If there was ever an industry that was the poster child for, “the only thing constant is change,” it’s the logistics industry. In the last two decades, the world of freight management and 3PLs has undergone a transformation that no one could have imagined 20 years ago. What the future holds in the next decade will be both exciting and transformative.
Food for thought in the perishable foods supply chain
From cantaloupes to lettuce, the transport of perishable foods in the U.S. is a hot topic these days, especially for produce. In May we saw one of the most publicized food recalls in the nation's history. More than 200 people recorded illnesses related to the E. coli virus which was linked to romaine lettuce, with 90 hospitalizations and five people dying as a result.
Cargo theft is a growing problem that impacts nearly every industry. All supply chains are different, and their complexities often permit gaps in security that increase the risk of theft. When theft occurs, it impacts everyone. Suppliers lose money on stolen goods, shippers lose money, and consumers end up paying more for the products that do reach the shelves of their local stores.
Everyone is in favor of safety checks, especially when you are talking about 80,000 pounds of truck and cargo driving down the road, right? The obvious answer is yes, but the actual answer may be a bit more complicated.
What can you do as a shipper to level the playing field, lessen the impact, and mitigate the high cost of getting your goods to market, while having a positive impact across the full spectrum of the supply chain? It may be as simple as becoming a shipper of choice.
Choptank Transport, a Maryland-based, third-party logistics company, is pleased to announce it is getting ready to open its newest sales office in Baltimore, Maryland. Located near the popular neighborhood of Federal Hill, with its great restaurants, quaint stores, and well-known Cross Street Market, the location will be convenient for employees seeking a career downtown or within walking distance of the light rail.
Women at Choptank Transport - logistics careers
Logistics, along with many other industries, was thought of as a man’s world, from truck drivers to warehouse managers, train conductors and ship captains, but hold on! Women are climbing in the ranks. In 2015, 21.1% of women in transportation earned their way into manager’s roles. Today, even more women are becoming role models in their industry as exceptional drivers, owner-operators, logistics coordinators, warehouse managers, 3PL sales managers and more.
Last week we talked about the skyrocketing prices the spot load market is seeing in freight and transportation costs. Shippers are bearing the brunt of these elevated rates and are having to rethink the way they arrange the movement of their goods so all their profits don't fly out the window.