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Freight Brokerage Needs To Be Part of Your Transportation Strategy

Posted by Adam Scott on 2/23/18 1:09 PM

When it comes to moving your product from point A to point B, there are many ways to get the job done. You can manage your own transportation with a private fleet, have your customers manage their own freight, manage your transportation with for-hire carriers, use a freight broker, or any combination of these. 

In this post, I'm going to go over a few reasons why freight brokerage needs to be part of your transportation strategy.

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Topics: Transportation

Encouraging Cooperation Can Lower the Cost of Freight for Shippers

Posted by Ty Guilliam on 2/16/18 2:43 PM

Trucking Info's Evan Lockridge recently wrote an article, For-Hire Freight Continues Setting New Records. In this article, Lockridge reviews the economic indicators to explain the consecutive quarters of rising prices in the freight market. "The Freight TSI (Transportation Services Index) measures the month-to-month changes in for-hire freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index. Over the last nine months of 2017, the index rose 6.8% with three quarterly increases. The increase of 2.8% in the fourth quarter was the largest quarterly increase since 2.9% in the first quarter of 2013."

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Topics: Transportation

What Winning 2018 Best Fleets To Drive For Means for Keller Trucking Customers

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 2/9/18 1:40 PM

On January 30th, 2018, we at Keller Trucking were informed that we are one of 20 for-hire trucking companies in the US or Canada that can bear the honorable distinction of Best Fleets to Drive For! This annual award is produced by CarriersEdge, in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association

The benefit this award brings to our driver recruiting efforts is probably obvious, but the benefits to our trucking customers are not so self-explanatory. So here are my 6 reasons why customers benefit from using fleets that are the best to drive for. 

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Topics: Local News, Transportation, Corporate News, Driving for Keller, Company Culture

Reflecting on Success and the Growth of Keller Trucking

Posted by Tom Keller on 2/2/18 2:14 PM

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Thomas E. Keller Trucking. Tom’s humble beginnings taught him the value of family, hard work, and building a legacy as told in his memoir, The Life and Legacy of Thomas E. Keller.

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Topics: Company Culture

Keller Trucking Celebrates 40 Years of Driving Forward

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 2/2/18 8:26 AM

OHIO COMPANY MARKS MILESTONE OF DRIVING FORWARD SINCE INCORPORATING IN 1978

2018, Defiance, OH - Keller Trucking, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, Inc., is proud to announce its fortieth year of progressively moving forward in the trucking industry. Since its incorporation in 1978, Keller Trucking has expanded its fleet from 6-7 trucks to 150 trucks and 450 trailers.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News, Company Culture

Hydrofresh HPP

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 1/31/18 9:12 AM

Delphos, OH – Hydrofresh HPP, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group, is constructing a $10 million pasteurization plant at 1571 Gressel Drive in Delphos that uses innovative high-pressure processing (HPP) technology.

Unlike traditional pasteurization method which uses heat prior to packaging to eliminate micro bacteria that are present in food, Hydrofresh HPP will be using High-Pressure Processing. HPP is a cold pasteurization technique by which products already sealed in their final packaging are introduced into a vessel and subjected to a high level of isostatic pressure, up to 87,000 psi, transmitted by water. This process produces a 5-log reduction in salmonella, e coli, and listeria (bacteria that causes food borne illness) while preserving the color, texture, nutrients, and flavor of the product. Because the food is treated in its final packaging, the chance for recontamination is virtually non-existent.

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Topics: Local News, Corporate News, Industry Buzz

Napoleon, Ohio Warehouse Spotlight

Posted by Ty Guilliam on 1/12/18 2:00 PM

How valuable is warehouse space? I'm not just talking about price per square foot. What warehouse features and value-add services would make your logistics more efficient, save time and money? Perhaps our Napoleon, Ohio warehouse location may be the perfect fit for you. 

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Topics: Warehousing, Contract Packaging, Secondary Packaging

How the ELD Mandate is Affecting Shippers

Posted by Neil Hersh on 1/5/18 2:01 PM

Monday, December 18, 2017 the ELD Mandate went into effect. Although carriers are not being ticketed for non-compliance, and there are a few situations which receive exemptions, the industry is adjusting to another regulation. So now that ELD’s are in place, what effects are we seeing thus far?

To previously compliant carriers, there is no change, business as usual for the most part. However, our Keller Trucking fleet indicates there is an increase in weigh stations pulling trucks in to verify that ELD’s are in use; which opens up the driver and carrier to more opportunities for full blown inspections.

On the other hand, small carriers that are new to the ELD game have seen a dramatic impact as they are not able to drop and hook in their network, as most do not have the equipment or steady rounds to do so making them live load or unload at each stop. Which adds time to an already ticking clock.

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Topics: Hot Topic, Transportation, Industry Buzz

Maximizing Warehouse Capacity Using Racks

Posted by Heather May on 12/15/17 8:07 AM

If you're like most of us, over the past few months we've been thinking about ways we can improve in 2018. You may be thinking of a New Years' resolution, picking up a new hobby, or even focusing on improving KPIs at work. For those of us in logistics, specifically warehousing and distribution, maximizing the capacity of our warehouses is a constant we are working toward improving. From my experience, when we see capacity constraints, our next step is to look at the warehouse design to make it more functional. 

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Topics: Warehousing

Makin' Plans to Write an RFP for a 3PL Provider

Posted by Meredith Mickey on 12/6/17 8:12 AM

Song Inspiration: "Makin' Plans" by Miranda Lambert, 2009

Selecting a third party logistics provider can be a cumbersome task. Whether you're looking to outsource the logistics functions you currently handle yourself or you're hosting another bid process to replace or validate the current provider, it is a large undertaking with many variables.The market for third party logistics partners is changing rapidly with the innovations in technology both in the warehousing and transportation arena. Developing a 3PL partnership should not be attached with the same tactics when shopping for transactional items; your 3PL selection should be strategic as it is a complex and valuable purchase that will ideally turn into a long-term professional partnership.

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Topics: 3PL, logistics