-dollar industry that is projected to grow at a rapid rate over the next decade.  As online retailers are making two-day and next-day shipping options the new standard, consumers are demanding their products reach them quicker than ever, which is forcing the logistics industry to come up with innovative […]

Date: May 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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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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LTX Spotlight: Is Uberization Still the Future of Freight?

There has been plenty of digital ink spilled about the future of the freight industry, particularly that of freight-share technology. Uber Freight is the poster-child of the freight sharing concept. Launched as an off-shoot of its ride-share platform last year with much fanfare, Uber Freight now finds itself in a questionable predicament. If Uber freight […]

Date: May 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How To Tell If It’s Time To Replace Your TMS

Transportation management systems (TMS) have changed drastically since their initial launch in the 1980s, but still most companies haven’t updated their systems in two—or four—decades. These transportation management systems were designed before the expanse of the internet and the complexities of the supply chain could have even been imagined. Your TMS might not currently be […]

Date: May 7, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Supply Chain AI – Is Your Company Ready?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly popular for its streamlined ability to automate processes and analyze data. AI is finding its way into supply chain management (SCM) in order to organize and systematize a complex network of supply partners. How does artificial intelligence impact the supply chain, and how can your business prep for AI […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Cubic Capacity: The Do’s and Don’ts When Shipping LTL

Shipping Less than Truckload (LTL) can save you money, time and headaches, but only if you ensure you’re following some simple guidelines. Accurately measuring cubic capacity and knowing the rules – and potential penalties – around it will make your shipping experience seamless. First, let’s look at exactly what LTL shipping means. LTL shipping is […]

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

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Understanding Cubic and Linear Footage

In order to ship anything in the United States and Canada, a shipper must first understand cubic and linear footage and, more importantly, how to calculate it. Carriers across the continent utilize cubic and linear feet to determine the freight class of the shipment, calculate their rates, and allocate capacity to service the freight. In […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How the ELD Mandate is Affecting FTL & LTL Capacity and Rates

In December of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began enforcing a new law that completely altered the trucking landscape for the foreseeable future. The FMCSA approved the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, forcing all full truckload (FTL) and less than truckload (LTL) carriers to use an electronic device instead of paper logs […]

Date: April 13, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Is Shipping Theft Still Threatening Your Business?

The answer to the question: Is shipping theft still threatening your business depends on your business and the willingness you are to stop it from happening. According to the report created by CargoNet, in 2017 cargo thefts were one of the safest years ever recorded, but that doesn’t mean thieves are on vacation. It means more […]

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

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The LTL Solution: How To Save Costs And Time In Crisis

With the truck capacity crisis, shippers and e-commerce companies are looking for new means of efficient transporting. FTL simply can’t handle the demands of today’s extensive shipping market anymore. Thus, companies are moving more and more towards the LTL method of shipping in order to save cost, time, and resources amidst the truck deficiency. What […]

Date: March 27, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Why Full Truckload (FTL) Can’t Handle The Capacity Crisis

The transportation industry is faced with a severe capacity crisis that could take months, if not years, for a full recovery. There aren’t enough available trucks to meet the demand of orders being transported. In fact, according to DAT Solutions, there are currently 10 loads waiting to be moved for every 1 available truck. This […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Autonomous Vessels and the Robo-Boat

Maritime shipping has remained generally the same over the past couple hundred years, but there is a new boat on the horizon that could revolutionize ocean transport – the “Robo-Boat.” The Robo-Boat intends to be a fully automated cargo boat that will not require a single human being on the ship.  A Robo-Boat will be […]

Date: March 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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EDI vs. API

Many may recall the days of paper documentation in the shipping industry, the lengthy processing times, frequent errors, and the ancient fax machine. But the fact is, the days of paper-based transactions is in the past. Now, most shipping companies operate using electronic data interchange, or EDI, as the system of choice to do their […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Getting an Edge in Customer Service Through Use of A Reliable 3PL

In the days before online shopping, shopping was an experience that was done in malls and specialty shops.  It was often done with family and friends.  A store’s location, physical layout, product displays, cleanliness, and music contributed to an enjoyable shopping experience.  Customer service came in the form of pleasant in-person interactions with cheery, knowledgeable, […]

Date: March 13, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Five Signs It’s Time to Switch Carriers

Everyone remembers the collective groan the emanates from the class when the teacher starts pairing people off to complete an assignment. The whole class simultaneously glances at the one person in class they definitely don’t want to work with. Let’s call him Greg – he’s never on time, he always has an excuse and he […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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