To Ship Freight By Rail or Road: That Is The Question

8/23/16 1:02 PM

It's a variation on a classic childrens' math problem: "If a freight train travelling 50 mph and a truck travelling 65 mph leave at the same time, where will your freight be tomorrow morning?"

The decision of when and if to ship freight by rail or road can be puzzling. Many shippers will generally not even consider the use of rail transportation because they are not as familiar with it as they are traditional over-the-road services.

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Topics: Intermodal, Rail

What Your Supply Chain Can Learn From The 1992 Olympic Dream Team

8/10/16 2:18 PM

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 25 years since the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team took the Barcelona games by storm in 1992. Nicknamed the "Dream Team," this group of athletic superstars, which featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley, crushed their competitors by an average of 44 points.

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Topics: Supply Chain

5 Essential Key Practices To Minimize Risks When Importing From Mexico

7/26/16 7:33 AM

It may not come as a surprise that Mexico is the 3rd largest trading partner with the U.S. In 2015, two-way trade in goods between the two countries totaled $531 billion according to the U.S. Trade Representative. Out of that total, imports from Mexico numbered $295 billion (up 73% from 2005). 

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Topics: International, Mexico

How the Brexit Could Impact U.S. Importers and Exporters

7/11/16 8:12 AM

The recent decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has created a cloud of uncertainty throughout the shipping and logistics world about what the so-called "Brexit" means for international shippers. Our Vice President of International Solutions, Charlie McGee, recently sat down to discussed the repercussions for US shippers. His thoughts on the subject may surprise you.

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Topics: International

Shipping Through The Panama Canal: 3 Tips To Leverage The Expansion

6/14/16 7:31 AM

Nearly a decade after the initial groundbreaking, the Panama Canal's expansion of a third set of locks is set to open to container ships (and specifically mega-ships) on June 26th. 

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Topics: International, PortSide, Industry News, Supply Chain

E-Commerce Sales Continue Year Over Year Growth in 2015

6/10/16 8:00 AM

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, online sales in the U.S. totaled $341.7 billion, a 14.6% increase over 2014!

With web sales continuing to grow on an annual basis, more online business owners are looking to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of their e-commerce supply chains.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Infographic

5 Ways A Warehouse Management System Can Improve Your Supply Chain

6/1/16 7:50 AM

What is a warehouse management system?

In recent years, you've probably heard or read aboutwarehouse management systems (WMS) in trade magazines and online. So what are they and how do they work?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Warehousing, Technology, Warehouse Management System

Asia-Memphis Express Expands With Improved Service From South China

5/24/16 9:00 AM

An innovative combination of ocean service and inland transportation that cuts transit times by up to 10 days, the Asia-Memphis Express has set the bar of excellence for LCL service from Asia to the Southeast for several years.

Now, we are proud to announce that we have expanded this cost-efficient service to provide customers with greater access from South China and Guangdong Province with weekly departures from the Port of Yantian.

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Topics: International, Service, Importing, Asia-Memphis Express

2015 Exports from United States to Mexico Nearly Double Since 2005

3/22/16 1:45 PM

According to the United States Census Bureau, the US exported approximately $236.4 billion worth of goods and services to Mexico in 2015. That's nearly twice the amount of 2005 when exports to Mexico totalled around $120 billion.

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Topics: International, Infographic, Mexico

Imports Through East Coast Ports Hit 7.9 million TEU in 2015

3/14/16 7:51 AM

According to the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), imports through East Coast ports in the United States reached 7.9 million TEU of loaded containers in 2015—an astounding 12.6% increase from 2014.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Supply Chain, Infographic