August 10, 2016
The supply chain never sleeps. At all hours of the day and night, shipments are moving, data is being produced and exchanged and external factors that can impact your operations can arise. However, today's advanced technology systems now give you the visibility and capabilities necessary to control your supply chain more effectively than ever before.

July 31, 2016
The global supply chain is ever changing. International trade deals, wars, embargoes, company failures, start-ups, and increasing regulations don’t even begin to complete the list of things shippers have to stay on top of. Many companies just don’t have the specialized knowledge in house to successfully manage complex logistics operations.

That’s where the third-party logistics (3PL) provider comes in. 3PLs bring more to the table than just knowledge. They bring the right people, years of experience, technology solutions, and the global connections necessary to keep your shipments moving quickly and efficiently. Larger companies might have some of these skills on staff, but the difference is that logistics is what 3PLs do. They aren’t out developing a new product line, or planning the next big ad campaign. Their sole focus is on moving your goods through the supply chain.

July 22, 2016
As is the case with various facets of supply chain management and logistics, it seems like many things these days are more fluid than they used to be. And when it comes to Peak Season, it is clearly not an exception.

Understandably, economic indicators factor into Peak Season prospects. And based on the current economic environment at the moment, it is more than fair to say that these prospects are mixed, which has, in a sense, become the new normal.

Some of these indicators include things like: still-high inventories, low import growth, with imports down nearly 7% through the first five months of the year; sluggish GDP growth and industrial manufacturing activity. On a more positive note, though, are improving consumer confidence and retail sales numbers, a strong U.S. dollar, and an ever-improving business-to-consumer growth outlook, as it relates to e-commerce activity.

July 12, 2016
At Transplace’s recent Shipper Symposium, a diverse group of shippers, logistics experts and analysts came together to discuss the latest industry trends and obstacles faced by supply chain and transportation professionals, and identify strategies for addressing these issues and improving operations. During the event, we had the opportunity to examine how the transportation world is shifting and what it all means to attendees’ business strategy. Below are some highlights on the state of the economy and transportation industry from the insightful discussion.

June 1, 2016
Sustainability is rising. Born out of global concern over climate change, on April 22, 2016, a record 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement, voluntarily pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Businesses are paying attention. A 2014 McKinsey & Company survey asked respondents about the actions their companies are taking to address environmental issues, and practices they use to manage sustainability. CEOs were twice as likely as they were two years before to see sustainability as a top priority, according to survey results. Their stated motivation in 2014 was aligning sustainability with the organization's goals; two years prior, cost cutting was the primary motivation.

When it comes to green and sustainable supply chains, though, cost cutting is still the driving force.