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Tell Your Story Through Digital Marketing

Banyan Technology No one has to tell you the 3PL market is competitive; it’s likely the reason you regularly read publications like 3PL Perspectives, among others. Business leaders need information, tools, and actionable insights to make the strategic business decisions that will not only shape the future of their own 3PL, but the freight industry as a whole. As we’ve ...

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Cultivating the Next Generation Family Business Leaders

Henry Hutcheson | Family Business USA Succession planning is the most important change a family business will undergo. Trying to pass the family business from one generation to the next is fraught with risk. Who will run the business? How will the current generation phase out? Can the next generation work well together? Successful family businesses are those that recognize ...

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TIA Continues Its Focus on NAFTA, Other International Issues Confronting 3PLs

Will Sehestedt | Transportation Intermediaries Association As TIA continues to grow, so do the interests and capabilities of TIA member companies. In TIA’s 40th year, the Association now includes hundreds of companies that offer not only domestic over-the-road transportation services, but also a host of international and multimodal capabilities. TIA staff work hard to ensure that every member has access ...

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TIA Members Gather in Washington to Advocate for the National Hiring Standard

Rachael Oury | Transportation Intermediaries Association More than 100 TIA members gathered at the 2018 TIA 3PL Policy Forum in Washington D.C. on June 5-6 to make their collective voice heard on Capitol Hill. The two-day event brought together TIA members from across the U.S. to meet in the nation’s capital, develop relationships with their elected representatives, and advocate for ...

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Drones, Autonomous Vehicles on Course to Disrupt the Supply Chain

Grant E. Goldsmith | Roanoke Insurance Group Earlier this year, General Motors introduced its latest self-driving car – a car with no steering wheel or foot pedals – that’s expected to hit the streets in 2019. GM’s car is meant to drive itself with no assistance (hence no steering wheel) from the driver. This is the future – driverless vehicles. ...

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Four Reasons Why Freight Visibility Should Be a Top Focus

Dan Cicerchi | Descartes MacroPoint Despite the immediate benefits to the supply chain, there is still a lack of knowledge about the competitive advantages of real-time freight visibility. Below are four reasons why indicators such as freight status and location will become even more essential in the coming year – and how technology can help close the gap. As the ...

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What Can Learn from Harvey and Irma?

Peggy Dorf | DAT Solutions On Aug. 30, 2017, less than 10 days after Hurricane Harvey made final landfall near Cameron, LA, trucks were moving freight out of southeast Texas with almost the same volume as before the storm. It was an incredible recovery and a testament to the hardworking people who helped restore commercial transportation in one of the ...

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Leveraging Technology In Your 3PL Marketing Efforts

James T. Kenny, Ph.D., and Peppi M. Kenny, Ph.D.| WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY In today’s digital-centric environment, third-party logistics companies (3PLs) can’t ignore the importance of technology in their marketing efforts. Although social media is more than two decades old, most marketers will inform you that it really took off in 2006. This was the year Facebook and Twitter became available ...

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Trends Impacting Your Logistics Operations

Bob Farrell | GlobalTranz The logistics industry is evolving, bringing both risk and opportunity to corporate supply chains. Last year, natural disasters, government regulations and a healthy GDP created challenging capacity and rate conditions. The booming e-commerce space and demand for operational efficiency continues to amplify the need for increased automation and technology. Companies are putting more emphasis on logistics ...

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The Value of Working with Reliable Trust and Bond Providers

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DOUG CLARK | Douglas Clark Consultants The 3PL industry is seeing increased shipper requirements of financial security, and TIA is working to help shippers understand where unreasonable requirements only hurt their bottom line. Some shippers are requiring brokers and forwarders to have bonds or trusts up to $300,000. The benefits to the shipper for such a requirement are unclear: there ...

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