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What are the Top 10 3PL Companies?

There are several good third-party logistics companies across the globe. However, there are a few that accelerate past the competition. Whether it’s the customer service they provide, reliability, affordability, or their flexibility – there are 10 3PL’s that tend to end up on multiple top 10 lists. Noted below are what many customers have ranked […]

Date: October 18, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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Volume Quotes vs Traditional LTL Shipments

The name of the game in logistics is finding that precious middle ground of reduced cost without compromising quality or on-time delivery. When it comes to shipping pallets less than a full truckload, most shippers assume their only option is an LTL or less than truckload. However, a growing service is referred to as volume […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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Partial Truckload vs. LTL vs. FTL

In the complex over the road logistics world, shippers have more choices than ever. Whether you have a single package to ship or several pallets, carriers are quite flexible in order to meet the evolving needs of shippers navigating the supply chain. However, when it comes to truckload shipments, there are three, general options, Partial […]

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

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The Best Way to Manage All Over the Road Modes

Whether you’re shipping full truckload, light truckload, or even horse and buggy, shipping over the road is made much easier with organization. Many leading shippers and 3PL’s depend on advanced computer software programs or in transportation – a TMS (transportation management system) to navigate the complex over the road logistics networks. Using a robust TMS […]

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

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Freight Payment: How it Works, Benefits & How We Can Help

Shippers reach out to 3PL’s for multiple reasons – including handling freight payment services. Whether it’s managing the direct payment to carriers, to reviewing and auditing freight bills and shipping charges, trusting a dependable 3PL to handle the complete freight payment process can save a shipper a lot of money, time, and reduce stress. Below […]

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

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LTL to Benefit from eCommerce Growth

The growth of eCommerce in the 21st Century has had an impact on many different aspects of our personal and professional lives. eCommerce has profoundly changed the way we shop and has changed our expectations regarding the time required to deliver goods to our homes and businesses. It has also opened up a world of […]

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

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Accessorials in the Final Mile: Inside Delivery vs. White Glove

Did you know with LTL (Less Than Truckload), you can customize your delivery service to fit your home or company needs? Yes, it’s true and we are here to help you navigate the variety of services that carriers provide to our customers. For a specific item, you may want to select either Inside Delivery or […]

Date: October 16, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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What the Difference Between Collect, Prepaid, and 3rd Party Freight Charges?

When it comes to LTL freight, it’s important to know the differences between Collect, Prepaid, and Third-Party freight charges because ultimately its effects who to the bill and when. Knowing and understanding the differences between these on your Bill of Lading is a useful and necessary tool in dealing with LTL freight from start to […]

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

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How Freight Payment and Auditing Services Work

In its simplest terms, Freight Payment and Auditing Services is a collection of several processes that essentially serves as an account payable service in place specifically for transportation invoices. This third-party service will partner with you to handle your invoices from start to finish, acting as a bridge between carrier and shipper to receive, process […]

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

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Freight Auditing: How It Works, Benefits & How We Can Help

Let’s face it; the bottom line is what’s most important for any company because it determines the company’s ability to stay in business, it’s longevity. Couple this with the fact that a large portion of overhead costs for nearly any company are freight and you conclude that these charges should be monitored and regularly audited […]

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

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Should I Buy CIF or FOB?

CIF and FOB are shipping agreements for international trading between a buy and seller. Knowing which to purchase in different situations concerning international trade can be tough, but there are a few guidelines and general preferences among those who specialize in it. Most dealing in international shipping usually buy FOB and sell CIF, and you’ll […]

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

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Bill of Lading: A Comprehensive Overview

The bill of lading is an important document, providing much-needed information for the shipper, the carrier, and the arrival destination. Learning to read and understand a bill of lading document is very helpful if you are involved anywhere in the shipping and freight process. What is a Bill of Lading? The bill of lading is […]

Date: October 15, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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LTL Pricing: How To Negotiate The Best Rates

When it comes to searching and actually landing the best LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipping rates around, it can be a bit much to undertake. This is especially true if you’ve never used LTL freight services. Luckily, I’m here to give you a few pointers that are going to drastically help you negotiate the best […]

Date: October 12, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How Dimensional Pricing Will Affect Your LTL Rates

In response to the trucking capacity crisis, more LTL carriers are beginning to adopt the dimensional weight pricing model (DIM).  While this is meant to discourage wasted space in trucks, a lot of shippers are seeing major rate escalations, even up to a 30% increase in shipping expenses. What do you need to know about […]

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

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Blockchain for Supply Chain, Transportation, and Logistics

There are big changes on the horizon for transportation and logistics companies. Many of these relate to new technologies that can help to revolutionize the process of making deals, serving customers, and getting physical goods from one place to another. One such technology is the immutable ledger technology called blockchain. Many of those who haven’t […]

Date: October 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain | Technology

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What is an FAK (Freight All Kinds) and How Can It Help Your Rates?

FAK is an acronym used in the shipping industry that stands for Freight All Kinds. According to globalnegotiator.com, they are rates applicable to all types of goods and not restricted to any particular commodity. Let’s investigate exactly what an FAK is, how it is determined, and how it can help your shipping rates. What is […]

Date: October 8, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Steps to Filing a Freight Claim

Shipping and logistics departments strive to never have to complete freight claims, but the ugly truth is that damage to and loss of freight does happen, and your logistics department needs to be proficient in filing freight claims in order to make the insurance process move quickly and efficiently. Unrecovered freight claims affect the company’s […]

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

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Understanding Partial Truckload and Volume LTL

Partial Truckload and Volume LTL (less than truckload) are two very closely related terms that refer to shipping in smaller quantities than full truckloads, yet larger than a traditional LTL shipment. Typically, a shipper sticks to FTL or LTL shipments, but occasionally a shipment will fall into this “middle ground”. Understanding the difference in these […]

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

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The Current State of eCommerce Logistics

The current state of eCommerce logistics is strong – it’s really that simple. The modern eCommerce industry is night and day from what it was a short decade ago. Advances in technologies, communication methods, shipping platforms, and the rapid expansion of drop-shipping have created an eCommerce growth that is quickly changing retail. While the eCommerce […]

Date: October 2, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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The Difference Between a Freight Management Company and a Freight Forwarder

There is a ton of technical jargon in the logistics world – and quite often it can be self-inflicted. While acronyms like 3PL, LTL, FTL and more have a specific meaning, one phrase that often gets lost in translation is a Freight Management Company. By definition, freight management is the process of overseeing the process […]

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

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The Many Definitions of a 3PL (Third Party Logistics)

Third party logistics has simplified shipping for thousands of companies. 3PL’s is the abbreviated term that describes third party logistics, meaning a company that provides outsourced logistics operations and freight management. While there is a lot of great information on what a 3PL is and does, it is also true that there are several definitions […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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The Top Challenges that Occur with AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Logistics

The integration of artificial intelligence solutions in logistics appears to be approaching – sooner than many would like. Although the concept of AI is appealing to shippers, carriers, warehouse providers and others within the supply chain, there are several challenges that will occur with AI in Logistics that needs to be carefully considered. Noted below […]

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

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What is API and How Does it Streamline Freight and Logistics?

In the good old days of shipping and logistics, manual processes controlled the industry. Mechanical systems like land-line telephones, fax machines and other electronic data interchanges (EDI’s) were responsible for most communication methods between shippers, carriers, and others in the supply chain. The introduction of application program interfaces or API’s revolutionized the logistics industry by […]

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

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The History of Freight Forwarding

The movement of freight is essential for our modern society to function smoothly. Without the ability to move products safely from one area or country to another, the global economy would simply collapse. As with many other aspects of the 21st Century, the business of freight forwarding is undergoing change driven by new technologies. Let’s […]

Date: October 1, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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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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