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Last Mile Logistics

Last mile logistics is among the most misunderstood parts of transportation networks. On the surface, last mile may not seem very important, but it can make up 28 percent of a shipments total cost. In addition, growth in e-commerce is radicalizing how shippers view last mile logistics.

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parcel audits

The impact on transportation costs through parcel audits is often forgotten. Shippers may feel parcel audits lack value, and still others avoid them for irrational reasons. As explained by Jared Fisher of Parcel Magazine, shippers may be able to recoup up to 5 percent of parcel shipping costs through proper auditing procedures.

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LTL Transportation management system

“Unsustainable.”
That is the word being used to describe the state of the logistics industry in 2017, reports William B. Cassidy of the Journal of Commerce. While it may not describe everything in supply chains, it does accurately describe the overhead costs today’s shippers and carriers have enjoyed recently.

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transportation planners

There are additional advances in automation that push the supply chain toward greater use and deployment of technology and transportation planners are the key.
Drone Delivery Takes Flight.
Last December, Amazon successfully placed its first test flight and delivery by drone. As the technology improves, drone delivery will become a reality, not just a possibility.

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tms adoption

2017 is projected to be a year in which more shippers break out of the mold, embracing newer transportation management systems (TMSs). However, the adoption rates remain perplexing. As explained by Talking Logistics With Adrian Gonzalez, industrywide statistics indicate adoption rates have remained fixed near 33 percent for nearly two decades.

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tms analytics

“What can you do to improve your company?”
That is a loaded question, loaded with innuendo, desire, financial concerns, questions about the state of the road and weather and much more, but the ways you improve your company are becoming easier to see. Modern, cloud-based analytics systems within transportation management systems (TMSs) have redefined how you strive for continuous improvement.

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carmack amendment

In 1935, Congress passed legislation to help prevent carriers from being subject to unqualified cases of fraud and freight loss claims. Previously, carriers were held liable for any damage that occurred to a shipment while in their possession. However, this meant that carriers were on the financial hook even when damage was not their fault.

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Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history. Thanks to data gathering programs, supply chain software, and data entry applications, this represents a mountain of data, which has the potential to provide ground-breaking insight into how to improve business-model efficiency.