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The rationale for outsourcing certain manufacturing and supply chain processes, such as transportation management, fulfillment, and more to logistics companies is evident and clear.  Logistics companies help manufacturers and shippers improve customer service and satisfaction, global expertise in trade, reduce risk, enable rapid expansion and start-up, and reduce current and future costs.

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LTL Dimensional pricing information

Imagine you need to use a carrier’s LTL shipping services. Your package is approximately about one cubic foot. Next to you, another shipper is sending a package that is more than double this size. Now, you would think the other larger package is going to incur the higher shipping cost. However, your current package weighs 600 pounds, and your counterpart’s package weighs 230 pounds.

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brand identity

Editor’s Note: At Thomasholmes, if you have followed our blog, you know we like to give information around best practices in regards to transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. Since our shippers are in the manufacturing and distribution industries, we also write about topics of importance, including trends, news, and best practices, in those industries as well.

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cloud supply chain management

The use of cloud computing in supply change management is not some dark, forbidden territory any longer. In recent years, the use of cloud-based solutions has dramatically changed how modern supply chain companies operate, and the cloud supply chain management has the potential to level the playing field between all supply chain companies, especially shippers.

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how to become a freight broker

It’s a great time to be in the freight brokering business, and there are plenty of reasons to consider starting your own brokerage now.
With an improving economy across the U.S., an increasingly stable and growing industry, and increasing demand for new brokers, you have all the external conditions to become a successful freight broker.

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The oil and gas industry is one of the largest in the world. It is also one of the most innovative, and there are many ways in which it is embracing new technologies and innovations to increase productivity. One of the most important ways that the industry is changing is through the adoption of automation and digitization.

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Do you ever watch Undercover Boss? Think back to 2012 when Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company, went undercover in his own company. One of the most surprising parts of the episode showed a warehouse worker using a voice-automated picking system (see video below), and the worker would then scan the product with a scanner on the tip of his finger.

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Too many manufacturing floors are hit and miss when it comes to reliability because firms are trying the same things expecting different results in an attempt to improve manufacturing productivity. Here are five things to cut out on the manufacturing floor that will improve performance…
Manufacturing floors are fraught with reliability issues.