Topic: Miscellaneous

NMFC Updates to Take Effect April 25

Food and beverage shippers have a few changes to note in the second round of 2020 NMFC updates. These classification changes are scheduled for the end of the month, as the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has announced the updates will go into effect April 25. While the next scheduled changes are not as […]

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3 Questions CPG Companies Need to Ask Their Logistics Provider Now

The effects of COVID-19 have moved beyond the public health risk presented by the pandemic. Now, the outbreak is hitting businesses, taxing every sector of the United States’ economy in the process.  Even those organizations that have seen positive demand surges over the past few weeks are now exposed to new risks within their operations, […]

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How the Food Blockchain is Bringing Tech to the Table

As the world becomes more tech-centric every day, digitization efforts are even making their way to the grocery aisle through the blockchain. Though it may sound far off, companies in the food and beverage supply chain are rapidly adopting blockchain platforms as a means of creating visibility, traceability, and efficiency. According to research from Gartner, 20 […]

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Publix Vendor Guidelines Updated for On-Time Delivery

Photo Credit: The Catalyst   Publix, just like many others in the industry, has begun monitoring its suppliers’ delivery performance.   The southeastern purveyor has instituted a stringent on-time compliance program for all vendors working with the grocery chain.   It measures on-time delivery performance and tracks metrics through a supplier scorecard given to all vendors working with Publix.    The retailer calculates the percentage of cases received against […]

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2020 Q2 Freight Market Update: Coronavirus Brings Logistics Disruption

This year is off to an atypical start as the freight market and the international economy braces for the full impact of the coronavirus.  We likely can not quantify the full impact of this disruption for some time. However, the freight market outlook, at least to start Q2, is brighter than other sectors of the domestic economy.  Notably, in the retail and grocery industry as increased demand […]

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Sam’s Club Updates Appointment Scheduler and OTIF Standards

Sam’s Club stepped up its on-time, in-full (OTIF) expectations for its suppliers and, in some instances, exceeded standards set by its parent company, Walmart. Brands delivering to the big box store must adhere to OTIF standards to remain in good standing with the retailer. While the company has yet to fine suppliers for missing delivery […]

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Coronavirus Update: Pandemic’s Effect on the US Logistics Market

The full effect of the coronavirus has not hit the United States; however, the virus is already making waves throughout the country.   Since its arrival, it has created widespread uncertainty throughout virtually all sectors of the domestic economy.   Many industries are preparing for significant disruption as the World Health Organization has declared the virus to be a pandemic.   Even before the official designation from WHO, the coronavirus was impacting the global supply chain.   […]

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The Importance of Customer Service in Logistics

Customer service in logistics is an often-overlooked aspect of a provider’s capabilities.   But, in today’s competitive landscape, the importance of customer service in logistics should not be undervalued.  It is a useful competency to consider when choosing a transportation partner.  Why is customer service in logistics critical?  Because it acts as the bedrock of long-term […]

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Zipline Logistics’ Andrew Lynch to Speak at MIT FreightLab Summit on ELD Impacts

During the 2020 FreightLab Summit: Freight Debate, hosted by The Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics, Zipline Logistics’ co-founder and President, Andrew Lynch, will join a diverse panel of shippers, carriers, third-parties, and academics. The group will openly discuss and debate hot topics impacting the trucking industry. The event will take place on […]

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How a Customer-Focused 3PL Can Save You Time

Outsourcing logistics through a third-party transportation services provider has become a common practice. In fact, 73% of shippers report outsourcing their domestic transportation. It’s a popular choice because there are numerous benefits to working with the right logistics provider. A customer-focused 3PL can take daily logistics to-dos off your plate, add efficiencies, solve problems, and […]

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The True Value of a Truck Rate Goes Far Beyond Its Cost

When shopping truck rates, most shippers compare prices on a given lane from various carriers to find the cheapest provider. While this may seem like the logical approach to mitigating transportation costs, there are a few common issues associated with using a quoted rate as the sole decision driver, especially when that freight is headed […]

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The Definitive Guide on Produce Season Transportation Impacts

Produce season transportation can have an impact on your freight, even if you do not ship grains, fruits, or vegetables. What is produce season? Peak produce shipping season refers to the time period when the largest volume of fruits and vegetables are harvested and subsequently shipped to markets across the US, impacting truck capacity. Seasonal […]

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