Addressing Retail’s Biggest Supply Chain Concerns

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on Addressing Retail’s Biggest Supply Chain 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

Recommendations for Improving MPG Performance in Trucking Fleets

January 8, 2018 Comments Off on Recommendations for Improving MPG Performance in Trucking Fleets
In the transportation industry, fuel economy is a major focus when companies, particularly freight carriers, want to minimize costs. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), fuel is often the second-highest cost for fleets – shadowed only by driver pay. Optimizing your fleet is essential for fuel efficiency and can help keep your trucks moving. 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 one shopping season or holiday comes to a close and retailers prepare for another, businesses must address a major challenge: 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 Read More

ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage, and Women in Trucking Top the List

December 26, 2017 Comments Off on ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage, and Women in Trucking Top the List
From electronic logging devices to autonomous trucks, 2017 has been a big year for logistics and transportation. Being up-to-date on industry news is important because of the impact it can have on your business. However, if you’re like most people, life can get busy and catching-up on your read list can be difficult. You might Read More

Tips for a Safe New Year’s Eve if You’re on the Road

December 21, 2017 Comments Off on Tips for a Safe New Year’s Eve if You’re on the Road
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, take a few minutes to review our tips for how to ring in the new year safely. Follow these tips if you must be on the road on New Year’s Eve. Have a happy holiday season and get your new year off to a safe start. Read More

ELDs Putting Pressure on Your Supply Chain?

December 19, 2017 Comments Off on ELDs Putting Pressure on Your Supply Chain?
As we near full implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate on April 1, 2018, it’s important to take note of a drivers’ operating hour limit. The mandate was 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 Read More

Quick Pay vs. Factoring: Which is Best for Your Trucking Company? (Part 2)

December 12, 2017 Comments Off on Quick Pay vs. Factoring: Which is Best for Your Trucking Company? (Part 2)
This article is the second in a two-part series about choosing the best load payment terms for your trucking business. Are you considering using load factoring for faster payment processing? Ask these important questions before signing a contract with a factoring agent. Questions for the Factoring Agent: Are factoring services provided on a recourse or non-recourse Read More