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The Supply Chain in 2018: Trends That Will Define the New Year

Previously we looked back at 2017 and the disruptions that rocked the transportation industry. Now let’s take the time to analyze the trends that will most likely play a huge role in the upcoming year. There are a great many factors that supply chain managers will have to consider for 2018, some being a carryover […]

Date: January 10, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Will The Release Of The Tesla Electric Semi-Truck Affect The Trucking Industry?

On November 16, 2017, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk drove up in the cab of the new Tesla Semi to unveil their new electric semi-truck. Tesla has been working diligently to roll out a Class 8 equivalent truck that is fully electric and semi-autonomous—and it’s finally here. Elon Musk expects that the Semi will create […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Technology

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2017 A Year in Review: Transportation Disruption

2017 was a year of disruption for the transportation and supply chain industry. There were many factors that contributed to the volatility of the industry, but in this article, we will focus on four: 1. Continued Growth of E-commerce 2. The New ELD Mandate 3. Dangerous Weather Conditions 4. Increased Growth in the Economy By […]

Date: January 5, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Supply Chain

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Common Mistakes When Dealing with A Freight Forwarder: International Edition

As a business, you may be considering the prospects of taking your product/service overseas. There are many more factors to consider when going international rather than remaining domestic. A good strategy when considering the options is to partner with a reputable 3PL or freight forwarder. However, there are some things to consider when entering such […]

Date: January 4, 2018 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload

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What Are The Advantages Of Blockchain For Your Supply Chain?

The supply chain is the backbone of your business. Whether you’re selling goods on Amazon or you’re offering a digital cryptocurrency, you need to move your product from the source to the consumer with as little friction as possible. But today’s global ecosystem has complicated the supply chain. A number of partners—each with their own […]

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

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Blockchain: The Future Of The Supply Chain

Our global and interconnected economy has built complex, intricate supply chains. Whether it’s creating a product or trading stocks, moving a unit from source to customer has become a complicated process. The largest problem for supply chains today is a lack of transparency. Up until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for supply chain […]

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

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The Most Valuable Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management – Part 2

In this next installment of the future of the supply chain, we will be doing part two in our series on the most valuable skills in SCM. If you haven’t read part one, feel free to check it out here. In the first installment of this series, we focused a lot on the technical side […]

Date: Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Blockchain and the Supply Chain

There is a new technology that is the driving force behind the booming cryptocurrency market, and it is called Blockchain. Blockchain technology was created specifically for Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has recently made the Winklevoss twins digital billionaires. Blockchain technology has many other possible applications as well, quite specifically in Supply Chain. But what is […]

Date: December 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Software | Supply Chain | Technology

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Reverse Last Mile Logistics

A consistent growth of eCommerce has caused an increase in shipments to consumers—and shipments returned from consumers. With a growth in package returns comes a need for simplified and streamlined reverse last mile logistics. The eCommerce Transport Industry According to Forrester, today’s eCommerce market is worth around $370 billion, and it’s expected by 2022 to […]

Date: December 21, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Why And How To Implement ELDs Into Your Trucking Fleet

By December 18, 2017, all fleets will need to have implemented certified electronic logging devices (ELDs) in order to remain compliant with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. Not only are all fleets—small and large alike—mandated to use ELD tech, but also these devices are proven safer and more cost-effective than other forms of tracking and logging. […]

Date: December 13, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Technology

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Are We Still Talking About Capacity Crunches in 2017? Does it Really Affect Full Truckload?

It’s amazing that we have been talking about the capacity crunch in 2017 and its effects on full truckload (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. The buzzword first surfaced in 2014 as fears about the industry being close to a tipping point due to a number of factors such as completion, government regulations, inexperienced drivers and […]

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

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How Dimensionalizers will Change LTL Shipping Rates

The LTL industry is not generally known as a rapidly changing industry, subscribing instead to the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This is perhaps best evidenced by the still widely used rates classification system – the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system, a rate calculating formula practically unchanged since the […]

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

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What Is The Difference Between FOB and CIF?

At what point do imported products traveling across national borders transfer from the seller’s property to the buyer’s property? Where is ownership handed over? Who is liable for risk and costs while the goods are in transit? International shipping agreements between buyer and seller help answer these questions in a legally binding way. The International […]

Date: December 7, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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National vs Regional Carriers – When to Choose One Over the Other

As of last year, over 500,000 carriers had recent activity operating in the United States. With so many carriers in operation, it’s important to be able to narrow down your choices to a manageable selection when deciding which ones to use. One important metric when doing this is whether you’re dealing with national vs regional […]

Date: December 6, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Differences Between the Canadian and U.S. ELD Mandate

What is an ELD? An ELD is an Electronic Logging Device. What does it do? It is a device used to automatically collect a driver’s Hours of Service data. Recently there was a new ELD mandate passed for the United States that is set to take effect December 18th, 2017. Canada is also in the process […]

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

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Consolidated Shipping vs Hub and Spoke LTL

Do you have Less Than Truckload shipping needs, but don’t know what method to use? Should you consider the tried and true hub and spoke LTL system? Or maybe consolidated shipping might be sufficient for your needs? Maybe you aren’t even sure of what the differences between these two are. In this article, we will […]

Date: November 28, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Best Practices for Dealing with Freight Brokers

Freight Brokers act as the go-between for shippers and carriers. Freight Brokers have the connections, technology, and experience to bring down the cost of shipping, but what are the best practices for dealing with Freight Brokers? A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other […]

Date: November 20, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: 3PL | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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The Top 5 Packaging Tips to Avoid Damaged Freight

Picture this. A brand new product you just developed is fresh off the assembly line. Orders are pouring in and your staff is enthusiastically packaging up the items and preparing them to be shipped to eager customers awaiting their new purchases. You wave as your shippers pull out of your lot, barely able to wait […]

Date: November 15, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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What are White Glove Services in Transportation Management?

Is it true that all services in Transportation Management are the same? As long as the shipment arrives you’re good, right? Wrong. There are services you can provide your client above and beyond the normal expectations of standard shipping. In this post, we will explore some of the White Glove Services that can be provided […]

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

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What Is FOB and What Does It Mean?

If you’re importing products from another country, how do you know who owns the goods while they’re in transit? At what point do the goods transfer from seller to buyer property? Who is responsible for damages, fees, and costs at the various points along transit? These questions of ownership and risk are what the term […]

Date: November 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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Reefer vs Fridge Box for LTL Shipping

Shipping perishable or temperature-sensitive goods can be a challenge. You need to balance freshness, timing, and cost to ensure your freight is delivered on time to the consumer. This is true for cold freight as well as other types of goods that require temperature and environmental controls. So how do you guarantee the best-controlled shipment? […]

Date: October 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Technology

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Dry vs Reefer LTL Shipping: Advantages and Disadvantages

There are a number of transport options for shipping your business’ freight from warehouses and hubs to your customer’s door. So how do you choose the type of shipping that will work best for your products and bottom line? In this article, we’ll go through the two most common forms of shipment: dry and reefer […]

Date: October 23, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How the New ELD Mandate Will Affect the Trucking Industry

According to American Trucking Associations, the ELD mandate will affect over 3 million truck drivers all over the United States. This is a call to all carriers to be prepared for this massive change in the industry. Many companies have already registered ELDs with the FMCSA. As the compliance date nears, it is expected for […]

Date: October 19, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Reporting | Supply Chain

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The Most Valuable Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management – Part 1

The supply chain is a complex and constantly evolving part of doing business. Although the tools and strategies may change, the need for first-rate supply change management will continue to be crucial to the success of business firms. This article will cover some of the best skills supply chain managers can possess. Obviously, there are […]

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

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8 Common ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate Myths

Will you be compliant with the 516-page ELD mandate by December 16, 2017? That’s right. The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) will be active by the end of this year. But this isn’t something to be scared about. In fact, this mandate is expected to benefit the entire […]

Date: October 12, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Full Truckload | Less Than Truckload | Software

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Last Mile Logistics and eCommerce Growth

The hefty burst in eCommerce has brought with it a change in transportation management and supply chain analytics. Consumers are demanding more reliability and efficiency from their companies, requesting same-day deliveries and on-the-go package tracking. This eCommerce consumer demand has, in turn, changed the landscape of last-mile logistics for logistics departments. Understanding Last Mile Logistics […]

Date: October 11, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Automation | Supply Chain | Technology

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How Amazon Prime Day Affected LTL Shipments

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, continues to shock the e-commerce market, and this time it was with Prime Day. Amazon’s 3rd annual Prime Day was a huge success for the company that was able to rake in more sales in a single day than ever before, surpassing Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If […]

Date: October 5, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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How to Choose a Shipping Strategy for Your Ecommerce Business

In the e-commerce world competition is fierce. Consumers are getting more selective about purchases as the number of available sources to purchase items increases. They can easily compare prices, quality, and more to narrow in on the specific place they’ll make a purchase. And if your business has done its job and won the customer’s […]

Date: October 3, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload | Supply Chain

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Refrigerated LTL Shipments: What You Need to Know

If you have sensitive freight that needs to stay in a temperature-controlled environment, you need a refrigerated transport system with a service-oriented LTL carrier. However, refrigerated shipments can be complex, with a number of limitations and concerns. Because of these intricacies, it’s important that you understand what refrigerated shipments are, how you can use them, […]

Date: September 25, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Less Than Truckload

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The Impact Of Hurricanes Harvey And Irma On The Trucking Industry

This year’s hurricane season is hitting the entire country with an unprecedented force, and there has been a drastic impact on the trucking industry in response. From flooded and damaged roads to destroyed warehouses, Harvey and Irma have devastated two major transportation areas back to back. And sorting out the aftereffects for the transportation and […]

Date: September 22, 2017 Author: Heather Palmer Category: Supply Chain

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