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Stephen Gardner

Firefly Courier service

Tenn-Share has a new partner for the Firefly Courier service

By | Industry News

Beginning on July 1, 2015, deliveries and pick-ups for the 209 Firefly Tenn-Share member libraries (Welcome Memphis Public Library and Information Center!) will be handled by Expak Logistics. Steve Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Expak, says, “We are so excited to have this contract, and to have another opportunity to serve a library community. We and our partners are committed to timely and correct deliveries across the 200+ libraries in Tennessee, and look forward to other libraries in the state joining Firefly.” Expak Logisticss is a respected national third party logistics company with years of experience in…

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Trucking Growth

Trucking Growth Remains in the Cards

By | Industry News

Trucking growth remains in the cards, ATA says in new report Amid the talk and coverage about things negatively impacting the trucking industry like increasing regulations, tight capacity, and equipment-related issues and challenges, there is one thing to always remember about the sector: it moves a lot of freight, make that more than a lot, actually. That point was driven home in the most recent edition of ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2025, which was issued by the American Trucking Associations today. This publication, which is produced by the ATA and IHS Global Insight, stated that total freight tonnage…

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Material Handling Industry Called to Increase Customer Education

By | Logistics

Industrial buyers don’t always seek out professional advice before making capital investments, a new report states. Companies are increasing their investments in equipment and systems that keep track of inventory and customer information and improve order fulfillment, according to an annual market report from MHI. However, these companies don’t always seek the guidance they need to make wise choices. Their spending is a response to the need to contain operational costs, improve responsiveness to customer demands and increase production capacity and capabilities. The highest investments are made by the transportation, warehousing, wholesale trade, computer and electronic manufacturing industries, as well as…

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Risk mitigation

Risk Mitigation: Supply Chain Safety Net

By | Industry News

Meeting demand without over-investing in safety stock can be a real balancing act. Risk mitigation strategies protect shippers from landing hard when supply chain disruptions occur. In a near-perfect world, supply and demand would wobble and waver, then—in harmony with historical context and predictive hedging—find some semblance of balance. But when an unforeseen force topples formalities, there’s no quick fix for chaos. Consider the litany of natural disasters that have sent shockwaves through supply chains over the past few years: Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption in 2010; the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011; severe floods in Thailand…

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Trucking

An Increase in Trucking’s Percentage of all Domestic Freight

By | Industry News

ATA’s American Trucking Trends reports an increase in trucking’s percentage of all domestic freight Despite what it is happening in the economy, one thing has remained constant over the years: the steady hold, and gains, in freight transportation market share held by the trucking sector. That was made clear in this year’s edition of American Trucking Trends from the American Trucking Associations (ATA). “This report shows once again what a critical role trucking plays in the U.S. economy,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves in a statement. “Trucking continues to move the most, and most valuable, freight in the United States…

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transportation reauthorization bill

Senate EPW committee introduces six-year transportation reauthorization bill

By | Industry News

As expected, the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) this week rolled out its version for new federal transportation authorization, entitled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322). This six-year bill, which will be marked up by EPW on Thursday, would fund and improve the country’s highway programs at current funding plus inflation, according to EPW officials. The bill was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator John…

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Drivers of Distribution

The 5 Drivers of Distribution Complexity for Midsized Companies

By | Logistics

Managing the flow of goods to your customer has never been more complex. Whether it is compliance labeling, EDI, or other value added services; customers continue to demand more from their suppliers. This can seem overwhelming for small to midsized businesses who may lack the expertise or budget to deal with these challenges. This white paper will outline five drivers of distribution complexity for midsized businesses. Each complexity driver is determined by a specific business condition. By understanding the business conditions that drive complexity, you can be proactive, rather than reactive, in your distribution strategy. Managing the flow of goods…

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