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The Best Shipping Method for Your Supply Chain: LTL v. Shared Milk Run

Posted: May 30, 2017

In today’s world, there are countless ways that a company can move freight from one location to another.  The global economy also makes cost competition very tight, so it is important for companies to carefully evaluate the manner in which they operate their supply chain.  Below, we examine two methods of shipping: Less than Truckload (LTL) and the Shared Milk Run.  Choosing the most efficient shipping method can have substantial benefits and be just enough … Continue reading

The Benefits of Integrated Supply Chain Management

Posted: May 2, 2017

Having an integrated supply chain sounds impressive, but what does it actually mean and how does it differ from a non-integrated supply chain?  A non-integrated supply chain department is disconnected and functions in silos.  An example of this would be a company that uses their own Dedicated Milk-Run route, LTL shipments, and the occasional Truckload Shipment. Each functions separately and favors activities that benefit only one aspect of the business (perhaps timing, cost, or accuracy, … Continue reading

Top Mexico Supply Chain Services

Posted: April 13, 2017

Mexico is a vital trading partner with the U.S. In 2015 our goods and services trade was an estimated $583 billion dollars. They are our 2nd largest export market and our 3rd largest supplier of imported goods. So to say that intra-Mexico trade is important to the U.S. is an understatement. The massive trade between our nations requires many different supply chain services. Mexican Partner Carriers Having strong partners on each side of the border … Continue reading

Cost-Competitive Intra-Mexico Logistics & Border Transportation

Posted: March 1, 2017

Operating with other countries can often be a complicated matter. Whether with politics, different cultures or languages, there are a myriad of things that can make it difficult. Even with close partners in trade such as the U.S. and Mexico, logistics can be a challenge. That is why it is vital to have a quality logistics company to aid in intra-Mexico trade. It is not just adequate to have a company that will work to … Continue reading

Trump’s Transportation Secretary

Posted: February 1, 2017

 Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. He was probably the most controversial presidential candidate the country has ever seen, but what his presidency will hold is yet to be seen. There have been promising glimpses of what he could do. One of these moves is nominating Elaine Chao to be the Transportation Secretary.

How a Trump Presidency will Affect Logistics Across the Border

Posted: January 16, 2017

While his campaign has seemingly divided a nation, Donald J. Trump will officially be the 45th president of the United States. One of his major campaign promises was to build a wall along the border of Mexico to reduce the amount of illegal immigration and smuggling that occurs there. The plan details have not been finalized and it continues to come under pressure. While those claims have undoubtedly strained some relations with Mexico and caused … Continue reading

Women in Logistics

Posted: November 15, 2016

Women Can Provide Unique Value to Logistics & Supply Chain Management It is no secret that women have experienced inequality in the workplace—from differences in pay, to advancement opportunities, to overall treatment. While women have made positive strides in the fight for equality, gender disparity still exists in many prominent industries, including Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Demanding equality seems easy in theory, but has proven difficult to execute for a plethora of reasons.  A … Continue reading

How Politics Affect Your Bottom Line

Posted: September 1, 2016

Politics are dominating the national conversation in anticipation of the upcoming election, and while opinions are being offered at a discount, the fact of the matter is that political decisions will affect costs in manufacturing, shipping, and receiving. What should companies consider? There are several sectors that will be affected by major policy changes; for instance, oil prices will spike and dip, just as they always have and fears and complications due to terrorist threats … Continue reading

4 Ways to Create an Efficient Transportation Budget in 2017

Posted: August 10, 2016

  We have enjoyed low gas prices this summer, but what will the price of oil be in 2017?  This is just one factor that presents a challenge when planning future transportation budgets.  The complex factors impacting your transportation budget may fluctuate unexpectedly, at times even from day to day. Oil prices, labor rates, and even traffic can affect your budget tremendously.  To some extent, the factors that impact transportation budgets are out of your … Continue reading

Small to Mid-Sized Companies Benefit with Carter Logistics

Posted: July 18, 2016

Supply chain management is a complex, innovative industry, and Carter Logistics drives the solutions that can help companies succeed. Small to mid-sized companies face unique logistics challenges. A small company may excel at manufacturing a competitive product, but not have the resources to manage distribution efficiently. Salespeople may coordinate expedited shipments without realizing that the final shipping and resource costs have made the sale unprofitable. Additionally, errors in distribution or delivery can easily get lost … Continue reading