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Logistics Clusters are Helping Businesses Innovate Supply Chains and find Efficiencies and Cost Savings

The nation’s top freight carriers record an annual empty miles percentage of roughly 12.5 percent.  That is to say that trucks are forced to make the return trip to their point of origin empty, because no additional conveyances are available … Continue reading

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Fuel of the Future? The Growing Allure of Natural Gas

Many U.S. businesses took a “never again” attitude when diesel prices topped the $4.50 per gallon mark in the summer of 2008.  Managers looked askance as the price climbed, and wondered how high it could go, and vowed to find … Continue reading

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Tips for Managing LTL Costs

A recent analysis by Logistics Management reported widespread expectations for a LTL rate increase this year in the range of two to four percent.  The increase is due in part to a seeming “perfect storm” of events converging within the … Continue reading

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Pendulum Swings between Freight Volumes and Capacity Shortages

Good news! The volume of freight carried by U.S. trucks has increased dramatically, helping to restore growth and profitability to the recession-battled industry.  The not so good news is that significant cutbacks carriers implemented during the recession could result in … Continue reading

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Conversation with Your Carriers – Fuel Surcharges

Have you seen recently that a gallon of diesel fuel costs well above $4.00 in most states? It should come as no surprise that transportation providers pass along these costs via fuel surcharges to their customer’s bill, your bill! But … Continue reading

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Why it Costs More to Ship a Box of Feathers than a Box of Bricks

Customers are often surprised to find out that the cost to ship a “lighter” load is often higher – sometimes much higher – than the cost to send a much heavier package.  It just seems to make sense that something … Continue reading

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