How Data and Business Intelligence Are Changing the Shipping Industry

Gone are the days of faxing, whiteboard flowcharts, and paper files. Today businesses are undergoing digital makeovers to make their businesses more efficient, more profitable, and to fully leverage the power of their data. By harnessing your data and marrying it to a quality business intelligence (BI) solution, you can transform data into a blueprint for the future of your business. And let’s face it, BI is no longer an optional logistics tool; as regulations increase and the demand for 100-percent transparency and trackability continue to grow, companies must have it to take control of logistics operations. Here are a few ways data and business intelligence can positively impact shipping. Continue reading…



What Is Lean Logistics and How Can It Benefit Your Business?

For companies that want to reduce costs while at the same time improve performance, a supply chain processed called lean logistics is a perfect partner. Lean logistics increase efficiencies, which in turn, create positive customer experiences. By incorporating lean logistics principles or partnering with a 3PL with a foundation in lean logistics, you can grow your business while minimizing risk and expanding profit.

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Three Logistics E-Commerce Trends to Watch in 2018

As e-commerce continues its meteoric rise, more and more companies need to significantly increase their logistics performance. How can that impact your business? For businesses that want to grow their position in the supply chain, understanding key trends in logistics is critical to success. Here are a few to watch for in 2018. Continue reading…



3 Key Benefits of Outsourcing to a 3PL

When expanding their business, many business leaders find that continuing to use an in-house fulfillment system is no longer feasible. Scaling your workforce and warehouse to fluctuating demands can not only be costly and imperfect but can lead to errors and unhappy clients. Along with that, foreign regulations, customs, languages, licensures, currency distinctions, and finding local suppliers are just a few of the issues that arise as you expand your reach into global markets. Continue reading…


Understanding Fulfillment of Subscription Box Services

According to Forbes, subscription box services like Birchbox, Barkbox and Winebox are “one of the fastest growing trends in the start-up world.” Consumers love them for a variety of reasons.  They are great for gifts because they can be tailored specifically to someone’s personal interest and are the gifts that keep on giving.  Many customers prefer subscription boxes for convenience sake, specifically for products that are repeatedly purchased.  Other subscription boxes contain samples of new products, allowing customers to try different brands that they otherwise might not have access to.   Subscription boxes range in cost from $10 to over a $100, but successful subscription box services offer high value for the monthly fee.  However, the most desired, best value subscription box service will fail if they are unable to manage the logistical demands of the daily operations of the businesses.  Late, broken, or otherwise substandard packages are a disaster for your ecommerce business.  How important is quality fulfillment of your subscription box service?  It could literally make or break you. Continue reading…


Be on the Lookout for these Supply Chain Trends

It can be easy to dismiss trends as just that – trends. However, some of the supply chain trends that were just catching on five to ten years ago are now common place, such as the use of digital technology. It’s important to take note because the last thing you want is to not miss a trend that can help bolster productivity and could become vital to all supply chain. Continue reading…


How you can reap the benefits of the Panama Canal Expansion

“I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.” – Theodore Roosevelt  

The Panama Canal is one of the busiest waterways in the world. It sees significant daily shipping traffic; moving 6% of the global commerce, the Panama Canal will continue to expand to allow growth.


The 5.4 billion dollar expansion of the Panama Canal was completed June 26, 2016, and is expected to largely decrease the instances of bottlenecks, lower than average transit times by raising capacity and allow for the transit of Post-Panamax vessels. The expansion is one of the most important infrastructure projects for logistics in over a century.

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