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Container Management Severely Out of Balance on the West Coast

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Dec 2, 2021 8:26:30 AM

One of the biggest challenges for logistics providers is balancing their equipment with demand. To maintain profitability as well as service, carriers try to minimize empty miles and non-usage. Empty miles for a trucking company represent the cost of repositioning equipment to meet demand. Non-usage, in the case of containers, represents a lack of outbound shipments in a specific area. In both cases these pure expenses will be reflected in the outbound rate.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Logistics Business, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, 3D Printing, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology

Contract Manufacturing Supporting Inventories

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Nov 18, 2021 7:42:49 AM

The Covid virus has presented production challenges for global manufacturing. Food, chemical and personal products companies, among many more, struggle to meet retail demand.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Freight Bill Auditing, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Logistics Business, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, 3D Printing, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, Big Data, dimensional pricing

The Origins of Veterans Day

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Nov 10, 2021 8:57:07 AM

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I battle field conflicts at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Freight Bill Auditing, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, dimensional pricing

Metal and Oil Prices Soaring

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Nov 4, 2021 8:27:07 AM

A surge in energy and metal prices is offering investors a fresh reminder of how the commodities market can fuel inflation and imperil the post-pandemic economic recovery.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Logistics Business, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, 3D Printing, Shipping News, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, dimensional pricing

Is Manufacturing Returning to the United States

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Oct 27, 2021 10:17:51 AM

Politicians on both side of the isle support the Biden administrations efforts to revive the U.S. manufacturing base. The American Jobs Plan (AJP) was a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden to spend $2 trillion on U.S. infrastructure over eight years. It is the second portion of Biden's three-part "Build Back Better" agenda, with the first being the American Rescue Plan and the third being the American Families Plan. It was unveiled shortly after Biden signed into law the Rescue Plan in March 2021. Biden had pitched the proposal as "a transformative effort to overhaul the nation's economy".

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Freight Bill Auditing, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Logistics Business, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, dimensional pricing

Technologies Improving Warehouse Efficiency

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Oct 13, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Warehouse technologies can directly impact one of the most critical strategic goals and differentiators for logistics organizations, warehouse efficiency. If warehouse operations run inefficiently, the business is forced to increase its workforce and overhead to maintain acceptable service levels and margins.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Freight Bill Auditing, Intermodal Freight, Logistics Business, 3D Printing, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, Big Data

The California Oil Spill Likely to Add to the Supply Chain Difficulties

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Oct 6, 2021 5:09:27 AM

Officials investigating one of California’s largest oil spills are looking into whether a ship’s anchor may have struck a pipeline on the ocean floor, causing a major leak of crude into coastal waters and fouling beaches, authorities said Monday.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Freight Bill Auditing, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology, dimensional pricing

What You Need To Know About Dimensional Pricing

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Sep 29, 2021 10:34:03 AM

The debate over whether density-based pricing will succeed in toppling the traditional National Motor Freight Classification’s (NMFC) based pricing in the LTL industry is an ongoing debate. Carriers are pushing for dimensional pricing to manage the margins on lightweight shipments. This is the basis of the argument. Under the NMFC classification density was taken into consideration as was packaging and commodity but it was largely based upon weight. Back in the day, carriers in a battle over business after deregulation, were offering FAK (Freight All Kinds ) tariffs to get the business. This strategy ultimately led to unprofitable operation ratios, subpar delivery performance and ultimately the bankruptcy of some major carriers. Major national freight carriers in recent years have declared the days of beating up the carrier on rates is over. Unlike in the past, the LTL industry today has a massive volume of smaller shipments. There is also the challenge of completing same-day deliveries or time definite deliveries. Likewise, these shipments are not always of consistent size and density, making it difficult for shippers to sustain adequate profit margins.

Today, if you want dependable service, you’re going to have to pay for it. Let’s see if we can offer a cursory education on dimensional pricing.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, Reducing Freight Rates, Logistics Business, 3D Printing, Logistics News, Technology, dimensional pricing

Capacity Constraints Affecting The Global Supply Chain

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Sep 15, 2021 12:06:52 PM

Transportation capacity remains on a downward trajectory while prices and utilization are increasing at a steady rate. A heavy flow of inbound containers, as providers try to catch up on depleted inventories and consumers remain active, is driving the demand side. Delays at the ports and on the rails, and a lack of equipment and trucks, is keeping capacity stretched and prices high.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Third Party Logistics, Intermodal Freight, Logistics Business, Maximizing Routing Efficiencies, 3D Printing, Logistics News, Industry Trends, Technology

Supply Chain Challenges; Maybe Print Your Solution

Posted by Land Link Traffic Systems on Sep 8, 2021 9:53:16 AM

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1980s. While 3D printing originated as a tool for rapid prototyping, it has now evolved to cover several different technologies.  3-D printing has been an interesting and convenient solution to part replacement planning. Its applications became popular for a quick solution to create small, insignificant plastic replacement parts. The evolution of 3D printing has seen a rapid growth in the number of companies adopting the technology. The applications and use cases vary across industries, but broadly include tooling aids, visual and functional prototypes, and even end-use parts.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Intermodal Freight, Transportation News, 3D Printing, Industry Trends