Translogistics Blog

How to Combat Missed Pickups and Late Deliveries

March 29, 2017

One of the biggest clouds that hang over every logistics operation is the fight against missed pickups and late deliveries. These mishaps waste time and money for more parties than one: your business’s teams, vendors and carriers, shipping facilities and customers. Although carriers put great effort toward increasing efficiency and correcting issues along the way, there will always be variability and unpredictable conditions that bring down the percentage of delivery success – an industry-wide KPI just as unsteady as this constant cloud. You always want to hold carriers and shippers to the highest standard possible so that you see progressive results. However, the general excuse for continued missed pickups and late deliveries is the idea that in conveying the possible negative outcome of a delivery, carriers set themselves up for extra work and more expenses and still cannot guarantee the shipment status will be amended.

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The 3 Key Elements of an Effective Supply Chain Audit Process

March 22, 2017

 

Your finance team is the unseen powerhouse of your business; it manages payroll, operating expenses, company debt, reporting, deposits and so much more. When it comes time to optimize your supply chain process, the finance team’s long list of duties should be taken into consideration if they’re to fit perfectly in the puzzle of logistics management.

Logistics auditing is only a small part of what the finance department does for your business, so this procedure should be organized, streamlined and painless. In order for this to happen, it requires the combined effort of a dutiful customer service team, a modern transportation management system (TMS) and an attentive third-party logistics provider (3PL). The three elements below, supported by the involvement of each of these teams, can make or break your supply chain audit process.

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Common Logistics Carrier Disputes and How to Solve Them

March 15, 2017

 

Most companies deal with commonplace challenges that occur like regular hiccups in the management of their product transportation. But recurring shipment issues—no matter how minor—can affect the overall success of your supply chain and the satisfaction level of your customers. Of all the seemingly small problems that might afflict a business, here are a few carrier disputes that appear frequently, yet have relatively easy fixes.

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5 Questions to Determine the Effectiveness of Your Shipping Practices

March 8, 2017

 

There are many pieces that fit into the logistics puzzle in order for your product to be delivered on time and in the perfect condition. Needless to say, countless technical aspects should be taken into consideration when forming the most efficient product path and delivery process for ideal outcomes. It’s easy to recognize the need for a shift in the way you handle shipping, but where do you start?

Many companies waste time and money on faulty tools meant to help guide shipping decisions, but smart leaders steer clear of such defective and disconnected solutions and instead select a method that meets all logistics needs the right way. Use the questions below to develop a brief checklist of your own to assess the effectiveness of your business’s shipping practices and inform remedial action.

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5 Big Advantages to Using an Integrated 3PL and TMS

March 1, 2017

Most third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are fixated on getting the message across that they stand as the cheapest solution to managing your logistics operation. With a 3PL that positions itself as a true, complete solution and logistics partner, however, this message is slightly different. A logistics solution partner focuses on delivering more than just a cheap rate by placing real power in the communication and teamwork that lead to measurable improvements in more areas than one. They highlight the need for a superior transportation management system (TMS) that brings order to the chaos of supply chain functions across all departments and works with your business’s specific needs. At the end of the day, real value comes from the integration of a trusted 3PL partner and state-of-the-art TMS that help everyone do their jobs in the best way possible.

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6 Simple Ways to Optimize Your Freight Shipments

February 23, 2017

Are you looking for easy ways to reduce costs and increase productivity throughout your supply chain? What you’re ultimately looking for is supply chain optimization – something that takes organization, customized tools and an experienced logistics partner to achieve. But if quick tips are what you need to get you started on the path to outstanding supply chain performance, then take a look at these top six recommendations that focus on improving your shipping processes and carrier relations. Keep these in mind when planning your product paths and working with multiple vendors and shippers.

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Hard-Hitting Questions to Ask Prospective Logistics Carriers

February 21, 2017

If you’re in charge of selecting the carriers for your company’s logistics operation, there’s more than just pricing that should go into your ultimate decision on the best carriers for your supply chain. A cheap rate can drive competition, but would you want your end users to suffer if your cheap carrier meets only a single requirement? Begin your carrier search by asking the tough questions so this big decision – one that determines your monetary savings and the overall success of your business – is truly in your hands.

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The Translogistics EDGE Newsletter: Issue #16

December 15, 2016

The Translogistics EDGE Issue Number Sixteen Ignorance is NOT Bliss; It IS Costly

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

As TLI is searching for new clients, one of the most common responses is “I’ll send you some shipment info. Give me a quote on them and I’ll use you if your rate is lower.” It is hard to believe that the person their organization put in charge of the final step to “Wowing” their customer is in the hands of someone that uses one criteria - a cheap price. Or the person their organization put in charge of making sure their production and warehouse have all the supplies they need to meet demand uses one criteria - a cheap price.

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The Translogistics EDGE Newsletter: Issue #15

November 15, 2016

Why Choose a LSP Over a 3PL?

In This Issue: Are You Surprised by These Observations?, Translogistics is SmartWay Certified… Again!, We’re Hiring!, Check Out Our New Look, Employee Spotlight

As the third-party logistics (3PL) industry has developed and matured, a number of different business models have emerged to meet the needs of companies of all sizes and across all industries. While largely positive, this momentum has also created hurdles for corporate executives who want to leverage an outside provider’s strengths and capabilities, but really don’t understand the nuances among those different providers. It also creates confusion for current users of 3PL services that don’t realize their own current processes and procedures could be vastly improved with the help of a logistics solutions provider.

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The Translogistics EDGE Newsletter: Issue #14

October 15, 2016

Do You Have the TIME to be PROACTIVE?

In This Issue: ATA Tonnage, Translogistics is Getting Fit!, Join Translogistics in Becoming Trucker Against Trafficking Trained!, Employee Spotlight, We’d Love Your Vote!

As a Logistics Solution Provider, one of our jobs at Translogistics is to detect, analyze, and act upon logistics changes affecting our clients’ businesses.

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