The Logistical Lowdown

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Advantages of Outsourcing to a Managed Transportation Partner

Posted by Neil Hersh on 8/11/20 1:17 PM

Companies are finding it more challenging to manage their logistics functions on their own, especially with all of the changes going on within the industry. From new government regulations to the current economic uncertainty, the challenges that all shipping operations are dealing with have made it necessary for companies to at least consider outsourcing some of their transportation services to a managed transportation partner or 3PL.

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Topics: Transportation

What is Critical to Ask Your Carrier About Technology?

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 7/31/20 9:45 AM

 

It can be challenging to find a quality truckload carrier, but having trusted partners is a pivotal part of every shipper’s logistics operation. You must choose well as their ability to get the job done directly affects your company’s service to customers and your profitability – two crucial things.

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Topics: Transportation, 3PL, Logistics

Importance of Industry Standards & On-Time Delivery

Posted by Aaron Keller on 7/17/20 9:15 AM

 

As industry giants like Walmart and Amazon respond to rising consumer demand for instant shipments with free one-day shipping and same-day delivery options, the delivery window for suppliers and logistics providers is growing smaller and smaller. With less time to meet these shorter windows and generally tighter regulatory guidelines for carriers, manufacturers are facing some serious pressure to perform.

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Topics: Transportation

Challenges Carriers Face in 2020 at a Glance

Posted by Jonathan Wolfrum on 6/30/20 11:14 AM

 

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Topics: Transportation

How 3PLs Help Shippers Find Better Spot Rates for Irregular Routes

Posted by Ryan Gilliland on 5/4/20 3:21 PM

In an ideal world, every one of a shipper’s loads would all be the same weight, have the same pickup times each day, and be between a very limited number of origin and destination pairs. Carriers love transporting this type of freight because it’s predictable. “Regular” lanes give carriers the ability to plan better, and as a result, earn consistent revenue and better manage their equipment and driver resources.

Ultimately this helps them manage their costs better, which can then lead to lower rates for their customers, too. Regular lanes also increase a carrier’s familiarity with the locations and products, which introduces more efficiency and better service to the entire logistics process.

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Topics: Transportation, Logistics

COVID-19 in the Supply Chain- What Shippers Should Know

Posted by Neil Hersh on 4/29/20 10:05 AM

As a mid-size trucking company that has been around for over 40 years, Keller has experienced our fair share of ups and downs in the industry. Through it all, we have been able to increase our diversification and expand our services for our customers. This diversification and expanded services have been critical in weathering the tough times. The current situation is unique in many ways and we all are affected, regardless of industry, and certainly some worse than others. With no real answers or experience on how a global pandemic will ultimately affect the supply chain in terms of longevity or what the “new normal” will look like, we can only share our experience with key patterns in uncertain financial times that diminish trucking capacity.

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Topics: Transportation, Logistics

Analysis: Business Insider Report on the HOS Suspension

Posted by guest writer, Kenneth Kowal on 4/15/20 10:09 AM

For the first time since 1938 when the hours-of-service (HOS) laws initially went into effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) temporarily exempted truck drivers transporting essential medical equipment and supplies on a federal level. This response is typical on a state or local level for emergency situations, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, because of the sheer amount of goods trucking companies are responsible for moving.

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Topics: Transportation

Four Things That are Leveraged When Working With a Freight Broker

Posted by Neil Hersh on 4/6/20 2:25 PM

Many shippers question whether or not they should leverage the resources of a freight broker. But the answer is never simple because it will depend on several different factors.

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Topics: Transportation

What's causing trucking companies to go bankrupt?

Posted by Nate Schaublin on 3/12/20 11:56 AM

 

What the truck is going on? 

Trucking bankruptcies have been a hot topic over the past year, with several larger carriers such as New England Motor Freight, Falcon Transport, and Celadon ceasing operations and in some cases stranding drivers out on the road. In addition to these larger carriers, every week there seems to be another longstanding carrier with 30-plus years in business deciding that the business just wasn’t worth it anymore. What is going on and what do things look like moving forward?

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Topics: Transportation

Fuel Surcharges: How do they affect the supply chain?

Posted by Derek Drewes on 10/12/18 2:18 PM

A fuel surcharge is a way of adjusting the amount paid to move freight by considering significant variation in fuel prices, compared to historical data. Fuel has a major impact on the supply chain and as a trucking company, we must be cognizant of what the market is doing and how it is going to affect the cost of diesel. There are four main components that contribute to the retail price of a gallon of diesel fuel:

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Topics: Transportation

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