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As e-commerce and the global economy continue to expand, supply chains everywhere feel the strain. According to the Institute of Supply Management, manufacturing activity grew again in February, marking the sector’s 18th consecutive month of growth. The institute also revealed that the overall economy has grown for 105 consecutive months since the recession of the Read more…

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Self-driving cars are all the rage these days, with everyone from Hyundai to General Motors getting in on the action. The technology represents big business, with Intel and Strategy Analytics reporting that the autonomous vehicles could add $7 trillion to the global economy by 2050. We’re still a few decades out from that vision, but autonomous vehicles have already started to Read more…

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Companies often flaunt new technological tools as reducing mistakes and increasing productivity beyond established expectations. This is particularly true when it comes to the shipping and logistics business. For smaller shippers, it can be a major challenge to juggle the complexities of integrating existing technology with a TMS. Larger companies might have more budget available Read more…

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Regardless of how tempting it might seem, the fastest and cheapest route is not always the right choice. Think about the last time you bought a nice outfit. Snagging a suit off the discount rack at a department store will save you a few bucks today, but it’s not likely to impress anyone at your Read more…

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Last year, I moved into a house that is more than 100 years old. While I hope to eventually turn it into my dream home, saying it’s a fixer-upper would be a massive understatement. The home needs a lot of work, so I spend most of my weekends covered in paint and sawdust, working on projects to Read more…

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Companies that don’t have a dedicated logistics department don’t always have insight into how complex shipping their freight can be. Some of them, however, are aware of this shortcoming and, therefore, rely on big corporations with high brand/name recognition that they see as leaders in the transportation industry. Unfortunately, the biggest name in the business Read more…

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Investing in a logistics partner often requires a crash course in acronyms. Companies talk at length about 3PLs, 4PLs, and other equally confusing designations, sprinkling in terms such as “brokers” and “brokerages.” It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. To cut through the confusion and determine whether your company needs to partner with an LSP Read more…

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