The Vital Role Played by Transport in Supply Chain

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Vital role article and permission to publish here provided by Amy Fletcher.

“Shippers, carriers, wholesale vendors, and others in the supply chain are concerned about the performance of the freight logistics system because highway, rail, and port operations affect their costs and profits,” state experts in the report  Measuring the Transportation System from a Supply Chain Perspective, highlighting the importance of transport to a host of industries.

Indeed, economic growth and competitiveness cannot be achieved without efficient transportation, since it enables logistics to bring its advantages into full play.

What are some of the most important roles played by transport, and why should it be given top priority for all businesses relying on this important stage of supply?

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5 Maintenance Tips for Earth Moving Machinery!

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Earth moving machinery article and permission to publish here provided by, Ellen Johnson at

Regular maintenance of earth-moving machinery is essential for ensuring a smooth operation. The last thing you want is to encounter a technical issue while you’re out there operating on the mining site.

Improper equipment maintenance will not only result in unwanted downtime, but it can also reduce the lifespan of the machine itself. Faulty machines also increase the risk of accidents as many workers lose their lives each year due to mechanical errors.

To make the work environment safer and more efficient, it’s imperative to keep earth-moving machinery maintained at all times.

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The Importance of the International Shipping Industry!

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International shipping industry article and permission to publish here provided by Daniel Choi.

Even during the epidemic, the shipping industry’s significance in the value chain and the transportation of resources and goods worldwide was emphasized, probably most prominently.

“Since the start of the epidemic, the shipping sector has effectively acted to maintain the integrity of the system and thus the safety of the supply of goods,” as mentioned in the latest reports.

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The Minimum Load for Trucking!

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Minimum load for trucking article and permission to publish here provided by Saaed Darwish.

 While you can find many supposed intellectuals kicking around a ball about what really made western society great, almost anyone is going to agree that modern western civilization would not be where it is today without the use of trucking.

Inventions were great, and assembly lines and the Industrial Revolution were truly spectacular. Still, it was the ability to ship goods throughout the land that really ushered in modernity in ways that we never thought were possible before.

All of this was enabled due to hard-working truckers out there driving across the country to deliver their freight.

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What are Incoterms?

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Anyone in Supply Chain has likely heard the phrase “Incoterms”, certainly if you are involved in Freight and Logistics management, or perhaps in Finance.

Even if you haven’t heard of “Incoterms” you are more likely to have heard of terms like “Ex Works”, “Free on Board” or FOB, or “DDP” (Delivered Duty Paid, amongst others. These, and more, are called Incoterms.

But for those who are unfamiliar with all of these acronyms and definitions they can be quite confusing and difficult to understand.

In this article we will endeavour to provide more clarity on what Incoterms are.

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Breaking your Supply Chain Traffic Jam!

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Does anyone like being stuck in a Traffic Jam?

Prior to one Holiday season several years ago the volume that was coming into the Distribution Centre receiving area was unprecedented and unpredicted.   We were out of room on the docks and we were out of storage space but trucks kept on coming.  And we were still weeks away from being able to ship product to stores to relieve the pressure.

We were gridlocked.  We kept inching our way along but we were very, very close to having this traffic jam of activity shut us down.

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5 Insights for Managing Your Fleet Strategy!

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Fleet Strategy article, and permission to publish here, provided by Morgan Dixon at Expak Logistics.

Overseeing a fleet of vehicles can be a tough job. Anyone who’s been involved in fleet logistics has probably spent countless hours going over schedules, vehicle maintenance records, driver training requirements, and a host of problems and delays that have the tendency of popping up at the worst of times.

If you’re experiencing issues or have questions regarding fleet strategy, you’re not alone.

A good professional, though, is always looking to improve their methods. To guide you on your way, we’ve spent some time putting together a list of 5 insights to help you manage your fleet strategy better.

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Route Planning for Logistics and Distribution!

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Route planning article and permission to publish here provided by Vardan Markosyan.

Route planning is essential for logistics and distribution companies as it allows them to provide a more efficient delivery service.

There are many transportation challenges in the delivery industry and multiple factors can cause delays, resulting in poor service and customer complaints. In order to ascertain the optimum route for multiple deliveries, many logistics and distribution companies use the latest in route planning software. 

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4 Unique Services Offered By Trucking Companies!

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Trucking companies article and permission to publish here provided by Saeed Darwish.

 A trucking company’s primary purpose is to transport full-truckloads of goods from one location to another. It is no surprise that most people think truck companies offer no other services to their customers. This is a sad, not to mention costly, mistake.

A standard trucking company offers other unique services that can help you and your business save both time and money.

Use these services instead of or alongside your conventional shipping methods to realize a tremendous cost-benefit. 

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5 Steps for Sustaining Healthy 3PL Relationships!

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3PL Relationships article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Scott Leydin at

The key to sustaining healthy 3PL relationships is very much dependent on the person that is given the role to manage the relationship with the 3PL service provider.

One of the biggest mistakes that many organizations make when they move from the DIY to 3PL model is in the selection of the person they choose to manage the relationship.

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6 Technologies that will Change Transportation and Trucking Forever!

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Transportation and Trucking article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Adam Robinson on

Modern transportation is currently experiencing major changes thanks to transformative transportation technologies. Although we’ve become accustomed to long international flights, jam-packed public transportation and diesel trucks that only get 20 mpg, the future of transportation promises to change all of that and much more — and it’s closer than many people realize.

Let’s take a look at 6 transportation technologies sure to impact the trucking and transportation industries forever.

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5 Ways to Improve Logistics Management! (Infographic)

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Improve Logistics Management article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Victor at

Logistics refers to the detailed coordination of a complex operation that involves people, facilities and supplies. In the world of business, logistics is the practice of managing a certain flow of things between the point of origin and point of consumption in order to satisfy the needs of customers and operations.

Many enterprises today tend to pay a lot of attention to the way of how they manage logistics because it basically helps them to increase the value of their business. Logistics have the capability to enhance the merchandise and make the products much more accessible. Additionally, the economy of a country depends heavily on the efficiency of logistics to support the stable movement and flow of many economic operations.

Logistics management is one of the most vital components of business operations as its result often brings a significant impact on the internal processes as well as relation with customers.

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5 Transport Company Services!

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Transport company services article and permission to publish here provided by Saheer Gurjot.

Are you looking to hire a transport company? A transport company does far more than taking your shipment from point A to point B. There are many different services that the company can offer.

Here are five different examples of services that are often offered and how you should use them.

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10 Tips To Be A Successful Freight Broker!

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Freight Broker article, and permission to publish here, provided by Aaron Anderson at JW Surety Bonds.

The transportation industry has seen a rapid influx of interest and growth over the last several years, and this includes the professionals who work as intermediaries between shippers and carriers.

Licensed freight brokers operate around the country in various markets, helping make the transport of goods a reality for their customers. Currently, more than 17,000 freight brokers work in the United States, either as independent businesses or as part of a team.

However, not all freight brokers experience the same degree of success in their profession.

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The History and State of Vehicle Routing!

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My undergraduate thesis in Industrial Engineering was on “Vehicle Routing Procedures, In Theory and in Application”, co-authored with fellow classmate Joel Koschitzky. As this work was researched and written almost 40 years ago it is interesting to reflect on the state of Vehicle Routing technology then and now.

It remains a very complicated problem to solve even to this day. It is actually exponentially more challenging in practice today with the explosion of E-Commerce, Online shopping, and last mile delivery direct to consumers.

Let’s discuss the state of Vehicle Routing past, present and future!

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