Why Trucks Will Uncouple from Human Drivers Sooner than You Think
The driverless truck is no longer a fanciful idea that will materialize in some future world. The technology has advanced rapidly over recent years, and I believe that we’ll see these automated vehicles on our highways in the near future. Here’s why. » Read More
Over the Road, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Technology
Why Allowing Driverless Trucks on Public Highways is Still More Than 10 Years Away
Driverless trucks have the potential to deliver a number of important commercial and societal benefits, but don’t expect to actually see one on the open highway any time soon.
The commercial arguments in favor of the technology are persuasive. One of the key arguments is that driver shortages, a problem that has dogged the trucking industry for many years, would no longer be an issue if vehicles were automated. Eliminating human drivers would also free the industry of hours of service regulations and improve the utilization of our roads because automated control systems support denser traffic flows. » Read More
Supply Chain, Supply Chain Technology
Global Risk Management: Balancing Prevention and Response
Theft, political unrest, labor disputes, natural disasters, contract errors, insurance issues…all are issues that may be keeping you up at night and keeping your global shipments from their destinations. While you may not be able to predict when these and other issues may happen, you certainly can and should be planning for and guarding against them.
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Global Forwarding, Global Transportation
What is perishable consolidation? It’s a method where a consolidator combines individual less than truckload (LTL) shipments that contain perishable goods into one full container shipment. When the full container shipment reaches the store, individual shipments are then deconsolidated into their original LTL shipments
Perishable consolidation may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to transporting highly perishable and dated commodities. In fact, most people don’t even realize such a service exists. But it does. This type of transportation exists to benefit just-in-time products or programs, from regional produce distribution to a national juice program. But how do you know if this service is right for your needs? Ask yourself four questions. » Read More
Food and Beverage
Why Trucking Industry’s Image Should Change – Transportfolio
Editor’s note: This post originally ran on The Road, and we’re sharing it here, too, because this important topic impacts all of us. We value our carrier relationships and the important role drivers play in our industry.
Typically, as we reach this halfway point in the year, I like to discuss current, top-trending issues. Today, though, I’d like to talk about something else that has been on my mind lately: the image of trucking.
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Advantages of Door-to-Door Service Providers in U.S./Mexico Logistics | Transportfolio
This is the first post in a series about U.S./Mexico cross-border shipping. Over the next several months, I’ll share what best in class customers look for in a U.S./Mexico cross-border logistics provider. International business comes with many complications: differing currencies, variable exchange rates, languages, times zones, governing laws, and even different business objectives. Top tier international organizations understand the value of reducing unnecessary complexity—something a door to door provider can help with.
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Global Transportation, Mexico
What Are LTL Accesorials?
Less than truckload (LTL) accessorials compensate carriers for services and equipment beyond the basics. You can’t prevent all of these charges, but you can take steps to reduce them. » Read More
Over the Road, Supply Chain Consulting
The majority of capacity in today’s truckload marketplace comes from a fragmented base of carriers. Handling so many carrier relationships internally can be cost prohibitive. It doesn’t make sense to manage 50 relationships when you’re shipping in only a few lanes. It’s kind of a double-edged sword though because without a lot of carrier relationships, it might be hard to get capacity when you need it. That’s where a Core Carrier +1 (CC+1) model comes in.
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Carriers, Supply Chain