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Filling the Speed-to-Market Gap with Fulfillment Services

February 15, 2018 Comments Off on Filling the Speed-to-Market Gap with Fulfillment Services
Retailers and manufacturers alike are redesigning supply chain methods to meet tighter shipping windows and heightened expectations. Speed to market is top-of-mind for retailers that are tasked with balancing a constant flow of inventory with consumers searching for the new “it” product. Because of this, retailers must maintain a constant flow of inventory, keeping the Read More

RILA Supply Chain Conference 2018 – Addressing Retail’s Biggest Concerns

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on RILA Supply Chain Conference 2018 – Addressing Retail’s Biggest Concerns
In 2017, the U.S. economy experienced growth at a rate of over 3% in the second and third quarters, and corporate profits increased 5.3% year-over-year in Q3. As a result, retailers are struggling to find capacity and maintain a consistent supply chain. The 2018 Retail Industry Leadership Association (RILA) supply chain conference is sure to Read More

Predicting the Road Ahead with Visibility

February 6, 2018 Comments Off on Predicting the Road Ahead with Visibility
Visibility in the supply chain is evolving, increasing the need for delivery transparency and speed. In 2017, visibility ranked as the third-most strategic priority among companies with supply chain operations, compared to sixth in 2015, per a recent GEODIS survey. Yet, only 6% of those companies have reached their visibility target. Having an end-to-end view of Read More

4 Elements that Define a Quality Final Mile Delivery Provider

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on 4 Elements that Define a Quality Final Mile Delivery Provider
Final mile service refers to the planning and execution of the last delivery leg for big and bulky merchandise from a retailer or manufacturer into the home of a consumer. Big and bulky products include furniture, appliances, TVs, mattresses, and more – anything that won’t fit the size, weight, handling, or service requirements of parcel Read More

Secure Capacity by Converting to Flatbed

January 18, 2018 Comments Off on Secure Capacity by Converting to Flatbed
Logistics markets started out tight in 2018 – and analysts don’t see that stopping anytime soon. To address capacity concerns in today’s supply chain, companies need to think outside the box. By converting dry van freight to flatbed, businesses can take advantage of additional capacity and, often, shorter loading times. Consider adding flatbed to your strategy Read More

5 Tips for a Cost-effective Reverse Logistics Strategy

December 28, 2017 Comments Off on 5 Tips for a Cost-effective Reverse Logistics Strategy
As the holiday shopping season comes to a close, businesses should consider their next move: Where will all the overstock and returns go? The answer certainly isn’t simple; developing an effective reverse logistics program can be overwhelming to many businesses. Reverse logistics is the movement of freight from its typical final destination such as a Read More

ELDs Putting Pressure on Your Supply Chain?

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on ELDs Putting Pressure on Your Supply Chain?
Dec. 18, 2017, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect and shed light on drivers’ operating hour limit. The mandate has been predicted to significantly increase market rates and decrease the available capacity. Now is a great time to revisit our “ELD Impact” executive briefing. It has been updated to include information on Read More

When You Need to Bring the Heat: Shipping Sensitive Freight in Cold Climates

December 4, 2017 Comments Off on When You Need to Bring the Heat: Shipping Sensitive Freight in Cold Climates
As winter begins to settle on the coldest regions of Canada and the United States, businesses are preparing their supply chains with plans for moving freezable and cold-sensitive freight through frigid climates. There are three cold-protect methods freight shippers use most. Knowing how they work can help maintain the integrity of your freight. Types of Read More

Best Practices for Seamless LTL Holiday Shipping

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Best Practices for Seamless LTL Holiday Shipping
Businesses that experience increased shipping volume during the winter holidays often look to less-than-truckload (LTL) services as a solution to move smaller quantity shipments across North America. Rather than sending all customer orders individually via parcel – which can become very cost-prohibitive – businesses should consider sourcing an LTL carrier. LTL is also optimal for Read More

Recruiting in a Highly Competitive Market

November 3, 2017 Comments Off on Recruiting in a Highly Competitive Market
Authored by David Keefauver, SVP of Dedicated Contract Services Operations A driver shortage has been lingering over the supply chain industry for many years. The average driver age is rising, regulations are changing, drivers are accepting non-transportation job offers, and driving jobs aren’t easily backfilled. When combined with the recent capacity crunch, the need for Read More