3 Retail Shipping Tips For The Holiday Season

9/27/18 10:40 AM

As the busiest time of year for retailers, the holiday season can be a roller coaster of preparation and execution across all areas of business. From gauging the latest shopping trends to staffing temporary employees, there are several moving pieces that need to work together to succeed. One part of the puzzle that certainly can't be overlooked is inventory and supply chain planning.

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Topics: Retail, LTL, Shipping Tips

4 Ways To Handle Rising Freight Rates & Shipping Costs

7/24/18 10:17 AM

Pushed by a growing economy and driver shortage, increasing freight rates have been on most shippers' minds lately. In truth, rates, particularly in the truckload segment, have been on everyone's minds for quite a while now.

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Topics: Shipping Tips, LTL, Truckload

How Inland Ports Yield International Supply Chain Benefits

4/27/18 8:03 AM

The growth of the globalized economy has led to more supply chains that rely on importing and exporting through the nation's busy seaports. This increase in international business, however, has also led to increased supply chain costs as a result of cargo congestion and capacity constraints around the seaports. Adding to the issue, fewer drivers are available to move containers long distances inland to shipper destinations, which can lead to delays.

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Topics: Importing, Intermodal, Shipping Tips, exporting, International

How Your Carrier Can Help You Ship Green

4/19/18 8:58 AM

3 Ways To Reduce Supply Chain Environmental Impact

Together, shippers and carriers can significantly reduce a supply chain's impact on the environment. Knowing which questions to ask of your carriers and how to identify service providers with a green mindset may not always be clear though. Consider these three factors when looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint with the help of your carriers.

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Topics: Environment, Shipping Tips

How To Unlock Cross-Border Capacity With Freight Transloading

3/30/18 8:00 AM

In February, we discussed solutions that can help shippers navigate the freight capacity crunch currently felt throughout the U.S. Current challenges with capacity, however, are not limited to freight moving domestically. Cross-border freight capacity between the U.S. and Mexico, for example, has become increasingly difficult to secure in recent years.

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Topics: Mexico, International, Shipping Tips, Truckload, Supply Chain

The Guide To Navigating The Freight Capacity Crunch of 2018 And Beyond

2/14/18 10:36 AM

In January 2017, we informed our readers about the warning signs that signaled an impending truckload capacity crunch. As the year progressed, the forecasted storm developed into reality, and capacity constraint has been reported as the primary issue faced by many shippers last year. 

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Topics: Intermodal, Air, Brokerage, TMS, Shipping Tips, Truckload, less-than-truckload

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

12/20/17 3:00 PM

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 Dog," which begins on February 16, 2018, 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, Importing, Supply Chain, Shipping Tips

When Hurricane Season And Dangerous Weather Threaten Your Supply Chain

6/23/17 8:44 AM

Depending on where you live, there are certain times of the year when bad weather is more likely to impact your supply chain. From hurricane season along the coasts to potential tornadoes inland, Mother Nature can quickly jeopardize your day-to-day operations. While you can't control the weather, there are a few precautions you can take to minimize its effects on your supply chain.

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Topics: Shipping Tips, Expedited

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: Supply Chain, Shipping Tips

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

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