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Consumer Goods Logistics Blog

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

Mid-Tier Suppliers Voice Retail Distribution Frustrations

Posted by Alex Stark on December 07, 2018

Among small and mid-sized suppliers to grocery chains and mass retailers, few would argue that big retailers are the power brokers in the retail distribution supply chain. But as these retailers push more and more of the burden of supply chain efficiency back upstream, some suppliers feel that retailers are going from just flexing their muscles to becoming bullies on the block. 

We found that out in a recent KANE survey on the transportation challenges of mid-sized consumer products companies. One response encapsulates the sentiment of many of the 100 logistics professionals surveyed:

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation

2018 Driver Appreciation Week

Posted by Alex Stark on September 14, 2018

I look forward to this week every year. It's National Truck Driver Appreciation week as designated by the ATA (American Trucking Associations).

All week long we have been celebrating one of our most important associate bases -- our fantastic drivers. Our drivers deliver more than 2 billion pounds of goods annually and never take a day off from demonstrating the values of the KANE Code.  

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Cost Sharing in Logistics

Posted by Alex Stark on August 16, 2018

Cost sharing has become commonplace as businesses look to shave costs without giving up a strategic edge. Big dollar infrastructures are good examples of where companies are willing to work together to defray the costs for all.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

Dimensional Weight Pricing Now Impacting Less than Truckload

Posted by Jack Ampuja on July 17, 2018

This week’s blog post was written by Jack Ampuja, president of Supply Chain Optimizers – a specialized consultancy that helps companies control supply chain costs through packaging optimization.

While dimensional weight pricing has been applied in domestic ground parcel since 2013, recently it has also migrated into the less than truckload sector; because dim weight pricing is based on shipment density, this makes efficient packaging more important than ever. In fact, effective packaging can actually drive freight costs down.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Freight Transportation

Making Intermodal Rail Service Work for Consumer Products

Posted by Alex Stark on June 18, 2018

You know the historical gripes about rail.  Slow service. Indirect routes. Poor visibility. Required increases in inventory levels.

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Topics: Freight Transportation

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: Freight Transportation

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: 3PL Outsourcing, Freight Transportation

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