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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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How to File a Freight Claim and Get the Full Amount

Previously on the LTX Blog, we discussed the basics of freight claims, the different types of coverage and types of claims that can be filed. Once you know exactly what type of damage/loss you have, it’s time to file your claim. When doing so, it is important to know all the expenses your company should […]

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

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How Do I Choose A Freight Pay and Audit Provider?

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been outlining and explaining the complicated arena of freight pay versus freight audit. As you’ve discovered, there are vast differences between the two types of programs, but most providers do offer both services. Some providers will be better suited for one than the other but you can most definitely […]

Date: February 23, 2017 Author: Adam McDaniel Category: Freight Audit and Pay

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Application Programming Interface (API): What it is and How it is Utilized in the Transportation Industry

In the previous article, we discussed Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and its use within the transportation industry. In this article, we will discuss another, more recently adapted, yet very popular integration method known as Application Programming Interface (API). What is API? Application Programming Interface (API) in its simplest form is code that allows for two […]

Date: February 21, 2017 Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Technology

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The Basics of Freight Claims: Liability, Insurance and All Types In-between

This post starts our series on all things freight claims. We will begin with the basics: what are freight claims, insurance, liability and the specific types of freight claims. Throughout the series, we will dig deeper into how to best file claims, and ensure you are getting the full amount you deserve. The fact of […]

Date: February 17, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Freight Audit: What You Need to Know

The LTL industry is growing tremendously and freight audit is becoming a necessity for all companies as technology continues to progress. The higher the shipment count is for a customer the more vulnerability the company has to larger billing discrepancies from their carrier pool. Unfortunately, from LTX’s extensive data analysis, most carrier billing errors do […]

Date: February 15, 2017 Author: Adam McDaniel Category: Freight Audit and Pay | Supply Chain

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How Freight Density Affects Your Supply Chain

Freight density is one of the most discussed topics in the freight world today as it becomes more and more important to carriers and shippers alike. This is primarily because in the past five years there has been a shift in how commodities are classified, adding density subgroups rather than simply set freight classifications. This […]

Date: February 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI): What it is and How it is Utilized in the Transportation Industry

Here at LTX, we have found that no two customers are exactly alike and to be able to best serve our customers we must be knowledgeable about every facet of our industry.  That includes understanding the ins and outs of technology solutions and their strengths, as well as, their limitations. In this series, we will […]

Date: Author: Andrew Gleason Category: Supply Chain

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Freight Payment: What You Need to Know

Freight payment has become a very hot topic surrounding Manufacturing, Retail, Distributors, and e-Tailors alike. Shipment counts are growing as more people are buying smaller amounts of products more often. This has created an influx of transactions in the logistics industry, creating more need surrounding freight payment between the shipper and carrier. We’ve found here […]

Date: February 7, 2017 Author: Adam McDaniel Category: Freight Audit and Pay

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Benefits That Come With Transportation Management Services

Many shippers handle all of their own freight management services, from calling in pick-up requests, to auditing and paying their own freight bills. In our last article we discussed all the LTL Freight Management Solutions that an experienced 3PL can provide your company, at nearly no cost to you. But at the end of the day, […]

Date: January 26, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Freight Audit and Pay | Reporting | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Can Bad Weather Affect Your LTL Freight Shipments?

Changes in the weather are unpredictable and unavoidable, but severe weather can impact your LTL shipments and cause major disruptions in your supply chain.  Think major transportation delays and unusually high costs, which translates into delayed production, unhappy customers, and the inability to stay on budget. While you can’t change the weather, there are a […]

Date: January 10, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Implementing a Third Party Logistics Company

So your company has decided to partner with a third party logistics (3PL) company to increase efficiency in your supply chain and ultimately reduce freight costs. But what’s the next step? How will your new partner implement these new processes and integrate with your existing structure? In this article we will discuss the best practices […]

Date: December 15, 2016 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL

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LTL Freight Management Solutions: What an Experienced 3PL Can Do for You

Are you still wondering why so many shippers are partnering up with third-party freight management companies? It’s because, at the end of the day, partnering with a solid 3PL will always save you time and money. The advanced freight management solutions that they provide streamline processes, reduce overhead and increase efficiency in your supply chain. […]

Date: November 17, 2016 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Non-Asset Based 3PL vs. Asset Based 3PL: Which is Best for You?

When choosing a third-party logistics (3PL) company to work with on your supply chain needs, the first major decision is to know whether you want to work with an asset or non-asset based 3PL. These are two, very broad categories when it comes to logistics service providers. Once you have decided, you can narrow down […]

Date: November 14, 2016 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Big Data Analytics Can Improve Your Supply Chain

Big Data has been a hot topic for quite some time now in many industries. But how does big data relate to your supply chain, and more specifically the transportation portion? Ultimately, if you are looking to reduce your freight spend while still growing your business, you need big data. With the right data, anything […]

Date: November 7, 2016 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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