Drayage Woes Tied to Port Congestion

Posted by Harriet Mills on Sep 10, 2021 11:18:16 AM

Never before has the American consumer needed so much of everything, and needed it so immediately. Partially caused by the shortages at the beginning of the pandemic, and also driven by people working from home and shopping online, consumer behavior has changed drastically over the past year. 

News coverage of the massive congestion at U.S. ports has made its way from niche industry publications to mainstream news media. Why? Because supply chains hold the strings to what we eat, drink, wear, live in, and consume. In the past six months, a rapid series of disruptions have created a colossal problem for both B2B and B2C channels, especially at the ports.

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Tags: Shipper News, 3PL News, Port and Drayage Shipping

Innovation During the Pandemic

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 12, 2021 7:32:46 AM

​For almost a decade, technology has been a primary focus for transportation and logistics companies. It had been an industry that desperately needed to replace years of disjointed and fractured practices. Now fiercely competitive, 3PLs (third-party logistics companies) are racing to streamline the supply chain through greater efficiency and real-time visibility, ditching the old paperwork-heavy processes that cost all parties too much time and money. In the supply chain, innovation is the name of the game.

 

When COVID-19 turned the world upside down, the way goods moved was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Unexpected panic-buying behaviors by consumers emerged, with essentials like toilet paper and other frequently purchased staples vanishing off grocery shelves as fast as a puff of smoke on a windy day. The world of logistics could not keep up.

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Tags: Technology, Industry News, 3PL News

Freight Rates on the Rise

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 18, 2021 1:19:10 PM

Speculation about how much shipping costs will increase this year vary, but industry experts agree that rate hikes are inevitable, and soon.

The last year has tested the industry to its limits. Expecting the unexpected has become the norm because of COVID-19. It has stretched us like too little butter over too much bread, creating far-reaching consequences. Now that the pandemic threat may be winding down in many places, we are presented with one more thing to make us grind our teeth at night—more cost to our bottom line.

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Tags: Shipper News, refrigerated freight services, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping, 3PL News

Choptank Focuses on Carrier Relations for 3PL Success

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 15, 2020 2:00:27 PM

Carrier Compliance, Carrier Relations, and Carrier Development

When COVID-19 began, it was carriers, independent owner-operators, and small and large fleets that kept the nation’s food supply on track. The country rallied like never before thanking truckers for their dedication and service. 

 

For freight brokers, the essential role that carriers play in the supply chain is well-recognized. For Choptank Transport, focusing on carrier relations means establishing better connections with carriers to provide better service to customers.

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Tags: Carrier News, Company News, 3PL News

COVID-19: A Driver's Perspective

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 13, 2020 1:21:16 PM

Retta Hyatt has been a driver for less than a year, and in that short time she has become accustomed to life on the road.  She and her traveling companion, a chocolate lab named Jamaica, are witnessing the COVID-19 pandemic from behind the wheel of a big rig. Sounds safe, right? Well, yes and no.

 

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Tags: Carrier News, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload, 3PL News

Market Report: The Logistics of a Pandemic

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 25, 2020 2:15:00 PM

FREIGHT MARKET & THE PANDEMIC

Looking at the freight market in Q1 of 2020 is much like watching the new season of Ozark on Netflix; it first requires a brief look at what came before. My personal binge-watching policy dictates that before diving into a new season, I do a quick recap of the last two episodes to get the full impact of what is going on now.

So, let’s review what was happening at the close of 2019 in the freight industry. Everyone summed up the year by comparing it to the bull market of 2018, with slight resignation but hopefulness. The overriding sentiment was that even though the market in 2019 paled in comparison to the previous year, the industry was still experiencing growth, and we had 2020 to catch up. 

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Tags: Shipper News, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload, 3PL News