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Select an Asset-Based Carrier for Drayage to Speed Distribution

Mar 29, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in 3PL Outsourcing, Drayage, Distribution, supply chain cycle time

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Some companies will choose to have their ocean carrier perform “port-to-door” drayage services. While this approach may be convenient, it can also be detrimental to your port-to-market distribution speed as it’s easy to become a small fish in a big ocean carrier pond.  You are likely not a priority shipper to the steamship line, and your containers won’t be their first priority – especially in peak periods.   When you choose the right asset-based carrier for drayage, its assets are as good as yours.

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Happening Now: EV trucking grid could cost $1 trillion

Mar 22, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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FreightWaves reports that the Biden administration’s plan to decarbonize the trucking industry will come with a staggering $1 trillion price tag. This is according to a study released by the Clean Freight Coalition (CFC), which is made up of trucking associations, carriers, truck dealers and truck stop operators.

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Happening Now: Truckers Applaud FMC Container Fee Rule

Mar 15, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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The Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) new ruling on detention and demurrage (D&D) charges, effective May 28, is welcomed by the trucking industry, particularly for those involved in international container transport. Previously, truckers had been burdened with D&D fees levied by ocean carriers for delays at ports and inland rail facilities, awaiting reimbursement from shippers.

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Key considerations in finding an alcohol logistics services provider

Mar 14, 2024 / by Jim Marcoly posted in Temperature Controlled Warehousing, logistics in California, integrated 3PL services, alcohol logistics

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When looking for an alcohol logistics services provider, there are several considerations you should address to ensure that your products will be handled and distributed safely, securely, legally, and efficiently. In this article, we’ll tackle some of the most important of these and help you identify the type of 3PL that may be right for your business.

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Happening Now: US Companies Expand into Mexico

Mar 7, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to Transport Topics, the nearshoring trend, which involves companies moving offshore operations closer to home, has spurred transportation and logistics investments near the Mexican border to leverage expected growth. This movement is underscored by U.S. Census Bureau data highlighting Mexico as the leading importer at 14.8%, reflecting the country's central role in nearshoring practices.

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What to look for in an apparel logistics services provider

Feb 29, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in West Coast Distribution, 3PL Outsourcing, integrated 3PL services

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Economic uncertainty, sustainability initiatives, and a crowded consumer marketplace are just a few of the challenges facing apparel manufacturers at the moment. To mitigate these challenges, apparel brands are increasingly reliant on nimble, flexible 3PL providers that specialize in apparel logistics. Ideally, these partners are not only equipped with the resources and capabilities to execute efficient distribution operations but also possess the agility to adapt to real-time changes. In this article, we’ll examine some of the ways that apparel and clothing 3PLs can support your operations, particularly in the Western US.

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Happening Now: Port of Long Beach cargo volumes up 18% in January

Feb 28, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to Supply Chain Dive, Port of Long Beach volumes reached over 674,000 total TEU in January. This marks an 18% YoY increase from last January. The Port’s CEO, Mario Cordero, attributes the growth to retailers who “stocked their warehouses in January ahead of the slower import activity we typically see during Lunar New Year celebrations.”

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Happening Now: A Shipping-Market Rebound Taking Shape

Feb 23, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the logistics and shipping industry is witnessing signs of recovery after nearly two years of downturn, marked by an increase in demand and rising freight rates as retailers begin to restock inventories.

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Storage of corrosive chemicals: 5 warehousing essentials

Feb 15, 2024 / by David Hooper posted in Logistics Management, Chemical Logistics, Chemical Storage

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The storage of corrosive chemicals, whether liquid or solid, is a tightly controlled process. Many risks present themselves if proper specifications and handling methods are absent. Fires, explosions, leaks and human injury are a few of the unfortunate circumstances that could occur if the warehouse is inadequately constructed, and if warehouse personnel are not sufficiently trained in corrosive storage and handling.

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Happening Now: The Supply Chain Agreement goes into effect this month

Feb 6, 2024 / by Weber Logistics posted in Happening Now

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the Supply Chain Agreement, part of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, will come into effect on February 24, 2024, marking a significant milestone. The agreement, involving 14 partners including the U.S., Australia, and Japan, aims to enhance coordination in building resilient, efficient, and inclusive supply chains, addressing challenges like those seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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