The value of reverse logistics

Stop pain before it strikes. You might have a hard time defining reverse logistics. On the other hand, you likely would have plenty to say about potential ramifications of returned goods from customers. Challenges such as inventory control, sunk costs and wasted resources likely would jump to mind. Consider reverse logistics the antidote to overcoming […]

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15 billion reasons to incorporate intermodal

It may be old news that freight shippers incorporate intermodal more often these days to help solve transportation challenges. But saving money never gets old. Is it time for you to jump on board? The growing popularity of intermodal transportation is reflected in railroad capital expenditures, $15 billion in 2014 and growing (Source: grainnet.com). BNSF […]

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West Coast port congestion’s silver lining

The West Coast port congestion that created pain for shippers has also provided you a painkiller: more trucking companies offering shorter transit times, more expedited service, and delivery guarantees. Yes, more carriers are changing transit times to woo shippers. In an environment where freight far outweighs capacity and carriers are turning away loads, why are […]

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Your 3PL relationship, the problem and fix.

You may be generally okay with your 3PL relationship but not quite ready for a long-term commitment. This sentiment comes from research conducted by SCM World. Why do companies feel this way? For starters, consider the typical engagement scenario. A 3PL walks into a prospective customer’s office, asks for a data set and then presents […]

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Questions to ask when choosing a TMS

Transportation management system (TMS) technology is growing rapidly in popularity. The TMS sector’s double digit growth should continue over the next near, according to ARC Advisory Group, a technology research and advisory firm. Why? Demand in the market is what always drives innovation and collaboration. In this case, a TMS saves money. However, this is […]

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