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Getting to Know Flatbed Shipping

Flatbed shipping is a form of transportation for transporting freight that either cannot easily fit within a truck or freight that may prove to be difficult to load or unload from one dock to the next. Flatbeds are designed not only for providing an unconfined space for freight, but is also makes loading and unloading […]

Date: March 12, 2019 Author: Kathleen Guntor Category: Supply Chain

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Outlining the Complexity of Temperature Controlled Shipping

Temperature controlled shipping has come a long way over the past 100 years. What once consisted of stuffing a container full of ice blocks to move meat from the stockyards of Chicago has transformed into a highly complex system of advanced technology. While those early days kept food from spoiling, the modern cold supply chain […]

Date: March 6, 2019 Author: Kathleen Guntor Category: Supply Chain

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How Route Optimizations Help Reduce Freight Costs for Shippers

As operational costs rise, costs of goods increase, and fewer drivers continue to drive shipping rates north of affordable, therefore shippers are actively seeking creative ways of reducing their controllable expenses. While many companies consider shipping a non-controllable, the truth is that route optimization is one of the best ways of controlling your costs of […]

Date: Author: Kathleen Guntor Category: Supply Chain

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An Introduction to Intermodal Shipping

Sometimes – a single routed shipment is just not enough. For those situations that require multiple modes of transportation, whether due to needs or economic purposes, many shippers utilize intermodal shipping. Intermodal transportation is the process of using more than one shipping source to move freight that is stored in a container. While there are […]

Date: February 21, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Enterprise TMS – The New Kid on the Supply Chain Optimization Block

Planning, tracking, and analyzing freight movement is much easier with technology. Since the invention of the supply chain, shippers and those moving freight have searched high and low for ways to improve the transportation of commodities. Today’s shippers depend on technological solutions to connect with carriers, plan and track their shipments, and even generate reports […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Exploring the Technology that Improves Last Mile White Glove Delivery

Consumers of eCommerce or retail items demand instant notification and quicker delivery of their products. Living proof of this statement is Amazon.com – who continually revolutionizes the concept of last-mile white glove delivery services. While there are several old-school customer service attributes that a company can integrate to provide quicker, more efficient deliveries, the truth […]

Date: February 20, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Top 3 Benefits of Using a TMS System for Supply Chain Optimization

Routing and planning Less than truckload or LTL shipping is a daily struggle for several shippers. Companies focusing on manufacturing, distribution, or retail operations typically utilize LTL carriers to move partial or multiple shipments of pallets to multiple customers in several geographic regions. While some shippers have created fairly efficient methods of routing, planning, rating, […]

Date: February 18, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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These are the 2 Things That are Absolutely Killing Your Loading Times

We cover a lot of various topics on this blog. We have talked about everything from how to choose the best route planning system to how to best prepare for the holiday rush… and just about everything in-between. But there is one subject that comes up on this blog more often than most, and it […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What Impact Will Brexit Have On Supply Chains?

In light of a ‘no deal’ Brexit looming, should international shippers be concerned? With the rapidly approaching separation date in March of 2019, it is now more important than ever to think about the possible effects this might have on your supply chain! It seems that there is still a lot that is yet to […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is a Cobot and why Should you Have one in Your Warehouse?

A collaborative robot, commonly known as a cobot is any robot that has the Cicapacity to learn how to perform specific functions in order to assist people in a variety of tasks. The term was coined sometime back in the mid-’90s. At that time, most robots that were being used in industrial work were rather […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Fostering Safety in the Warehouse

Over the past few years, the rate of non-fatal injury cases in warehouse positions has steadily increased due to a variety of factors. One of the largest of these factors being the fact that warehouse managers were beginning to focus less on safety measures and more on operating speeds. As a matter of fact, back […]

Date: February 8, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Top 4 Ways a Third-Party Logistics Company Saves Shippers Money

Each day, thousands of shippers depend on support from experienced third party logistics companies to help them manage their supply chain operations. From simple freight bill auditing to complete supply chain solutions, 3PL’s are increasingly providing value to shippers from manufacturing companies to retailers of brick-and-mortar and e-Commerce platforms. While most shippers understand the value […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Difference Between Asset Based Logistics vs Non-Asset Based Logistics?

The supply chain is a complex system of moving parts. From manufacturing to distribution, wholesaler to end consumer, commodities, products, and supplies are moved across the globe via multiple modes on a daily basis. To accomplish this task efficiently, many shippers depend on third-party logistics providers to help them navigate this complex system – or […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Difference Between a Fridge Box and Reefer Container?

The shipping of temperature-sensitive commodities is on the up-tick. Fresh food products, pharmaceuticals and technology solutions have seen a dramatic rise in the retail space. From computer microchips that require temperature-controlled shipping to vaccines that help cure disease or prevent them, the global community has become increasingly dependent upon the cold supply chain. However, there […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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The Vital Role Data Warehousing Has on Today’s Supply Chain

The modern supply chain depends on the efficient flow of data more than ever. From receiving instant updates on freight deliveries, reviewing marketing and operational analytics, and cost-analysis reports accessed through your platform of choice – shippers rely on advanced technology to improve all aspects of their business. One specific platform gaining steam with multiple […]

Date: February 7, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How Business Process Automation Improves Supply Chain Efficiency

Efficiency is the name of the game in today’s logistics landscape. Whether it’s finding ways of reducing waste or coming up with creative ways of improving your supply chain functions, businesses who ship or receive anything strive to streamline their business operations. Business process automation (BPA) is an organizational transformation that aims to drive efficiency, […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is Multimodal Transport – Breaking Down the Facts and Fiction

Sometimes, a single-mode of transportation is simply not enough. For those products and commodities that require multiple modes of transportation – the multimodal transport option or combined transport is a safe, and efficient way to move products throughout the supply chain. This type of service is offered by professional third-party logistics providers to distribution, retail, […]

Date: February 5, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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5 Ways You Can Add Value to Your Supply Chain

Companies are built around the value that they add to 3 core areas; the services they provide, the customer experience they facilitate, and the work culture they create.  These are crucial points of strength that any industry could certainly use more of. And that sentiment is echoed through the concerns of some of our own […]

Date: February 1, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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3 Reasons Your Customer Service Department is Performing Poorly

To keep a supply chain up and running smoothly takes a lot of skillful finessing, to say the very least. And it seems like year after year the shipping industry gets a bit more competitive as the market continues to grow, raising the proverbial bar just that much higher. To keep themselves in the race, […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is Freight Density and How Does It Impact Your Bottom Line Profit?

Among shippers and carriers alike, freight density is a hot button topic of late. The evolving changes in freight classification, density sub-groups, and the introduction of freight density measurement equipment has caused shippers to reexamine their supply chain functions due to its impact on bottom line profits. Freight density is a reality that everyone has […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Top 5 Tips for Finding and Selecting an Experienced 3PL

Experienced shippers from mom & pop retailer stores to Fortune 500 organizations understand the value of professional 3PL in their corner. Whether its managing freight accounting or overseeing their complete supply chain operations, a professional third-party logistics company can significantly improve your shipping, receiving, and logistics program. There are several good third-party logistics companies that […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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The 4 Most Common Freight Claims Submitted by Shippers

Receiving an email or phone call from an upset customer about damaged freight is never a positive experience. Whether the damage occurred in transit, due to poor packaging, erratic driving, or other sources outside of your control, freight damage can cause more than just upset customers. Many shippers believe that a freight claim is intended […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How Lean Manufacturing Can Help You Hit Those New Year’s Resolutions

With the dawn of the new calendar year comes the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. And whether you’re a manufacturing company or an individual, one of the most popular new year’s goals is to lose weight. For manufacturers, this comes in the form of reducing resources that cause a drag on their production and bottom line […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How 3PL’s Negotiate Exceptional Rates and Contracts for Their Clients

3PL’s provide multiple supply chain functions for their valued clients. But with each customer interaction and new service offering they provide, value is arguably the most important attribute they seek to achieve. A few of the leading perks of working with an experienced third-party logistics company are the phenomenal shipping rates and customer-friendly contracts they […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Avoiding the Danger Zone – 4 Ways to Stay Ahead of LTL Shipping Issues

Every shipper knows the value of being proactive. From scheduling overnight parcels early to avoid late pick-up charges, to ordering supplies before you run out, staying ahead of the curve often yield’s exceptional results. This includes LTL shipping, and the issues that can and often will plague the daily operations of shippers. While many people […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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4 Ways Freight Management Software Can Improve a Retail Operation

Navigating the supply chain is much easier when you utilize the best technology. For retailers from ‘mom & pop’ small stores to Fortune 500 industries, shipping products to and from their locations is a vital component of their daily operations. To accomplish this task efficiently, retailers often reach out to 3PL’s or third-party logistics companies […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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3 Ways Experienced 3PL Companies Hold Carriers Accountable

A frustrating and often all-too-common problem that many shippers experience are mistakes made by carriers. Whether it’s a missed delivery due to inaccurate data on a bill of lading, or hidden surcharges on a freight invoice, carriers can cause shippers many headaches typically due to easy to avoid mistakes. This is a major reason why […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Is there a Home for Last Mile Automation with LTL Carriers?

LTL carriers navigate many roads across the globe – but the last mile is one that isn’t one of their focus points. The last mile in logistics is commonly referred to as the final step in the delivery of commodities to the end user. While it’s assumed that this type of delivery service is reserved […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Reducing the Potential of Concealed Damage of Freight for the New Year

A leading source of frustration for many shippers in 2018 was concealed damage. Besides the negative impact it can have on bottom line profits, when concealed damage is discovered, it can – and usually does, cause additional issues that can lead to loss of sales, frustrated customers, and disruption of service. While filing a concealed […]

Date: January 22, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Top 4 Last Mile Technology Solutions to Consider for 2019

The e-Commerce space is quickly becoming a race for second place. Let’s face it – Amazon.com is the global giant of eCommerce sales. One of the major reasons why they’ve risen to the upper tier of e-Commerce dominance is their dedication to last mile technology solutions. From automated picking and packing services to SMS text […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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