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Rising Diesel Prices Make Green the New Black for Shippers

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Diesel fuel prices are on the rise again. Caused in part by a strong global economy and ever-increasing demand for shipping, the rise in diesel prices has led to fuel surcharges and higher prices across the entire supply chain. This has sparked greater interest in green transportation alternatives that can save the environment while reducing costs—and keeping shippers in the black.

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Spring Awakening in the Supply Chain: 4 Rate Indicators to Watch

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Spot truckload volumes and rates are beginning to rise as spring approaches. While rate increases always depend on overall economic growth, and the interplay between supply and demand, understanding four specific areas that reflect springtime shipping patterns in the U.S. can help you gauge where capacity and rates are heading.

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2019 Trends in Logistics: Rise of the Machines and More

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The rate of change in transportation and shipping has accelerated to meet exploding consumer demand. E-commerce has reshaped the industry in so many ways, from technology and costs to labor and consumer preferences, it can be hard to keep up. Get ready for many more changes in logistics and transportation in 2019.

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West Coast Surge: More Disruption Ahead for Truckload Shipping

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Go West! The West Coast “gold rush” in the truckload market is upon us, and shippers are feeling its effects. As an influx of consumer goods manufactured in Asia dock at West Coast ports and move eastward in time for the holiday season, higher-than-normal rates are typical. Let’s look at what we’ve seen so far this year.

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Holiday Cargo Theft Spikes: How to Prepare

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Whether it is Fourth of July barbecues, Halloween trick-or-treating, or Thanksgiving turkeys, the holidays create an increased demand for food and beverage products. While there are many different commodities susceptible to cargo theft, the food and beverage category remains one of the most active, making up 15% of total cargo thefts.

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2018 Intermodal Crunch: Peak Season Advice for Shippers

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Intermodal demand grew by 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 due to tightened capacity in truckload shipping. Tight shipping capacity is always difficult to manage and the fact that intermodal is also constrained has shippers looking for ways to mitigate the impacts this peak season. 

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