Last December, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect for the broader carrier community, marking a change in how professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers log hours of service (HOS). The federal ELD mandate, which states that fleets previously using paper logbooks needed to equip their trucks with ELDs, went into full enforcement—which includes issuing non-compliant drivers with out-of-service citations—on April 1, 2018, with the exception of a limited 90-day waiver for the transportation of agricultural commodities that remains in effect until June 18. » Read More
After a strong finish in 2017, flatbed demand has continued to soar in 2018 resulting in historic supply and demand imbalances across North America. » Read More
How Generac Power Systems Cut Millions from Its Global Transportation Spend | Transportfolio
It’s exciting when your company grows rapidly through merger and acquisition. It’s challenging, too, and managing through change can be difficult. Yet, there are steps you can take to standardize processes and systems—and do it quickly with the right tools and resources. Generac Power Systems, the number one manufacturer of home backup generators, became an international company in a few short years and developed a global supply chain that is now prepared for the next stage of growth. Here’s how they did it.
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Just how collaborative are your internal departments? If you’re running into issues when one department makes a decision that unintentionally affects one or more aspects of your supply chain, your answer is probably along the lines of “not very.” And it may be holding back your transportation team’s effectiveness.
In many organizations, transportation is simply the recipient of collaboration that happens in other supply chain functions. Under that model, transportation teams can only respond to what comes their way. Instead, transportation should have a say in the collaborative planning process right along with the other supply chain functions. When brought to the table earlier, transportation can be a more proactive contributor to overarching supply chain goals.
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Construction season, which takes place in the warmer months, means that flatbed shipping’s popularity grows. As a result, for small to mid-size shippers, finding and sourcing flatbed capacity becomes increasingly difficult this time of the year.
Thus, due to the seasonal swings and a fragmented carrier base in the flatbed market, many shippers delve deeper into their route guides and often resort to spot market bidding as their route guides are exhausted. This leads to increases in costs as well as more time spent trying to procure capacity.