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How do you, as a shipper, address the ongoing challenges associated with trucking?  In this White Paper, you’ll learn how inland ports have become an important option to counteract the impact of the truck driver shortage.  To start, cargo bound for an inland port moves quickly off the marine terminal, onto short haul rail then to the inland port.  Such intermodal rail services reduce dependency on the unknown of driver availability and improve operational efficiency via a consistent and forecastable delivery schedule.  But, that’s only part of the story.  Click here to get all the ways inland ports can drive value in your supply chain.

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Linked quarter declines in both freight shipment volume and spend are in line with the deceleration many expected in third quarter gross domestic product growth. As trucking often leads the broader economy, the decreases seen in the U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index suggest economic growth may have peaked and may decelerate in the fourth quarter and beyond. Despite the sequential decreases in shipments and spending last quarter, the national truck market remains solid and capacity tight.

While still difficult to ascertain the exact impact that Hurricane Florence had in the Southeast during the third quarter, it was undoubtedly negative. However, there will eventually be a freight bump associated with rebuilding efforts. While still very early in implementation, U.S. tariffs on some foreign products – as well as retaliatory tariffs on some U.S. goods – likely had at least a slight negative impact on the quarter as well.

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Blockchain. The Internet of Things. Artificial Intelligence. Robotics. Virtual Reality. Not since the internet burst on the scene two decades ago have so many disruptive new technologies attracted the attention of supply chain managers, including shippers, transportation carriers, retailers, and other stakeholders in the global trading community. Progressive logistics providers are carving out a unique position from which to support the increasing innovation of its customers by leveraging these new technologies and creating unique tailored solutions.

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IoT applications have been tested in recent times for all kinds of businesses. Now, it is time to envision how to apply the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve supply chains. This research paper:

 •Provides a framework companies can use to envision how to apply the IoT to their supply chains •Applies the IoT framework to semiconductor, automotive, and ecommerce supply chain improvements • Explains the capabilities organizations must  have to implement IoT technologies

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The majority of shippers today are concerned with rising transportation costs, fueled by an increasing demand in shorter consumer delivery times and an expanding network of inventory distribution points. Discover how an automated solution can help ease your transportation costs fears with Amber Road’s eBook, Controlling Shipping Costs via Multi-Modal Freight Rate Visibility!

 

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Whether your business is building or scaling, you can't optimize your supply chain until you understand each component from start to finish. And you're in luck! Our eBook provides a comprehensive overview.

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As the globalization of world trade accelerates, the importance of achieving operational speed without sacrificing accuracy is becoming paramount to the success of all stakeholders in the international trading system — from shippers to logistics service providers, terminal operators, and carriers, to retailers, consumers and end-users of the transported goods. For businesses involved in that supply chain, providing end-to-end visibility and predictability is vital for staying ahead of the competition. Fortunately, automation and digitization are making that possible at levels that were unimaginable even a few years ago. Nevertheless, a great deal of additional progress remains attainable, so long as stakeholders join forces to take the next big leap in the process. 

In a 2018 survey of approximately 250 shipping industry executives and professionals conducted by JOC.com/IHS Markit, Navis, and XVELA (Fig. XI), more than half of all respondents anticipated that their performance metrics would improve by at least 50 percent if they could share real-time operational information. However, 56 percent surveyed see a hurdle in the lack of industry data standards, a statistic that supports concerns raised by stakeholders that data standardization is a primary challenge that needs to be overcome to achieve widespread industry collaboration. 

Based upon a series of interviews with industry thought leaders as well as the survey results, this report examines the potential path to real-time collaboration across the industry, including cultural and operational challenges facing adoption. This project was co-sponsored by Navis and XVELA. 

The advent of cloud-based, collaborative data-sharing platforms has enabled automation of dozens of global supply chain processes and management of electronic booking, digital transmission of shipping instructions, and real-time container-status tracking. With the expansion of collaboration and data-sharing into the foundational end-to-end container planning processes, from stowage planning and execution to berth window management and port call optimization, the ideal of “working as one” appears to be within reach. 

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Read this whitepaper then decide which pallet type is best for you! Learn how pallet strength, stiffness and other functionality characteristics impact supply chain efficiencies.

This whitepaper discusses the functionality characteristics of two wood-based pallet types, but are made from distinctive processes. The pallets are compared for use in one-way shipping include; the innovative 48” x 40” Engineered Molded Wood pallet made with high heat and pressure and the established 48” x 40” GMA-Style pallet made from wood slats and nails.

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One major trend of 2018 is that transporting goods remains costly and complex with increasing ecommerce sales and shipping rates, unexpected natural disasters, and driver shortages. This paper examines several supply chain trends to closely monitor this year and how digitizing your supply chain can keep you one step ahead.

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During the current cycle, beneficial cargo owners  and their carrier partners must deal with multiple factors in designing their contracts. These include the state of the global economy, projected market conditions, the supply-demand imbalance, potential carrier capacity issues, shipment seasonality, shifting manufacturing origins, and long-term carrier stability. Additionally, this year, the full impact of evolving carrier alliances hits the performance curve. Deliberations are further complicated by the perception among many shippers of a lack of collaboration and declining carrier performance. 

The Ocean Contracting Outlook white paper is a primer for 2018, detailing best practices for contract design and negotiation, projected rate levels for the balance of the year, and BCO and carrier expectations and strategies for collaboration. These conclusions are based upon a series of interviews with industry thought leaders and the results of a recently completed survey conducted by JOC.com/IHS Markit and Gemini Shippers Group. The paper is sponsored by Gemini.

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Globalization puts forward opportunities to companies of any size who can effectively provide or source products and services in dynamic markets. Review our white paper and learn:

  • How to gain a competitive advantage through global transportation logistics
  • Factors that influence international shipments
  • Five characteristics of a global TMS and why companies worldwide should consider TMS technology

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As a result of increasing pressure to improve supply chain predictability, creating certainty around the berth time of a container ship in a port is a primary challenge for the industry today. This paper explores how providing visibility and transparency to port operations can lead to a better way of doing things in the berth management field.

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This paper takes a deep dive into SMC³’s CzarLite XL, an advanced pricing system solution that gives shippers and logistics service providers a new neutral benchmark choice when negotiating LTL shipping rates.

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The Journal of Commerce/IHS Maritime & Trade, NASSTRAC, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, and Truckstop.com took the pulse of a domestic transportation market at a crucial turning point in late September. Shippers and freight brokers offered their expectations for the next six months and the year ahead. Significant change is anticipated, especially in terms of available truck capacity.

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