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. Many use business license software to keep things operating smoothly.
However, not all freight brokers experience the same degree of success in their profession.
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!
Any business involved in regular trading or transactions overseas requires parcels to be shipped back and forth. Business parcel delivery has always been a common part of businesses.
In recent years, the process has become even more streamlined and efficient thanks to the development of new technologies. This is because parcels can be used for deliveries, marketing messages, or any other interaction between businesses.
As a business, ensuring that your parcels and packages are delivered as quickly and safely as possible is crucial as this helps reduce late and wrong deliveries. It can also help you cut extra costs such as compensations and parcelling fees.
The unfolding covid-19 pandemic has impacted global supply chains in myriad ways including in the area of air cargo. In fact one of the most dramatic of these has been a seismic shift in the way that we ship goods by air.
Auto transport company article and permission to publish here provided by Dan Martin.
For all car owners, the need to transport your car is something all have encountered or will encounter at some point. Vehicle dealerships can also use auto transport services to transfer cars to their customers or other dealership locations.
When the need for vehicle shipping arises, this is where car transporters come in. Car transporters offer car hauling services. They pick up your car or you bring it to them, and then they transport it to your desired location using car freight trucks.
Shipping cars is an expensive and often nerve-racking experience for the client. This is due to the possibility of car damage in shipping or even accidents. As a client, you should ensure you choose the right auto transporter to alleviate the worries associated with vehicle transportation.
Younger workers in trucking article and permission to publish here provided by Susan Melony.
Trucking is one of the most important industries in all of America, with trucking companies responsible for supporting the vast majority of the nation’s communities and helping to transport countless tons of freights from place to place every single day.
However, the industry is witnessing an unprecedented shortage of workers. There are several potential reasons for this. Some experts argue that the rules and regulations of the industry are too strict and off-putting, while others feel that the long hours and risks associated with the job might be making it less attractive to younger people.
The delivery industry is one of the most promising business niches nowadays as the demand maintains at an all-time high. This happens because buyers’ behavior has shifted in favor of online shopping over the last couple of years.
Fleet management costs article and permission to publish here provided by Bryan Christiansen.
In principle, it sounds simple. If an organization finds a way to reduce operational costs, it can lead to savings that apply directly to the bottom line. In virtually any business, there is usually more that can be done in an organization through a deeper dive into fleet operation.
Here are 5 ways that a company can reduce operational expenses for fleet management.
The incredible proliferation of shipping containers is so vast that it is easy for current generations to take the existence of these steel boxes for granted. It’s the same for cell phones; anyone born in this millennium assumes that there have always been cell phones. Yet both were revolutionary in their invention and introduction.
Any Supply Chain professional is always looking for ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase speed. And it is with that mentality that the common, standardized shipping container was invented. Such a simple concept may seem obvious now but it was truly revolutionary when it was created.
When you order something Online there is great excitement in anticipation of opening your package when it arrives. With any luck the company you have ordered from has provided a positive experience in the online ordering and payment process. Now you are just waiting for the package to arrive. You certainly don’t want them to stop shipping.
Most recently we ordered a couple of items online. They were relatively small items and could easily fit in the palm of your hand. Within a couple of days a large box arrived at the front door. I wasn’t quite sure what it was because the box was rather big, big enough for a toaster or perhaps a couple of large board games.
I was surprised when we opened the big box, removed a bunch of crumpled paper and packaging material, and found the 2 small items we had ordered sitting on the bottom of this box. The items could have fit inside a standard envelope. Instead they were deliberately packaged in a box which could have held 200-300 of the items. Why don’t they stop shipping air?
Why have so few companies adopted a TMS (Transportation Management System) solution? There are tremendous benefits but there are obstacles, real or perceived, that get in the way. I believe that the benefits far outweigh the obstacles but the obstacles often do not have anything to do with the benefits.
Many years ago I started a Supply Chain Services business as a new service within the company. The fundamental premise was that we had great Supply Chain expertise, tools, systems and processes which we could easily offer to customers.
One of the services that was very compelling was our Freight Management service. We had a tremendous amount of spend leverage globally, a seasoned team, great supplier relationships, very strong processes, and an excellent Transportation Management System (TMS). With all of that we went to market!
2017 was an important year for delivery logistics trends. With ecommerce sales reaching $23 trillion in annual sales worldwide, customers are relying on better and faster deliveries for all sort of goods and services.
But this evolution in the supply chain, and for last mile fulfillment in particular, doesn’t end with retail. From restaurant chains to supermarkets to pharmacies to service providers, the world of logistics is experiencing unprecedented change. What are the delivery logistics trends?