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Alex Stark | August 25, 2016

Inventory Optimization Can Be a Struggle for Mid-Sized CPGs

The relationship between large retailers and their suppliers is changing in ways that are hard to predict. One thing that isn’t so hard to predict is the need for these supply chain partners to collaborate more, and better, than they ever h...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | August 18, 2016

Final Regulations out on Heavy Truck Fuel Efficiency

This week the Obama Administration issued its final carbon emissions standards for big rigs. That means that, over time, truck, engine and trailer manufacturers must design their equipment in order lower carbon emissions and fuel consumptio...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer

This quick-read eBook lists 12 best practices designed to elicit greatness from your 3PL.


Safety In Logistics Operations

4 strategies to turn safety from a compliance-driven chore to a profit-driving opportunity.

Alex Stark | August 11, 2016

Mid-sized CPG Manufacturers Seek More Collaboration with Retailers

CPG manufacturers are faced with an ever-changing set of demands from their retailer customers, and small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are feeling the bite perhaps most of all. These SMBs seek more collaboration with retailers, but they h...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | July 21, 2016

Supplier-Retailer Collaboration in a Changing Market

Everyone agrees that supplier-retailer collaboration promotes a leaner, more profitable supply chain for all – in theory. But, in practice, there are a ton of reasons it doesn’t work out that way.
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Larry Catanzaro | July 14, 2016

Do Regular Freight Contract RFPs Really Reduce Costs?

After 15+ years in the 3PL and trucking industry, I still find it interesting that some shippers shop out their lanes every single year in an effort to save money. But do these regular freight contract RFPs (requests for proposal) really re...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | March 31, 2016

Should We Have 18-Year-Old Truck Drivers?

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Nothing but farm land in all directions. My town had one traffic light, and it was a blinking light. So, pretty sedate.
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | March 10, 2016

America’s Crumbling Transportation Infrastructure: The Price We Pay

I’m a Bruce Springsteen fan. Naturally, I was stoked when my lovely bride (also a big fan) surprised me with tickets to see The Boss in Philadelphia. Springsteen is in the midst of The River Tour. Since The River was the very first album I ...
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Topics: Freight Transportation

Alex Stark | February 11, 2016

How to Reduce Your Dependence on LTL Freight Shipping

LTL clearly plays a critical role for consumer goods manufacturers in getting products to market. But it costs significantly more than truckload shipments and it’s less reliable. By using a 3PL to consolidate loads with other shippers, smal...
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Topics: Freight Transportation