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Can 3rd Party Shipping Companies Help an eCommerce Business?

Today’s online shopper demands shipments to be fast, affordable, and consistent. To accomplish this task, many eCommerce businesses depend on the experience and professionalism of 3rd party shipping companies to help them meet the evolving demands of savvy online shoppers. Whether you operate a WooCommerce platform or utilize Shopify, Amazon or E-Bay as your store-front […]

Date: December 14, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Software | Technology

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Outlining the Pros and Cons of FOB Shipments

Shipping of commodities – especially internationally, doesn’t always go off without a hitch. Moving freight from international ports often requires multiple handling, different methods of transport, and in most cases, several stops before it reaches your point of delivery. With so many hands handling your commodities, and potential for damage, many responsible buyers opt to […]

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

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Disputes And New Tariffs Are About To Raise Supply Chain Costs, Get Ready

If you have been paying even the slightest attention to the news in the past 2 years, then you know that by the start of 2019 we will see a sizeable rise in international, and quite possibly local, shipping rates. Talks have been heating up around this topic from within the Trump administration. Now, while […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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How Do 3PL Freight Bill Audit Companies Simplify the Process?

Freight auditing is a complex process that involves multiple, individual steps. From receiving and categorizing all freight related invoices, reviewing the data, verifying pricing, then submitting payment, many shippers determine that accurate freight auditing is simply put – not cost effective. It is due to these reasons that many professional shippers reach out to 3PL’s […]

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

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Self Driving Trucks – Do they Really Resolve the Truck Driver Shortage?

In the logistics and supply chain industry, self-driving or autonomous trucks and the ever-present truck driver shortage are hot-button topics. While the pros and cons of each are discussed ad nauseam, the truth is that the successful implantation of autonomous trucks can resolve the growing shortage of qualified drivers. However, since we’re a long way […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Technology

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Why LTL Cost is Impacted by Dimension-Based Technology

Those who ship via LTL carriers may have noticed an uptick in pricing on their shipping invoices. While the driver shortage and rising fuel costs are a major contributing factor, the inclusion of dimension-based equipment is showing up on many shipper’s invoices. But, it’s not because of the LTL carriers need to recoup their investment […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Software | Technology

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How Far Away is a Fully Automated Supply Chain?

Did you know that the United States commercial supply chain employs slightly less than 40 percent of the total workforce? From warehousing operations to transportation and selling of consumer goods, the supply chain in the United States is incredibly people heavy. However, as with any other industry, those who manage supply chain operations are always […]

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

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Why the Reefer LTL Market will Grow in 2019

The recent signing of the revised NAFTA agreement by President Donald Trump was a hidden gem for the reefer LTL industry. While there are several specifics that need to be fine-tuned and adjusted, the new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will increase the export of US-based products that require temperature control. Beyond this new […]

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

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3 Certain Freight Labeling Best Practices

There is nothing worse than receiving a phone call from an upset customer – because their delivery was delayed because of faulty labeling. While many shippers rush to blame the carriers for damaging their packaging and labeling issues, the truth is, label damage is something that is 100% controllable. Missed deliveries or delays in delivery […]

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

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Breaking Down the Complicated World of Fuel Surcharges

The logistics world is filled with complicated procedures and regulations. Among the most frustrating and non-transparent is the dreaded fuel surcharge. Contrary to popular belief, a fuel surcharge does not fall under the jurisdiction of any federal agency – nor does it have any official oversight. This flexibility permits many carriers and transportation companies to […]

Date: December 12, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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3 Tips for Hiring the Best Third Party Shipping Companies

Navigating the complex supply chain is a difficult task – even for experienced operators. The changes in shipping regulations, increasing costs, and complexity of international logistics procedures often inspire shippers to search for the best third party shipping companies to help them with their logistics programs. There are several good 3PL’s out there – but […]

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

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Transparency In The Logistics Space

The supply chains of today are under a lot more pressure than their predecessors. As new technologies emerge and operations get shipments out quicker every year, logistics operations have an ever-rising standard of service that they must strive to achieve if they want to keep growing. Because of this, quality control is becoming more vital […]

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

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What Is A Yard Management System?

Yard management systems,  also known simply as YMS, is any software-based system that is designed to facilitate the management of trucks, trailers pallets, or even personnel in the yard, warehouse or fulfillment center. These systems are able to provide warehouse operators with real-time information regarding the location of these various things whether in the yard […]

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

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Using A SaaS For Your Supply Chain?

Software as a service or SaaS as it is more commonly known is simply a method by which software applications are hosted from a centralized location online (in what is referred to as the ‘cloud’) and delivered across the internet – as a service. It replaces the need for legacy software that must be installed, […]

Date: December 11, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain

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Reducing Carbon Emissions In The Supply Chain

Whether you are worried about the ever-increasing cost of fuel, the availability of that fuel, or things like climate change, there are plenty of good reasons to try to decrease our carbon footprint, overall. These are concerns that a majority of the world shares in some way as it affects all of us, and the […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Is Your Warehouse Ready For A Surge Of Orders? Here’s How You Can Tell.

I recently wrote an article about how a warehouse can take a few basic steps in helping them get through a large holiday season rush… without completely falling apart. In that article, I covered the 3 basics; testing your warehouse operations ahead of time, educating staff on best ways to operate during a rush, and […]

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

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Building Customer Loyalty In 3 Simple Steps

In the logistics space, networking is uber-important. In all honesty, it probably makes up almost half of what we do in this industry. From the customers that we serve to the partners that we choose to work with, building up long-lasting relationships is crucial in this line of work. And while we certainly don’t want […]

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

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Get A Jump On Those Holiday Shipments Before The Rush Hits

Ah, the holidays. The time when families come together, tons of food gets prepared on tables across the country, and the shipping industry gets hit with a massive rush of business. With Christmas just around the corner, people are already ordering gifts for one another. And thanks to the wonders of e-commerce, a majority of […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Could Drones Be The Next Big Thing In The Supply Chain?

In the last 15 years or so, the world has witnessed the rise of drones. These nifty pieces of technology have been used by everyone from hobbyists just looking for a new toy to fly around to the military utilizing them on scouting missions and training exercises. But in more recent years, drone technology has […]

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

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Benefits of Supply Chain Management

Business needs to work like a well-oiled machine. A machine usually has many moving parts that work together to achieve a common goal, or many goals, depending on the complexity of the design. A business that requires a supply chain must have the necessary components, so it can work properly. Moreover, the supply chain must […]

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

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3 Hurdles that Self Driving Trucks Need to Climb to Become a Reality

It has been estimated that companies including Otto, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and others have invested more than $2 Billion in the development of self-driving or autonomous semi-trucks – just for long-haul logistics. While the transportation industry has come a long way in a short period of time, the reality of self-driving trucks entering the supply chain’s […]

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

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How to Avoid Mistakes with Less Than Truckload (LTL) Shipping

When it comes to setting up freight shipment, most shippers dread the Less than Truckload option. Whether it’s the excessive charges that some carriers rate, or the inability to get a direct delivery estimate, it’s quite common for shippers to get frustrated with LTL shipping. However, in most cases, the frustration is due to the […]

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

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Partnering with the Best Inbound Logistics Top 3PL Providers

Inbound logistics refers to the freight coming into your business and how those goods are transported, delivered to your business, and warehoused. Your inbound logistics team manage the relationships and processes between supplier/manufacturer. Outbound logistics means the same but refers to the goods leaving your business. The outbound logistics team will maintain the relationships and […]

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

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The Lean or Agile Supply Chain – Which Method Produces Better Results?

Having access to information at the drop of a hat can make or break a modern supply chain participant. From answering consumer inquiries to routing emergency shipments, and providing tracking solutions to multiple partners, the modern shipper, carrier, and other supply chain partner depend on automation and efficiency to stay competitive. This is where lean […]

Date: November 30, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Understanding the Facts About Freight Payment Companies

Accounts payable is a vital component of any professional business. Whether you’re in transportation, warehousing, manufacturing, or retail, those involved in the supply chain depend on efficient processing of invoices for services rendered to keep their doors open. This responsibility typically falls on an accounting or transportation manager within a company – who has the […]

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

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What is Causing the Truck Driver Shortage And How Can It Be Resolved?

The truck driver has been a staple in the American supply chain for more than a century. From transporting livestock across the country to delivering gasoline to service stations, the efficient movement of freight is only possible when an ample supply of qualified truck drivers exists. Unfortunately, the United States, in fact, the global logistics […]

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

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Future of Supply Chain Management

Studies have shown that supply chain management companies number one force of change was changing customer requirements. The top business strategy was to achieve high-quality service, and it was deemed that this business strategy goes hand in hand with the number one force of change for supply chain management companies. Companies such as third-party logistics […]

Date: November 27, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is The Most Comprehensive Logistics Software?

Logistics is an all-encompassing term for a wide array of operational backend processes. This means it can be a challenge to find software that comprehensively pulls together all of your logistics needs and activities to a single platform. It’s especially challenging because logistics management system software is a niche and growing field, and operations managers […]

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

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Warehouse For The Increased Holiday Demand

Is your warehouse prepared for the influx of inventory, shipments, and returns that the holiday season brings? The average retailer increases their inventory by three or fourfold for the holidays. More inventory means more sales and revenue, but it also means more stress on the logistics and fulfillment process. So how do you make sure […]

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

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The Impact Of Amazon Planning To Hire Thousands Of Seasonal Delivery Drivers

Amazon has rolled out a new shipping program for the 2018 holiday season. In anticipation of an influx of orders, especially with their implementation of holiday free standard shipping for all customers, Amazon is putting an emphasis on last-mile logistics. To meet the demand of nearly 9 million daily packages, Amazon has announced they are […]

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

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