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How to Prepare for Tight Truckload Capacity

truckload_capacityIn the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey—and as Hurricane Irma moves closer— truckload capacity is tighter than it has been for years, giving some shippers challenges in covering freight. Here are the factors at work, along with some suggestions for what you can do now to prepare yourself for the market ahead. Read More…

Differences Matter in EU and U.S. Transportation Procurement

truckload_procurementAs companies expand globally through mergers or organic growth, many are faced with the decision whether to combine logistics teams and apply a universal truckload procurement strategy across multiple regions. However, differences between markets do require adjustments. To obtain the most effective results, best practice requires adaptations to truckload procurement strategies. In this post, I’ll shed some light on the chief differences between Europe’s truckload procurement practices and those in the United States—and why it matters. Read More…

Decrease Truckload Costs by Cutting Dwell Times

truckload-ratesJust how long are you making drivers wait to load and unload? Like it or not, loading and unloading time eats into a truckload driver’s hours of service. So it should be no surprise that dwell time is one of the leading variables that could affect your truckload rates. Read More…

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Bundling Lanes Can Improve Truckload Rates and Service

Logistics Best PracticesEven in a down business year (e.g., 2008-2009) where transactional truckload shipments dropped by almost 80%, spot rates still cost more than contract rates. In your experience as a shipper, you may already have a general sense that combining and redefining some lanes—particularly low volume lanes—could help you find additional transportation cost savings. Read More…

Truck Drivers: A Vital Link Keeping Our World and Supply Chains Moving

Truck Drivers: A Vital Link Keeping Our World and Supply Chains Moving

Truck Driver Appreciation

This week is an extra special week within the supply chain community. September 11-17 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which is an annual initiative to celebrate and send special thanks to all of the professional truck drivers for the hard work they do each and every day.
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