How to Be a Better Shipper to Your Carriers and Brokers

Let’s face it, people do business with individuals and companies that treat them well and with those they like. In transportation, relationships between shippers and their various carriers and vendors hasn’t always been easy. In recent years, however, industry forces—tightened capacity, increased regulations, driver shortages as well as road and traffic conditions—have transformed shipper-carrier relationships into a more collaborative partnership,…

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How to Develop a Strategic Relationship with your Freight Broker

Freight brokers are no longer the Rodney Dangerfield of the transportation industry.  Prior to 2013, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration raised the bonding requirement, subpar brokers gave the industry a bad name. Since then, the higher bond surety and other competitive forces have caused more brokers to go out of business. Despite tight freight capacity and driver shortages,…

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Tell Us Your Thoughts On Freight Brokerage in 3 Minutes or Less

What does it take to run an efficient, safe, and cost-effective freight brokerage program? With so many aspects to consider, you may often wonder if you're using the safest carriers, getting the most competitive rates or if your products will arrive on time. So we can provide an even better product and experience out in the marketplace, we are collecting…

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5 Strategies to Control your Transportation Costs

Shippers, on down to the individual consumer, pay mightily for transportation and logistics costs, whether directly or indirectly. Did you know that U.S. businesses spent $1.45 trillion on logistics in 2014, representing 8.3 percent of the nation’s GDP? That’s an increase in logistics costs of 3.1 percent over the prior year, according to the latest available figures, from the Council…

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Top Incentives For Implementing LEAN Manufacturing

The Top Incentives For Implementing Lean Manufacturing Lean manufacturing has many perceived benefits: greater efficiency, helpful to the environment, and so on. As a manufacturer, how do those benefits really affect you where it matters most? Here’s a look at some of the top reasons to switch to lean manufacturing, including lower costs, higher productivity and more. Better bottom line.…

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Are You Demanding Enough from Your 3PL Technology?

To be demanding isn’t all bad, especially when those demands help you grow your business and save money in the process.  Technology for all its wonders, can throw up road blocks that companies have to find ways around. As Steve Banker’s Logistics Viewpoints blog post Customers Demand More from 3PLs Technologically, Than They Would Ever Demand of Themselves points out,…

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Capacity Issues Expected to Push Freight Costs Higher in 2015

Predicting the future is nearly impossible.  However, predicting trends based on historical data, though still imperfect, is more achievable.  The 2015 predictions are in and as with 2014 freight costs are expected to rise.  The most significant factor leading to increasing costs is diminishing capacity.  It is simple supply and demand, and there simply aren’t enough trucks available. There are…

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Why a Hybrid Supply Chain Strategy is Necessary to Maintain Competitive Advantage

Customers are looking for value. They are also increasingly looking for responsiveness—the desire for more customization and smaller batch sizes has led to faster turnarounds, smaller inventory levels and more just in time (JIT) delivery requirements. In most cases it is not an “either, or” situation. Lean Systems are necessary in order to do things as efficiently as possible –…

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