Author archive for Transplace

  • Transportation Management
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    A Quick Look Ahead: RILA 2014

    - by Transplace

    I’m looking forward to attending RILA’s Retail Supply Chain Conference next week (San Diego, Feb 23-26) for a number of reasons – and not just because the weather should be better! First and foremost, RILA is simply a great gathering of diverse retail supply chain professionals.  It’s also one of the most focused industry events that I’ve attended, as it exhibits a targeted, almost devout focus on logistics and the supply chain matters with respect to the retail industry and associated service providers.  This conference serves the needs of all the key constituencies in the industry, including the supply chain providers and retailers themselves while keeping a keen eye on what makes it all go – the consumer.

  • Capacity Services
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    Not Just Another Man’s Broker: The Merit of Third Party Logistics Services Versus Brokerage Services

    - by Transplace

    As the old saying goes, “One man’s 3PL is another man’s broker.” A couple of years ago, I spoke on a CSCMP panel led and moderated by Tom Escott that “debated” the merits, differences and advantages of a shipper’s relationship with a 3PL versus a broker. It was a lively and enjoyable session, and I felt that both service types described well their value propositions. Both 3PLs and brokers serve as an intermediary between shippers and carriers – and depending on the service being provided – 3PLs can look like brokers and brokers can look like 3PLs. This is why “broker” and “3PL” are often used interchangeably. But just because they can provide a similar service, doesn’t mean they are the same, or that the provider you have is delivering the type of service your company really needs.

  • Shipper Symposium
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    Here’s a Sneak Peek of Shipper Symposium 2014!

    - by Transplace

    We’re really looking forward to spring, and not just for the warmer weather! Spring means our Shipper Symposium is right around the corner!  Hard to believe, but this the 12th year of our signature industry event, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring together a group of industry experts with steeped backgrounds and unique perspectives on global, national and local transportation opportunities and challenges.

    Here’s a quick preview of two of the speakers we are particularly excited to hear in May:

  • Industry News
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    Proactively Survive Mother Nature’s Fury

    - by Transplace

    Polar vortex, snowmageddon, icepocalypse…frighteningly cold and icy weather has been splashed across headlines multiple times in the past months, and there’s more winter on the way.

    For the transportation industry, winter weather disruptions have frozen capacity, driving pent-up demand for trucks when markets re-open and wreaking havoc on schedules everywhere.

    Proactively survive Mother Nature’s fury. Listen to the latest podcast from Logistically Speaking.

  • International Logistics
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    It’s Time to Strengthen Trade Opportunities with Our North & South American Neighbors

    - by Transplace

    Jump Start 2014 in Atlanta was a great event filled with a lot of interaction amongst shippers and logistics companies.

    A major topic of focus was the current situation and trade opportunities with both our North American and South American partners.

    On the minds of many attendees were questions surrounding what we can expect to see in the near future when it comes to Mexico and the Panama Canal, and just as importantly – how that will affect exports.

  • International Logistics
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    What Does Vicente Fox Say? We’ll Find Out at the 2014 Shipper Symposium!

    - by Transplace

    We are thrilled to announce that Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will be our keynote speaker at the 12th annual Shipper Symposium, May 12-14 in Dallas!

    Vicente Fox served as President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, winning a historic election that ended 71 years of consecutive rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party.  The efforts of Fox’s presidency included big steps toward improving trade relations with the U.S., the support of NAFTA, and decreasing civil unrest and crime.  He worked passionately to boost Mexico’s economy and end government corruption, and has been an inspiration to many in the political and business world.

  • International Logistics
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    Jump Start 2014 Preview

    - by Transplace

    We’re excited to kick-off the 3rd full week of January by attending Jump Start 2014 (Jan 20-22) in Atlanta!  Our very own Managing Director of Transplace Mexico – Troy Ryley – will be part of a panel taking place Wednesday morning that is focused on: “20 Years of NAFTA – Perceptions & Realities”.

    According to Troy, the major theme of the panel will be “NAFTA: The Pros and Cons”. He’ll be sharing statistical evidence that shows how Mexico is well-positioned to become a global manufacturing powerhouse. He also mentions how the United States and Mexico make great partners for a number of reasons (some we don’t even think about), which are helping boost Mexico’s global manufacturing stature. Synergies between the two countries allow for mutual benefits. One such example Troy shared is the U.S.’s ability to export natural gas, which is currently at record low prices, to fuel Mexico’s record level high production needs. If you are attending the conference this week, be sure to check out this panel!

  • Miscellaneous
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    Our Favorite Transplace Moments from 2013

    - by Transplace

    After hearing “My Favorite Things” being played during this holiday season, we got to thinking about some of our “favorite” moments from 2013. As we look back over this eventful year, we recap below some of the best Transplace moments:

  • Capacity Services
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    Getting the Most Out of Your Freight Broker: Part 3

    - by Transplace

    Rounding out our 3-part series on getting more from your freight broker, we turn our attention to supply chain visibility and disruptions, and how critical this partnership becomes when the unexpected happens.

    The globalization of manufacturing and its supply chain has created a transportation network at considerable risk of disruption. Blizzards, tornado outbreaks, hurricane events and other natural disasters all impact regional infrastructure and vital systems within the affected areas.  But the true chaos begins after the event —supply chain disruptions are inevitable after large-scale disasters and political unrest. The more companies can do to improve their transportation visibility and agility, the better prepared they are to mitigate the impact of both major disasters as well as navigate around the daily disruptions, such as market fluctuations in capacity and pricing.  Below are five key steps to ensure your company and your freight broker are fully prepared for events that could disrupt your transportation needs:

  • Capacity Services
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    Getting the Most Out of Your Freight Broker: Part 2

    - by Transplace

    Part 2 of our 3-part series on how to get the most out of your freight broker has us focused on building a strategic brokerage partnership. Shippers utilizing freight brokerage services for their transportation have two very basic considerations: desirable price point and reliable, on-time delivery. But when it comes to choosing a brokerage partner, what more should you really be looking for? Price and dependability may be fairly straightforward but they don’t exclude the importance of partnering with your freight broker to strategize on how to better meet your core objectives. A closer, more strategic partnership with a brokerage provider is the key to success for shippers who want to consistently achieve reduced cost and a high level of performance.

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