How Global Fuel Prices Impact Your Transportation and Logistics Needs

12/7/16 10:06 AM

Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day. Compounded by an increased production in North America, the global oil glut seen in recent years has led to lower fuel prices that have helped drive down surcharges within the transportation and logistics industry.

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Topics: Shipping Tips

Understanding Non-traditional Delivery and Accessorial Charges

11/29/16 10:00 AM

 

One of the many challenges that shippers and freight managers face in their supply chain are accessorial charges. Also referred to as "value-added services," these charges are the additional costs that are applied to a shipment that requires extra services from the carrier beyond standard pickup and delivery.

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Topics: Shipping Tips

The Power Of Corporate (Thanks)Giving

11/21/16 8:46 AM

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." - W.J. Cameron

The holiday season is officially in full swing throughout North America and families and loved ones will soon come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the same time, the ringing of bells on street corners will help to remind us that this is also the season of giving. 

There are many ways that we can give back to our communities and to those in need throughout the year. You may volunteer your time and skills, or perhaps you may donate to a non-profit organization.

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2017 State Of The North American Supply Chain Survey

11/14/16 4:14 PM

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Topics: Supply Chain

The Value of Hiring Veterans in Transportation

11/6/16 5:30 PM

How military personnel make your workforce stronger, smarter and uniquely capable

Hiring military veterans has proven time and time again to be a win-win situation for both transportation companies and the veterans themselves. For our returning servicemen and women, our industry provides a good job, a stable career path and an opportunity to utilize much of the skills and training gained during the course of military duty.

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Topics: Veterans, Associates

Debunking the Expensive Myth of Air Cargo Shipping

11/3/16 10:33 AM

The term expedited transportation is often considered the definition of a "double-edged sword." It is a necessity for urgent shipments, but it can also be a costly method of transportation. While there's generally no easy way to avoid using expedited transportation when you're up against tight deadlines, there are options you may not have considered that could actually save you on both time and cost.

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Topics: Air, Expedited

The Shape of Retail Compliance To Come: Increasing Demands & Tighter Deadlines

10/24/16 9:30 AM

Back in 2010, Walmart sent shockwaves through retail supply chains when it rolled out Must Arrive By Date (MABD) compliance standards to the thousands of suppliers that keep its shelves stocked year-round. An effort to increase productivity and performance via strict delivery windows and guidelines its stores and distribution centers, the "Big-Box" retailer managed to rewrite the supply chain playbook basically overnight as other vendors soon adopted similar policies.

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Topics: Retail

An Economical LTL Approach to Temperature-Sensitive Shipments

10/17/16 9:30 AM

If you're in an industry that sells or distributes products that require temperature-controlled containment, such as pharmaceuticals or food items, you know that transportation costs can weigh heavily on your overhead.

This is particularly true if you move either climate-sensitive or refrigerated freight that doesn't need the amount of space that full-size dedicated transportation units offer. 

Keep in mind: More Space = Higher Costs. Space Not Filled = Money Wasted

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Topics: temperature-controlled, less-than-truckload

International Update (10/13): Hanjin Shipping and Customer Resources

10/13/16 12:23 PM

Since Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection on August 31, we've been helping shippers across the country and throughout the world recover their cargo. There are still thousands of containers held on Hanjin vessels and at ports around the world.

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Topics: International

Nearshoring To Mexico: Changing The Supply Chain Road Map

10/10/16 12:01 PM

Ford recently made headlines when it announced that it would be moving its small car production from Michigan to Mexico. And, while the outsourcing of manufacturing from the U.S. is nothing new, there is another movement afoot that is reshaping the North American supply chain. 

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Topics: International, Mexico