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SMEs have the advantage when it comes to logistics

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Black Friday and Christmas both epitomize the importance of logistics and the supply chain to companies wanting to keep ever more demanding customers content. To keep shelves stacked and meet same or next-day delivery obligations, businesses are having to work with an ever-increasing range of specialists who have managed to identify and fill a niche. This ability to see the opportunities in gaps left by the huge players puts SMEs in an advantageous position according to Richard Wilding, professor of supply chain strategy at the Cranfield School of Management, and chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. “SMEs…

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overnight deliveries

Could overnight deliveries be the solution to traffic congestion?

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You’ve seen the large trucks double parked, blocking travel lanes — or taking up precious parking spaces — while making their deliveries. It happens daily downtown, often at the height of the morning rush hour. Now federal transportation officials are looking for a solution to get the delivery trucks blamed for clogging the roads off the streets during the busiest hours of the day. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a pilot program to encourage overnight deliveries in an effort to relieve congestion on city streets. The District started experimenting with this idea last spring, also hoping to reduce congestion…

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Firefly Courier service

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

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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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Carrier to pay broker $6M for load stolen by cargo thieves

Carrier to pay broker $6M for load stolen by cargo thieves

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To preface this story – We take great pride to ensure we understand our clients’ needs and the risks associated therewith. If we were moving high value goods, we would know prior and ensure we have the proper insurance and security procedures. Further, we push down similar documented requirements on our carriers. Lastly, if we had an issue with a carrier, that is our problem, not our clients. A federal judge in Ohio just awarded a broker $5.9 million for losing a load in a cargo theft. The U.S. District judge Aug. 26 ruled to award the Ohio-based Excel Inc….

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Trucking Growth

Trucking Growth Remains in the Cards

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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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Risk mitigation

Risk Mitigation: Supply Chain Safety Net

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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

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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

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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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Boosting Warehouse Productivity

Boosting Warehouse Productivity

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Achieving warehouse productivity goals such as reducing picking times and increasing throughput rates can be challenging. Chris Castaldi, director of business development at Carlstadt, N.J.-based materials handling systems integrator W&H Systems, offers these tips for improving warehouse productivity.   Use automated picking operations. Pick-to-voice or pick-to-light systems speed picking and reduce errors by quickly providing pickers information on item location and quantity. These systems eliminate the need to search for the item number and quantity on a piece of paper. Try goods-to-person technology. These solutions bring the items to be picked to the workers’ station so they don’t have to travel all over…

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US Ports

Complacency is not an option for U.S. ports

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With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up. According to Ben Hackett, president of the maritime consultancy Hackett Associates, the P3 and G6 carrier alliances will not change the current ports comprising his monthly “Port Tracker” newsletter. The ports surveyed in the report issued by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates include:…

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