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2018 Report – The High Costs of Congestion, Plus Possible Solutions

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its 2018 report on the Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry, which showed that congestion caused nearly 1.2 billion hours of delay (the equivalent of 425,533 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for an entire working year) and cost the industry more than $74.5 billion in additional operational costs during 2016 alone. …

How to Deal with Seasonal Returns Our Top 6 Tips

Brace yourselves – the holiday returns season is coming – and it’s expected to be one of the busiest on record. How busy? According to Shopify’s 2018 Holiday Ecommerce Returns Guide, 8-10% of sales will be returned to brick and mortar stores, while online businesses can expect return rates between 20-30%, with a 50% return rate on “expensive” items. Further, in …

Tips to Save During the 2018 LTL Rush

While shoppers can expect to save this time of year, the opposite is true for those purchasing LTL services. As sales volumes increase so does the demand for LTL shipping, which leads to capacity crunches, and ultimately, higher-than-normal freight rates. This year, those pricing surges are expected to be even worse with fewer drivers on the road and retail sales …

5 Operational Ideas to Improve Warehouse Productivity

These days, we’re all obsessed with efficiency, and for good reason. Efficiency can help us maximize profits, cut back on mistakes, and even improve worker morale by creating a less stressful, safer work environment. So, how can we maximize efficiency inside the warehouse? These five ideas are a great place to start. Improve Communications When a process slows, or becomes …

6 Strategies to Improve Your Reverse Logistics Process

Reverse logistics is the process of planning and controlling the flow of goods from the end consumer back to the point of origin – typically the retailer, or even the original manufacturer. Having a well-thought-out, well-implemented process for handling the reverse flow of goods (returned items) is a necessity for today’s shippers. Especially, when you consider that Americans returned $351 …

4 Essential Warehouse Automation Tools to Help Shippers Improve Profitability

The rapid growth of ecommerce is re-shaping the supply chain. Today, manufacturers, distribution and fulfillment centers, and transportation companies are all scrambling to keep up with rising shipment volumes and ever-shrinking delivery windows. How are they doing it? Well, in part, by investing in automated warehouse solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce waste, and increase profitability. In fact, according to …

How to Choose a Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Warehouse management systems can increase inventory visibility, improve order fulfillment, enable automated data collection, and generally boost productivity across your operation. But, with so many options available, choosing the best system for your needs can be a challenge. So, whether you’re looking to update an old WMS, or invest in your company’s first warehouse management solution, we’ve put together a …

LTL vs Parcel Hundredweight – Which Service is Right for You

Less-than-truckload shipping and parcel hundredweight services both have their advantages. This article looks at the differences between these two services to help you decide which method to choose and when. But First, What are Parcel Hundredweight® and Multiweight® Programs? Parcel Hundredweight® is a service offered by the United Parcel Service (UPS), whereby shippers can ship non-palletized, multi-package shipments to all …

5 Tips to Reduce Packaging Waste

Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and run lighter; and reducing packaging waste is one area where many companies can improve. When you reduce packaging waste, in most cases, you’re also shrinking the footprint of your freight, which helps you save space in your warehouse or distribution center, lowers your spend on packing materials, and can even …

How to Calculate Freight Class in 4 Simple Steps

As the debate between density-based freight pricing and the class-based system rages on, it’s no secret that less-than-truckload carriers in the United States are steadily moving toward dimensional weight pricing regardless of shipper’s qualms – after all, density based pricing is already the standard in most parts of the world. That said, the shift is proving to be gradual as …