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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog


Larry Catanzaro

Recent Posts

Should the State DOT Mandate Weather-Related Commercial Vehicle Bans?

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 to 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 Types of Logistics Waste Within an Organization

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on June 03, 2018

You may have read or possibly heard people talking about the 8 types of waste.  It's one of the core competencies of Lean Six Sigma programs and is a useful roadmap for all industries in finding savings opportunities, regardless if they practice Lean Six Sigma or not. 

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Topics: Warehouse Operations

Shippers Win When Carriers Work Together to Reduce Empty Miles

Posted by Larry Catanzaro on May 26, 2018

When carriers are able to reduce empty miles, the shipper wins. A carrier carting around an empty trailer continues to incur expenses for every mile it runs, such as driver pay, benefits, fuel, fuel tax, tolls, and maintenance. With no revenue for the empty move, the carrier is forced to add those costs onto the deliveries a shipper tenders. Seems unfair somehow, doesn’t it?

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Topics: Collaborative Distribution

8 Strategies to Reduce Freight Shipping 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 shipping costs.  Here are eight simple strategies to consider. 

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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