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By Jeff Berman · July 7, 2016
Regardless of economic conditions and capacity availability, the truckload (TL) brokerage market continues to expand. We enlisted the help of three expert voices in the freight transportation and logistics markets to help provide some perspective.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2016
In an effort to help shippers better manage the skies, our panel of air cargo experts examines the global economy, fuel costs, ongoing security and regulatory measures as well as the advent of new airborne cargo options.
By Jeff Berman · March 11, 2016
As e-commerce delivery pressures continue to dramatically alter the service landscape, our panelists offer practical advice for how shippers can re-adjust their packaging and better understand carrier needs—as well as their own.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2016
The maturation of multi-channel distribution has put added pressure on all major modes of freight transportation. “Just-in-time” and “just-in-case” strategies now have to meet the “just do it” demands created by today’s highly impatient consumer.
By Patrick Burnson · February 1, 2016
Our panel suggests that carrier consolidation will continue, but will be largely confined to specific trade lanes and commodity niches. In the meantime, shippers and carriers must cooperate at an unprecedented level for sustainable solutions to emerge.
By Peter Moore · January 1, 2016
As LTL carriers announce pricing model shifts where dimension and density trumps classification, shippers can turn the tables and realize more benefit from collaboration.
By Jeff Berman · October 2, 2015
While coffee is one of the first things on the minds of many people early in the morning, it was especially prevalent this week, when Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz gave the keynote address at this week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in San Diego.
By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2015
Our top trucking correspondent examines the daunting regulatory hurdles facing trucking—and gives shippers a clearer picture of what they can expect in terms of rates and capacity based on the cumulative effects.
By John D. Schulz · September 1, 2015
Using analytics and Big Data, the next generation of freight bill payment and auditing companies comb all aspects of freight transportation operations to highlight supply chain efficiency improvement opportunities.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2015
Business is robust for 3PLs, but as cost-cutting becomes the priority for manufacturers and retailers, more businesses continue to look around for services at a lower price—driving down satisfaction, renewal rates, and contract length.
By Patrick Burnson · August 1, 2015
Ports, terminals, and ocean carriers currently comprise a family in severe dysfunction—and denial. But can the intervention of shippers restore some badly needed order? Our experts who work close to the action provide some answers.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2015
Despite the prevailing challenges, the less-than-truckload (LTL) market is seeing steady volume growth and solid profits. Our top sector analysts offer their take on this now vital mode as shippers work to obtain the capacity they need at a rate that works for both parties.
By Jeff Berman · June 1, 2015
Faced with service issues and declining performance metrics, rail and intermodal providers are keeping investment levels at record highs as they continue to work through the current challenges to get back to pre-recession performance levels.
By John D. Schulz · May 1, 2015
Well-run private fleets continue to set the gold standard for service, safety, and accountability. However, operating a highly efficient fleet takes work—and money. Increasingly, private fleet managers are operating a “blended” operation, alternating between their own trucks and for-hire options to help mitigate costs.
<p>More perishables, food, and consumer products—particularly during peak season—are driving up demand for air cargo space.</p> By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2015
Consumer confidence is up, fuel costs are down, and trade is growing—all factors that are pulling the air cargo sector out of the doldrums. Our panel of industry experts examines the resurgence and shares how shippers can now work with carriers to mitigate risk and optimize their global supply chain operations.

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