Join Us In Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2016

9/12/16 9:30 AM

Did you know that the trucking industry accounts for one out of every 16 jobs in the United States? Furthermore, 80% of communities across our country depend on truck drivers to provide access to goods and commodities that we often take for granted.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, 2016, is the time of year that we honor the men and women of our nation's driving force for their contributions to our businesses and society as a whole. If not for their hard work and dedication, we'd never be able keep moving forward.

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Topics: Industry News

International Update: 7th Largest Shipping Carrier Nears Bankruptcy

9/1/16 8:20 AM

Shippers May Experience Disruptions As Korean Firm Hanjin Files For Receivership

The seventh largest international vessel operator and member of the shipping partnership CKYHE Alliance filed for receivership on Wednesday (8/31) after losing financial backing of South Korean banks. Hanjin, which had amassed a debt of $5 billion by the end of 2015, has operated four out of the last five years in the red. 

Overcapacity and weak demand contributed to Hanjin's inability to stay afloat as the world's major shipping lines went through numerous mergers, acquisitions and fought one another for market share.

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Topics: International, Industry News

4 Freight Management Tips To Help Shippers Avoid Late Deliveries

8/29/16 1:58 PM

As a business owner or professional in the supply chain industry, you've most likely encountered issues with getting your shipment to its destination on time. From weather delays to traffic and carrier mistakes, it often feels like you have little control of the process.

However, you do play a critical role in helping to ensure that your business can avoid late deliveries that can cause supply chain disruptions or lead to angry calls from customers. With that in mind, consider these four great practices that you can easily implement into your freight management strategy that will help you avoid late deliveries.   

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Topics: Shipping Tips

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