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    Shipper Symposium Series Webinar: Ocean Carrier Alliances - What You Need to Know

    Shipper Symposium Series Webinar: Ocean Carrier Alliances – What You Need to Know

    - by Transplace

    What used to be four primary ocean carrier alliances has now transformed into three different ocean carrier alliances, which kicked off services on April 1. The new alliances represent 77% of global container capacity and 96% of all East-West trades’ container capacity. While the changing atmosphere of new ocean carrier alliances for containerized cargo isn’t something new, thanks to a tumultuous last few years – these ocean carriers reshuffled partnerships in hopes of achieving better financial performance.

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    Shipper Symposium Series Webinar Recap: Bid Activity Strategies and Trends

    Shipper Symposium Series Webinar Recap: Bid Activity Strategies and Trends

    - by Transplace

    By: Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Strategic Carrier Management, Transplace & Ratna Prabhu, Engineering Lead, Transplace

    Bid optimization and procurement are truly foundational for companies to achieve supply chain excellence and drive value. Procurement process and bid activities have a significant impact on shippers and carriers, making it critical for companies to establish good sourcing practices.

    In our most recent Shippers Symposium Series webinar, Ben Cubitt and Ratna Prabhu analyzed last year’s bidding market and shared some best practices for successful bidding in 2017. Below are a few of the highlights.

  • Business - Transportation
    Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

    Going Beyond Brokerage: How North American Capacity Solutions Can Go to Work for You

    - by Transplace

    By: Matthew Menner, SVP, Strategic Account Management and Brian Kenney, SVP, Truck Brokerage, Capacity Solutions

    With 2017 now in full swing, many companies are evaluating their current logistics strategies and looking to make structural improvements in the new year and beyond. In order to see the best return, some shippers immediately look to making significant changes such as implementing new technology solutions or redesigning their distribution network. But is your organization thinking more strategically about its capacity strategies?

  • Business - Transportation
    NAFTA and Mexican Free Trade

    NAFTA and Mexican Free Trade: Aiding Our Neighbor to the South

    - by Transplace

    By: Troy Ryley, Senior Vice President,  Mexico, Transplace

    *Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the Adam Smith Project, a new initiative on trade from the publishers of American Shipper.

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its effect on the United States has been a much-talked-about topic recently, and there exists a desire to either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA and implement additional taxes on goods that are made in Mexico and sold in the U.S. However, this would be an economic mistake for North America.

  • Business - Transportation
    Supply Chain 2017: Important Transportation Trends and Challenges

    Supply Chain 2017: Important Transportation Trends and Challenges

    - by Transplace

    By: Frank McGuigan, President & Chief Operating Officer, Transplace

    There’s never a dull moment in the supply chain. That statement seems especially true thus far in 2017. We’re just over a month into the new year and there is already a myriad of questions about the market, the business landscape and how companies will be affected going forward. With issues such as changes to global trade deals, regulations and fluctuating capacity, we are quite certain that there will be an impact on the supply chain in 2017, and beyond, making it is vital for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers to keep a pulse on what’s going on in the industry.

  • Business - Transportation
    From Field to Fork: The Future of the Cold Chain

    From Field to Fork: The Future of the Cold Chain

    - by Transplace

    By: Jay Moss, President, Specialized Services, Transplace

    With winter temperatures fully upon us, it’s a great time to take a look at all of the latest cold chain industry trends. Recently, this sector has seen some shifts with the ongoing implementation of new regulations and continuing advances in technology. Below are a few choice trends, challenges and changes within the cold chain sector that are having a prevalent impact on the outlook of the industry.

  • Business - Transportation
    Evolving Retail Standards

    Evolving Retail Standards: What Are You Planning for 2017?

    - by Transplace

    The goods manufactured and shipped by retailers and CPG organizations certainly come in a wide variety, but these companies all have a number of key commonalities and shared challenges when it comes to their supply chain. At Transplace, as we continually look to gain insight into the concerns of our customers and meet their ever-evolving needs, it’s important to always be working to employ new processes on our part to fully support each and every customer.

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    10 Tips for Leveraging Routing Guides

    10 Tips for Leveraging Routing Guides

    - by Transplace

    By: Steve Barber, Vice President of Operations, Transplace

    A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. And while there are various routing guide forms, many in the industry have switched from paper to online portals and beyond to enhanced transportation management system (TMS) technology that enables truly dynamic routing guides for maximum cost savings and service improvement.

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    Mexican Fuel Price Hike

    Mexican Fuel Price Hike: What You Need to Know

    - by Transplace

    By: Ben Enriquez, SVP Transportation Services

    In Mexico, the government controls fuel prices, and has done so for many years – and the intent of deregulating the country’s fuel market has been to reflect global fuel pricing conditions. However, in the past three years, the current government has not adjusted diesel prices in accordance with the global standard. In December 2016, the Mexican government announced an increase in diesel prices for this January. Many had thought that it would be a small increase, but on January 1, the price of diesel went up a whopping 13% – 20% (depending on the region).

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    Transportation TIP List: Week of December 11th, 2016

    ELD Survey Series: See How Carriers Large and Small Alike Have Responded to the ELD Mandate

    - by Transplace

    It’s no secret that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is currently top of mind for many in the transportation industry. Results from our recent ELD Survey of more than 2000 carriers revealed that the implementation of ELDs and the expected impact to capacity and utilization varied heavily by fleet size.

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