How to Choose the Right LTL Carrier for Your Business

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There are a lot of LTL carriers out there, but how do you choose the right one for your business? A handful control most of the LTL market, such as FedEx Freight, Old Dominion and Yellow, who have years of experience and a proven track record of delivering quality service. Logistics Management shared the Top 25 […]

Trouble Is Coming: The Fallout of an Over-Saturated Freight Market

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Trouble Is coming. The world is now starting to feel the importance of supply chain management. For months the world has been struggling with issues with the supply chain and now the fallout is coming. The transportation industry saw a boom of freight, and carriers responded by increasing their operations. We’ve seen this before. In 2017 to 2018 there was a boom in freight […]

The Anatomy of a Highly Optimized eCommerce Distribution Center

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Guest Post Author: Allied Steel Buildings In the eCommerce era, the quality of the distribution center design can make or break a retail business. In fact, with customers’ increasing expectation for affordable doorstep delivery, some estimates indicate that distribution centers ill-equipped to accommodate last-mile delivery scenarios could see their profits take as much as a 26% hit. Some of […]

10 Steps to Shock-Proof Your Supply Chain

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States in 2012, it caused widespread damage and left millions of people without power. Retailers in the area were forced to close their stores, and many lost significant amounts of revenue. This serves as a perfect example of why retailers need to take steps to shock-proof […]

Pallets 101: Everything You Need To Know About Pallets

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Pallets are a simple and cost-effective way to move goods from one place to another. They are used in many different industries, including manufacturing, retail, warehousing, wholesale distribution and more. A pallet can be thought of as a “platform for handling” that offers an efficient means of moving products around the supply chain. Pallets come […]

The MVP Tea – Supply Chain News – December 10, 2021

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This week on the latest news in the supply chain from MVP Logistics. The latest port congestion information for the cargo vessels at the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, and the Port of New York. Updates on the latest numbers for shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles. Did you […]

Small Business: Hard To Sell and Harder To Survive

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A recent post on Reddit titled “The Supply Chain Keeps Getting Worse” discusses the harsh reality that many small business owners are facing in today’s manufacturing climate – you can’t sell your way out of this. One respondent stated, “it’s change or die.” This is a sentiment echoed by many other posts on the subreddit […]

Retailers Face Empty Shelves as the Supply Chain Weakens

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With the retail supply chain under pressure, retailers are starting to feel the pinch. The logistics field is about to be hit with a new set of challenges as shelves go empty across the country. The root cause of this problem is not panic buying, but rather much deeper-rooted problems that have been lingering since […]

Worst Quarter in U.S. History, Another Cyberattack, Sustainable Ecommerce

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“Global supply chains have never been this clogged” A year after the worst quarter in U.S. history the economy is rebounding a pace that cannot keep up with supply. The manufacturing sector continues to grow despite global supply constraints that have been holding it back. Record-long lead times, rising prices, supply and worker shortages continue […]

EMPTY CONTAINERS, DRIVER SHORTAGE, HESITANCY TO ADD CAPACITY

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“Truckers Expect U.S. Transport Capacity Crunch to Persist” Trucking capacity is expected to remain tight throughout the rest of the year and high shipping costs are expected to follow. There are not enough trucks or drivers to keep up with demand and efforts such as raising driver pay have not been sufficient in catching up […]

How to Choose an Ecommerce Warehousing, Fulfillment and Distribution Partner

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As Ecommerce sales explode during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, many ecommerce stores are struggling with keeping up with demand. For many customers, buying online is an everyday occurrence and for others they are just beginning to shop online. One thing is certain, having efficient ecommerce warehousing capabilities to support the future growth of ecommerce is a […]

How to Increase Supply Chain Speed to Market

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The speed at which a company addresses a new product, service, customer signal, or event can have a significant impact on profitability and customer feedback. “Speed to market” is a phrase used to describe how quickly an organization develop a new product or service from the initial idea, design, prototype, testing, developing, manufacturing, shipping, and finally […]

What to expect for the shipping holiday season?

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It is no surprise that a record setting holiday shipping season is upon us. Companies have anticipated the increase in shipping volumes in addition to the already elevated levels of capacity and rates due to COVID-19, but there is still a lot of uncertainty that lies ahead. With shippers and carriers experiencing drastic market volatility, creating […]

How to Choose a Cold Chain Provider

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With more diverse products being manufactured and shipped each day, carriers are transporting them across the globe at an increasing rate. Cold chain, also referred to as “temperature-controlled” transportation adds even another layer of complexity to the always evolving cold chain market full of disruptions and changing consumer demands. Finding a provider that can deliver a smarter […]

What you need to know about OTIF

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What is OTIF? OTIF stands for “On Time & In Full” and is the next step for big retailers. With OTIF, you now need to deliver your products within a 1-day window (on the exact date) — and it must be the full purchase order. Walmart recently announced new OTIF guidelines for suppliers. OTIF is applicable in almost […]

4 Benefits of a Third Party Logistics (3PL) Partner

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Third-Party Logistics Companies (3PLs) are becoming more popular as the retail landscape shifts from the physical store to the online store. Why do so many companies make the strategic decision to rely on outside partners for execution of transportation services? The benefits are vast. 3PLs can gain you access to better freight rates, improve efficiencies, cut costs, […]

How to Handle Tight Capacity Markets

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As the economy tries to recover and reopen during COVID-19, freight rates are rising and things are changing constantly. According to DAT, capacity is projected to continue to tighten until the end of the year.   What does “tight capacity” mean? A tight capacity market means that there is a greater demand from shippers than carriers. This […]

How to Avoid Freight Reclassifications and Reweighs

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Managing your supply chain cost requires efficient transportation management practices. One of the most common way to see your freights costs get out of hand is reclassification and reweighing of your freight. This may be difficult to achieve as LTL shipping can be nuanced with different invoice adjustments including accessorials, delays, and damaged freight. By law, […]

How to Calculate Shipping Costs

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Before shipping ground freight, it’s important to know the associated costs. However, finding a “one size fits all” quote is impossible – each shipment has a different size, weight and requirements that it’s impossible to follow a simple formula each time. While every shipment is different, you can still get an estimate online that will […]

How Urban Logistics Affects the Supply Chain

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As the world’s population grows, city living is becoming the norm for most. By 2050, 68% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas (source). Even today, megacities like New York (metropolitan areas with a population of more than 10 million people) congest traffic and provide a challenge for logistics. What can shippers do […]

How to Manage Coronavirus Risk in the Supply Chain (3 Steps)

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With the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many industries are in flux. The supply chain is currently impacted at all levels, international ocean and air as well as US ground transportation. Many business owners are unsure of what to do or how to proceed. At MVP Logistics, we want to assure our customers that we’re proactively planning to […]

How Understanding Spot Rates and Truck Orders Can Save You Money

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Shippers must understand that spot rates and class 8 truck orders are closely tied: what happens to one will affect the other. If spot rates go up, so do truck orders. If truck orders go down, so do spot rates. WHAT ARE SPOT RATES AND CLASS 8 TRUCK ORDERS? As a quick refresher, a spot […]

What is Drayage?

We often think of logistics as Point A and Point B, with goods leaving one location and arriving at another. But between those two points are many stops and switches that make your supply chain process smooth and on time. One of those tactics used to keep a smooth supply chain is drayage. WHAT IS DRAYAGE? In […]

The Guide to Ground Freight Transportation in Houston

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What are the advantages of ground freight transportation in Houston? How is Houston positioned for international ground freight shipping? We have the answers to these questions and more in our guide to ground freight transportation in Houston.