Topic: Industry Trends

List of Top 20 Accessorial Charges

First, what are accessorial charges? Accessorial charges are fees added to a freight bill for additional services that the carrier might provide. These are a la carte, or per service, and outside of standard shipping and receiving. They are mode-agnostic but are known to occur most often with LTL shipments. These charges will oftentimes be assessed […]

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Preventing and Disputing Retail Chargebacks

What are retail chargebacks? Chargebacks are penalties or fees that are issued by retailers when vendors fall out of compliance. Being non-compliant could mean a multitude of things, but the most common reasons are tied to mislabeling, early/late delivery, and incomplete orders. Read more about the top reasons for retail chargebacks here. Vendor chargebacks can […]

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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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To Be a Shipper of Choice, Work with a 3PL of Choice

In today’s tight freight market, shippers are encouraged to be more accommodating to drivers, acting as a “Shipper of Choice”. But being a shipper of choice is often out of a brand’s control and is instead dependent on their warehouse, manufacturing and/or co-packing partnerships. In all freight markets, but especially in tight ones like our […]

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Trucking Industry Outlook and Rates Roundup

There is a plethora of information out there about the current transportation market and freight rates. To help synthesize the information for our audience, we’ve developed a breakdown of what’s most important, right now. We’re facing capacity restrictions like those experienced in 2004-2005. But, the issues of the market are not cyclical like they were […]

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Prepping Pallet Orders for Food and Beverage Shipping

Graduating from shipping cases with UPS or FedEx to shipping pallets via LTL or full truckload is an extremely exciting milestone for food and beverage brands. It can also be a bit overwhelming, taking on entirely new processes. Perhaps pallet orders represent your first sale to a major retailer, distributor, or wholesaler. Either way, it’s […]

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Sam’s Club On-Time In-Full (OTIF) Program

Sam’s Club is moving forward with instituting an On Time in Full (OTIF) program, like its parent company, Walmart. This program exists to score Sam’s Club suppliers on their overall delivery performance and to clarify vendor expectations. What is a Supplier Scorecard? Most retailers have some sort of supplier scorecard system in place to evaluate […]

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Walmart Updates Supplier Guidelines, Again

https://sfa.ziplinelogistics.com/blog/walmart-otif-may-2019/ Over the last two years, Walmart has tightened their delivery standards. The strict guidelines were implemented to help the company run leaner and be more exact with inventory levels. Unfortunately, most suppliers have been unable to meet the strict guidelines. Walmart went from requiring a four-day shipping window in 2016 to a two-day shipping […]

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Freight Outlook 2018: Q2 Trucking Rates Update

“The days of being able to grab a truck for a load on a turn of a dime are going to be coming to an end,” said Walt Dasher, co-owner of Glennville-based grower-shipper G&R Farms, to The Packer. Market conditions support Dasher’s freight rate statement. It’s new territory for both shippers and carriers nationwide. Here’s […]

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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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Zipline Logistics Releases Data Analysis and Freight Tracking Feature Set Enhancements for KanoPI Shipper Intelligence Platform

Columbus, OH – The digitally enabled third-party logistics (3PL) partner, Zipline Logistics, today released multiple new feature sets for its shipper intelligence platform, KanoPI. Zipline Logistics customers can now look deeper into transportation spend and performance with advanced data drilldowns and visualize freight in transit with track-and-trace capabilities. “The enhancements to KanoPI provide our shipping […]

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