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Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

End of Quarter Transportation

Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs? Well, you’re certainly not alone if you’re asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, maybe in your company, or maybe in other organizations, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does at those times. Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges. But they increase significantly near the end of a quarter in some regions.
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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

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The slowing gross domestic product (GDP) growth and a change in growth toward services has adjusted freight markets for both truckload and rail. Read this month’s Market Update for highlights on some of the key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America. Then share your thoughts on these topics and other issues that affect your business.

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Be more Strategic about Your Supply Chain Sourcing

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A strategic approach to sourcing what you need to keep your business moving can help avoid disruptions and stay competitive in today’s competitive market.

Interrupted supply chains can mean costly delays and unsatisfied customers. A strategic approach to obtaining what you need to keep your business and products moving—whether you’re sourcing raw materials, manufactured accessories, or transportation capacity—can help avoid unforeseen disruptions and create a competitive advantage in today’s changing market. So just how strategic are you when it comes to sourcing transportation capacity? Ask yourself these four questions:

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The 3 Common Misconceptions about Cross-Border Shipping

Cross-Border Shipping

Nearshoring, the act of transferring manufacturing and production lines away from its foreign location and closer to the United States, is increasing in popularity. More U.S. parties show significant interest in better understanding the cross-border shipping process. The increased interest has exposed many misconceptions within the shipping community, which otherwise cloud the fundamentals of cross-border transportation. Clarifying these assumptions helps improve efficiencies, increase visibility, and grow U.S./Mexico trade relationships. Listed below are three common and incorrect assumptions shippers make about the cross-border shipping process. » Read More

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market-Updates DomesticIn the transportation industry, there are many moving parts that can impact your day-to-day operations. From monitoring carrier capacity and driver shortages to tracking diesel pricing and government regulations, staying current on relevant news means you will be better equipped to make knowledgeable business decisions and drive growth and efficiency into your supply chain. This month’s Market Update highlights key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America, including the latest Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) reading, which, while at the highest it’s been since 2010, has been predicted to be short-lived.
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