Outdoor sports enthusiasts are not confined by boundaries, so how can we expect their equipment to fit inside a box? Outdoor equipment shippers handle material that can be difficult to package and classify; so much so that certain items warrant their own classifications. These can include hunting blinds and other camouflage material.
Today’s consumers want their products as soon as possible, with free shipping whenever possible.
This squeezes the supply chain and forces companies to operate more efficiently than ever. How can they do this? By seeking outside logistics providers with the capability of managing the entire logistics process.
Yep, that number is correct – the U.S. wastes 40% of everything it produces. And it’s not from wasteful consumer habits as much as the lack of efficient food logistics.
Did you know that the man who invented shipping containers, thus shaping the history of transportation, was a truck driver from North Carolina?
What do you think of when you hear the word expedite? For most people, expedite = expensive.
That’s why they are reserved for only the most important and time-sensitive freight.
But what if there was a way to customize your expedited shipping, walking backwards and step-by-step to find value and make it more economical?
Over the past month, America has experienced some of the lowest gas prices in over a decade.
That’s not just good news for consumers; capacity is opening up for freight carriers. But while this has eased the capacity crunch temporarily, shippers know that this ease in capacity won’t be long-term. Gas prices will hike back up, especially during the holiday season.
It’s that time of year again when carriers announce their general rates increases (GRIs). GRIs are not a popular subject because they mean that carriers are charging more money to move freight.
3PLs can ease the burden of GRIs on LTL shippers by using their group buying power to negotiate and coordinate shipments at a lower rate than an individual shipper could.
Two decades ago, "logistics" didn't denote comprehensive, technology-heavy freight management. Logistics providers started as truck brokers.
But over time, technology (the internet specifically) introduced an age of global e-commerce that is changing consumer behavior. Supply chains are required to operate with more efficiency than ever.
A recent article stated that 96% of consumers see track & trace abilities as very important to their online purchasing decisions.
Among the hot topics of the day, environmentalism is an issue that more and more companies are trying to be conscious of while managing their supply chains. How does a company modify its operations to appease the law as well as be a better steward of the environment?
This checklist includes five categories, each with three questions to consider; all meant to give companies a realistic starting point in moving towards a “green supply chain”:
Increasing consumer demands mean that suppliers and customers have to work together to satisfy the end-user. In today’s economy, that means switching from traditional logistics to JIT, which means smaller quantities of products are moving from suppliers to customers as they are needed, rather than being shipped in mass quantities and sitting in a warehouse.
JIT has many benefits, including:
- Improved quality
- Reduced costs
- Increased market share for both parties