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Why It Matters Who Delivers to Your Customers

May 18, 2018 Comments Off on Why It Matters Who Delivers to Your Customers
Authored by Nick Hobbs, EVP and President of DCS and Final Mile The last experience with a brand often defines the whole experience for consumers. This is especially true for final mile deliveries, which can involve assembly and installation. As a final mile service provider, we know this represents a meaningful instance when a client’s brand is Read More

Roadcheck 2018: Prepping for Current and Future Market Conditions

May 15, 2018 Comments Off on Roadcheck 2018: Prepping for Current and Future Market Conditions
Roadcheck is the annual event by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) where tens of thousands of inspections are performed on commercial vehicles. This year’s Roadcheck will take place June 5th – 7th. Additionally, end of month and the Memorial Day holiday will increase pressure on our market. It’s important to recognize what’s coming and how Read More

Securing Capacity When Peak Season Demand is Strong

May 6, 2018 Comments Off on Securing Capacity When Peak Season Demand is Strong
Balancing demand and capacity has become increasingly difficult in recent months. In February 2018 – a historically low-volume month – pricing and load-to-truck ratio were at levels higher than any time throughout 2017, while intermodal capacity was 100% utilized.* Businesses are struggling to adapt to the new normal of less capacity and higher costs, particularly Read More

Fleet Trends that Will Shape 2018

March 16, 2018 Comments Off on Fleet Trends that Will Shape 2018
The year 2017 brought a lot of changes and challenges to the transportation industry and others that relied on distribution. Overall, the electronic logging device (ELD) implementation, driver shortage, and weather events affected multiple facets of transportation. Rates rose significantly and companies struggled to obtain the necessary capacity. Those challenges are still big players in Read More

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 tasked with balancing a constant flow of inventory with consumers searching for the new “it” product. Connect with us! 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