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

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

4 Key Benefits of Outsourced Logistics Management

Posted by Jordan Egertson on 6/8/17 7:00 AM

According to a survey from the Harvard Business School, outsourcing key components of business operations has increased in recent years.  Almost half of respondents to that survey said they preferred outsourcing to hiring new, full-time employees.  Only 1 in 4 felt that hiring new employees was preferable to outsourcing.

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Topics: Outsourced Logistics, 3PL

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