CAI Transportation Blog

28 Nov, 2018

Why You Need To Work with a C-TPAT Certified 3PL


Global supply chain professionals have to overcome challenges like navigating natural disasters, filing the right paperwork, and staying compliant with tightening regulations. Global shippers also need to remain vigilant of terrorism and cyber-attacks. These types of crimes can shut down airports and shipping docks which delay shipments and raises costs.

Though completely avoiding terrorism is almost impossible, you can mitigate these risks by working with shipping partners who have the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification.

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21 Nov, 2018

What you need to know about 2018 holiday season logistics for retail + e-commerce


Last year’s holiday season will be a tough act to follow. In 2017, retailers pulled in a staggering $691.9 billion dollars in the United States alone—a 5.5% increase over 2016. While that same level of year-over-year growth may be out of reach, according to the National Retail Federation, this year’s holiday season shopping totals are still projected to increase a healthy 4% over 2017, with estimated totals nearing $720 billion.

These eye-popping sums bring attention to the importance of strong logistics practices in the retail sector. In order to capture the full value of their biggest quarter of the year, traditional retailers and e-commerce operations need to have detailed plans (and backup plans) in place to move their shipments safely and on time.

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14 Nov, 2018

What is the role of rail in today's capacity crunch?

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When you’re managing freight through different touchpoints, you shouldn’t leave rail out of the conversation. Today’s capacity crunch and the role of rail was the central focus of discussion for this year’s North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) bi-annual conference.

As a leader in the global logistics industry, AVP of Sales and Development at CAI Logistics Carl Citelli was a participant on a panel titled, "All modes in a serious crunch: capacity issues in the industry,” to find answers to some burning questions.

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09 Nov, 2018

Warehouse technology that helps increase capacity


Today, logistics managers look for any chance to lower costs and increase capacity. Yet many continue to ignore a huge optimization opportunity: their warehouse.

Despite other industry advancements, traditional warehouses continue to hold onto legacy practices. They use paper logs, inefficient barcodes, and disorganized management software. But with e-commerce demand on the rise, and warehouse capacity shrinking, it’s more important than ever for logistics and warehouse managers to use their space efficiently.

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24 Oct, 2018

3 ways e-commerce is changing the logistics industry


Two decades ago, when e-commerce was a nascent idea, there were very few companies trying to sell products online. Because it took consumers a few years to warm to the idea of online shopping, early e-commerce operations didn’t have the need for the expansive logistics operations that currently power giants like Amazon or Wal-Mart.

However, as e-commerce has caught on and the scale of business has steadily risen, online businesses have had to find more ways to compete in a crowded marketplace. To stand out from the crowd and maintain customer loyalty, most online retailers find themselves continually trying to offer faster, cheaper shipping or easier returns. This often means totally rethinking their fulfillment and logistics processes.

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17 Oct, 2018

What international shippers should know about the recent Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS)


“We are introducing an Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS) as a necessary action to continue offering sustainable services to clients,” Maersk announced on their website on May 2018. Other shipping lines like Cosco, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd have followed suit.

The heat of rising crude oil costs is being felt throughout the global supply chain. In ocean freight, bunker prices have spiked over 20% since April 2018. Carriers are struggling to find ways to cover their losses and have turned to emergency bunker surcharges. But are these surcharges a sustainable solution to the problem?

In this article, we’ll explain the surcharge, the reason behind its implementation, as well as how these surcharges will affect shippers in the global supply chain.

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10 Oct, 2018

The case for quarterly pricing


The economy, consumer confidence, regulations, and capacity/driver availability have created a challenging time for shippers to secure capacity and stabilize pricing. Prior strategies that used annual bids to leverage freight volume with pricing were a great success, but with this recent shift, these plans have yielded mixed results.

So, what can a shipper do to ensure capacity with a reliable range of pricing and still meet their customer’s delivery expectations? It is not only a good time to review who is servicing your customers, but it’s also a great time to review how you secure your pricing.

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03 Oct, 2018

What shrinking warehouse capacity means for shippers + how 3PLs can help


Available warehouse capacity has been on a downward trend for 32 quarters in a row. Companies are looking for bigger, smarter, and more flexible warehouses—but they aren't being built fast enough to meet the booming e-commerce demand.

Building new warehouses is difficult because real estate availability is often rare in urban areas where demand is highest. Meanwhile, existing warehouses are less tech-savvy and slow to upgrade their operations. To serve today’s consumers, warehouses will need to evolve into an intelligent component of the entire global supply chain. In the era of ecommerce, an agile supply chain is critical to maintain a competitive edge.

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27 Sep, 2018

Cybersecurity in supply chains: Are your systems safe?


The collaborative nature of today’s supply chain makes its data more vulnerable than ever. Shippers have to share critical information with an average of 10 other parties before they can complete their routes. Low industry margins make paying for proper cyber protection difficult.

With the digitization of data and strong growth, the logistics industry is an attractive target for hackers. In fact, cyber attacks in logistics rose by 200% in 2017 and will continue to rise in the future.

Let's take a deeper look at why cyber security is a priority and what you can do to safeguard your supply chain.

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20 Sep, 2018

How to choose the best international 3PL partner


In this growing global economy, the demand for affordable and reliable shipping capacity is at a record high. Finding the right international logistics partner will help you navigate the world of advanced logistic technologies, new international trade agreements, and the increasing complexity of global supply chain operations.

Many shipping managers gravitate towards 3PLs with the lowest rates. Price, though an important factor, can mislead you if it’s your primary consideration. Choosing the wrong partner will cost you more in the form of expensive delays, reputation, and time re-routing shipments.

Picking the right international 3PL partner will save you money while making your job easier. To assist you in your evaluation process, here are five important attributes to look for in your next international logistics partner.

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