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Protect Yourself From Fraud

Protect Yourself From Fraud

In our increasingly electronic, connected world, we’re constantly under attack by individuals and institutions with the intent to ... read more

Trade War Update

Trade War Update

Shipping internationally is a complicated and sometimes arduous process. Trade wars, carrier alliances and capacity issues are all ... read more

Adapting to Mid-Year Parcel Rate Changes

Adapting to Mid-Year Parcel Rate Changes

2018 has been an interesting year so far, and it’s only half way over. We’ve seen the ELD Mandate go into full effect, capacity issues, read more

The Necessity of a Quality Freight Audit

The Necessity of a Quality Freight Audit

When it comes to paying bills, no one likes paying more than they should. Your freight bills should be no exception, as transportation ... read more

The Summer of Tariffs

The Summer of Tariffs

Tariffs seem to be all the rage right now. Everyone is doing it, the US, China, Canada, the EU. Will 2018 be the summer of tariffs? ... read more

How a 3PL Partnership Covers Your Bases

How a 3PL Partnership Covers Your Bases

A common trend in the 2018 MLB Draft was player versatility. Teams are looking for players with a diverse skillset to round out their ... read more

3 Tips for Negotiating your Parcel Contract

3 Tips for Negotiating your Parcel Contract

Every year the major parcel carriers announce a general rate increase (GRI), which historically averages out to around five percent. ... read more

Are you in the right lane?

Are you in the right lane?

Most people are always looking to work smarter not harder which is why businesses consistently strive to become more efficient and ... read more

Is Your Returns Process Costing More Than it Should?

Is Your Returns Process Costing More Than it Should?

Whether it’s controllable or uncontrollable returns, effective product returns strategies and reverse logistics are imperative to ... read more

E-Commerce Growth Leads to an Evolution of Carrier Delivery Options

E-Commerce Growth Leads to an Evolution of Carrier Delivery Options

As e-commerce retail sales continue to claim a larger share of the market, carriers are evolving their processes to meet the needs of ... read more

How the ELD Mandate Continues to Effect the Truckload Market

How the ELD Mandate Continues to Effect the Truckload Market

We all know that capacity has been an issue since the ELD Mandate went into effect last December, but we’ve just hit another deadline ... read more

New Tariffs and Talk of Trade War

New Tariffs and Talk of Trade War

“Trade War” makes a good headline. It’s both eye-catching and stress-inducing, especially for US importers. We’re taking a moment to go read more

5 LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers

5 LTL Shipping Mistakes Made by Shippers

At times, shippers face many challenges in the world of LTL shipping. They must know how to maximize efficiencies and utilize the most ... read more

Intermodal is on the Rise. Here’s Why you Should be Considering this Solution for Shipping Optimization.

Intermodal is on the Rise. Here’s Why you Should be Considering this Solution for Shipping Optimization.

For the first time this year volumes and prices are declining. DAT industry analyst Mark Montague indicated one reason for lower prices read more

Properly Classifying a Shipment

Properly Classifying a Shipment

We all know shipments come in various shapes, sizes and of course weights. To establish fair measures and standardize pricing, the ... read more

Amazon to enter the shipping business

Amazon to enter the shipping business

On Friday, Feb. 9, the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing a new service from e-commerce giant, Amazon called “Shipping ... read more

The Chinese New Year and How it Can Affect Importers

The Chinese New Year and How it Can Affect Importers

Did it sneak up on you again? Much like that dreaded diet you keep saying you will start next week. While 2018 may already be flying ... read more

How Small Shippers Can Still Save Under Current Market Conditions

How Small Shippers Can Still Save Under Current Market Conditions

Truckload rates are skyrocketing and capacity is tightening. In typical supply and demand fashion, as demand rises – so will costs. LTL read more

Freight Forwarder vs. NVOCC:  What’s the Difference?

Freight Forwarder vs. NVOCC: What’s the Difference?

Even people who have been in the industry for years have trouble differentiating between a freight forwarder and an NVOCC (Non-Vessel ... read more

4 Reasons to use a 3PL

4 Reasons to use a 3PL

There are a multitude of advantages that businesses can utilize by outsourcing their logistics and supply chain needs to a third party ... read more

The ELD Mandate is here, and it doesn’t seem to be going away

The ELD Mandate is here, and it doesn’t seem to be going away

Yes, there are some carrier delays. Yes, we’re seeing capacity tighten as non-compliant drivers and carriers aren’t able to move ... read more

A Volatile LTL Environment

A Volatile LTL Environment

2018 is a few short weeks away, which means the big industry mystery will be revealed. How close to that 50,000 mark will the American ... read more

UPS GRI

UPS GRI

There’s an elephant in the room, we’re all aware of it, and well…we’re pretty much all talking about it so maybe that particular ... read more

4 Steps to Deal With Natural Disasters

4 Steps to Deal With Natural Disasters

It’s been quite a year for natural disasters, from Tropical Storms Cindy and Emily and the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, ... read more

2018 FedEx GRI’s

2018 FedEx GRI’s

It’s official! Fall is here and for most it means cooler weather, leaves changing color and football! If you’re a business owner, or ... read more