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Archives for September 2015

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

Quarter-End Shipping Surges Impact Transportation Rates

End of Quarter Transportation

Do month-end or quarter-end surges still affect your transportation costs? Well, you’re certainly not alone if you’re asking this age-old question! Those familiar with transportation know that month-end or quarter-end freight surges commonly occur, maybe in your company, or maybe in other organizations, and that your routing guide may not work as well as it usually does at those times. Our research at Iowa State University shows that transportation costs don’t actually rise during end-of-month surges. But they increase significantly near the end of a quarter in some regions.
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How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Possibility of a Government Shutdown

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Possibility of a Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown

Most congressional watchers are predicting that the federal government will shut down for at least a short period of time before the end of the year. Whether this is a result of the federal budget that needs to be authorized or raising the federal debt ceiling, the political dynamics that caused the 2013 government shutdown remain largely the same.
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Moving Auto Components in India: More Complex than You’d Expect

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The new “Make in India” initiative is a major factor in the growing trend to move automotive manufacturing to India. On their way to becoming a preferred destination to source auto components by major OEMs and tier-1 manufacturers, India’s workforce has the knowledge and skills to deliver quality products. As much as those in the auto component industry embrace this opportunity, they still have to navigate through several challenges when manufacturing in India, and one of those challenges is transportation.

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Truck Driver Trivia: An Infographic of Obscure Facts

Truck Driver Trivia: An Infographic of Obscure Facts

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

It’s truck driver appreciation week 2015. All week, we’re celebrating the proud drivers who keep the world moving day in and day out. Every day professional drivers throughout the United States sacrifice time with their family and friends to ensure the goods we need on a daily basis are available.

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Market Update: Transportation Industry News

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The slowing gross domestic product (GDP) growth and a change in growth toward services has adjusted freight markets for both truckload and rail. Read this month’s Market Update for highlights on some of the key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America. Then share your thoughts on these topics and other issues that affect your business.

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3 Things to Know about Shipping Across the Canada-U.S. Border

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The world’s largest trade relationship is between Canada and the United States. In spite of this, a surprising number of companies don’t really understand how three basic issues will affect any freight that crosses the border. Read this quick infographic to help ensure you’re up to speed.

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5 Questions You Should Ask About Customs Compliance

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Trade regulations are always changing, with daily updates to old rules and the addition of new ones. When I’m helping companies with issues related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), people are often curious about what causes fines and penalties and what they can do to prevent them. Here are the answers to the most asked questions. » Read More

Why Hours of Service (HOS) this Fall is Such a Complicated Issue

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Last March, I wrote that the outlook for hours of service (HOS) would be very confusing this fall. With kids getting ready to go back to school and Congress on their August recess, I thought I would revisit what might happen to HOS this fall. Spoiler alert: It’s complicated!

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