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What is a Bill of Lading and Why is it Important?

Whether you’re shipping via LTL or parcel package, using a bill of lading is vital. This legal document not only provides details about the shipment to carriers, but it also provides a paper trail of information that protects the rights of the shipper. While several freight companies have streamlined their operations to include a computer […]

Date: November 13, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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A Day In The Life Of An LTL Pallet

What happens to your products when they leave the factory or warehouse and head on their journey to the next stop? What does a pallet go through before getting brought to its final destination? Today, we’re taking a peek behind the curtain into the life of an LTL pallet. What is a Pallet? A pallet […]

Date: November 9, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Balanced Scorecard: How To Have The Right KPIs For Your Business

How do you measure the success of your operations? How do you know if business is trending upwards or downwards? How do you gauge growth? Balanced scorecards with key performance indicators can help you “keep score” of your processes, especially in your logistics department. These KPIs become a clear-cut way to align the business with […]

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

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What Transportation Modes Are Most Affected By The Capacity Crunch

The 2018 capacity crunch has been even more impactful than originally anticipated. Raised transport rates have become inevitable, slow and off-time deliveries are common, and small ecommerce retailers are losing shipment space to larger organizations. How is this capacity crunch impacting different transportation modes and the overall shipping industry moving forward? The Impact What has […]

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

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The History of Supply Chain Management

Although the term “supply chain management” is a recently new term used in the public domain, the history of supply chain management goes back more than 100 years to Fredrick Taylor in 1911. Taylor is the founder of industrial engineering and his publication The Principles of Scientific Management focuses on the importance of improving processes […]

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

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5 Strategies to Reduce Supply Chain Cost with LTL

What it costs for your business to plan, source, deliver, and return your products is called the supply chain management cost. The supply chain costs can be a huge budget eater for many businesses, large and small. Getting your cost reduced using Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping can help your profits skyrocket. Faster Long-Haul Transportation […]

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

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Nine Ways to Improve Carrier Relationships

When it comes to shipping and logistics, the importance of good carrier relationships can hardly be overstated. Vendor-client relationships must be carefully managed and cultivated in all businesses, so as a shipper, it is vital that you work to nurture your carrier relationships. After all, if it weren’t for your carriers, you would not be […]

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

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What is LTL Shipping & How Did it Come About?

LTL, or less than truckload, shipping is the transportation or shipment of small freight. LTL shipping is the in-between shipper for parcel shipments that can be sent through the postal service, UPS or FedEx, and full truckload shipping. Parcel carriers can typically only handle packages that are less than 150 pounds, and full truckload shippers […]

Date: November 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Lean Transportation: Are You Using Lean Thinking to Reduce Waste?

Lean transportation focuses on eliminating any processes that do not add value to the supply chain management system. Eliminating waste brings value to your customers that go above and beyond expectations. Using lean thinking to reduce waste within your supply chain saves you time and money which increases your company’s profits and reputation. The “Rights” […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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A Brief History of Supply Chain Management and Best Practices

In the modern world, a company’s supply chain is the backbone that holds up everything else and is the most crucial part if they want to grow and prosper. Your supply chain could be defective, costing you a ton of money and can waste resources unnecessarily. Knowing who to buy from, how, when, and where […]

Date: November 2, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Transportation Liability – Busting Three Common Myths

There was a time when transportation liability was rather simple to comprehend. However, as federal regulations have tightened, and the transportation industry has evolved, liability insurance has become increasingly difficult to standardize and understand. The truth is that today’s transportation liability contracts are negotiated on an individual case, and between shippers and carriers. The problem […]

Date: October 31, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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What is 5S? Elements of the 5S for Lean

For manufacturers and shipping carriers, activating a lean manufacturing or lean management program is becoming quite common. This proven operational philosophy places an emphasis on efficiency, by structuring the operations in such ways as to reduce resources used, improve the efficiency of the operation, save money on operational costs, and improve quality of the service […]

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

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Sustainability in Logistics – How to Combat the Hurdles

Across the supply chain, sustainability has become more than just a clever buzz term. Whether it’s cutting back on the use of fossil fuels, finding better ways of using resources, supply chain sustainability is on the rise. The key to implementing a sustainability program within logistics, a company needs to fully comprehend the term, how […]

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

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Concealed Damage in Freight & What You Need to Know

There is nothing worse than opening up a delivery and finding concealed damage. Whether you’re a customer receiving an order placed online, or a company waiting for a critical component for your business, finding damage upon delivery can cause delays in manufacturing and significantly impact the daily operations of any type of industry. While filing […]

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

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Benefits of Lean Management Practices in Transportation

Waste and lost productivity are never positive in the transportation industry. Whether it’s the existence of redundant systems or using antiquated and outdated systems, the logistics industry depends on streamlining their operations to stay competitive and profitable. This is where lean management practices come into play. While many industries utilize this proven method of operation, […]

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

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LTL (Less than Truckload) vs. FTL (Full Truckload) Shipping Rates

Shipping your items correctly and efficiently is important and should be treated with care during the process. When researching how to move freight, there are two industry terms that are important to know – Less Than Truckload (LTL) and Full Truckload (FTL). Both provide advantages to the customer and our company, LTX Solutions can connect […]

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

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LTL Freight vs Small Parcel

Understanding the basic packaging guidelines in order to converse in the world of small package and freight shipping will provide key intelligence needed to effectively ship an individual’s product. For those individuals who are experienced with running an e-commerce company, it is common knowledge that using small parcel carriers like DHL, FedEx, and UPS will […]

Date: October 26, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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US Trucking: LTL Shippers Pressured to Digitize Bill of Lading

There are few areas of 21st Century society that have not been touched by advances in digital technology. A few decades ago, the thought of smartphones and social media were just dreamed of by future billionaires. The shipping industry and LTL shippers, in particular, have been significantly affected by these technological advances. In most cases, […]

Date: October 24, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Compensation of Damage Claim in a CIF Shipment

Shipping doesn’t always go as planned. In fact, it’s quite common for accidents or damage to occur during the supply chain movement of commodities. The potential of damage is enhanced when you are importing products from international destinations. For this purpose, many shippers who are importing products will either purchases Free On Board (FOB) from […]

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

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Inbound vs Outbound Logistics Processes

Logistics is a rather wide and diverse industry. When you simplify things, Logistics is nothing more than the movement of commodities and the management of this action. For warehouses and many retailer or manufacturing companies, there are two aspects of logistics – inbound and outbound. While each has their own quirks and process – both […]

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

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Manufacturers: How to Use a 3PL to Reduce Costs

Being a manufacturer in today’s economic climate can be difficult to navigate. From dealing with supply retention, inventory, construction, payroll, and more, regardless of the industry, a manufacturer must wear multiple hats to keep their businesses operating strong. Since all of these daily tasks can be complex and time-consuming, many manufacturers rely on 3PL’s or […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Parcel vs LTL Freight Auditing

Many shippers depend on professional third-party logistics providers (3PL’s) to help them streamline many aspects of their supply chain operations. One important task is freight auditing, where the 3PL will review several aspects of a specific shipment method to determine the legitimacy, and ensure their customers are being charged correctly. While the freight audit process […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Less Than Truckload

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The Hub and Spoke Distribution Model and Why it Works for LTL

If you know it or not – it’s quite possible that you’ve experienced the hub and spoke distribution model in daily life. Whether you’re shopping at your local grocery store or traveling at a larger airport, this method of moving ‘people and products’ have been proven to be efficient, cost-savings, and flexible. This is a […]

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

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What are the Top 10 3PL Companies?

There are several good third-party logistics companies across the globe. However, there are a few that accelerate past the competition. Whether it’s the customer service they provide, reliability, affordability, or their flexibility – there are 10 3PL’s that tend to end up on multiple top 10 lists. Noted below are what many customers have ranked […]

Date: October 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Volume Quotes vs Traditional LTL Shipments

The name of the game in logistics is finding that precious middle ground of reduced cost without compromising quality or on-time delivery. When it comes to shipping pallets less than a full truckload, most shippers assume their only option is an LTL or less than truckload. However, a growing service is referred to as volume […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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Partial Truckload vs. LTL vs. FTL

In the complex over the road logistics world, shippers have more choices than ever. Whether you have a single package to ship or several pallets, carriers are quite flexible in order to meet the evolving needs of shippers navigating the supply chain. However, when it comes to truckload shipments, there are three, general options, Partial […]

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

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The Best Way to Manage All Over the Road Modes

Whether you’re shipping full truckload, light truckload, or even horse and buggy, shipping over the road is made much easier with organization. Many leading shippers and 3PL’s depend on advanced computer software programs or in transportation – a TMS (transportation management system) to navigate the complex over the road logistics networks. Using a robust TMS […]

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

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Freight Payment: How it Works, Benefits & How We Can Help

Shippers reach out to 3PL’s for multiple reasons – including handling freight payment services. Whether it’s managing the direct payment to carriers, to reviewing and auditing freight bills and shipping charges, trusting a dependable 3PL to handle the complete freight payment process can save a shipper a lot of money, time, and reduce stress. Below […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Supply Chain

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

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Accessorials in the Final Mile: Inside Delivery vs. White Glove

Did you know with LTL (Less Than Truckload), you can customize your delivery service to fit your home or company needs? Yes, it’s true and we are here to help you navigate the variety of services that carriers provide to our customers. For a specific item, you may want to select either Inside Delivery or […]

Date: October 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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