Drivers: An Extension Of Your Business

3/17/17 7:58 AM

The person driving your product from point A to point B provides more than safe, reliable transportation. For every hour they are associated with your logo and brand, they represent your business to drivers on the road, people at restaurants and truck stops, and ultimately, to your customer. Drivers are an often-overlooked piece of the customer experience puzzle, but they present a valuable opportunity to represent your company well.

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Topics: Recruiting, Professionalism, Drivers

3 Ways A Transportation Management System Improves Shipping Efficiency

2/24/17 11:10 AM

Employing a transportation management system into your business may sound like a daunting challenge to undertake. However, the potential return on investment can easily wash away any anxieties you may feel about changing the way you have managed your transportation and supply chain needs in the past.

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Topics: Supply Chain, TMS

Utilizing Carrier Warehousing For Just-In-Time Inventory Replenishment

2/3/17 12:09 PM

One of the biggest challenges of running a retail supply chain is inventory replenishment. For many operations, high volume products need to be replenished on short notice during demand surges. Also referred to as just-in-time inventory replenishment, such surges can occur during predictable periods (i.e., holidays and peak seasons) or on a regular basis for a company that steadily moves a product. 

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Warehousing

Shipper Focus: How SalonCentric Cuts Waste & Improves Order Windows

1/25/17 10:14 AM

Partnering for Measurable Supply Chain Improvements

Reducing Tons Of Supply Chain Waste

SalonCentric, a nationwide wholesale salon and beauty supply distributor, wanted to find a way to reduce its impact on the environment while also minimizing its supply chain costs.

One area of its supply chain that SalonCentric saw an opportunity to make a difference with was the company's use of traditional cardboard boxes for shipping. Corrugate boxes, a staple of most retail supply chains, are great for transportation. However, such containers have a short shelf life and quickly find themselves in landfills.

To address the problem, SalonCentric invested in reusable plastic tote bins. The use of the bins had an astounding positive impact on the company's environmental footprint. 

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Topics: Customer Testimonials and Recognition, Supply Chain, Retail, Awards

Warning Signs: A Perfect Storm For Truckload Capacity

1/24/17 8:11 AM

When we asked shippers what their biggest challenges were in our 2017 State of The North American Supply Chain Survey, only 11 percent said they had issues with capacity. That number marked a 1 percent decrease from the prior year. On a graph, those numbers would appear to bode well for shippers as a sign of easing fears that a capacity crunch will not occur in the foreseeable future. 

However, there are a growing number of indicators that truckload capacity will tighten in 2017. More concerning, though, these warning signs may even suggest that shippers and carriers will experience a significant truckload capacity crunch that could last for several years. 

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Topics: Industry News, Supply Chain, Truckload

Supply Chain Focus: Are You Ready For The Chinese New year?

1/17/17 9:51 AM

As most of North America is getting into the swing of a new year, the Chinese will soon be celebrating the beginning of a new lunar calendar. The "Year of the Rooster," which begins on January 28, will bring about a standstill in manufacturing and freight movement in and out of the world's primary production center.

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Topics: International, Shipping Tips, Supply Chain, Importing

Plan Ahead: 2017 North American Supply Chain Survey Results [Whitepaper]

1/6/17 10:41 AM

As we approached the end of 2016, we conducted our second annual supply chain survey with shippers throughout the country and North America. By the end of our survey period, we had approximately 2,200 participants!

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Topics: Shipping Tips, Industry News, Supply Chain

2016 Logistics Review: 4 Events That Shook The Supply Chain

12/27/16 9:03 AM

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close? 2016 was full of surprises for shippers and supply chain professionals. Many of the stories that dominated headlines this year will impact us all in different ways. From the future of international trade to promises to fix U.S. infrastructure, the year was certainly one that will go down in the transportation management history books. Let's take a look at four of the top stories that will 2016 will be remembered for.

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Topics: International, Industry News, Supply Chain

4 Best Practices To Protect Your Supply Chain From Winter Weather [With gifs]

12/19/16 9:11 AM

Winter is upon us, and businesses throughout North America are running in high gear to meet end-of-the-year deadlines and to prepare for 2017. At the same time, the winter months can bring more volatility to your supply chain and shipping practices. 

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Topics: Shipping Tips

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