Posts tagged with ‘transportation’

  • International Logistics
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    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!

  • Miscellaneous
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    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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Sustainability
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    Educating and Connecting Supply Chain Professionals: CSCMP 2013 Recap

    - by Transplace

    Our CSCMP 2013 Conference experience was chock-full of great activities.  Whether you attended a presentation, visited our booth, came to our customer event or connected with any of our great supply chain professionals, thank you for connecting and contributing to the transportation community!  Here are some of our favorite CSCMP 2013 moments:

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