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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Golden Week and the Impact on Customs

Posted on December 06, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

National Day or so called Golden Week started on 1st October and officially ended on the 7th. Golden week has been celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2000. It is one of two such weeks of celebration each year where the country virtually close and business comes to a standstill. China announced this long holiday to encourage domestic tourism and allow families to make long distance family visits, more than 480 million Chinese will travel between the holiday.What's the impact?Chinese customs will not accept import clearance during the holidays. Therefore, import shipments cannot be...

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Black Friday in Korea

Posted on December 05, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a U.S. holiday, retailers and store brands across the U.S. will offer bargain deals and large discounts. Some of these deals reach as high as 90 percent, on numerous product categories. Many Black Friday deals can also be found on U.S.-based e-commerce websites and online store brands.This means that even those living outside the U.S. can take full advantage of the flagship American sales period to purchase electronics, home appliances, clothing, toys and other goods at bargain prices that are hard to ignore.Last year, Koreans directly purchased...

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Wildfires Disrupt the U.S. Supply Chains

Posted on November 29, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

In recent years, wildfires that often occur on the west coast have been burning longer, hotter, and with increasing regularity as in years’ past with the Mendocino Complex fire breaking all previous records, which has resulted in increased damage to the supply chain (Wildfire tends in, 2018).  While wildfires are not new, the increased amount of damage that they are causing is resulting in massive delays and expenses in the supply chain (McKevitt, 2017).  Much of this results from several headquarters for companies that do tremendous shipping, such as Amazon, are located on the west coast (Cosgrove, 2018).While wildfires...

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The Five Top Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Posted on November 28, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Currently, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates the current driver shortage at 63,000 positions. Suggestions to address this issue are to offer a higher pay scale than the current median income of $42,000 and to entice non-college bound individuals into the trucking market.  Currently 48 states allow 18-year-olds to engage in trucking. The ATA’s push for 400 hours of training would be a good first step in addressing the driver shortage.Increasing productivity is the second point of discussion. Trucking is booming but a shortage of technicians/mechanics to fix them and keep them running is also a major concern. ...

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