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

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

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

Understanding Non-traditional Delivery and Accessorial Charges

11/29/16 10:00 AM


One of the many challenges that shippers and freight managers face in their supply chain are accessorial charges. Also referred to as "value-added services," these charges are the additional costs that are applied to a shipment that requires extra services from the carrier beyond standard pickup and delivery.

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Topics: Shipping Tips

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

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

2016 State of North America Integrated Transportation Survey Results Whitepaper

1/28/16 10:06 AM

In December, we conducted a survey with shippers across the country, asking them about their opinions on industry trends and how they had been affected during 2015. We also asked about their top concerns for 2016.

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Topics: Service, Shipping Tips, Industry News

Learn to strengthen your import and export transportation model with A free supply chain white paper

11/30/15 7:30 AM

When it comes to the volatile world of international supply chains, shippers have to be able to make the right decisions at the right times. And in recent years, American importers and exporters have come to learn that is often better to operate with a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to inland transportation that begins or ends with a port. 

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Topics: International, PortSide, Shipping Tips, Supply Chain