Archive for Guest Commentary – enVista

Navigate Shipping Landscape with Proactive Analytics

More than ever, shippers today are feeling the pressure from both customers and carriers. While we live in an age where same-day delivery and free shipping have become customer expectations, we also live in an age where dimensional weighting and quarterly accessorial increases have become a reality from the carrier. Although this may seem like […]

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Keys to a Successful Dropship Implementation

Editor’s Note: For additional insights and advice on this topic, watch the recent Talking Logistics episode featuring Chad Andrews discussing this topic with Adrian Gonzalez. Omni-channel retailers and manufacturers/distributors require agility to compete and thrive in an industry that is ever-changing due in large part to the Amazon Effect. Retailers are adapting their network for […]

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Successful TMS Implementations Begin 6 Months Before Project Kick-off

Why do transportation management systems (TMS) implementations get off track? When the implementation team doesn’t know what they don’t know. A TMS can be implemented successfully, on-time and within budget, but it takes a lot of planning and subject matter expertise, not just around the software, but around the business case, transportation operations, upstream and […]

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2018 Parcel Oversize Changes: Tightening of the Vise

With the 2018 General Rate Increase (GRI), FedEx and UPS are further “tightening the vise” for oversize packages. What Has Changed? Below is a comparison of 2017 vs. 2018 parameters for oversize shipments: Overall, not only are fees increasing to $80 list for both carriers, but the definitions are tightening, and the minimum billable weight […]

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Global Freight Audit: How to Map Out the Best Processes

Companies across the globe are importing and exporting millions of products on a daily basis, and each move comes with its own set of commercial invoice and packing documentation, Incoterms, customs rules, duty and tax implications, data filing and retention requirements, etc. While many companies are doing this, few are truly covering all the requirements […]

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Improving Transportation in the Real World

It’s rare that a shipper or third party logistics (3PL) provider has the luxury to sit back and roll out perfect operations and systems strategies, perfect improvement programs or perfect projects. Yet, many improvement approaches focus on that green field. Ideal transportation operations are difficult to achieve, but an ideal approach to improving transportation in […]

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