Topic: Cost Savings Strategies

Walmart’s On-Time, In-Full (OTIF) Program: What You Need to Know

https://sfa.ziplinelogistics.com/blog/walmart-otif-may-2019/ Walmart has changed their vendor guidelines and scorecard parameters a few times in recent years. They went from requiring a four-day shipping window in 2016 to a two-day shipping window in 2017 and a no-day shipping window in 2018. They have since relaxed rules to allow carriers to deliver one day early (as of April […]

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Case Study: Solving for Walmart Vendor Compliance

Strategic appointment times and booking of preferred carriers makes meeting Walmart vendor compliance standards simple. A producer of organic food supplements engaged Zipline Logistics to solve reoccurring delivery problems for one of its largest customers – Walmart. Orders for the big-box store were consistently rejected. This caused orders to be late, extra paperwork, and the […]

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Top Reasons for Retail Vendor Chargebacks

Major retail and grocery stores have all rolled out vendor compliance programs in recent years. Retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Amazon, and Target have instituted vendor scorecards that encourage suppliers to more accurately hit order quantities and timelines. These exist to help the stores remain competitive, lower inventory costs, and keep their shelves full. Vendor chargebacks […]

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Logistics Statistics: Savings Opportunities in Shipping (INFOGRAPHIC)

For all the effort, ingenuity, and resources shippers put into cutting costs and streamlining operations, there are always savings opportunities hidden somewhere in the supply chain. The key (and the challenge) is knowing where to look. And where, exactly, is that? That largely depends on what, where and when you ship, but there are some […]

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Custom Transportation Programs Lead to Added Efficiencies

In the May 2018 issue of Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery, the publication shared how snack producers and bakeries are working with third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to develop custom transportation programs that help deliver products more effectively. Zipline Logistics’ Senior Business Development Representative, Jesse Juett, weighed in on new trends. Major tactics covered include: Technology – Acces […]

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Comparing Parcel and LTL Shipping: When Do I Choose What to Save the Most Money?

More than 25 million small packages, otherwise known as parcels, are shipped daily. Meanwhile, the top 10 commodities shipped tend to be bulky and require less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. But, the lines between parcel and LTL shipping have started to blur in recent years. Parcel carriers are spending less per shipment, and LTL shippers are spending less […]

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10 Powerful Logistics Metrics to Watch for Success

Management guru Peter Drucker famously stated, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Controlling the performance of business operations, which includes your supply chain and transportation, is nearly impossible without business metrics and data analytics. These quantifiable measures and in-depth discoveries of useful information help evaluate the success of your organization in meeting […]

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Partnership: Growing Revenue While Helping Clients Spend Less on Trucking

Zipline Logistics’ President, Andrew Lynch, recently spoke with Carrie Ghose of Columbus Business First about our company’s continued growth and the release of new features for our shipper intelligence tool, KanoPI. Lynch shares that customers who ship higher volumes with Zipline gain the most benefit from the data analytics platform. When able to view performance […]

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Partial Load, Co-Loading, LTL, and Load-to-Ride Transportation

Partial truckload, co-loading, less-than-truckload (LTL loads), and load-to-ride all refer to shipping methods that put orders from multiple companies on one truck. Yet, each mode operates a bit differently and provides its own set of benefits. Deciding on the most optimal mode for your transportation needs can be daunting. (That’s why we’re here!) Decisions are […]

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What is Flat Rate Pallet Shipping?

Flat-rate pallet shipping is not unlike flat rate parcel shipping. Both programs aim to alleviate shipping complexity by removing steps from the traditional quoting process. You are likely familiar with the Priority Mail Flat Rate program from USPS. Their flat rate pricing eliminates the need to weigh personal packages or calculate shipping fees. If your […]

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Freight Costs: Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal transportation, or the use of multiple modes to execute the movement of freight, is growing in popularity as an alternative to the singular use of truckload. Two of the biggest reasons intermodal shippers are using multimodal shipping methods are lower cost per mile for many long-haul lanes, as well as more consistent service. Lower […]

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Logistics Strategy for Food Startups – Podcast

Logistics strategy can often be an afterthought, or at least not an area of focus, for new brands. Product development and marketing take center stage and shipping is seen as a necessary (but aggravating) part of doing business. However, when brands start to think about logistics from a strategic standpoint, particularly in the early stages […]

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