Archive for capacity

Prepare Your Supply Chain to Overcome Capacity Challenges

Increased demand and customer expectations continue to put pressure on shippers to deliver on-time-and-in-full without comprising their bottom line. This was especially difficult in 2018 as capacity constraints caused freight rates to skyrocket. While conditions have certainly improved over the last year, no one knows when the market will shift again. And with the number of factors that could affect capacity in the short-term and long-term, including legislation, the driver shortage, supplier requirements from large […]

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Look Upstream to Mitigate Transportation Spend

Transportation budget performance hangovers from 2018 have motivated logistics leaders to expand transportation cost-saving opportunities further upstream in the supply chain. Trailer utilization, lead time, and detention costs are three avenues to mitigate additional cost

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Guest Commentary: Fostering Long-Term Carrier Partnerships

Last month, Manhattan Associates hosted the Inaugural “Shipper/Carrier” Exchange event in Atlanta. Attendees included an array of large shippers, 3PLs and carriers including GENCO ATC, HEB Grocery, Publix Super Markets, Celadon Trucking and Knight Transportation. The event focused on the importance and benefit of strengthening relationships between shippers and their transportation service providers. While there were occasional areas of disagreement, there was consensus in one critical area: Freight rates are going up! The Law of […]

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Guest Commentary: Tight Capacity — Now is the Time for Shippers to Establish Long-term Relationships with the Right Brokers

Nimble and flexible, brokerage firms are designed to provide shippers with capacity when and where they need it by leveraging their relationships with carriers across all modes of transportation. Their job, however, is becoming more difficult because of tightening truckload capacity, a result of several factors: The rapid uptick in freight volumes; The perceived impact of CSA 2010 and other regulatory factors on the pool of qualified drivers; The dramatic reduction in owner-operators from the […]

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