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Theft Trends and Risk Mitigation

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Jaki Ferenz | Avalon Risk Management Criminals continue targeting the transportation industry as more trucks and freight travel across North America than ever before. Containers are raided, trucks disappear from rest stops, and drivers can be hijacked at gunpoint. Today’s offenders also constantly develop new techniques to counter fraud prevention and advanced security methods. Yet the statistics are everywhere – ...

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Love on the Run

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Shelli Austin | INTEK FREIGHT & LOGISTICS, INC. Love it or loath it. For most of my life, I considered Valentine’s Day one of the most useless holidays and nothing more than a crafty ploy for the retail industry to guilt people into spending more money. However, when thinking about the holiday in a logistics industry sense, my professional opinion ...

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Why You Should Investigate the Benefits of Dedicated Container Drayage Service

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Paul Benfer | KINETIC SUPPLY-CHAIN SERVICES, LLC In these times of tight capacity, supply chain managers would do well to investigate the feasibility of a dedicated drayage operation to help move containers to and from the port. Companies need to have enough volume to make a dedicated operation cost effective. Some organizations don’t integrate their import and export operations, while ...

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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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Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

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WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE FIND SMARTPHONE USE DURING MEETINGS INAPPROPRIATE? Dr. Travis Bradberry New research from USC’s Marshall School of Business explains what your colleagues are thinking when you use your phone during a meeting and why this practice might keep you from getting a promotion. You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone ...

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When Should You Change Your Compensation Plan?

Beth Carroll | Prosperio Group Companies often struggle with the question of timing for making changes to their compensation plans. Some never change, while others change far too often. So, how do you know when it is the right time to change? For starters, your compensation plan is not a “fix it and forget it” part of your business. If ...

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A Return to Form

HOW RETIRED EMPLOYEES CAN HELP COUNTER TALENT SHORTAGES Amy Marcum | Insperity Unemployment rates remain at historic lows, which is widely considered good news. However, many employers are struggling to find skilled workers for open positions. Retired employees returning to the workplace can offer a relief from these struggles, and provide various benefits to an organization. Many consider retirement a ...

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THE MAGIC OF MENTORING: Know How Much You’re Worth

Stephanie Mansfield | Transportation Intermediaries Association Mentoring can be a magic act. To motivate others is less about teaching or coaching than building trust and instilling self-worth. An experienced mentor presents a ladder toward success and gives others the inspiration to ascend. No self-help book can compare to an effective mentor, and nowhere is mentoring more important than in the ...

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