Author Archive for Andrew Lynch

ELD Mandate and Capacity Impacts

What will happen to truck capacity when the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is finally enforced this coming December? The ELD mandate will help to standardize Hours of Service (HOS). Paper logs can be manipulated easily, with some drivers running multiple books or delaying start times, to drive more hours than legally allowed. This would help a driver deliver loads more quickly and move more loads over a given timeframe. There will be many drivers […]

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Transportation Strategy During a Tight Market Shift

The long-predicted shift in the transportation market is currently here. We started to see pricing change as early as June 2017, then rates were sparked by the July 4th holiday, exacerbated by recent hurricanes, and prolonged by a “perfect storm” of looming regulations, shrinking capacity, and driver demands. September 2017 has been a particularly interesting time. Rates for spot market freight are at a 2-year high, as reported by DAT Solutions. Will this across-the-board rate […]

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3PLs to Move Data Along in Transportation

There’s no denying that there’s an endless amount of data available in the supply chain. Yet, even when segmented – for instance, to just transportation – it is often underutilized. The logistics industry has made significant progress utilizing data in recent years; transportation management systems have brought order to the chaos. Data is more organized and available in historical and real-time formats. Management has become automated and visualization tools make it simpler to understand. Yet, […]

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Using Data to Marry Transportation and Sales Departments for Increased Logistics Efficiencies

Shifting consumption demographics, e-commerce platforms, and evolving retail fundamentals are changing the way consumer products companies reach their customers. Stores are requiring smaller quantity shipments, but more frequent delivery, and CPG companies are on the hunt for cost-effective ways to optimize the new pace of product fulfillment. With strategies being turned on their heads, the need for coordination between sales and logistics functions has never been greater. Unfortunately, fulfillment and transportation departments are often at […]

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