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Logistics

Countdown to Black Friday: How LTL Can Be Part of a Well-Rounded Strategy

Countdown to Black Friday: How LTL Can Be Part of a Well-Rounded Strategy.Transportfolio

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Retailers are working hard to prepare for the crowds of consumers who are excited to jumpstart their holiday shopping on Black Friday. Transportation and logistics professionals are in the thick of it, too. And as we get closer to the big day, less than truckload (LTL) and small parcel shipments will continue to play a big role in keeping goods flowing from manufacturers and distribution centers (DCs) to warehouses and retail locations across the country.
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7 Ways to Create a Successful Onsite Resource Relationship

7 Ways to Create a Successful Onsite Resource Relationship.Transportfolio

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So you’ve made the decision to outsource your company’s logistics and found a company to work with. Now what? You probably realize it’s critically important to keep everything flowing smoothly—especially during the transition. But figuring out how to do that may elude you. The answer may be to have someone from your new logistics outsource actually work in your building. An onsite resource is often a great option whether you’re getting started or have been outsourcing your logistics for years.
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East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in October 2015. Since the Panama Canal is scheduled to open this Sunday, June 26, we wanted to share it with you again.

Port ImageYou might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports. In fact, the battleground on which ports compete for customers will likely expand and move several hundred miles west, toward Chicago and Memphis. It will take in other metropolitan areas like Detroit and Columbus, and encompass a newly contested region that accounts for more than 15% of the U.S. GDP. » Read More

4 Strategies for Planning that Best in Class Companies Use

4 Strategies for Planning that Best in Class Companies Use.Transportfolio

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Between all of the logistics forecasting and post mortem discussion that go into it, planning can seem like a never-ending cycle. But this critical annual task doesn’t have to be a painful process. Many best in class companies build their supply chain strategy around four best practices. Keep them in mind as you start thinking about your plan for 2017.

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Outlook on U.S. Exports: Forecasting the “Perfect Storm” or Something Else?

Outlook on U.S. Exports – Forecasting the “perfect storm” or something else?.Transportfolio

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Many of us are familiar with the term “perfect storm.” This cliché term implies conditions are ideal for the creation of a pending negative event. Recently, it has been used to describe the outlook for U.S. exports. Exporters continually hear the rumbles of thunder from the industry and economic press decrying the longstanding trade imbalance for the United States and their trading partners, recounting the fact that imports significantly outweigh the exporting of goods.
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