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

Five Retail Supply Chain Practices For Preparing For the Holidays

9/30/16 2:52 PM

We're in the homestretch of 2016, and that can mean only one thing for retailers: the holiday season is about to begin! Undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year, retail shippers have a lot on their plates to deal with.

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Topics: Shipping Tips, Supply Chain, Retail

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