Holiday E-Commerce of 2018

Posted on January 10, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Online shopping is a growing trend that is gaining more popularity each year.  The holiday shopping season for 2018, November 1 through December 31, is projected $119.99 billion spent at online retailers.  This is an increase of almost 16% compared to the numbers of 2017.  With increased online retail sales, comes high shipping traffic.  USPS, as well as other carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, are at maximum capacity during these peak times each year. Carriers proactively use business strategies and tactics to tackle and embrace the hustle during the holidays.  UPS is now using some automated “super hub... Read More

Autonomous Vessel Symposium

Posted on January 09, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Autonomous (unmanned) shipping methods have been big news in the media and in transportation industry publications over the past few years.  Most of the discussion has centered on trucking and small package drone shipments and deliveries.  However, strides are also being made in autonomous maritime vessel transport, both on inland and ocean waterways.  Although still in its infancy, autonomous-controlled vessels have the potential to significantly lower costs while simultaneously improving safety over the traditional human-controlled model. (3)On June 27, 2018, experts from all sectors of the industry will gather in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the third annual Autonomous Ship... Read More

Air Cargo Challenges for 2019

Posted on January 08, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Air Cargo on the RiseAir cargo has become an increasingly popular route for modern-day logistics; a market that was once at a dangerous low, is now on its tenth year of profitability.  New age consumers and companies with the precarious need for fast delivery of goods paired with reduced oil prices, allow air to have a competitive edge on adversaries. To keep up with this ten-year high, air cargo is going to have to overcome various challenges in the upcoming year.Challenges Quickly Approaching1. Evolving TechnologyIn 2019, a new norm will arise in the world of air shipments.... Read More

How to Reduce Truckload Spend: Get Competitive

Posted on January 07, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

It’s often stated that relationships play a key role in business growth. Every sales or marketing class, business executive, or YouTube video out there will tell you the same thing: focus on and grow relationships. Utilizing a preferred carrier is costing you money. When it comes to moving FTL freight at the lowest price, it’s time to break up with your carrier.How do I Get Competitive FTL Rates?Plain and simple – request for quotes (RFQ’s) will be the most efficient way to get competitive rates. Be ready to provide details of what... Read More

2019 Florida Communication Service Tax Rate Changes

Posted on January 05, 2019. Category: Tax Publications

As of January 1, 2019, there is a new rate change for some Florida areas in communication service tax for which Florida’s Department of Revenue issued a rate change. The total local Communication Service Tax (CST) rate for Marco Island has decreased to 3.9% where it was previously 5.22% which is a 1.32% decrease from the previous rate, a major area for communication service tax. A new 5.22% local tax will be imposed on Indiantown located in Martin County. This is a new rate for Indiantown, so they will have to adjust to an increase in communication service tax.CST is a tax imposed... Read More

5 Tips to Prepare for an Entry Level Logistics Interview

Posted on January 04, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Speaking from personal experience, I was clueless of what to expect going into my entry level logistics interview (Logistics Specialist). After Googling countless articles, I still was unsure of what I’d be doing. There was just too much information out there. Truth is, you won’t know what the job consists of until you get to that interview and hear it from the hiring managers mouth.Here are a few easy steps to get started and put yourself ahead of the game.1. Research Commonly Used Terminology/Acronyms3PL/4PL Carriers Freight Forwarders LTL/FTL Trailer Types (Dry... Read More

Flying Cars and Hoverboards? A Real Look at the Future of Logistics

Posted on January 03, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In a not so distant past, we looked at the year 2000 through the eyes of Blade Runner and The Jetsons. The hopes for flying cars and hoverboards were instilled in us through pop culture and the movie industry. However, the Logistics and Consumer Markets seem to be the driving forces that will make a future of flying cars a reality for us all. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are becoming more and more mainstream. Proving to be a feasible means of transportation, this future will help in both reducing high fuel consumption, carbon footprints, and traffic the... Read More

What is Leadership?

Posted on January 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Leadership at its core is leading others towards a common goal; this requires the leaders team to either follow through by pulling them by their shirt collar or through an eager march. The response of those being led is typically a direct reflection of their leaders. To be a “leader” isn’t the challenge; the challenge is to be an effective leader that would make others want to follow you. To become an effective leader means to do several things such as: 1) “Fill their tank before you take from it”- As a leader... Read More

How the Government Shutdown Impacts Freight

Posted on January 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

The ongoing partial government shutdown will impact some import and export operations. Below is a list of items that could affect importers and exporters:  Customs and Border Protection is open for business and shipments are being released Funding for the EPA has lapsed so any import that requires EPA release might be delayed Other PGAs seem to be funded and won’t be impacted Quotas should not be affected While ports are mostly staffed, national import specialists are furloughed Any updates or repairs with ACE may be delayed CBP website will not be actively managed BIS operations will... Read More

The Importance of Paying Attention to Export Control

Posted on December 11, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

In March of 2018 Konstantin Chekhovskoi was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on his way home to Russia and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. In his checked baggage were more than $100,000 in ammunition, parts, and accessories designed for assault rifles. Mr. Chekhovskoi had not received the appropriate clearance and export licenses to take these items out of the United States.Konstantin may have had some intentions of questionable legality for his exported products, but plenty of law-abiding citizens can find themselves facing similar penalties if they are not aware of the export regulations of the... Read More

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