Posts tagged with ‘carriers’

  • International Logistics
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Peak Season in Mexico: Is It Time to Rethink Your Shipping Strategies?

    - by Transplace

    Last year, the imbalance in trade between the U.S. and Mexico left shippers scrambling to find truck and rail capacity as carriers were forced to reposition empty equipment in order to meet the demand – resulting in the worst capacity shortage the market had experienced in a decade. And already in 2015, the normal pools for equipment that accrue in Mexico during the off season have yet to appear, so capacity remains tight for a number of key reasons. Additionally, there has been a devaluation of the Mexican peso in the last few months due in large part to the drop in the price of oil, which is increasing the effects of these issues even more.

  • Capacity Services

    Important Topics Facing Mexico Today: Part 2 – Transportation and Logistics

    - by Transplace

    Part two of this series discusses how some important Mexican economic topics are impacting the transportation and logistics industry, and how they’re directly affecting companies doing business there today. Here’s what’s going in the current market, how it’s going to affect both shippers and carriers alike and what to expect in the coming years:

  • Capacity Services
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Tracking Trucking Rates – What You Need to Know

    - by Transplace

    With capacity declining and truck rates forecasted to increase 8-10%, shippers are realizing 2015 just might be the year of powerful partnerships.

    Why is this happening? Check out our latest infographic to read up on the factors impacting truck rates, capacity and what you need to do to prepare for it.

  • International Logistics
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Chassis Shortages Hit Hard: Is There a Long-Term Solution?

    - by Transplace

    As we discussed in our previous post, chassis shortages continue to cause significant issues at a number of U.S. ports and throughout many supply chains, perhaps even threatening the holiday shipping season. In light of these continuing problems, it’s time to take a close look at these issues and discuss some possible long-term solutions.

    The fallout from the winter’s polar vortex continues to be a large factor in these shortages, and with another hard winter likely ahead, it’s important to consider that long periods of bad weather require a number of months for some areas to recover from imbalances and be able to handle volume increases. To top it all off, increased fees in the supply chain ultimately get passed on in the retail price of the goods, directly affecting consumers – especially if these chassis shortages continue throughout the holiday shipping season.

  • International Logistics
    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    Chassis Shortages Hit Hard: Why Are Shortages Such a Persistent Issue?

    - by Transplace

    As chassis shortages continue to plague a number of U.S. ports, perhaps even threatening the holiday shipping season, it’s important to understand all of the factors impacting these issues and consider the huge effect they have on shippers, carriers and consumers.

    Fundamental changes in recent years to the ownership and management of chassis have significantly contributed to the ongoing problem of shortages. These changes include a complete shift from the traditional model in which the ocean carriers that owned or leased containers managed all of their own chassis, to chassis pool operators and equipment leasing companies taking the role of third parties that own, lease and maintain the entire supply.

  • Capacity Services
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    4 Key Areas of Focus For Attaining Preferred Shipper Status

    - by Transplace

    We recently conducted a Preferred Shipper Program Survey to uncover best practices for becoming a shipper of choice for carriers. According to Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Engineering for Transplace, “Carriers want shippers to be partners at every level and work together to boost productivity and efficiency.”

    What can you do to achieve “preferred shipper” status? Check out our latest infographic to find out!

  • International Logistics
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    Innovative Solutions for the Mexican Market: Hershey Mexico’s TMS Implementation

    - by Transplace

    In August of 2013, Hershey Mexico, a subsidiary of the largest chocolate producer in North America, went through a highly successful Transportation Management System (TMS) implementation. The company had been discussing their growth plan for the upcoming years, and realized that it was necessary to optimize their transportation network and operations.

  • Business - Transportation
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    Top 10 Tips for Successful Truckload Sourcing

    - by Transplace

    “Shippers are risk adverse and would rather align with core carriers to keep service high,” said Cindy Bosecker, Director of Engineering for Transplace and webinar presenter, after sharing a “Truckload Bid Savings Gap Analysis 2008-2014-Q1” visual at a recent webinar focused on truckload sourcing.

    That webinar, “The Three B’s in Truckload Sourcing Best Practices: Better Planning, Better Bidding & Better Decision Making” included insight not only from Cindy, but also representatives of Big Heart Pet Brands, SciQuest and colleague Ben Cubitt, Transplace SVP, Consulting and Engineering. Transportation sourcing event planning, bidding and decision-making best practices and examples were discussed, including top tips to keep in mind.

  • International Logistics
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    P3 Alliance Fall-Out – What Next?

    - by Transplace

    Last week, China took a hard stance and rejected the P3 Alliance. The P3 Alliance is very unusual in that it was to be a formalized network creating an alliance between the three largest global container lines – Maersk Line of Denmark, CMA CGM of France and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).  Both the United States and European Union regulators waved the deal through – however, the fact that the Chinese decided not to participate in the alliance was a shock for many globally and for our North American-based customers, because everyone assumed that it was a “done deal.”

    The alliance was originally proposed because all parties, including shippers, importers and NVOs, are looking for rate stabilization. Ocean carrier pricing is a complex model involving many factors, and in recent years many trades have seen increased rate volatility along with carriers continually introducing additional capacity, which increases supply and thus drives down rates.

  • Capacity Services
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    Getting the Most Out of Your Freight Broker: Part 1

    - by Transplace

    Our first of 3 posts on how to get more out of your freight broker has us asking: How do you know when you’ve found the right freight broker? Getting a deal on price is always a good thing, but there’s more to shipping than just price — you need to find a carrier that understands your specific business priorities and needs.  Rather than just negotiating the terms of a transaction between you and the carrier, a good broker will partner with you to learn exactly how your business works, then deliver fast and efficient service solutions that match your specific needs.

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