The Weighing Costs That Congestion Has On Your Supply Chain

5/26/17 12:41 PM

The American Transportation Research Institute recently published a new report titled "Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry: 2017 Update. According to the group's findings, traffic congestion throughout the United States resulted in a staggering cost of $63.4 billion to the transportation industry in 2015 due to lost productivity. The majority of the costs associated with congestion occurred in metropolitan areas.

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Topics: Shipping Tips, Supply Chain

Pool Distribution: Cutting Costs And Time In The Long Haul

5/15/17 9:31 AM

When you ship in volume, using less-than-truckload (LTL) for distribution is generally the most cost-effective solution for regional and short haul transportation. However, if your freight is moving a long distance, such as from the West Coast to locations across the country, the cost of moving multiple less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments can quickly add up.

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Topics: Intermodal, Distribution, Supply Chain, less-than-truckload, Truckload

3 Best Practices To Avoid Cargo Customs Clearance Disasters

4/24/17 10:02 AM

The challenges of importing and exporting can be complex and tedious. And while shippers and their logistics partners work hard together to create a seamless process for moving cargo over the ocean or across borders, the biggest risks often involve paperwork. To help avoid unneccesary cargo customs clearance delays and disasters as a result of paperwork, keep these three best practices in mind.

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Topics: International, Importing, exporting, Mexico, Canada

The Rigors Of Freight In Transit [video]

4/11/17 10:47 AM

When your freight is tendered into the care of your driver, the carrier does all that it can to ensure that it arrives to its destination on time, on target, and intact. To succeed, there are steps that both the carrier and the shipper can take to ensure that your freight moves without unnecessary delay or damage, including: the proper completion of the bill of lading, addressing and handling labels, as well as proper packaging.

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Topics: Shipping Tips

International Update: 2017 Ocean Carrier And Rates Outlook [video]

3/30/17 10:32 AM

Charlie McGee, Averitt's Vice President of International Solutions, recently sat down to discuss the state of the international ocean market. Watch the video below to find out what shippers need to be prepared for throughout 2017.

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Topics: International, Industry News, Importing, exporting

Protecting Your Supply Chain From Cybersecurity Threats

3/28/17 9:12 AM

Transportation and supply chain cybersecurity rank among the top concerns of shippers, according to a 2016 survey by Wills Towers Watson. Considering the rapid advancements of technology over the years and the shipper's growing reliance upon web-based systems, the findings may not come as a shock. 

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Topics: Supply Chain, Technology

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