To add elasticity to your shipping, think small—small carriers, that is
When you’re picking carriers to move your freight, there is no shortage of options; according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration exceeded 586,000. Private carriers totaled over 747,000 and other interstate motor carriers totaled over 144,000.
Truckload capacity needs change all the time because of a wide variety of economic, social, political, and environmental factors. Therefore, it’s important that shippers establish relationships with a variety of truckload carriers so that fulfilling capacity needs is as easy as possible, as often as possible. » Read More
Carriers, Over the Road
For most people, surprises can be wonderful— but, as shippers, you’d like to avoid them at all costs because of the time and funds they can waste. Your best bet to avoid unexpected trouble? Develop a comprehensive truckload strategy so you’re prepared to handle just about anything. » Read More
The air freight landscape has experienced some dramatic shifts in recent years. In fact, those events seem likely to produce some headwinds for air freight shippers in 2018 in locating available air capacity, especially during peak seasons.
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Global Forwarding, Global Transportation
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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Customers, Supply Chain
While flatbed shipping is extremely important to our economy— industries like oil and gas, construction, and manufacturing depend on flatbed shipping— it involves a lot of challenges; procurement can be difficult, there is rampant decentralization, and technology tends to be overlooked. To combat challenges and optimize flatbed shipping processes, use a third-party logistics provider (3PL).
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Over the Road, Technology