February 16, 2015
Last year’s peak season in Mexico brought about the worst capacity shortage we’ve experienced in a decade. The imbalance in trade between the U.S. and Mexico left shippers scrambling to find truck and rail capacity as carriers were forced to reposition empty equipment in order to meet the demand.

While shippers were hoping for relief during the offseason, that was not the case. Already in 2015, the normal pools for equipment that accrue in Mexico during the off season have yet to appear, so capacity remains tight. This has not only made for a challenging off season, but is also an indicator of things to come.
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January 31, 2015
Third party logistics is a relatively new segment of the transportation industry, and 3PLs play an important role in goods movement. Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.

As the industry has matured, 3PLs have begun to offer more than just transportation outsourcing.

“Our role ranges,” says Frank McGuigan, president of transportation management at Transplace, a 3PL headquartered in Dallas. He explains that 3PLs not only handle transportation management outsourcing for shippers, but many also offer technology, supply-chain consulting, brokerage and other services to shippers. “I don’t see that role changing in the future,” he adds. “Shippers are reporting very good outcomes with 3PLs.”
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January 20, 2015
Transplace announced that John Kelly has joined the company as president of its Canadian division, and will report to Transplace President and Chief Commercial Officer George Abernathy.

Kelly brings over two decades of innovative experience and results-driven business acumen to Transplace. He has held progressive senior roles over his career, with his most recent role being president for Wheels Canada, a non-asset third party logistics (3PL) provider.
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January 13, 2015
A major theme a year ago at this time was the harsh winter weather, which served as the backdrop for what may be remembered as the most arduous winter most of us have ever dealt with.

Living in Maine, I can personally attest to just how bad things were, what with shoveling my driveway and back deck on what felt like a near daily basis, coupled with venturing out in my car only when absolutely necessary for things like food shopping and other things considered a must-do.
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January 13, 2015
The challenge of adapting to the constantly-changing needs of consumers and retailers is compounded by the push for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to become lean and cut costs within their own operations. The effect of this can be noticed in numerous areas, but three major shifts have greatly impacted CPG companies and the way they operate.
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