With the continued growth of ecommerce and heightened consumer expectations, fast delivery options, tracking notifications, and shipping costs have become a key driver in customer satisfaction. Customers now expect reliability, speed, and convenience in their small parcel delivery experience and a company’s ability to meet those expectations can even be a source of differentiation.
The ongoing pandemic has added an extra, thick layer to the already volatile environment supply chains have been facing over the last years, forcing shippers to confront several challenges with over-the-road shipments, complicating their successful navigation though the marketplace. From managing fluctuating transport volumes and costs, to improving delivery times and optimising routes, the need [...]
Renewables are expected to account for 90% of new power generation globally through 2022. But the world’s demand for clean energy is running up against some hard realities in the global supply chain and one of the most erratic transportation markets in history. Here are the five key project logistics challenges we’re seeing in renewable [...]
Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping retailer compliance requirements in mind, requires careful coordination and a strategic approach. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight to retailers, a retail consolidation program might be the solution you need.
It was recently reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the ports of LA and Long Beach has “well over 100 shipments on hold pending determination of admissibility“ due to suspicion of forced labor. Despite being enforced since 1930, compliance with forced labor laws and regulations are still an ongoing problem.
While it was once acceptable and even effective to treat individual returns and other reverse logistics concerns as singular, isolated incidents, that is no longer the case. Today, retailers and supply chain professionals need to have a plan in place to minimize waste and cut down on inefficiencies in reverse logistics.
During last week’s Market Insights Live! webinar, we provided an in-depth analysis of current supply and demand trends in the North American freight market. This included our forecast of future market conditions, explanations of how the latest market changes impact supply chains, and answers to your most pressing questions.
A new era of air transportation trends is emerging to create a confusing outlook for shippers. Air freight has been in nonstop peak-season mode despite pandemic-induced capacity decline, while other disruptions, such as the Suez Canal blockage, drove even more demand to air. This is all happening while the Transportation Security Administration is reporting a [...]
Less than truckload (LTL) freight refers to the transportation of products or goods that do not require a full truckload. These smaller freight loads typically result in many separate shipments being transported on one truck. LTL shipments are usually arranged on pallets and range anywhere from 150 pounds to 10,000 pounds.
The transportation industry has faced volatility over the last several years, but nothing like the disruptions of 2020. The less than truckload (LTL) marketplace continues to face unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One ongoing situation is longer than normal LTL transit times.