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Big Ships, Big Challenges: The Impact of Mega Container Vessels on U.S. Port Authorities

Big Ships, Big Challenges: The Impact of Mega Container Vessels on U.S. Port Authorities

The average size of container vessels calling at U.S. ports has grown considerably over the past five years, and the trend is expected to continue. As U.S. ports prepare to welcome ever-larger mega vessels, this paper assesses the effects that these and related alliance may have on port... »


Understanding the U.S./Canada Customs Clearance Process

Understanding the U.S./Canada Customs Clearance Process

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cites "missing or incomplete paperwork" as the top reason goods are either delayed at the border, or denied entry altogether. Further, the U.S. Commerce Department warns U.S. businesses entering the Canadian market of the "surprisingly... »


Inbound Routing Guide Compliance

Inbound Routing Guide Compliance

This leading cosmetics manufacturer permitted its vendors to execute routing and carrier selection for inbound shipments. Although they provided detailed routing guides, the vendors were not complying with the requirements resulting in insufficient lead times, poor consolidation and limited... »


Spot Bidding for Multi-Modal Inbound Logistics

Spot Bidding for Multi-Modal Inbound Logistics

See how this leading protein producer shaved 20% from spot market spend while also improving lead times, reducing time-to-cover loads and promoting healthier carrier relationships. Using UltraShipTMS’s online vendor portals, this customer automated bid transmittals and pickup/delivery... »


Breaking the Logjam: How a Public-Private Partnership Aims to End Long Truck Queues at Marine Terminal Gates

Breaking the Logjam: How a Public-Private Partnership Aims to End Long Truck Queues at Marine Terminal Gates

A public-private partnership at the high-volume ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is engaged in real-world testing of innovative technologies and processes aimed at breaking one of the ports' biggest log-jams: queues of drayage trucks waiting to enter marine terminals. If successful, the... »


The Power of We: Creating a Shared Infrastructure for Product Distribution

The Power of We: Creating a Shared Infrastructure for Product Distribution

By viewing warehouse and freight capacity as more of a shared infrastructure, consumer goods companies can realize huge cost savings and dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions. This paper examines strategies companies should consider to share storage and shipping costs with fellow shippers,... »


Understanding NAFTA and its Implications for U.S./Canada Trade

Understanding NAFTA and its Implications for U.S./Canada Trade

In the 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect, trade between the US and Canada has increased by 300%, and the countries are each other's top trading partners. A key provision of the agreement is the elimination of duties on eligible products traveling between the... »


Look Who's Riding the Rails

Look Who’s Riding the Rails

Slow service. Indirect routes. Poor visibility. Required increases in inventory levels. These are just some of the reasons consumer goods companies have given for avoiding use of intermodal rail for freight moves. But today products that would never have seen the inside of an intermodal container... »


The Purchasing-Logistics Disconnect: How Silo Structures are Costing Retailers Millions in Supply Chain Costs

The Purchasing–Logistics Disconnect: How Silo Structures are Costing Retailers Millions in Supply Chain Costs

Retailers today face an opportunity to save millions of dollars a year, simply by fixing a structural flaw built into most retail supply chains. Large retailers have thousands of suppliers, each managing its own transportation to the exact same distribution centers. That’s an inefficient practice... »


Supply Chain Trends Impacting the Consumer Products Industry

Supply Chain Trends Impacting the Consumer Products Industry

Consumer product companies that are planning logistics budgets and initiatives would be wise to consider major trends that will shape how their supply chains will operate in the future. Companies that fail to understand and plan for coming trends may find themselves one day scrambling to play... »


Understanding Commercial Warehouse Pricing

Understanding Commercial Warehouse Pricing

Ever wonder how third party logistics providers (3PLs) calculate the warehouse prices they charge? This new guide explains it all in plain language. By getting smarter about the 3PL pricing process you are in a much better position to impact how product is stored and handled - and reduce your... »


Transportation and Sourcing Strategies for Changing Markets

Transportation and Sourcing Strategies for Changing Markets

Global economic and political changes, rising consumer expectations, volatile fuel costs and a growing U.S. driver shortage are four of the many issues driving transportation and sourcing strategies at shippers, carriers and third-party logistics providers. Five experts from Ryder Dedicated and... »


Rapid Performance Improvement

Rapid Performance Improvement

Improving supply chain performance is not focused on a single process or system. Achieving significant and lasting performance improvement requires a holistic approach across the entire operation, focusing on three core areas - People, Processes & Systems, and Metrics. By aligning action plans... »


Company Culture Counts

Company Culture Counts

Successful leaders understand that a company's culture is just as important to the bottom line as tools and technology. Workplace culture is more than a company T-shirt and zone cleanup competitions. In strong companies, it is a discipline that is highly structured and repeatedly... »


Vendor Compliance: How to Reduce Retailer Chargebacks

Vendor Compliance: How to Reduce Retailer Chargebacks

Retailer chargeback fines are a profit-draining reality for many consumer goods manufacturers. But companies with the will and the resources to prevent and refute chargebacks can avoid hundreds of thousands, even millions, in lost profit. This paper, from the vendor compliance experts at Weber... »


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