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    International Logistics

    Reflecting on 20 Years of NAFTA

    - by Transplace

    The first day of 2014 marked 20 years to the day of which the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was entered into force by the United States, Canada and Mexico.  According to the Office  of the United States Trade Representative website, NAFTA created the world’s largest free trade area, which now links 450 million people producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services.

    To get a better understanding of the impact of NAFTA over the last two decades, we sat down with Transplace Mexico’s managing directors, Troy Ryley and Jose Minarro, to discuss this pivotal agreement, why we’re better off with it and what needs to change.

  • Shipper Symposium
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    Shipper SymposiumTransportation Management

    The 12-Step Program to Become a Shipper of Choice

    - by Transplace

    As we gear up for this year’s 12th Annual Shipper Symposium, we think back to the great speakers we’ve had over the last decade  – from Marci Rossell to T. Boone Pickens and many, many more in between. All have been accomplished and storied speakers to have graced the main stage of our signature event.

    Most recently, 2013 speaker Thomas Albrecht from BB&T Capital Markets, shared great insight into what shippers can do to win favor from their carrier base and strengthen these critical relationships. We’ve captured that insight and turned it into 12 steps that shippers can take to become a preferred partner for carriers. Read on to find out what it takes to get to attain preferred partner status.

  • International Logistics
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    International Logistics

    Cross-Border Transportation Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

    - by Transplace

    Volatile shipping rates and capacity, uncertain forecasts, limited alternatives and overall speed-to-market needs are driving many companies to near-source operations to Mexico. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when revamping your cross-border strategy in order to effectively do business south of the border.  We caught up with Troy Ryley and Jose Minarro, managing directors for Transplace Mexico, and freshened up some cross-border transportation tips, which originally appeared in Inbound Logistics. Read on for some sound transportation advice!

  • Sustainability
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    SustainabilityTransportation Management

    Why Collaborate? There’s Power in Partnerships!

    - by Transplace

    Collaboration in shipping is certainly a powerful idea, but how can shippers begin to turn that idea into a beneficial reality?  It helps to start by finding the right partner. But that’s not all. We’ve identified some key steps to transforming the challenge of collaboration into a working relationship that reaps substantial benefits for all parties involved.

    What are some tips for creating value through co-loading? Read on to find out.

  • Sustainability
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    Sustainability

    A Little Co-Loading Luck Delivers a Lot of Green Transportation

    - by Transplace

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In the spirit of today’s holiday we thought it was only appropriate to show the “green” transportation benefits customers can realize through close collaboration. Underutilized capacity costs shippers millions in wasted fuel and resources every year. Many trucks today travel with dense products that don’t maximize volume, or travel with large goods that take up space but not weight. These over-the-road (OTR) shipments often leave up to 80% of cubic capacity unused!  This unused capacity can really add up over time, but with a little bit of luck and the right partners, you can create the perfect load and experience multiple green benefits. Check out our co-loading infographic to see how some of our customer are benefitting from close collaboration.

  • Miscellaneous
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    Miscellaneous

    Top Tweets That Captured Key Themes of RILA 2014!

    - by Transplace

    From the inspirational speakers and sharing supply chain insight, to being able to build upon relationships – RILA gets better every year!  This year’s event gave us the opportunity to strengthen connections and network within an outstanding community of retail, supply chain and logistics professionals. We were also listening to the #RILAsupply chain hashtag on Twitter throughout the conference and came across some really insightful tweets! Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order:

  • Transportation Management
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    Transportation Management

    Winning the Logistics Battle Against Accessorial Charges

    - by Transplace

    A lot of small equals big.  Without innovative strategy and a watchful eye, accessorial charges quickly add up, whittling away at your profits. Consequently, it is important to work with providers that will fight hard to ensure that your bottom line does not suffer from these avoidable extra costs.

    Accessorial charges present obvious complexities, but understanding how they are trending can empower logistics management teams to reach new standards in mitigating these add-ons.  To that end, Transplace’s Consulting & Engineering team recently conducted the Accessorial Benchmarking Project – a study that revealed accessorial charge trends by identifying the most common core and miscellaneous charges, the percentage of shippers actually billing those charges and the rates they are charging. These insights not only assist in negotiating transportation spends on the front end, but also serve to inform transportation management strategists where to focus their efforts in avoiding them all together.

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