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 European Union has recently legalised its commitment to have Europe become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 and has agreed between all member states and the EU Parliament, that the bloc will reduce carbon emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. Sustainability will increasingly be at the heart of our customers’ operations, [...]
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.
While the global logistics industry has not been a stranger to disruption this past year, the congestion at the Port of Yantian in China, is starting to impact the market at an exceptionally high level – At the current pace, it’s going to be even more disruptive than the Suez Canal blockage this spring and [...]
The changes in technology thus far in my career have been profound. Computing power began as behemoths sitting in data centers and is now everywhere including our pockets, desks, vehicles, appliances, etc. The smartphone in your pocket is 29 times faster than the world’s fastest computer in 1995. Plus, the internet has grown from a [...]
While the transportation marketplace continues to face unique challenges in general, one of the specific challenges of the less than truckload (LTL) market is longer than normal transit times. This is due in part to LTL carriers working through the surplus of freight, selecting and deselecting freight that contributes to yield. In today’s market, knowing [...]
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.