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How Package Optimization Benefits Your Supply Chain

Packaging is an intrinsic part of the shipping and freight industries. Without proper packaging, transporting items can lead to damaged goods and unhappy customers. Optimizing the way you package your products can have a beneficial impact on your business and your supply chain. What is Package Optimization? Package optimization is the use of smart packaging […]

Date: September 26, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top Roadblocks to Effective Inbound Logistics Management

The modern supply chain is filled with roadblocks that impact a smooth operation. When it comes to inbound logistics management, shippers must navigate through a minefield of hurdles that range from end-user demands to changes in operational costs of doing business. The truth is that shippers face multiple issues that can throw a curveball in […]

Date: September 25, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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Freight Management Systems – Why a Small to Mid-Size Shipper Should Utilize One

Today – information and the methods on how a company gathers it makes all the difference. This is especially true with freight management systems and the way they help small to midsized shippers improve efficiency across multiple platforms. Freight Management Software solutions or FMS is a robust management software solution that is typically cloud-based – […]

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

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Freight Claims: How Much are They Really Costing You?

Processing a freight claim is a standard operating procedure for shippers who suffer damage of their valuable commodities. Whether it’s caused by negligence or mistake, it’s assumed that the cost of a freight claim is simply to recoup the cost of damaged goods. However, just like any other financial transaction, there is a difference between […]

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

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Difference Between Lean and Agile Manufacturing

In logistics, waste significantly impacts the bottom line. Whether it’s in using inferior materials or inefficient manufacturing processes, wasted resources need to be identified, and resolved for a company to be profitable. This is where lean and agile manufacturing comes into place. Determining the source of waste and then activating a lean or agile manufacturing […]

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

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Benefits of a TMS (or FMS) Automation

Logistics professionals have utilized transportation management systems for several years. As technology has improved, TMS solutions have evolved – converting from hardware to cloud-based systems that focus on all aspects of the supply chain; including automation. A growing trend in logistics planning is integrating TMS or FMS solutions with a focus on integrating automation into […]

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

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Top 5 Refrigerated LTL Carriers

There are multiple refrigerated carriers that operate from coast-to-coast. The need to ship cold storage commodities from perishable food to medication and sensitive electronic equipment has increased in recent years. Since these items need to maintain a constant temperature to ensure product integrity, and in many instances, to reduce the growth of harmful bacteria, choosing […]

Date: September 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Future of Blockchain and Your TMS

Blockchain software solutions have come a long way since its debut. While it’s known widely as a cryptocurrency security solution, there is a home for blockchain technology in transportation management systems. However, to integrate blockchain software into the TMS, logistics carriers, shippers, and 3PL’s must think outside the box to explore the most efficient areas […]

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

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How to use Automation to Combat Tariff Spikes

There has been a lot of discussions lately of tariff spikes due to evolving conflict between the Trump Administration and foreign countries. While fair trade has been the elephant in the room that no politician has wanted to touch or improve in decades, it has become a reality recently. Tariff spikes deliver multiple hurdles for […]

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

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Do I Need a Freight Forwarder for my eCommerce Store?

As eCommerce evolves, so does the need for reliable shipping solutions. Customers today demand quick, affordable, and efficient shipping of items they purchase online. Whether it’s through Amazon.com or a Shopify platform, serving the customer’s needs for shipping services can make or break an eCommerce business. Due to this fact, many eCommerce leaders have reached […]

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

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Blockchain for Omnichannel Supply Chains

Whether it’s IBM finding new industries to target, or the industries themselves looking for ways to integrate this revolutionary digital ledger into their day-to-day, blockchain is getting a lot of press recently. A growing conversation in the logistics and retail world is how blockchain for omnichannel supply chains will work – or if it has […]

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

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The Current and Future State of the Omnichannel Supply Chain

The retail landscape has undergone an extensive transformation in the past few years as eCommerce has spurred heightened expectations and demands from customers. Traditional retailers must modify their way of doing business to compete with emerging companies that have taken advantage of the possibilities afforded by the digital age or risk being left behind. Creating […]

Date: September 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Technology

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What Makes a Good Supply Chain Consultant?

With the way a supply chain is constantly evolving, it can help to bring in a supply chain consultant to take a look at your operations to see where improvements can be made.  If you decide to bring a consultant in, how do you know whether or not that person has a good eye for […]

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

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What are Trends in Automation of Freight Audit Payments?

The process of freight auditing is vital to maintaining a system of checks and balances for any shipper. By investigating freight invoices, a shipper can verify that they are being billed for what was negotiated – and no hidden or inflated costs are being paid. This duty is typically provided by a third-party agency that […]

Date: September 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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What is a Transportation Management System? How Does it work?

Shippers, carriers, 3PL’s and others are always looking for ways to improve efficiency in logistics. A growing solution is the transportation management system or TMS. A TMS is a platform, typically cloud-based, that is designed to streamline several aspects of the shipping process. This revolutionary platform is being used by leaders in logistics and automates […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Technology

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What is Freight Auditing and How Can It Help Your Company?

Regardless of how hard you try to avoid them – sometimes, mistakes happen. When it comes to logistics and the transportation of commodities, a mistake on billing can cost a shipper a tremendous amount of money. Due to this fact, most shippers and carriers utilize freight auditing programs to ensure billing consistency, reduce lost revenue, […]

Date: August 30, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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Why You Should Audit Your Freight Invoices?

We all understand that people can make mistakes. But when those mistakes cost your business money – it can lead to significant problems. For those who ship products, data entry or billing invoice mistakes are leading sources of lost revenue. To reduce the potential of financial losses in shipping, many companies allocate resources to the […]

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

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5 Tips for Choosing a Freight Audit and Payment Vendor

Using a freight audit and payment vendor is commonplace for many shippers in the US. Since most shippers spend nearly half of their logistics expenses on transportation, it’s typical for shippers to outsource their bill payment and freight audit services to third-parties that specialize in these product offerings. While they can help reduce stress and […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting

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Who is to Blame for the Truck Driver Shortage?

The United States is currently experiencing a shortage of truck drivers that is a contributing factor to the rise in shipping rates and higher prices for many types of goods delivered by truck. According to cnbc.cm, the shipping industry needs at least 50,000 drivers to close the gap. The American Trucking Association estimates that a […]

Date: August 29, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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What is a Mobile Supply Chain?

While a company’s supply chain is just a set of processes and actions, it might as well be a living and breathing thing.  Supply chains evolve as quickly as anything else within an organization’s structure whenever there are advances in technology. An efficient and effective supply chain is the gold standard but it can be […]

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

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An Autonomous Supply Chain: Is It Possible?

A growing question in today’s automated society is whether an autonomous supply chain is possible – and if so, when will it become a reality. While the transportation industry is spending billions of dollars in developing autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, the concept of a completely automated supply chain seems to be more science fiction than […]

Date: August 23, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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Record-Breaking Order for Tractor Trailers Last Month

The trailer industry saw record-breaking sales during the month of July 2018 according to recent reports published by ACT and FTR. The two research firms indicated that the preliminary estimate for July 2018 was 29,300 unit – with final volume totals expected to be released in late August. The growth of the trailer industry is […]

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

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How IBM Watson Can Support Your Supply Chain

For years, logistics companies have been searching for a more efficient way to streamline the supply chain process. Whether it’s through cloud-based CRM solutions, or evolving best practice standards, it’s generally understood that as technology improves – so will supply chain optimization. The new kid on the block is IBM’s Watson – a question-answering computer […]

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

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How Blockchain Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Watson isn’t the only secret weapon in IBM’s technology arsenal. Blockchain is the new kid on the supply chain solutions block. This new software solution allows organizations to track inventory and assets, complete payment and audits with better efficiency than other solutions. This advanced IBM solution empowers companies to anticipate, control and react to supply […]

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

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As the Import Tariffs Grow How is Domestic Shipping Affected?

Anyone who watches the news understands that our President is not wasting time in his effort to “Make America Great Again.” One of his most important agenda items is finding a way to make America competitive again in the international free market – specifically with tariffs for imported and exported commodities. While this is an […]

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

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Why the Reefer Market is Poised for Growth

It’s generally understood that the global logistics industry is experiencing a health-amount of growth. A recent report noted that the global reefer market is poised to see nearly a three-percent growth over the period of 2014 till 2019. Whether it’s due to new vessel sharing agreements, or other factors, the cold supply chain is expanding. […]

Date: August 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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5 Ways that a Cold Supply Chain is Different from the Traditional Supply Chain

The logistics supply chain is comprised of multiple sub-domains of specialty – each of which requires unique equipment and procedures. One of the most complex is the cold supply chain. The cold supply chain transports perishables across the globe, ensuring to keep them in a controlled temperature environment to reduce the spread of contamination, bacteria, […]

Date: August 17, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What to Know About the New National Carrier Hiring Standard

The freight and logistics industry is once again preparing to comply to another new Federal Regulation – this time focused on hiring practices of carriers. This new regulation is an amendment within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act which was passed through the US House of Representatives in April 2018. Although it has not […]

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

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LTL Carriers Boosting Dimension Use to Improve Pricing Accuracy

A major misconception within the less than truckload (LTL) industry is the reasoning for integrating new technology in their operations. While it’s assumed that profit margin is the number one factor, the truth is that most LTL carriers are looking for accuracy and consistency throughout their business. When it comes to pricing accuracy, the inclusion […]

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

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Dimensional Rating: Parcel in the Past and the Future of LTL

It is estimated that more than 25 Million individual packages or parcels are shipped in the United States each day. Whether it’s through USPS or overnight carriers including Fed Ex or UPS, businesses and individual consumers depend on parcel shipping. On the other end of the spectrum, the top 10 consumer commodities are shipped via […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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