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New Tech to Build Freight Lanes in Future

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Aaron Huff | Commercial Carrier Journal Increasingly, the trends in transportation technology are being driven by e-commerce and the “Amazon Effect.” Transportation companies are investing in new IT systems to fulfill orders with compressed lead times and higher service requirements. AFN Logistics, a Chicago-based 3PL that specializes in supply chain fulfillment for major retailers, is using technology to thrive in ...

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The Future for TIA Members? No Limit

Robert Voltmann President & CEO Transportation Intermediaries Association We’ve seen remarkable growth in the industry this year, but then we’ve seen remarkable growth in the industry every year. Armstrong and Associates reports that the 3PL industry has had an 11 percent compound annual growth rate for 20 years! And, at TIA, we see no limit to that growth. I like ...

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Brokers Turn to Technology to Maximize Truckload Capacity

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Mark Cubine | McLeod Software Brokers are tapping into data and technology to harvest more truckload capacity during the work day, creating a win-win solution for all parties within the supply chain and making brokers more competitive. “We have to document capacity, know it is there and proactively reach out to carriers before they reach out to our competition,” said ...

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The Fight for $15 Gains Steam

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Stephanie Mansfield | Transportation Intermediaries Association Fans of the union-backed “Fight for $15” won a significant victory on October 1, 2018 when Amazon announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for approximately 350,000 of its employees. The boost will give the already disruptive trillion-dollar retailing giant an edge over rivals such as Walmart and Target in ...

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Member Spotlight: Russell Leo

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PRESIDENT & CEO, TRANSPORTATION GROUP, RLS LOGISTICS Russell Leo, CTB, has worked and/or owned RLS Logistics for more than 25 years. While earning his BS in Business Administration from Monmouth University, he worked in every department throughout the company to gain a thorough knowledge of the business. After graduating in 1996, he was named Vice President, Transportation Group. In 2000, he was ...

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The 3PL Battle for the Future

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FOUR PRACTICAL WAYS THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS CAN FOOLPROOF THEIR BUSINESS Scott McDevitt | Propel Software Solutions “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you are a part of the road,” said author Stewart Brand. The logistics industry, in particular, has seen this play out over the past few years with an influx of ...

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2019 Forecast for Less than Truckload

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Dave Cox | Polaris Transportation Group As shippers and transportation providers look ahead to the Less than Truckload (LTL) market in 2019, it is important to reflect on some of the key business shifts that occurred in the past 12 months to understand how the shipping environment is likely to present itself in 2019. In 2018, the rate of change ...

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2019: What to Expect

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Noël Perry | Transport Futures In the fall of 2017 we looked at 2018 as a time when upside exposure dominated. The economy seemed to be strengthening, along with freight growth. Would that continue in the coming year? The spot market was sending very strong indicators for capacity tightening and rising prices. Would the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate accelerate ...

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Load Booking Automation: Winners Are Digitizing

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Russell Jones | Cargo Chief Information Leads to Satisfied Customers In the history of mankind, the right information makes the difference between success and failure: finding water, where to farm, how to lay a railway, how to build a fighter jet. For today’s freight brokerages, knowing which trucking carriers do a good job and have availability for a certain lane ...

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Best Practices for Preventing Email Cyberthreats

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PART III IN A THREE-PART SERIES FOCUSED ON CYBERSECURITY Chuck Cook | RenovoData Two articles in recent issues of 3PL Perspectives outlined the challenges posed by email phishing attacks. The first described the most prevalent types of threats and the second explained how to identify them. This article illustrates the best practices for protecting 3PLs and trucking companies from those attacks. ...

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