If you own a business, you may have noticed a significant price increase announced by most carriers for the start of 2021. Increasing parcel shipping costs aren’t just an anomaly either, they are here to stay. In this article, we are going to examine why freight rates and the overall price of shipping are seemingly

In order to fairly and accurately determine shipping costs, shipments are categorized by “freight class”.  National Motor Freight Classification codes (NMFC), on the other hand, further classify shipment contents within the category of freight class. Therefore, two shipments might be categorized in the same freight class while they also have vastly different NMFC codes based

If there was a way to identify areas that could improve your bottom line, wouldn’t you want to know about it? Well, with big data analytics and reporting through your 3PL, you can pinpoint numerous areas within your supply chain that can likely be improved upon for greater efficiency and possibly even help uncover some

The logistics world moves fast. And shippers are under immense pressure to remain efficient at scale while dealing with a fragmented multimodal market, sub-optimized software systems, poor carrier selection, and limited visibility. Cloud technology was supposed to deliver the easy button the industry needed but instead has created an equally complex and disconnected approach that

  In 1954, Swanson revolutionized the food industry by introducing frozen dinner kits. Initially, Swanson produced 5,000 TV dinners, expecting modest growth. Within a year, they had sold over 13 million TV dinners.  People were hungry for convenience, and the market listened by expanding their logistical operations with refrigeration technology. By 1959, American consumers spent

Moving food shipments through the supply chain without causing damage is arguably one of the most important jobs in the industry. And rightfully so! After all, who enjoys contaminated or spoiled food items? Thankfully, when it comes to food shipments (especially produce), modern supply chains are much more efficient than in past years. However, just

In previous articles, we discussed the differences between EDI and API systems and their respective benefits and shortcomings. As a follow-up to those posts, we’ll discuss some of the issues involved with API Integration and ways to get around them.   API brings with it a plethora of technological advances promising to boost productivity and

There is no denying that the ever-evolving technological enhancements have transformed our lives and dictate how most of us interact with the world. We can obtain information in a matter of seconds with the click of a button or have this information pushed to us via notifications. When it comes to supply chain activities, technology

Having the ability to track product movement outside of the warehouse is just as important as tracking movement inside the warehouse. Being able to track goods between destination and origin points, best known as freight visibility, has become an important characteristic of businesses that move goods throughout a network and to end customers. Whether you

In the past, tracking and tracing usually came in the form of a website or outsourced programs to track shipments using information such as container numbers, airway bills, rail numbers, and the like. Information was limited and oftentimes data wasn’t accurate and didn’t account for real-time exceptions such as port delays, warehouse inventory issues, or

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