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Archives for August 2016

One Day, 240,000+ Pounds of Produce: How We Celebrated 10 Years of the Western Growers Transportation Program

One Day, 240,000+ Pounds of Produce: How We Celebrated 10 Years of the Western Growers Transportation Program

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Last Wednesday I participated in what will probably remain one of the highlights of my career. To celebrate 10 years of the Western Growers Transportation Program (WGTP)—a partnership formed by Western Growers and C.H. Robinson—Western Growers, C.H. Robinson, Feeding America, and other licensed associations participating in the WGTP hosted a national day of giving. We put out a call asking growers and associations to donate fresh produce to benefit Feeding America locations around the country. And they answered. Big time.
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Use Global TMS Technology to Connect Your Supply Chain

Use Global TMS Technology to Connect Your Supply Chain.Transportfolio

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In a world so tied together by technology, why is it that only 35% of shippers use a transportation management system (TMS)? It’s probably the same reason that 70% of those users have used the same software for several years—even if it’s outdated. TMS technology usage is even lower when it comes to global modes as compared to domestic. Change is hard. Implementing or changing a TMS can be arduous. But managed properly, a change to a cloud-based, global TMS could be well worth it.
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Let’s Celebrate: The Western Growers Transportation Program Turns 10

Let’s Celebrate: The Western Growers Transportation Program Turns 10.Transportfolio

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Transportation is (and always has been) a fundamental issue for fresh produce. In fact, a handful of growers in the Imperial Valley located in southern California founded Western Growers because of a transportation issue. The particular issues they faced in 1926 were tied to the railroad—rates, service levels, and equipment availability to be specific. And 10 years ago, we still faced many of those same problems, across all modes. So we created the Western Growers Transportation Program (WGTP).
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4 Steps to Simplify LTL Shipping

LTL Shipping

LTL shipping is an excellent way for shippers to increase profitability and efficiency. But how to successfully capitalize on LTL capabilities can pose a challenge for shippers. LTL shippers want to know how they can utilize LTL shipping to save money and make their supply chain more efficient, they are just unsure of how to get there on their own.

Let’s face it, LTL is multifaceted. Overseeing your LTL shipments takes a lot of attention and industry expertise. I’ve discovered that many companies have difficulty dealing with the complexities of freight classes, tariffs, discounts, and fuel surcharges that come along with LTL.
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7 Ways to Keep LTL Rates Down and Attract Carriers

Shipper Behaviors

You probably don’t mean to make your LTL carriers’ life more difficult. But did you know that certain characteristics of your LTL freight definitely impact the LTL rates that carriers are charging you – for better or worse? Make your freight more desirable to the carrier, and you can gain leverage for controlling your own costs.

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