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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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How the IoT (Internet of Things) Affects the Supply Chain

Although a fairly new term, IoT—or the Internet of Things—has become part of many of our individual lives over the last couple of years. Many of the things you use every day, like an activity tracker to count your steps or a Bluetooth enabled electric toothbrush, are all part of the IoT. What is the […]

Date: June 29, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Key Supply Chain Technologies Needed to Go Omnichannel

In today’s marketplace consumers are expecting more than ever from the companies they do business with. This is creating an intense race to keep up with—and surpass—competitors in order to best serve your existing customer bases and to acquire new customers. So how can you do this? Go omnichannel. Or, in other words, provide a […]

Date: June 23, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software

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7 Ways to Avoid Freight Damage

Transporting freight is part of your business. But, to ship goods successfully and keep your customers happy you need to protect them from freight damage. Freight damage is not only a pain for you, but can cause significant losses to your company. The most noticeable loss to companies dealing with freight damage is that often […]

Date: June 22, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Analysis of Autonomous Vehicles and Job Loss: Disaster or Opportunity?

Though most consider the mainstream saturation of autonomous vehicles to be decades away, there is a growing trend within the automotive and transportation industries towards self-driving vehicles. So, what does this trend mean for the future of the transportation industry? First, we will examine the current state of the transportation industry and why it is […]

Date: June 21, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Automation | Technology

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Top Freight Audit & Payment Companies

Freight payment and audit is a necessary evil for businesses consistently shipping materials and goods. Companies who do not specialize in freight payment and audit may be leaving large amounts of potential savings on the table. That is why it is important to outsource freight audit and payment to a reputable third-party logistics (3PL) company. […]

Date: June 19, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay

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How You Could Benefit from Using Cloud-Based Freight Management Software

As any business who relies on freight transportation knows, managing it correctly can be the difference between happy customers and continued growth and logistical missteps that hinder progress and leave companies scrambling to keep up. But cloud-based freight management software provides a way to effectively manage freight to maximize operational efficiency. What is ‘The Cloud’? […]

Date: June 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Green Shipping Practices in The Trucking Industry

The truck industry’s carbon footprint is tremendous. As you can imagine, thousands of trucks drive coast to coast daily using massive amounts of fuel and oil and emitting dangerous carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the air. Furthermore, packaging and fulfillment can cause a significant amount of waste that finds its way into landfills and […]

Date: June 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Why Should You Outsource Technology to A 3PL?

Keeping your shipping technology in-house seems like a good idea on the surface. You feel you can have control over the system and it will directly relate to your company’s processes. Right? But if you’re a transportation manager, you’re likely wasting precious hours trying to keep technology updated, data consolidated, and tracking systems efficient—when you […]

Date: June 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Impact of Big Data on the Supply Chain & Transportation Industries?

Whether you’re part of a business that’s already leapt into the world of Big Data or if you’re still in the process of learning how to use it to your advantage, there’s no denying that Big Data is here to stay and changing the landscape of the transportation industry and the way supply chains are […]

Date: May 31, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Reporting | Supply Chain | Technology

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5 Reasons You Should Have an Inbound Logistics Program

Managing your inbound logistics with an inbound logistics program can help ensure you’re getting cost-effective rates from vendors and that your warehouse and inventory is managed as efficiently as possible. As a shipper, chances are you have a far better grasp on the data surrounding your outbound freight than on inbound shipments from various vendors […]

Date: May 26, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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5 Key Benefits of Working with a Freight Management Company

Have you considered working with a freight management company but haven’t yet given the idea the green light? Then these 5 business-boosting freight management benefits might just convince you. Let’s imagine a scenario for a moment, shall we? You’re in the middle of yet another busy week trying to maintain the efficiency and productivity of […]

Date: May 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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How To Choose And Work With A 3PL Partner

Third-party logistics (3PL) is expected to be worth over $935 billion worldwide by 2020, according to CIPS. This is likely driven by the progression in globalized shipments and the growing need to scale quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality interactions. In fact, in 2016 75% of shippers reported that 3PL services have contributed to a […]

Date: May 24, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is Less Than Truckload (LTL) Shipping and How Can It Help You?

LTL shipping is the smart and economical shipping method for any company that needs to transport freight weighing between 100 pounds and 10,000 pounds. Or to make it even simpler, it’s the most cost-effective way for companies who don’t ship full truckloads (hence the less than truckload name) of product at a time to transport […]

Date: May 16, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload

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Lean Manufacturing and the Seven Deadly Wastes

In a dream world, every manufacturer would have the simplest yet most effective processes in place to make their Supply Chain as efficient and revenue driven as possible. This is the basis of Lean Manufacturing. Eliminate anything within your supply chain that is not driving revenue or adding value. In this article, we will discuss […]

Date: April 27, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain

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Top National Less than Truckload (LTL) Carriers – Reviewed

If your company’s primary shipping method is less than truckload (LTL) shipping, then you know how important it is to partner with LTL carriers that you can depend on and trust. There are so many aspects to consider when considering an LTL carrier. How often are their estimated transit times correct? Does their network cover […]

Date: April 18, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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Bill of Lading: What It Is and What You Need to Know

It seems that many shippers have a lot of questions about the Bill of Lading (BOL) document used when shipping freight. This document is essential for shippers and carriers alike, and even more important that the information is accurate. Here at LTX Solutions, we deal with all types of BOL’s, depending on our customer’s preferences […]

Date: April 5, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Less than Truckload (LTL) Track & Trace

When you pass your shipment off to a carrier, you are trusting them to ensure that your shipment arrives at your customer on time. There are standard transit times, and you expect that if they say a shipment will make it to its final destination in three days, that it will. This is especially important […]

Date: March 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Technology

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