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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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The Dispatching Process for LTL Shipments

Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping is well known for being the most cost-controlled solution for smaller shipping needs because it allows multiple companies to ship their freight together and only pay for the amount of space used on a truck.  As convenient as it is for a shipper to load their product onto a truck […]

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

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Prediction vs. Tracking: The Race for Complete Visibility and Blockchain-Based Supply Chains

As supply chains continue to become increasingly globalized, industry players are looking to technology for solutions to address the growing complexity. One of the biggest problems facing managers today is visibility within supply chains and freight transportation. There are two main avenues experts are pursuing to increase visibility: prediction through data analytics and improved tracking. […]

Date: March 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is a Smart Warehouse?

In today’s fast-paced technological world there are a few “smart” items that we rely on every day. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a smartphone within arm’s reach at all times. And smart homes with central units to control heating and cooling, lights, security and more are becoming increasingly common. When it […]

Date: February 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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How a 3PL Can Help You with the Capacity Crunch

2018 continues to be the year of the carriers as capacity continues to be stretched thin. The lack of readily available truck capacity has resulted in more expensive rates and difficulties in booking shipments. There are a few underlying causes for the capacity crunch, such as economic growth, the ELD mandate, and dangerous weather conditions. […]

Date: February 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Freight-Sharing Apps: The Uberization of Supply Chains

The success of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have many players within the freight industry looking to replicate the technology in their own supply chains. As supply chains become ever more tech-driven, success in the industry will largely be determined by how quickly and effectively companies can embrace current and future technological trends. […]

Date: February 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software | Technology

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What A Nationwide Truck Shortage Means For Your LTL Shipping Plan

2018 is shaping up to be the year of Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipments. With a nationwide shortage of trucks, the volume of freight loads far outweighs the availability of carriers. Due to such high demand, retailers and manufacturers are faced with extensive delivery times and exorbitant prices. Shippers have been forced to pay high […]

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

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Last Mile Technology

Last mile logistics is constantly changing as e-commerce businesses are looking to improve their service offerings to customers. Last mile solutions are becoming cheaper and more consumer-friendly, driven by data and user experience. The last mile is the transport leg closest to the consumer. This means it’s ripe for opportunities to win over the customer—or […]

Date: January 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Technology

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Last Mile Metrics

How well is your company performing in the last mile? The last mile is the last leg of transportation that delivers a package to the customer’s door. It’s often the most expensive and intricate portion of the trip—but it’s also the most important for service and analytics. You want to deliver impeccable service in the […]

Date: January 29, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Where in the World is Capacity? Maximizing Utilization and Blurring Modes

There has been a lot of discussion over the past few years on the lack of trucking capacity, particularly in full-truckload (FTL) carriers. LTX has even covered this topic in previous blog posts. The rising level of demand for trucking capacity, fueled by economic and e-commerce growth is only highlighting the pains of capacity crunches. […]

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

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How Amazon’s HQ2 Could Transform Regional Supply Chains

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you are most likely very familiar with Amazon’s quest for a new headquarters, or the HQ2. The competition and pageantry have been intense as many of the United States’ largest cities and most prosperous regions have put together competitive bids to woo Amazon […]

Date: January 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Last Mile Automation

The dreaded Last Mile, in Supply Chain Management terms, is the transportation of goods from a high-capacity port to their final destination (e.g. your home or office). Despite being just a fraction of the total distance traveled by freight, the last mile leg of the supply chain can eat up to 28% of the total […]

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

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Rising Transportation Demand: Too much of a Good Thing?

The demand for trucking has increased over the past few quarters. While this is good news for some carriers, others are beginning to worry about the effects on total capacity, especially with the ELD mandate being implemented. We have discussed the potential of a capacity crunch as well as analyzed the potential effects of the […]

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

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Future of Risk Prevention: Increasing Supply Chain Transparency and Responsiveness

2017 was a year of transformative disruption for the freight and transportation industry. While there were many encouraging signs for the future overall health of freight, there were a few events that highlighted the vulnerability of many supply chains. Storms such as the hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused near-unprecedented levels of destruction. Many transportation hubs, […]

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

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The Cold Chain: Potential for Huge Growths?

The cold chain is a segment of the supply chain that is experiencing marked current growth. For those who are unaware, the “cold chain” refers to a temperature controlled supply chain. Many or all segments of the cold chain utilize temperature controlling methods or technology. These segments can include everything from production, transportation, delivery, and […]

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

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The Robot Anchor: Is Automation the Future of the Last Mile?

Robotics is one of those subjects that captures the imagination. Sci-Fi futures where robots are commonplace regularly show up on the silver screen and on the pages of novels. But how close are we to this vision of the future? The answer may be closer than we think. Many startups and giants within the supply […]

Date: January 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Supply Chain in 2018: Trends That Will Define the New Year

Previously we looked back at 2017 and the disruptions that rocked the transportation industry. Now let’s take the time to analyze the trends that will most likely play a huge role in the upcoming year. There are a great many factors that supply chain managers will have to consider for 2018, some being a carryover […]

Date: January 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Will The Release Of The Tesla Electric Semi-Truck Affect The Trucking Industry?

On November 16, 2017, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk drove up in the cab of the new Tesla Semi to unveil their new electric semi-truck. Tesla has been working diligently to roll out a Class 8 equivalent truck that is fully electric and semi-autonomous—and it’s finally here. Elon Musk expects that the Semi will create […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Technology

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2017 A Year in Review: Transportation Disruption

2017 was a year of disruption for the transportation and supply chain industry. There were many factors that contributed to the volatility of the industry, but in this article, we will focus on four: 1. Continued Growth of E-commerce 2. The New ELD Mandate 3. Dangerous Weather Conditions 4. Increased Growth in the Economy By […]

Date: January 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Common Mistakes When Dealing with A Freight Forwarder: International Edition

As a business, you may be considering the prospects of taking your product/service overseas. There are many more factors to consider when going international rather than remaining domestic. A good strategy when considering the options is to partner with a reputable 3PL or freight forwarder. However, there are some things to consider when entering such […]

Date: January 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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What Are The Advantages Of Blockchain For Your Supply Chain?

The supply chain is the backbone of your business. Whether you’re selling goods on Amazon or you’re offering a digital cryptocurrency, you need to move your product from the source to the consumer with as little friction as possible. But today’s global ecosystem has complicated the supply chain. A number of partners—each with their own […]

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

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