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Why Are My Freight Rates Increasing? Produce Season Can Strain Capacity

Freight rates continue to remain elevated in year-over-year comparisons. So why is that the case? There are many factors contributing to above-previously-established rate norms. We have documented several micro trends that are buoying rates above shippers’ accustomed levels. This week we will zero in on produce season and its effects on the market. Produce season […]

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Why Are My Freight Rates Increasing? Retail Demand Remains Elevated

Freight rates rose throughout 2020, and we have yet to see the trend reverse with any consistency. The reason can be pinned on several factors, which is why we are continuing to analyze some of the major contributing sectors driving up rates. This week we will focus on retail demand, which has continued to beat […]

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Why Are My Freight Rates Increasing? The Housing Market Adds Volume

Freight rates rose sharply in 2020 and continue to remain elevated this year. Since last May, the freight market has grown almost uninterruptedly. While this ascent has benefitted carriers, CPG shippers have paid the price in rising freight rates that came on the heels of many continuous months of favorable pricing. There are many different […]

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Why Are My Freight Rates Increasing? A Look at Port Congestion

Freight rates have risen dramatically over the past year following an unprecedented downturn at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Q2 of 2020, the freight market has posted nearly uninterrupted growth. While this is great news for carriers and truck manufacturers, CPG shippers have paid the price in rising freight rates that came on […]

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10 Benefits to Working with the Right Logistics Provider

Outsourcing parts of the supply chain to a logistics provider has become commonplace for organizations further along in their growth cycle. According to a report from Armstrong & Associates, over 90% of Fortune 500 companies stated that they use a third-party logistics provider in some capacity, and that trend is only increasing. A study published by Gartner […]

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Freight Market Update and Q2 Trucking Outlook

Following an unprecedented downturn, the freight market has posted an almost full calendar year of impressive growth spurred by demand from a few sectors of the domestic economy. Volumes dipped slightly after the holiday season but came roaring back in February and remained elevated for the remainder of Q1—historically, a slow month for trucking. The […]

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Why CPG Shippers Should Avoid Bundling Logistics Services

Outsourcing logistics services has become a common practice among CPG brands. Shippers of all sizes can find advantages in their supply chains by working with expert firms with a thorough understanding of market conditions and best practices. But as the industry continues to evolve, specialization is emerging as a differentiator that brands should use to […]

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Retail Trends Shaping How CPG Shippers Can Find Supply Chain Success

Now that we are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we can more effectively analyze the outbreak’s effect on the consumer goods sector. From purchasing channel changes to retailer ordering patterns, many of the present trends before last March have accelerated, condensing happenings that would have needed years to take hold into 12 months. The […]

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Cosmetic Logistics: Choosing the Right Partnership for Your Retail Deliveries

Successfully managing delivery to critical retail customers is essential to mastering cosmetic logistics. Excelling at transportation to retailers is a component that all cosmetic manufacturers can master to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency. It just takes the right strategy to find supply chain synergies that can help brands master their cosmetic logistics functions. By […]

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How Can Green Logistics Foster Growth for CPG Brands?

Maintaining positive public perception has become a powerful source of differentiation for CPG brands. And a great way to gain the favor of consumers is through sustainability and green logistics practices. As CPG brands aim to be more customer-focused, integrating corporate sustainability measures is crucial to gain a competitive advantage. New consumers have demonstrated that […]

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Why Shippers Should Avoid CPU Arrangements with Distributors like UNFI

To many, customer pick-up (CPU) arrangements appear like a simple method for circumventing the challenges of getting their product to distributors. After all, with CPU, the customer handles picking up your product from your facilities, which seemingly eliminates the time-consuming day-to-day execution of transportation scheduling. But what is not always obvious is how surrendering control […]

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Logistics Partnerships Can Provide Value-Added Benefits for Healthcare Shippers

Industries have undergone a rapid transformation throughout the last decade, and in the wide-sweeping changes, logistics has emerged as a competitive advantage for healthcare shippers. Those who can exercise control and uncover visibility into key supply chain processes have begun to fare better than competitors. Some of the largest shippers have taken note, viewing logistics […]

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