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As we all start thinking about one of the great American three day holiday weekends, Labor Day, this weekend, we must take a moment to reflect on the issues that weigh heavy on the hearts of the economy, and more specifically, American Manufacturing. Labor Day is a holiday where all Americans have the chance to take some time off from their hard work, and relax.

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freight audit

The buzz today is all about controlling freight costs. Profit margins are under pressure for many manufacturers, distribution companies, and anyone who ships freight. It’s important to know if your carrier is invoicing you at your contracted rates or the quote you received when you chose them in your transportation management software system.

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This is a guest post from David Naus. He is an independent Distributor from Fuel Direct. The information provided below is in line with our thoughts on creating sustainable transportation and logistics for both our carrier partners, our customers, and of course for the environment, as new studies come out about the impact of transportation and gasoline on the environment every day.

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Yesterday I wrote plainly about the difference between asset based and non-asset based 3PL companies. Simply put, the difference between the two is that asset based 3PL own parts of the supply chain such as trucks, warehouses, and more. A non asset 3PL does not own any of these, and is typically agnostic in the way of warehousing and transportation providers.

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non asset based logistics

In this first part of non-asset based Logistics vs. asset based Logistics, I will cover the difference between the two. I will briefly touch on some differences as far as advantages and disadvantages, but in part two tomorrow, I will cover more in depth specific advantages and disadvantages of both, offering tips on how to choose between the two types of logistics providers.

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Manufacturing innovation

Manufacturing innovation got me thinking about how throughout history, it is innovation which has caused civilizations to leap forward and have their economies sustain and remain increasing in output. Often, it is in manufacturing innovation where we see the greatest leaps forward, and we all know the importance of manufacturing to any economy.

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SWOT analysis (also sometimes referred to as a SWOT Matrix) is a structured planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture. These elements of a SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person.