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CONNECT TMS Update: Improved Carrier Rate Display

An updated rating results screen was deployed today with a new release of TForce's CONNECT TMS.  Cloud-based users of CONNECT will see the update roll-out through the course of the day on February 24th. Highlights of the update include: A more compact rate view where more carriers are visible "on the first screen". Useful information like carrier legal liability, rate breakdown, and terminal information is still visible, but reorganized See a detailed one page explanation with screen shots...

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Shipping 101: Will It Fit In the Trailer? LTL vs Truckload

Shipping 101: Will It Fit In the Trailer? LTL vs Truckload

A common call overheard in our logistics center from small manufacturers involves how much freight will fit onto a single full truckload shipment or whether a given piece of freight will fit into an Less-than-truckload (LTL) truck. While transport trailers come in a variety of custom sizes,  there are “industry-standards” manufacturing shippers can use with confidence. LTL Since most LTL shipments are “just a couple pallets” the most important dimensional question related to loading or...

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LTL Tracking Information Quality During The Polar Vortex

LTL Tracking Information Quality During The Polar Vortex

Each day we strive to provide you with the best LTL tracking information on your shipments using our IT integrations with carriers, phone calls, and experience. This week, we are finding the disruptive polar vortex weather event is producing MAJOR delays in transit. Worse, many LTL carriers are behind to the point that the tracking information in their systems is not even being kept up-to-date. Wait times calling carriers are exceeding 30 minutes regularly and 60 minutes in some cases...only...

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Two Key Principles to Reduce Your Logistics Spend

Two Key Principles to Reduce Your Logistics Spend

While the world of logistics is broad and all encompassing; much of it is focused on how to reduce your logistics spend.  An understanding of these key principles incorporated into your S&OP planning will help you holistically “right-size” your logistics spend in alignment with corporate mission and marketing promises. Reduce Your Logistics Spend: (1) Economy of Scale Economy of Scale in transportation means the cost per unit of weight decreases as the size of a shipment increases.  For...

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Export Your Way To Growth and Profit

Export Your Way To Growth and Profit

Smart manufacturers across America are growing profits and revenues through Export.  Exporting is the process whereby a good produced in one country is sold and shipped into another country.  Historically US exports grow when the US Dollar is weak.  In September 2020 the US Dollar was near its lowest level in over two years driving strong international demand for US manufactured goods. Why Export? Four big reasons why growing into international markets through exporting is the smart move for...

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How the Pandemic is Driving More Supply Chains to Source Closer to Home

How the Pandemic is Driving More Supply Chains to Source Closer to Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed as a source of major disruption to global supply chains. In a McKinsey survey of senior supply chain executives, 75% said they faced production and distribution problems due to the pandemic. These issues are driving more supply chains to source closer to home. Companies are exploring re-domesticating sourcing and near-shoring. Instead of purchasing supplies from a company in China, a U.S. organization may opt for a Canadian or American supplier instead....

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