Topic: Miscellaneous

How COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Will Affect CPG Shippers

With two vaccines now approved for use in the US and many people throughout the US expressing interest in lining up for them, a large-scale distribution rollout is now underway. The effort is largely unprecedented in modern times and has understandably left many CPG shippers wondering how freight capacity will be affected by the effort. […]

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Trucking Market Q1 Update and 2021 Freight Outlook

After a tumultuous 2020, the trucking market may be setting up for a bit more stability in the 12 months ahead. It was a tale of two freight markets during the past year due to the global pandemic that reshuffled consumption and commerce. We saw historic freight lows in the winter and early spring, followed […]

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Top 46 Food and Beverage Trade Shows for 2021

Food and beverage trade shows are essential for business today. Expos and conferences help to gather industry peers together, share new innovations, host education sessions, and facilitate imperative networking. For the food and beverage industry, there is a seemingly endless list of shows that touch on everything from processing to packaging and niche events that dial […]

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Why Shipping Lead Time Matters in a Tight Freight Market

Providing your logistics partner with additional lead time can be critical in ensuring better rates and securing capacity in any market. But with freight conditions like those we have seen throughout most of 2020, building in additional lead time is an even more essential piece of your logistics operational puzzle. It can help you, and […]

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Latest NMFC Changes Set to Take Effect on December 19

Consumer goods manufacturers should be prepared for the final NMFC updates of 2020. 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 on December 19. While the next scheduled changes do not specifically affect food and beverage […]

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Involuntary Sampling: An Emerging Threat to CPG Brands’ Revenues at Retailers

Online ordering has taken center stage this year as shoppers hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19 have turned to previously available but underutilized channels to complete their purchases. As consumers look more frequently to retail grocers’ online channels, there is an emerging phenomenon that threatens to jeopardize brands’ revenue and put competitors’ products in customers’ […]

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Food Trends That Could Have an Impact in 2021

Since much of the previous year in business and elsewhere was defined by a global pandemic, we are left asking what will 2021 look like for food and beverage shippers. Food trends had an interesting 12 months as things changed quite a bit throughout the course of COVID-19. Right now, we are seeing a shift […]

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Holiday Shipping for Vendors: What You Need to Know

The holiday shipping season can be wrought with challenges for brands that are not prepared. Peak season and holiday shipping impacts can hit the logistics industry as early as August, lasting through early January. The duration of peak season naturally spells tighter capacity and higher rates as shipping volumes increases. This is especially true in […]

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Walmart OTIF Requirements for Suppliers Increases to 98 Percent

Walmart, often known for being the first mover in the world of retail compliance, is again upping its on-time, in-full (OTIF) standards for brands working with the big-box giant.  Now suppliers must meet a 98% OTIF rate to stay in compliance. Those that cannot hit these requirements will face a fine of 3% of the […]

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How to Keep Your Freight from Freezing: What Shippers Need to Know

Winter equates to more than just tricky-to-navigate roadways. Its arrival brings cold weather for much of the US and requires shippers to take steps to protect from freeze with their freight.   Although liquids are especially vulnerable, other products can be susceptible to damage without taking proper precautions to protect them in transit. Not doing so […]

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Begin Prepping for Peak Season to Offset Freight Disruption

Peak season is in full swing, in what was an already challenging year for the world of freight. With a few major holidays still left on the calendar, it is time to begin prepping your organization for holiday shipping. Peak season and its effects typically begin in the fall, lasting through early January. The period […]

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Sustainable Logistics Practices Can Serve as a Differentiator for CPG Brands

Sustainability is an often-discussed concept that can be a reliable source of differentiation for CPG manufacturers. Consumers have demonstrated that products must do more than satisfy their demands for a particular good. Shoppers now want to purchase from brands that are congruent with their personal values. And sustainability has become a standout issue for many US […]

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