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Archives for October 2016

3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate

3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate | Transportfolio

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As we predicted in early 2016, consolidation within ocean shipping is something that will affect the industry in 2017 and beyond.

The latest consolidation effort involves Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), three of Japan’s largest container ship lines. They have agreed to establish a new joint venture company by approximately July 2017. And by April 2018, business is expected to commence pending regulatory approvals.
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Countdown to Black Friday: How LTL Can Be Part of a Well-Rounded Strategy

Countdown to Black Friday: How LTL Can Be Part of a Well-Rounded Strategy.Transportfolio

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Retailers are working hard to prepare for the crowds of consumers who are excited to jumpstart their holiday shopping on Black Friday. Transportation and logistics professionals are in the thick of it, too. And as we get closer to the big day, less than truckload (LTL) and small parcel shipments will continue to play a big role in keeping goods flowing from manufacturers and distribution centers (DCs) to warehouses and retail locations across the country.
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Is Your Routing Guide Ready for a Tune Up?

Is your routing guide ready for a tune up?.Transportfolio

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Asking, “What’s the point of conducting regular procurement events?” is just like asking, “What’s the point of conducting routine car maintenance?” You could skip some maintenance, but you’d probably pay for it in the end. And the same goes for procurement events. Whether it’s your supply chain or your car, regular “maintenance” can keep things running smoothly and save you money.
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Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process

Countdown to Black Friday: 2 Tips to Help Ease the Customs Process.Transportfolio

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As consumers eagerly anticipate the Black Friday deals that are only weeks away, shipments of the products they can’t wait to purchase are still making their way to store shelves. But before they get to retail locations, imported goods need to clear customs.
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4 Signs It’s Time for a Network Analysis

4 Signs It’s Time for a Network Analysis.Transportfolio

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Supply chains are innately complex. The dynamic global marketplace, ever-changing landscape of the transportation industry, and shifting business goals provide the right environment for complexity to thrive. That’s where working with a third party logistics provider (3PL) with knowledgeable supply chain engineers comes into play. With dedicated time and applicable knowledge, supply chain engineers give you the clarity and expertise that can help simplify—and improve—your supply chain.
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Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?

Countdown to Black Friday: Are You an Easy Target for Cargo Theft?.Transportfolio

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With Black Friday on the horizon, consumer goods of all kinds are making their way from manufacturers to distribution centers and retail locations across the country. As shoppers count down the days until they can score deals on the hottest products, cargo thieves are counting on cashing in on opportunities to swipe unattended trailers and shipments.
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Expanding Our Global Logistics Network with Acquisition of APC Logistics

Expanding Our Global Logistics Network with Acquisition of APC Logistics | Transportfolio

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While people say the world is getting smaller all the time, we in logistics know that’s only partially true. It’s true we can access information about happenings halfway across the world with the click of a mouse, but transporting cargo more than 10,000 miles from Paris, France, to Sydney, Australia, still takes smart people, advanced technology, and the right processes.

After the recent announcement that C.H. Robinson was acquiring APC Logistics, I wanted to share some of the reasons behind this decision.
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How Ecommerce is Shaping Retail Logistics in China

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Ecommerce in China is expanding rapidly and has grown from virtually non-existent to a more than $40+ billion (USD) industry in the last few years. For example, during Single’s Day (an anti-Valentine’s Day in which singletons celebrate single life) in China, the most popular ecommerce company typically reports sales of over $3 billion (USD) in 24 hours. Sales like these prove the increasing purchasing power of the Chinese consumers.

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Countdown to Black Friday: From across Oceans to Store Shelves

Countdown to Black Friday: From across Oceans to Store Shelves.Transportfolio

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Black Friday: a shopping bonanza for bargain-hungry consumers and a day of record-breaking sales for retailers. It’s also the ultimate test of preparedness for supply chain professionals. Planning for the holiday surge starts months in advance—a step that’s even more critical when your freight needs to cross oceans. » Read More