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How the New ELD Mandate Will Affect the Trucking Industry

According to American Trucking Associations, the ELD mandate will affect over 3 million truck drivers all over the United States. This is a call to all carriers to be prepared for this massive change in the industry. Many companies have already registered ELDs with the FMCSA. As the compliance date nears, it is expected for […]

Date: October 19, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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The Most Valuable Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management – Part 1

The supply chain is a complex and constantly evolving part of doing business. Although the tools and strategies may change, the need for first-rate supply change management will continue to be crucial to the success of business firms. This article will cover some of the best skills supply chain managers can possess. Obviously, there are […]

Date: October 17, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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8 Common ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate Myths

Will you be compliant with the 516-page ELD mandate by December 16, 2017? That’s right. The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) will be active by the end of this year. But this isn’t something to be scared about. In fact, this mandate is expected to benefit the entire […]

Date: October 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software

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Last Mile Logistics and eCommerce Growth

The hefty burst in eCommerce has brought with it a change in transportation management and supply chain analytics. Consumers are demanding more reliability and efficiency from their companies, requesting same-day deliveries and on-the-go package tracking. This eCommerce consumer demand has, in turn, changed the landscape of last-mile logistics for logistics departments. Understanding Last Mile Logistics […]

Date: October 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Amazon Prime Day Affected LTL Shipments

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, continues to shock the e-commerce market, and this time it was with Prime Day. Amazon’s 3rd annual Prime Day was a huge success for the company that was able to rake in more sales in a single day than ever before, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If […]

Date: October 5, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How to Choose a Shipping Strategy for Your Ecommerce Business

In the e-commerce world competition is fierce. Consumers are getting more selective about purchases as the number of available sources to purchase items increases. They can easily compare prices, quality, and more to narrow in on the specific place they’ll make a purchase. And if your business has done its job and won the customer’s […]

Date: October 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Refrigerated LTL Shipments: What You Need to Know

If you have sensitive freight that needs to stay in a temperature-controlled environment, you need a refrigerated transport system with a service-oriented LTL carrier. However, refrigerated shipments can be complex, with a number of limitations and concerns. Because of these intricacies, it’s important that you understand what refrigerated shipments are, how you can use them, […]

Date: September 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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The Impact Of Hurricanes Harvey And Irma On The Trucking Industry

This year’s hurricane season is hitting the entire country with an unprecedented force, and there has been a drastic impact on the trucking industry in response. From flooded and damaged roads to destroyed warehouses, Harvey and Irma have devastated two major transportation areas back to back. And sorting out the aftereffects for the transportation and […]

Date: September 22, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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LTX Shipping Spotlight: e-Commerce

In this week’s LTX Shipping Spotlight, we will be focusing on e-Commerce. If you missed the previous week’s spotlight on forklift shipping than feel free to check it out here. E-Commerce is one of the biggest buzzwords in shipping now. The meteoric rise of online retailing has left many shippers and retailers scrambling to figure […]

Date: September 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Parcel vs LTL Shipping: What to Choose to Maximize Savings

Up until recently the line between when to use parcel shipping and LTL shipping was quite clear. Parcel shipping focused on packages that an average person could reasonably lift without assistance or—to put a number to it—packages that weighed less than 150 pounds. Because these packages were considered easier to move than larger parcels they […]

Date: September 14, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload

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How Bad Weather Storms Affect the Supply Chain

As most of our readers are aware, the United States has been wracked with storms over the past few weeks. Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented flooding and damage in Houston Texas, and then Hurricane Irma brought record breaking wind speeds and rain to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to […]

Date: September 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL

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Leveraging The Relationship With Your 3PL Partner

Choosing a third party logistics provider is like choosing a best friend. You want your interests to be aligned, you want to provide value to one another, and you want the relationship to last for the long haul. Why is this important to a 3PL partnership? Because maintaining a strong partnership can give you access […]

Date: September 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Reporting | Software

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The Basics Of Hazmat Transportation Management

There are nearly 500,000 shipments of hazardous materials in the U.S. every day, according to Don Boyd in Transportation of Hazardous Materials. Despite its prevalence, companies still don’t know how to properly manage their hazmat (hazardous materials) transportation. Hazmat transport is a complex system with intricate rules and regulations. Manufacturers and shippers are often unaware […]

Date: September 7, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Forklift Shipping: Flatbeds vs LTL

Forklifts are often times a warehouse manager’s best friend. They allow the swift and efficient transportation of bulky/heavy objects throughout the warehouse or distribution center. As great as forklifts are for product management, the shipping of the machines can be quite the headache. This article addresses some of the issues inherent in forklift shipping as […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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How Shipping A New or Used Forklift with Third Party Logistics (3PL) Can Help Your Business

Shipping a forklift seems like a complex process but, it is not as problematic as one may think. Sure, everyone can ship a package in a box, but when it comes to shipping a forklift many people are left scratching their heads. Most businesses have some type of material handling a machine like a forklift […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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Changes Coming NMFTA Freight Classifications

Anyone who works within the shipping industry is most likely aware of the recent changes to freight classifications by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). These changes could ultimately have some far-reaching consequences for the shipping industry as well as creating uncertainty and anxiety for shippers. But put your mind at ease, LTX Solutions […]

Date: August 31, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Working With a 3PL: Why Transparency is Key

A modern 3PL—or third party logistics provider for those not familiar with the acronym—can make a powerful positive impact on your business when combined with a sophisticated transportation management system (TMS) that gives you a competitive edge when it comes to meeting customer satisfaction. They can help you better understand the complexities of forming a […]

Date: August 24, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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The Evolution of the Digital Supply Chain

I think we can safely assume by now that anyone working in logistics is well aware of the immense technological advances that have permanently altered supply chain management. State of the art technology gives unparalleled insight into what makes supply chains tick, including areas prime for optimization and or automation so that suppliers are better […]

Date: August 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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Transparency in The Modern Day 3PL

What do you want from your 3PL (third party logistics provider)? Do you simply want a truck to bring your goods from A to B or do you want a key partner in creating a successful, efficient, cost-effective transportation process? Do you want a 3PL that cares about your growth and provides you with quality […]

Date: August 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL

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Protecting Your Supply Chain: Security and Risk Management

Security is extremely important for all businesses. Companies who do not take supply chain security seriously leave themselves vulnerable to potentially devastating attacks. Before we jump into the details, lets first define what supply chain security is. Supply chain security is a broad term that encompasses the efforts to reduce the risk of both external […]

Date: August 7, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Outsourcing Opportunities for Manufacturing SMEs

Outsourcing is used to put your company at a strategic advantage. Whether you’re a sales, service, or manufacturing business, outsourcing provides opportunities that allow you to focus on your core competencies. SMEs, or small and medium sized enterprises, have been utilizing outsourcing more and more in recent years. In our fast-paced, online economy, it’s simpler […]

Date: August 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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How Autonomous Trucking Will Affect the Trucking Industry

America’s first autonomous truck went for a drive October 2016 from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. With a professional driver’s assistance navigating on and off the highway, this autonomous truck made the 120-mile journey safely and effectively. Those 120-miles opened up a road of rocky terrain with an intense uncertainty for the future of the […]

Date: August 1, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Hidden Dollars: How Supply Chain Analytics Create Value

As technology continues to improve our ability to gather data in near real-time, businesses are left with the task of figuring out how to leverage this data and apply it to intelligent business decisions. At times this can feel like an overwhelming task, with data coming in at faster rates and in higher volumes than […]

Date: July 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What LTL (Less Than Truckload) Data Should a Shipper Track?

With billions of bytes of data available at our fingers tips today thanks to automated data collection it’s important for businesses to be able to identify which data is most important to successful operation. This allows companies to intelligently use their data to make strategic decisions instead of getting mired down in the complexities of […]

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

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Mobile Technology and the Supply Chain

Devices such as smartphones and other handheld devices are reshaping the business landscape and transforming many current processes and operations. The standard smartphone in your pocket has more computing power than the computers used in the moon landings. Now many forward-thinking businesses are directing this power towards improving the efficiencies of their supply chains. Three […]

Date: July 25, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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Direct to Carrier vs. Working with a Freight Management Company

For many companies who ship material consistently, the choice of whether to work directly with the carrier or outsource freight management to a 3PL is one that greatly concerns operations managers. There are advantages associated with either option, however, you may find that it is more beneficial to employ the outsourcing strategy. Especially if your […]

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

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Should You Use a Lean or Agile Supply Chain?

Supply and demand are no longer the only driving factor of the market. Consumer behaviors and economic movements are changing daily, so production and manufacturing are forced to find ways to keep up. Companies have been working tirelessly to determine the best supply chain models in today’s market. These chains need to look at both […]

Date: July 18, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Freight Audit and Payment Best Practices

Accurate and comprehensive data is the key to an organization’s success. Proper data enables a thorough analysis of systems and procedures within the business. This, in turn, leads to aligned strategic decisions that can boost the overall profitability and growth of the company. Thorough data, often found through auditing and analysis, helps answer the following […]

Date: July 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Supply Chain

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How to Make Your Supply Chain More Agile

Every company who transports goods appreciates the need for agility within their supply chain. For those who don’t know, supply chain agility is the ability for a supply chain to respond effectively to unforeseen circumstances, whether it be environmental, economic, customer, competition, governmental, or a combination of all five. While most companies understand the need for […]

Date: July 7, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Logistics of the Last Mile

The term last mile should perhaps have a trigger warning attached to it due to all the headaches it causes for supply chain managers. There is a large amount of uncertainty surrounding this term which can cause problems for even the strongest of supply chains. Many of you may be familiar with the convenience of […]

Date: June 30, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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