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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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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

Blockchain and the Supply Chain

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 6/13/17 8:00 AM
The creation of even simple products involves huge numbers of participants who don't know each other. Leonard Read's classic essay, “I, Pencil,” illustrates this point eloquently, showing that nobody in the world knows everything about making the pencil you buy in a store. He notes the “absence of a master mind” in its creation. People who live far away from each other and don't know each other play roles in the supply chain.
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Topics: blockchain, technology

Sustainable Logistics: 4 Ways to Move Towards a Greener Supply Chain

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 5/31/17 2:00 PM
Sustainability in logistics, and shipping in particular, is of vital importance to a sustainable economy as a whole. However, the shipping industry has received less attention from advocates for change than other sectors of the economy, such as the airline industry. So let's take the time now to turn our attention toward "green shipping" and four ways we can move toward it:
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Topics: sustainability

Press Release: Sheer Logistics Appoints New Vice President of Sales

Posted by Nate Schwandt on 5/1/17 2:00 PM

St. Louis, MO – Sheer Logistics ( recently announced that Tim Young has joined the company as Vice President of Sales to further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. An industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Young spent the last two years as Vice President of Logistics at Knight Transportation, where he built and led a team focused on new business development for Knight’s logistics division.  

Tim joins Sheer to continue the company’s recent success providing transportation and logistics services to some of America’s top shippers. “The internal culture at Sheer truly reflects the company’s commitment to honesty, integrity and loyalty,” said Tim. “I’m also impressed with Sheer’s focus on innovation and service, and I look forward to collaborating with the team to build and execute an enhanced sales strategy.”
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Topics: press release

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