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Supply Chain Consulting

What’s Missing in Your Total Landed Cost

What’s Missing in Your Total Landed Cost.Transportfolio

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Editor’s note: This post originally ran in 2012. Since it’s a relevant topic, we wanted to share it with you again.

From what we’ve seen, it is rare that a company knows their true total landed cost (TLC) for each item they produce and deliver. There’s a reason for this. For most companies, there are many costs in hiding. And unless you hunt down and include those hidden costs in your TLC calculations, you’re basing supply chain decisions on incomplete data. » Read More

Making Sense of Truckload Surcharges: Index, Peg, & Escalator

Fuel Surcharges

Can shippers make truckload (TL) rates fuel surcharges less expensive by altering the way fuel surcharge programs are structured?

Fuel surcharges reflect fluctuations in prices at the pump. When prices rise above an agreed threshold, carriers receive a credit; when below the threshold, shippers are compensated. The fairness of this mechanism is the subject of much debate in the industry. » Read More

6 Facts You May Not Know About Marine Cargo Insurance

6 Things You May Not Know About Marine Cargo Insurance

Marine CargoIf your business is expanding to overseas markets, marine cargo insurance can offer you important protection for your ocean shipments.

Marine cargo insurance policies are unique compared to other insurance policies. This is because international ocean and air shipments are subject to a unique set of laws that limit the liability of carriers.

This post will outline six surprising facts about marine cargo insurance that you might not have known before, and should keep in mind when planning, purchasing, and using.

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6 Things to Consider as You Plan Your 2016 Budget

2016 Budgeting

The start of a new year means budget planning is likely back on your agenda. You probably have questions about what the 2016-2017 ocean contract season will bring. Let’s look at six key topics to watch in the coming year that could impact your budget planning now. » Read More