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: Outsourced Logistics, 3PL, technology, logistics, 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: Outsourced Logistics, 3PL, 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: 3PL, technology, eld mandate, logistics

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

How to Tackle the 5 Most Common Shipping Challenges

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 1/9/18 8:16 AM

If you’ve ever seen a kids’ soccer match, you know how adorable yet ineffective these games can be. The kids still haven’t learned how to communicate and pass the ball well enough to get it in the right goal. When they do score, it’s at least partly due to luck.

In the world of shipping, anything short of perfection can make your company look a little too much like 5-year-olds sporting their first pair of cleats. Even relatively minor problems with deliveries can throw off schedules and disrupt the availability of goods. These issues cause major problems when trying to please customers.

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Broker or Logistics Service Provider?

Posted by Joe Egertson on 1/2/18 9:32 AM
Investing in a logistics partner often requires a crash course in acronyms. Companies talk at length about 3PLs, 4PLs, and other equally confusing designations, sprinkling in terms such as "brokers" and "brokerages." It's enough to make anyone's head spin.
To cut through the confusion and determine whether your company needs to partner with an LSP or a broker, ask yourself a few questions.
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Topics: 3PL, logistics, brokerage, transportation, 4pl

3 Steps Shippers Should Take Now to Prepare for the ELD Mandate

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 12/14/17 2:31 PM

The holiday season always brings a sense of urgency to the shipping industry, but this year’s normal rush has been exacerbated by the impending Dec. 18 deadline for mandatory electronic logging devices.

Fleets and trucks found to be skirting the law will face fines through April 2018, but they eventually will be forced to adhere to the regulations or cease operations. Without a doubt, the fate of shippers is linked directly to the trucks and trucking companies that serve them. Consequently, they have more skin in the game than it might seem at first blush.

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Topics: technology, eld mandate, electronic log device

Press Release: Sheer Joins Blockchain In Transport Alliance

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 11/27/17 2:02 PM

Sheer Logistics announced today that they have joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). 

BiTA ( believes blockchain is one of the most significant developments for the logistics industry since the creation of the internet. By providing more clarity and standards around blockchain through education and promotion of the technology, BiTA intends to be the leading blockchain voice for the industry.

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Topics: blockchain, technology

The Omni-Channel Supply Chain: A Brief Overview

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 6/28/17 12:35 PM

 Omnichannel supply chains provide a variety of well-integrated order fulfillment and distribution channels to efficiently reach and serve consumers in the digital age. While multichannel supply chains also provide a number of channels, they are not nearly as well-integrated and well-coordinated as they are under the omnichannel approach. Thanks in part to the rapid rise of e-commerce, omnichannel supply chains are changing the landscape of the logistics industry while strongly impacting consumers, shippers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers.

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Topics: Omni-Channel

5 Reasons to Adopt an Inbound Logistics Strategy

Posted by Tim Young on 6/20/17 7:30 AM

There are at least five good reasons to adopt a strong inbound logistics strategy—to restore the balance of power between you and your vendors; to support carrier selection and negotiation; to improve inventory management; to reduce hidden shipping costs; and to improve quality control. Let's take a close look at each:

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Topics: Inbound Logistics

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