Logistics is Not a Commodity!

Logistics might not be a commodity, but it sure feels like it. Anybody selling transportation and logistics services will tell you, that many if not most customers buy based on price alone. I won’t argue that point – I have definitely experienced it firsthand. So What is a Commodity? Commodity Definition: a commodity is a [...]

By | April 17th, 2015|Logistics Explained|0 Comments

How To Find a Great Freight Forwarder

I often hear from novice shippers: “How can I find a great freight forwarder?” The truth is that finding a great freight forwarder is actually rather easy. Here are nine items to look for when searching for the best freight forwarder for your company: Research, Research, Research Before seeking out a great freight forwarder, it [...]

By | January 2nd, 2015|Logistics Explained, Selecting a 3PL, Transportation|0 Comments

My Logisticians are a Humorless Lot…

"My logisticians are a humorless lot ... they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay." - Alexander the Great I have always loved this quote because it captures the do or die nature of logistics with a funny, but morbid twist. While managers are no longer killing logistics guys, [...]

Cargo and Container Shipping Basics

Successful international shipping requires a good understanding of cargo and container shipping basics. When large cargo pieces have to be transported by sea, the best and most cost-effective way to transport them is through cargo and container shipping companies. No matter if you are shipping for residential or commercial reasons, if you are interested in [...]

By | August 27th, 2013|Logistics Explained|0 Comments

Shipping Claim Filing Software – What is it, and How Can It Help Me?

What is Shipping Claim Filing Software? Most shippers are familiar with Transportation Management Systems, and Warehouse Management Systems, but what is shipping claim filing software? Shipping claim filing software is a system that helps you to file and manage freight claims. The system consists of the following elements:  A user interface where the user enters [...]

By | August 11th, 2013|Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|0 Comments

Biopharma Distribution Challenges

[pullquote align="left|center|right" textalign="left|center|right" width="30%"]The key to overcoming biopharma distribution challenges is understanding the underlying causes.[/pullquote] Why is biotech and pharmaceutical (biopharma) distribution experiencing surging demand and rising cost? Even with the downturn of the economy, the demand for biopharmaceuticals is growing at 15-20% which is increasing the demand for distribution. At the same time, costs are [...]

By | August 11th, 2013|Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|0 Comments

Warehousing KPIs

To effectively and efficiently manage a warehouse, you need to use warehousing KPIs.  Below is a listing of commonly used warehousing KPIs. KPI is an acronym for key performance indicators (or key process indicators).  A key performance indicator (KPI) is a metric that you have chosen that will give an indication of your performance and [...]

By | July 14th, 2013|Logistics Explained|0 Comments

5 Best Mobile Apps for Fleet Managers

5 Best Mobile Apps for Fleet Managers Many apps available today offer vital assistance to fleet managers. However, some of these apps are not readily available when using your smartphone to search an app store online. These apps require that you already know their names so that you can type them into your browser and [...]

By | July 13th, 2013|Guest Viewpoint, Logistics Explained|0 Comments

The 15 Biggest LTL Carriers

The 15 biggest LTL carriers by revenue are listed below. The biggest LTL carriers are striving to increase revenues and profits to pre-recession levels.  Most analysts believe LTL rates will increase 2-4% in 2013. During the downturn, carriers invested less in new trucks and terminals because shipping tonnage decreased.  As the economy improved sluggishly, carriers [...]

By | July 4th, 2013|Logistics Explained|0 Comments