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Archives for October 2013

Order Management: The Secret to Better Partial Load Shipping

Temperature Controlled Truck

You aren’t imagining it. Your partial loads of temperature controlled freight are getting harder to manage. And you aren’t alone. Lots of shippers struggle to route these shipments. Lots of shippers can’t tell customers if their orders will arrive on time—until they don’t. Lots of shippers pay fines because of service failures. And lots really don’t know what transportation actually costs for every customer. But you know what? You don’t have to be one of them. You can get out of this crowd with order level management. » Read More

Guest Post: The X’s and O’s of Intermodal in Supply Chain Management

Intermodal in Supply Chain ManagementCooler weather, passion for the team, and the ongoing discussion of the next big game; it must be football season. For most, this means tailgating and spectating, but there are several takeaways that transportation and supply chain leaders can borrow from a successful football program’s playbook. » Read More

What Makes a Great Freight Forwarder?

Freight Forwarder Air Cargo

All forwarders claim to be great. But they can’t all have the best, most dedicated and knowledgeable employees. They can’t all be negotiating the best rates for the service provided. You could spend a career sorting through forwarders to find the ones who actually do what they say they will. Or, you can ask yourself these questions to quickly separate the mighty from the merely mediocre. » Read More

How to Sidestep This Unexpected Outcome of the Shutdown

Government Shutdown and Truckload Transportation

As the government shutdown grinds into its third week businesses are being disrupted in a number of surprising ways, and one of them is the levying of fuel surcharges.

Most transportation contracts with a fuel surcharge table rely on a small agency called the Energy Information Agency (EIA) within the Department of Energy to report weekly national average diesel prices. Every Monday around 5:00 p.m. EST, someone within your company could well visit the EIA website to check the latest average diesel price. » Read More

Government Shutdown and the Energy Information Agency

Energy Information Agency Government Update

As the government shutdown grinds into its second week, businesses are discovering many surprising ways the shutdown may disrupt the business world. Most transportation contracts with a fuel surcharge table rely on a small agency called the Energy Information Agency (EIA) within the Department of Energy to report weekly national average diesel prices. Every Monday around 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, someone within your company may visit this website to get the latest average diesel price. » Read More