Business Management

Is There a New Normal or Just Business As Usual?

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Gail Rutkowski | NATIONAL SHIPPERS STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL We’ve heard it called all kinds of names; “The Perfect Storm,” the “New Normal,” “Predictable Surprises,” and the “Frankenstorm,” but what are we really dealing with now? Is this the capacity crunch to end all capacity crunches? Maybe, or maybe it is just a natural turn of events based on decisions and ...

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Joined at the Hip with Your Software-As-A-Service Provider

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Murray Pratt | TAILWIND TRANSPORTATION SOFTWARE You recall those three-legged races? Perhaps it was at a picnic, a company ‘team building,’ or a track day in primary school. You and your race partner had one ankle tied to the adjacent ankle of the other. You first had to decide who was on the left and who was on the right. ...

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Avoiding Traps in Termination and Common Separation Pitfalls

Jennifer B. Dunsizer and James W. Kelly, II |  Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Unfortunately, sometimes an employer needs to end an employment relationship. In many situations, it is in the best interests of the parties to enter into an agreement that defines the terms of the separation. Whether called a “separation agreement,” “severance agreement,” “retirement agreement,” or any ...

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I Could Get in Trouble for That?! Important New Compensation Laws

Beth Carroll | PROSPERIO GROUP It may come as a surprise that managers do not have complete freedom when it comes to how they pay their employees. Most everyone knows you must pay minimum wage for most positions, and now we are all more familiar with the overtime rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) than we ever wanted ...

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The New Time-Saving Technology: Payment Platforms

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Jeremy Feucht | Truckstop.com In the transportation industry one of the new buzz technologies is payment platforms. In this article we will discuss what a payment platform is, how they work and what questions you need to ask before selecting one if they are a good fit for your business. What Is a Payment Platform? Payment Platforms specialize in the ...

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Shipping Isn’t Free, Despite What Amazon Says

Terri Reid | National Shippers Strategic Transportation COUNCIL With the ever-increasing growth of online sales that most companies are grappling with, transportation professionals truly understand the challenge of offering consumers a wide variety of fast and “free” choices to stay competitive with other retailers selling online. There are many tradeoffs companies face between providing fast and cost-effective choices and selecting ...

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How Location-Based Services Foster Stability and Growth

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Mario Proietti | LocationSmart We are transitioning to a digital economy where service and speed of delivery are emphasized and the “Amazon Effect” is continuing to build momentum. This is leading to increasing demands for tighter and more certain delivery windows by consumers and supply chain managers alike. Investments in automation and better visibility have and continue to accelerate this ...

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Avoiding Bad Debts and Strengthening Carrier Partnerships

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A CREDIT INSURANCE CASE STUDY Chris Baker | Euler Hermes North America Innovative logistics provider OTR Transportation learns that credit insurance does much more than protect A/R. The tipping point for OTR Transportation’s founder and Director of Procurement Jonathan Braun came after his young company was hit by a second bad-debt situation. Said Braun, “They got us for almost $40,000.” ...

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The Four Biggest Freight Transportation Trends to Watch for This Year

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Kristy Knichel | Knichel Logistics The transportation industry this year has the potential to be even stronger than the previous one. DAT reported 2017 as a particularly robust year for shipping, especially in the second half. Based on what we have seen in the industry during that time, here are the top four trends to watch for in the freight transportation industry ...

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Standing Out from the Crowd: Branding in the Logistics Sector

Glenn A. Stebbings | LOGISTIQ Insurance Solutions In this increasingly crowded and digital world, developing a brand name and story that cuts through the clutter has never been more important. That’s true of companies striving to make a difference in most every sector and it’s certainly true of the highly competitive logistics and transportation industries that we call home. The ...

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