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Globalization Efforts are on the Rise and it Could be Beneficial

Whether you agree with the globalization of the logistics industry or are opposed to it for whatever reason, one thing is certain; there has been a larger than normal push for it in the past few years. So we figured what better time to bring this topic up once again than when efforts to increase […]

Date: January 14, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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What Is DIM Pricing And How Does It Work?

Dimensional weight pricing, known simply as DIM is a relatively new pricing model that has taken the shipping industry by storm in the last few years. Some companies absolutely despise this new pricing system, while others tout it as being something akin to a “saving grace” for the shipping industry as a whole. But what […]

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

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Tips for Navigating the National Carrier Hiring Standard

With the new year comes the activation of new Federal Regulations. While most carriers have been focused on the integration of the ELD Mandate, another government regulation is the creation of the National Carrier Hiring Standard. Although it’s still awaiting official approval by the US Senate, it is expected to pass quickly as the new […]

Date: January 11, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How to Choose the Best Route Planning System

Having a solid route planning system and software to back it up can make all the difference in the world in terms of how quickly and efficiently you are able to get packages out the warehouse door and well on their way to your customer’s doorstep. A good routing system can greatly benefit your business […]

Date: January 10, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Could the LTL Industry Be Headed for a 2019 Recession?

Coming off a record-setting year, 2019 could see a significant downturn for the LTL industry. The final weeks of 2018 saw rising economic tension on Wall Street, followed by tariff-related uncertainty, and a truck driver shortage that simply won’t go away, many trucking industry experts suggest that a freight industry slow-down is a foregone conclusion. […]

Date: January 9, 2019 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Could a Phased Autonomous Trucking Solution Be on the Horizon for 2019?

As the calendar extends to 2019, a recently published report indicates that the integration of autonomous or self-driving trucks could be closer than expected. A new report published by logistics industry consultants McKinsey & Co. postulated a concept of a four-wave, phased-in solution that could possibly reduce operating costs for carriers, help to resolve the […]

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

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2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Manufacturers with Shipping

New Year’s resolutions are fine and dandy – but without an effective plan and realistic expectations, most of them fall short. Such is the case with navigating the complex LTL industry for many manufacturers. Whether your manufacturing company serves a global market or those in the same city or state as you, there are a […]

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

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5 Ways Distribution Centers Can Kick Off 2019 on the Right Foot

The modern supply chain would look much different without distribution centers. Whether they fulfill for single companies or for multiple retailers, a distribution center faces multiple challenges that can impact their operations. Staffing issues, inventory control, and shipping and receiving are just a few of the daily tasks that can determine whether a distribution center […]

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

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These are the Biggest Issues the LTL Industry Will Face in 2019

The trucking industry is certainly no stranger to strict regulations and challenging requirements. These things get implemented every year… and every year the industry seems to bounce back with relative ease. But 2019 is not looking like it will be one of those years where we just spring back into action like nothing ever happened. […]

Date: December 28, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Top 3 Things To Consider When Choosing An LTL Freight Carrier

Less Than Truckload or LTL freight shipping can be a very viable and cost-effective way for smaller companies to ship out their products or other goods quickly when they don’t have a full truckload to send out. But LTL shipping is a bit different than what you may have come to grow accustomed to with […]

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

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Why It’s Not Easy Being Green – Challenges the Supply Chain Faces

Kermit the Frog was right – when it comes to a fully-green supply chain, “it’s not easy being green”. Little did Jim Henson’s creation know how accurate that statement would be in 2018. The green supply chain movement gained momentum at the turn of the 20th century when leading logistics providers determined that it would […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What is the Difference Between Cold Supply Chain and Normal Supply Chain?

Did you know that less than 100 years ago moving cold-storage freight more than 50 miles was a calculated risk? The cold supply chain in the past was comprised of cargo containers filled with blocks of ice, that would hopefully last the journey before melting. Times sure have changed. Today’s cold supply chain utilizes advanced […]

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

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The Impact of Winter Weather the Cold Supply Chain

Back in the 1920s, trucking companies would transport meats and other perishable products mainly during the winter season – simply due to the lack of temperature-controlled containers. If a truck was delayed due to a cold winter storm, it wasn’t uncommon for the trucker to park on the side of the road and simply wait […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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LTL vs Parcel – How Manufacturers Determine Which is Best

There was a time when shipping was determined simply by the size of the package. If it was above 150 pounds, a manufacturer would send via LTL carriers and if it was under that threshold, parcel was the preferred method. However, as technology and customer-demand have changed, manufacturers these days are forced to pick the […]

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

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LTL Carrier Data Points that Make All the Difference

Each year, shippers in North America alone spend more than $20 billion annually on less than truckload shipments. Whether it’s shipping a single pallet to one customer, or multiple stops with lighter loads, LTL is a convenient way to move products when you don’t have the volume to justify a complete truckload. While there are […]

Date: December 20, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Reporting

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Living in the Cloud – Who Really Benefits from Cloud-Based Freight Management?

Technology drives commerce. Whether it’s in the cars we drive, the products we purchase, or the computers we use for work and entertainment, our culture has become dependent on technology to simplify and streamline our lives. Those navigating the logistics space understand that technology can vastly improve their core services – which is what cloud-based […]

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

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How the LTL Industry Can Deal with Cyber Threats

Cyber-crime is quickly finding its way into the LTL industry. Carriers across the globe are reporting being hacked through email scams, ransomware, phishing attempts and more. In some instances, the hackers are able to gain control of their customer database, bank account information, credit cards, and even embed tracking software inside of servers – which […]

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

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How the Largest LTL Carriers Handle AI Integration

Contrary to popular belief, LTL carriers are not cash cows who grow money inside their cargo containers. Even larger transportation companies have budgets that they must adhere to in order to operate in the green. When it comes to the integration of artificial intelligence in the supply chain, money and cost is arguably the biggest […]

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

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How the General Rate Increase Impacts Shippers

There are several constants in shipping – the weather will always delay freight, volume is heavier during the holidays, and carriers will drop general rate increases on shippers at the most inopportune time. For shippers who have been involved in logistics for more than a year, the GRI or General Rate Increase is nothing new. […]

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

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How Shippers Can Reduce or Eliminate Accessorial Charges

Regardless of the size of your company, how much you ship, or the relationship you have with an LTL company, one constant all shippers can rely on are accessorial charges. These freight charges can unexpectedly show up on your freight invoice – and quite often will raise some eyebrows as to why the extra fee […]

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

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How Retailers Can Benefit from Freight Invoice Auditing

The retail world has plenty of opportunities to make money. From controlling margins, cost-of-goods, to reducing overhead, and payroll, today’s retailer often makes hard choices to keep their businesses operating in the green. However, one item that most retailers consider a non-controllable expense are freight invoices. Truth be told, every day thousands of dollars of […]

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

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How Parcel Carriers Use Last Mile Technology to Deal with Holiday Shipping

If there is a dreaded term in the express parcel industry, it’s ‘peak’. This four-letter word is associated with the holiday season when parcel shipments are at peak volume. In fact, it’s estimated that package volume with the USPS, UPS, and Fed Ex Express doubles from the 10th of December till Christmas Eve. The tremendous […]

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

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How National LTL Carriers Use Blockchain Technology

Did you know that 90% of the US LTL marketplace is operated by only 25 National LTL carriers? It’s true – companies like YRC, UPS Freight, Fed Ex Freight, and others dominate this industry, featuring fleets in the thousands, with multiple hubs, terminals, and routes that travel from sea to shining sea. With this much […]

Date: December 19, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Can 3rd Party Shipping Companies Help an eCommerce Business?

The eCommerce world has come a long way over the past decade. While it is assumed that anyone can set up a Shopify store and make a million dollars in a week selling sea turtle tea kettles, the truth is that eCommerce is not as simple as plug-and-play. Today’s savvy online shoppers demand efficiency, from […]

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

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Food Supply Chain Protection Best Practices

If there is one consumer segment that is constant in logistics, it’s the food supply chain. People and livestock require a constant intake of food to survive. However, getting this food to the billions of people and animals on this planet depends on a smooth and efficient food supply chain operation. While it’s often assumed […]

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

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Five Ways Retailers Can Reduce Freight Damage

Shrink is the 6-letter word that no retailer loves to discuss. While most damage and loss of retail products can vary from theft, employee errors, or customers breaking products as they shop, a leading source of retail damage occurs before or shortly after it arrives on the receiving dock. Transporting freight is part of a […]

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

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3 Reasons Shippers and Top LTL Carriers Use TMS Automation

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming tasks a shipper undertakes is finding the right LTL carrier for their light shipments. Shippers from retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and more are dependent on less than truckload carriers to move cargo and freight efficiently to their customers. However, with so many fish in the sea, how can a […]

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

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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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