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Why And How To Implement ELDs Into Your Trucking Fleet

By December 18, 2017, all fleets will need to have implemented certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) in order to remain compliant with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. Not only are all fleets—small and large alike—mandated to use ELD tech, but also these devices are proven safer and more cost-effective than other forms of tracking and logging. […]

Date: December 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Technology

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Are We Still Talking About Capacity Crunches in 2017? Does it Really Affect Full Truckload?

It’s amazing that we have been talking about the capacity crunch in 2017 and its effects on full truckload (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. The buzzword first surfaced in 2014 as fears about the industry being close to a tipping point due to a number of factors such as completion, government regulations, inexperienced drivers and […]

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

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How Dimensionalizers will Change LTL Shipping Rates

The LTL industry is not generally known as a rapidly changing industry, subscribing instead to the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This is perhaps best evidenced by the still widely used rates classification system – the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system, a rate calculating formula practically unchanged since the […]

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

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What Is The Difference Between FOB and CIF?

At what point do imported products traveling across national borders transfer from the seller’s property to the buyer’s property? Where is ownership handed over? Who is liable for risk and costs while the goods are in transit? International shipping agreements between buyer and seller help answer these questions in a legally binding way. The International […]

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

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National vs Regional Carriers – When to Choose One Over the Other

As of last year, over 500,000 carriers had recent activity operating in the United States. With so many carriers in operation, it’s important to be able to narrow down your choices to a manageable selection when deciding which ones to use. One important metric when doing this is whether you’re dealing with national vs regional […]

Date: December 6, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Differences Between the Canadian and U.S. ELD Mandate

What is an ELD? An ELD is an Electronic Logging Device. What does it do? It is a device used to automatically collect a driver’s Hours of Service data. Recently there was a new ELD mandate passed for the United States that is set to take effect December 18th, 2017. Canada is also in the process […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Technology

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Consolidated Shipping vs Hub and Spoke LTL

Do you have Less Than Truckload shipping needs, but don’t know what method to use? Should you consider the tried and true hub and spoke LTL system? Or maybe consolidated shipping might be sufficient for your needs? Maybe you aren’t even sure of what the differences between these two are. In this article, we will […]

Date: November 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Best Practices for Dealing with Freight Brokers

Freight Brokers act as the go-between for shippers and carriers. Freight Brokers have the connections, technology, and experience to bring down the cost of shipping, but what are the best practices for dealing with Freight Brokers? A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other […]

Date: November 20, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Top 5 Packaging Tips to Avoid Damaged Freight

Picture this. A brand new product you just developed is fresh off the assembly line. Orders are pouring in and your staff is enthusiastically packaging up the items and preparing them to be shipped to eager customers awaiting their new purchases. You wave as your shippers pull out of your lot, barely able to wait […]

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

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What are White Glove Services in Transportation Management?

Is it true that all services in Transportation Management are the same? As long as the shipment arrives you’re good, right? Wrong. There are services you can provide your client above and beyond the normal expectations of standard shipping. In this post, we will explore some of the White Glove Services that can be provided […]

Date: November 8, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What Is FOB and What Does It Mean?

If you’re importing products from another country, how do you know who owns the goods while they’re in transit? At what point do the goods transfer from seller to buyer property? Who is responsible for damages, fees, and costs at the various points along transit? These questions of ownership and risk are what the term […]

Date: November 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Reefer vs Fridge Box for LTL Shipping

Shipping perishable or temperature-sensitive goods can be a challenge. You need to balance freshness, timing, and cost to ensure your freight is delivered on time to the consumer. This is true for cold freight as well as other types of goods that require temperature and environmental controls. So how do you guarantee the best-controlled shipment? […]

Date: October 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Technology

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Dry vs Reefer LTL Shipping: Advantages and Disadvantages

There are a number of transport options for shipping your business’ freight from warehouses and hubs to your customer’s door. So how do you choose the type of shipping that will work best for your products and bottom line? In this article, we’ll go through the two most common forms of shipment: dry and reefer […]

Date: October 23, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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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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