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4 Ways to Ease an Overworked Supply Chain

Posted by Joe Egertson on 7/31/18 9:46 AM

As e-commerce and the global economy continue to expand, supply chains everywhere feel the strain.

According to the Institute of Supply Management, manufacturing activity grew again in February, marking the sector’s 18th consecutive month of growth. The institute also revealed that the overall economy has grown for 105 consecutive months since the recession of the late 2000s. Both of these growth measurements have e-commerce to thank, as the U.S. Department of Commerce found that online sales in the country rose 16 percent between 2016 and 2017.

All those sales require a supply chain that can handle the increased load, and companies across multiple industries are looking for advantages in this progressively competitive landscape. Read the full article here.

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Topics: logistics, Outsourced Logistics, growth

International Roadcheck: What To Expect and How To Prepare

Posted by Tim Young on 6/1/18 10:43 AM

Across North America, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7. Inspectors will be looking over commercial motor vehicles’ mechanical soundness and driver operating requirements. The CVSA will inspect about 17 trucks or buses every minute during this three-day period.

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Topics: transportation, eld mandate

Scalability Is More Manageable With a True Logistics Partner

Posted by Jordan Egertson on 4/17/18 1:59 PM

Scalability has been a corporate focus for the better part of a decade. Businesses that want to consistently hit new benchmarks with minimum strain on their human, financial, and operational resources cannot do it by themselves, though. They must develop mutually beneficial relationships with experienced partners.

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Topics: scalability, Outsourced Logistics, growth

Worried About the Driver Shortage? Here's What You Should Know.

Posted by Tim Young on 4/11/18 12:16 PM

Have you ever tried filling a bucket with water when there is a hole in the bottom?  No matter how much water you pour into the bucket, it will continue to drain until you plug the hole. The logistics industry faces a similar situation on a regular basis.  However, rather than water, the trucking world is struggling to keep the bucket full of a different resource: drivers. The current turnover rate for truck drivers is about 95 percent, and driver shortages are affecting supply chains across the country.

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Topics: transportation, 3PL

Navigating the Increasingly Tangled Web of Supply Chain Laws

Posted by Tim Young on 4/2/18 3:27 PM

Compliance is a challenge in many industries, but it becomes particularly important — and more complex — when your company transports goods across state lines. Shippers that don’t prioritize compliance can discover too late that they’ve been breaking the law.

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Topics: transportation, brokerage, 3PL

3 Ways Autonomous Trucking Will Change the Logistics Industry

Posted by Rob Cook on 3/22/18 3:41 PM

Self-driving cars are all the rage these days, with everyone from Hyundai to General Motors getting in on the action. The technology represents big business, with Intel and Strategy Analytics reporting that the autonomous vehicles could add $7 trillion to the global economy by 2050.

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Topics: autonomous vehicles, technology, transportation, logistics

3 Steps for Finding the Right Logistics Partner

Posted by Joe Egertson on 2/26/18 1:41 PM
 
Companies often flaunt new technological tools as reducing mistakes and increasing productivity beyond established expectations. This is particularly true when it comes to the shipping and logistics business.
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Topics: logistics, 3PL, Outsourced Logistics, technology, TMS

Inside the 3PL Process: What to Know Before You Sign

Posted by Mick Noce on 2/15/18 10:21 AM

 

Regardless of how tempting it might seem, the fastest and cheapest route is not always the right choice.

Think about the last time you bought a nice outfit. Snagging a suit off the discount rack at a department store will save you a few bucks today, but it’s not likely to impress anyone at your next job interview. You could also invest some extra money now to get a custom-made garment from a local tailor, ending up with an outfit that makes you look like a million bucks. Five years down the road, which suit do you think will still be in your wardrobe?

In other words, inexpensive fixes can come back to haunt you. A tailored option will be your new best friend, and a one-size-fits-all solution will not likely stand the test of time. Finding an ideal third-party logistics (3PL) partner requires the same sort of careful consideration and pragmatism as buying a treasured article of clothing.

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Topics: logistics, 3PL, Outsourced Logistics

Ready to Implement a TMS?  Consider This Before Doing It Yourself

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 1/23/18 11:38 AM

Last year, I moved into a house that is more than 100 years old. While I hope to eventually turn it into my dream home, saying it's a fixer-upper would be a massive understatement.

The home needs a lot of work, so I spend most of my weekends covered in paint and sawdust, working on projects to upgrade and customize the home to my liking. I'm a fairly handy guy, and I face a difficult decision with each new project: Do I tackle it myself, or should I hire someone who can offer expertise on the job at hand?

Businesses face a similar decision when they're ready to implement a transportation management solution (TMS). Do they place the burden of implementing a TMS on their internal team? Or do they partner with a logistics service provider (LSP) that has years of industry knowledge and experience?

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Topics: logistics, eld mandate, technology, 3PL

Press Release: Sheer Appoints New VP of Finance & Accounting

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 1/22/18 1:30 PM

St. Louis, MO – Sheer Logistics recently announced that Jennifer Bien-Esrock has joined the company as Vice President, Finance & Accounting. She will be responsible for the Company's overall financial management, planning and growth.

Jen was formerly CFO/Controller for a local IT staffing company; prior to that, she was CFO/Controller for a technology company specializing in customized software development. She has also worked at two international publicly-traded companies, where she was involved in mergers/acquisitions, system implementations and financial consolidations. Jen started her career at a regional public accounting firm, where she provided compliance services in audit and tax work.

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Topics: press release

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