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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


Larry Catanzaro

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Should the State DOT Be the One to Mandate Commercial Vehicle Bans During Weather Events?

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on March 05, 2019

On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day.   Thankfully, the severity of the storm fell short of predictions and roads remained safely drivable for the duration of the weather event.

But by the time DOT administrators caught up with Mother Nature’s exact plans, it was too late for trucking companies to avoid major financial losses related to pulling trucks off the road.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Safety, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

Use Softer Freight Market in Q1 to Begin Hard Focus on Building Carrier Relationships

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on February 28, 2019

2018 was a tough year for both shippers and carriers as constrained capacity led to delayed shipments and higher freight prices. Q1 2019 has started like many Q1s have in years past, with a softening of the truck market. 

While things are shifting for the better, don’t be fooled.  The capacity crunch is not behind us. But this slight grace period does provide shippers a golden opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with a select group of strategic carriers.  Cementing these carrier relationships will ensure that you have reliable capacity at locked-in rates when the market inevitably shifts back.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation, Truck Drivers

8 Strategies to Reduce Freight Costs

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on May 24, 2018

As inflation continues to drag down earnings and increase costs for U.S. businesses, companies are taking a hard look at their transportation spend and how they can reduce freight costs.  Here are eight simple strategies to consider. 

1.     Hold freight.  Combine multiple shipments to maximize utilization of trailer space.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges

Barriers to Working with Freight Consolidation Services Companies

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 26, 2018

Here at KANE, we are big proponents of freight consolidation. So big that, when we thought of writing about possible barriers to consolidation in this week’s blog, we were worried that it might be too quick a read: “There are no barriers to working with freight consolidation services companies. Thank you for reading.” 

All kidding aside, we can think of a few companies for whom freight consolidation might not be a good fit. Read on to see if you’re one of them. 

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

What You Need to Know About Freight Consolidation Services

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on April 19, 2018

When your product is ready to hit the road for delivery but your freight volume can’t justify the cost of a full truckload, what do you do? For many shippers, it comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils: ship via costly less-than-truckload (LTL) or wait to build a full truckload and risk missing retailer requested arrival dates (RAD). However, there is a third option: freight consolidation services (or “load consolidation services”) with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, where your load “shares the ride” with others like yours. 

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution, 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

Want to Improve Truck Driver Retention? Hire Better.

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on August 31, 2017

Poor truck driver retention can have a crippling financial impact on fleet owners, who lose money every day a truck sits idle. Too often the response to this dilemma is to fill these empty seats as fast as possible through aggressive recruitment and incentives. Wrong! Though it may seem counter-intuitive, fleet owners need to slow down the hiring process to maximize driver retention.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Do Tighter Ship Time Demands from Retailers Inhibit Green Shipping?

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on July 06, 2017

Retailers today are demanding shorter and shorter ship times for replenishment orders. Suppliers are dutifully obliging, but the practice makes it hard to follow green shipping principles. Smaller, more frequent orders means more trucks on the road.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Sustainability

ELD Mandate: Impact on Carriers and Shippers

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on June 22, 2017

The looming requirement on the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by truck drivers took another interesting turn last week when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition to overturn the ELD Mandate.

The petition was brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the lobbying group for smaller truckers, who claim the mandate is unconstitutional and places an onerous financial burden on smaller truckers.

ELD adoption is a contentious issue with more sides that you can count. 

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Topics: Freight Transportation