Archive for Guest Commentary – MercuryGate

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on. Solving the challenge and underlying issues will require focus and attention to internal processes, better communication with carriers and partners, and using technology […]

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Five Ways to Be a Shipper of Choice: Lessening Capacity Crunch Impact with a TMS

Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: trucking capacity is tight, really tight. Shippers are paying higher rates, and even with offering higher rates many shippers are seeing rejected loads from the same carriers they relied on for capacity in the past. As trucking companies work to add equipment and to attract drivers, […]

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Top Four Ways to Score Savings Using Freight Optimization Tools

“March Madness” is in full swing in college basketball and some industry analysts might also use a similar term to describe the current transportation environment: “Rate Madness!” Shippers are dealing with higher rates from less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload carriers, new surcharges are being added for service in some cities, and providers are actively turning down […]

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5 Things to Know About U.S.-Mexico Logistics

Trade flowing across the United States-Mexico border has grown exponentially since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was enacted in 1994. It has been further spurred by the trend of nearshoring over the last decade, as American companies have relocated their manufacturing facilities to Mexico to take advantage of a skilled workforce, improving infrastructure, […]

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5 Tips for Surviving (and Possibly Thriving in) a Capacity Shortage

For those who keep a close eye on freight market trends and have lived through past capacity shortages, the signals arrived early this year that the freight market would quickly tighten, and that rates would soon spike. As early as January, you could see that spot rates were ticking upward, and many shippers were trying […]

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How is Your Supply Chain Positioned for the Ocean Carrier Mergers?

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean. Change is the only real constant when managing global supply chains, regardless of the type of goods or any other supply chain attribute; change is driving your supply chain. The most recent change […]

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