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Impacts of the Extended Black Friday Shopping Season

By Point To Point on November, 14 2022

For decades, shoppers have descended on brick-and-mortar retailers the day after Thanksgiving, eager to scoop up some of the year's best deals. In more recent years, Cyber Monday was added to lengthen the shopping window. Then came Amazon's Prime Day. Then came other online sales days from retailers like Target and Walmart.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
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Veterans Day 2022 - Thank You!

By Averitt Express on November, 10 2022

Over a thousand of our current associates - including drivers, members of our executive team, logistics and operations leaders, and administrative professionals - have served or are currently serving in the military. Hiring military personnel is more than a trend for us. It’s a natural fit.

Topics: Veterans
3 min read

New LTL eBOL API Standard to Drive Industry Efficiencies

By Point To Point on November, 9 2022

On October 24th, the Digital LTL Council of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) announced that it had established a new application programming interface (API) standard for electronic bills of lading (eBOL). This marks the first time in the industry’s history that less-than-truckload has had a standard format for electronically sharing these vital and ubiquitous documents.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Technology LTL

Averitt meets fuel supply concerns with solid planning

By Averitt Express on November, 3 2022

With the shipping industry facing concerns about diesel fuel supplies, the Averitt team is keeping a keen eye on supply and has contingencies in place to keep our customers' freight moving.

Topics: fuel
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The Ongoing Challenge of Driver Detention

By Averitt Express on October, 19 2022

Truck driver detention is nothing new. The issue has been discussed, debated, and argued about for years. Yet, in all that time, the challenge has only worsened – causing increasing ripples across supply chains and throwing off truckload delivery schedules that were already impacted by supply shortages, capacity issues, and an ongoing driver shortage. In this post, we examine some of the contributing factors.

Topics: Industry News Truckload Professionalism Drivers Freight Handling
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The Value of Veterans in Transportation

By Point To Point on October, 5 2022

Hiring military veterans has proven time and time again to be a win-win situation for both transportation companies and the veterans themselves. For our returning servicemen and women, our industry provides a good job, a stable career path, and an opportunity to utilize much of the skills and training gained during the course of military duty.

Topics: Culture
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FDA Food Facility Renewal Registration Begins Oct. 1

By Point To Point on September, 29 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin accepting food facility registration renewals on Oct. 1, 2022, and continue through the end of the calendar year.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
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CBP Is Increasing Their User Fees, Oct. 1, 2022

By Point To Point on September, 28 2022

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted notice of an increase in user fees, effective October 1, 2022. According to the agency, this is an effort to help offset rising inflation in the country. Importers will see an increase in their U.S. Customs user fees—minimum and maximum Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF).

Topics: International
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The Role Of Technology in Driver Safety

By Point To Point on September, 19 2022

Trucking is an indispensable part of the US economy, accounting for roughly 70% of all goods transported nationwide. Truck driving is also the most common job in roughly 28 of the country’s 50 states. 

Yet every time a truck driver gets behind the wheel, they face risks. The occupation ranks among the most dangerous in America, with upwards of 766 fatal injuries annually. Although 80% of these accidents are caused by cars and other passenger vehicles, accidents can also be caused by any number of factors – such as careless handling of the truck, driver fatigue, and equipment failure.

Topics: Safety Professionalism training
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Large Railroad Labor Unions Strike Update

By Point To Point on September, 12 2022

UPDATE (Nov 22, 2022): With recent announcements from several railroad unions on Nov 21 about a failure to come to an agreement on work contract updates, the industry is on watch once again for a potential strike by rail workers as early as December 9, 2022. Averitt will continue to monitor the discussions and updates in order to provide continuity of professional service to our customers as this situation continues to develop.

Topics: International Supply Chain Rail LTL Freight Handling
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Foreign Trade Zones and bonded warehouses: Clearing up misconceptions

By Point To Point on August, 24 2022

For all the variables of international commerce – with its endless combinations of commodities, origins, and destinations – there are still some things all shippers have in common: a desire to streamline the supply chain and reduce freight costs.

Topics: International Regulations
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AudioFormz and Averitt partner to deliver sound with style

By Point To Point on August, 11 2022

 
AudioFormz—an exciting company based in beautiful   Canton, Texas that outfits UTVs, side-by-sides, and golf carts with audio equipment and lighting accessories — has partnered with Averitt to become one of the flagship accounts in Averitt's new Asia Express Service, delivering from China all the way to Dallas, Texas. The power of one provider for a cutting-edge company like AudioFormZ is proving to be an effective and powerful match. 
Topics: International Supply Chain Case Study LTL
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Tactics to Improve Driver Retention

By Point To Point on August, 1 2022

The issue of driver retention is an ongoing challenge in the transportation industry. Not only has it become harder to find qualified drivers, but recruiting, vetting, and training them is more time-consuming and expensive than ever.

Topics: Careers Recruiting Drivers Trucking longevity driving Driver Appreciation
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The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: What to Know

By Point To Point on July, 27 2022

On June 21, 2022, The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) took effect, effectively banning the import of all goods made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China. President Biden signed this law on December 23, 2021, after it overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress. In addition to giving the government additional tools to enforce U.S. forced labor laws, the new law includes a statutory presumption that all goods from Xinjiang are made with forced labor.

Topics: International Importing
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Cargo Thieves Are Switching Targets – And Tactics

By Point To Point on July, 6 2022

It’s an unfortunate reality of the business – cargo has always been vulnerable to theft.

Topics: Freight Handling security
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Choosing the Right TMS for Any Size Business

By Point To Point on June, 17 2022

Along with the cost of staffing and materials, shipping and transportation management consistently ranks as one of the most expensive items in a company’s budget.

Topics: Truckload TMS LTL Trucking
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Optimizing Fuel Use in Your Supply Chain

By Point To Point on June, 2 2022

The rising cost and decreased supply of fuel continue to pose a significant challenge for shippers and carriers alike. Ongoing concerns over inflation, foreign wars, and economic uncertainty have only exacerbated the problem, with the national average price of diesel fuel soaring past previous records. As of May 16, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported an average increase of $2.37 over a year ago, with sections of the East Coast seeing hikes of $3 or more.

Topics: Trucking sustainability efficiency fuel
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Delays in Commercial Truck and Trailer Production

By Point To Point on May, 13 2022

As the Wall Street Journal reported in September of last year, the global shortage of computer chips fueled by the pandemic has dramatically affected commercial truck and trailer production.

Topics: less-than-truckload LTL
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The Rise of Micro-Fulfillment Centers

By Point To Point on May, 9 2022

It’s no secret that the last decade has seen a dramatic rise in e-commerce. While as recently as 2011, the segment accounted for barely 5% of retail sales, that percentage has grown steadily – reaching nearly 20% in 2021. And forecasts indicate that by 2025, e-commerce will make up roughly a quarter of all global retail sales. 

Topics: Distribution Warehouse Management System
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Section 301 Exclusions Being Reinstated?

By Point To Point on March, 28 2022

As the subject line suggests, there has been a recent (March 23, 2022) development out of the office of the US Trade Representative that offers some hope to companies that had previously been subject to exclusions to the Sec. 301 duties against China.

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
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Cargo Insurance Coverage: The Benefits Outweigh The Risks

By Point To Point on March, 18 2022

On March 1, 2022, the Felicity Ace sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Traveling from Germany to the U.S., the ship was carrying thousands of luxury cars from Volkswagen, including Porsches, Lamborghinis, and Bentleys. According to Reuters, without international cargo insurance coverage the financial losses could equal upwards of $155 million.

Topics: International Supply Chain
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Virco & Averitt: An Enduring Supply Chain Partnership

By Point To Point on March, 14 2022

For over 15 years, the relationship between Averitt and Virco, an American manufacturer and supplier of school furniture and equipment, has continued to thrive and grow. From standard LTL services to dedicated fleet operations, and international forwarding, Averitt helps Virco deliver first-class delivery experience to schools and officeseven through the most challenging of times.

Topics: International Supply Chain Case Study Trucking
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The Truck Driver Shortage: Moving Forward

By Point To Point on March, 7 2022

Anyone who follows transportation news is already well aware that America is facing a shortage of commercial truck drivers. According to estimates from the American Trucking Association, the United States currently needs more than 80,000 additional truck drivers – a number that could swell beyond 160,000 by the year 2030.

Topics: Industry News Trucking
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Flowserve & Averitt: A Partnership Built To Succeed

By Point To Point on February, 25 2022

With more than 15,000 associates and 300+ locations around the globe, Flowserve is one of the largest industrial and environmental machinery suppliers. And with a history that dates back over 200 years, the organization knows a thing or two about the critical importance of building strong partnerships with its service providers.

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study Trucking
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Carta Porte: New Invoices & Obligations For Mexico Shipments

By Point To Point on February, 21 2022

On May 1, 2021, the Tax Administration Service (SAT by its Spanish acronym), published on its website the electronic document called Complemento carta porte (Carta Porte) or Bill of Lading supplement.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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2022 State of the Supply Chain [Video]

By Point To Point on February, 11 2022

Following the release of the results from the 7th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey, Averitt's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kent Williams, recently sat down to discuss the results with the Commercial Carrier Journal's Matt Cole and Jason Cannon.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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The Panama Canal's Impact On Pandemic-Stretched Supply Chains

By Point To Point on February, 4 2022

The newly-expanded Panama Canal was opened on June 26, 2016. Three years later, we addressed the impact that the Panama Canal expansion had made on supply chains to that point.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
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The Elephant in the Container: International Supply Chain Struggles

By Point To Point on January, 27 2022

In the last week of December 2021, more than 100 container ships were anchored outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. While that wasn’t the all-time high up until that point, the sheer number shows just how backed up the international supply chain currently is as we begin the new year. With that said, 2021 was a year that shippers, especially those involved with imports, will never forget.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Shipping Freight From The U.S. To Canada

By Point To Point on January, 26 2022

The United States and Canada share the longest international border (at 5,525 miles) and the strongest bilateral trade relationship (with nearly $2 billion exchanged every day) of any two countries in the world. In fact, the U.S. is by far the dominant point of origin for goods imported into Canada, with China a distant second. A key reason for that strong relationship is the relative ease of transporting goods from one country to another via truck, which is supported by more than 120 land ports-of-entry lining the border.

Topics: International Supply Chain Trucking
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The Impact of Vaccine Mandates On Cross-Border Supply Chains

By Point To Point on January, 26 2022

On January 22nd, the U.S. government issued a rule that requires truck drivers entering the country to be fully vaccinated. Notably, this applies to Canadian and Mexican truck drivers that are heavily involved in the cross-border flow of materials and products to and from the U.S. The impact of the new rule could have consequences for many shippers and supply chains that rely on cross-border trade.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Truckload
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North America Cross-Border Trade Continues Upward Trend

By Point To Point on January, 25 2022

Mexico became the top trade partner of the U.S. for the very first time in 2019. Though the title went back to China for 2020, Mexico took the crown again throughout the majority of last year. Adding fuel to the fire that is growing trade throughout North America is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which went into effect in July 2020. The strength of trade between the three nations may become even stronger due to the challenges seen during the pandemic.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Shippers Seek Off-Road Alternatives For Long Haul Freight

By Point To Point on January, 24 2022

The challenges at the ports and with strained capacity on the road have many shippers seeking alternative solutions. And given that 57% of the respondents in the 7th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey experienced delays with their truckload moves in 2021, it makes sense to see a surge in interest for air and rail services.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Will Truckload Challenges Persist In 2022?

By Point To Point on January, 21 2022

One of the biggest misconceptions of the driver shortage is that it refers to all truck drivers in general. While there is a continued need to fill driver positions of all types, it is the over-the-road positions that are the hardest to fill.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Shippers Forecast Continued LTL Growth In 2022

By Point To Point on January, 20 2022

In the 7th annual State of the North American Survey, 76% of our respondents said they will ship more this year (an all-time high for our survey). We also gave shippers a list of 20 different services and asked them to select the ones they used in 2021. All but one service saw a slight decline in use compared to 2020. Ninety-six percent of respondents said they used less-than-truckload (LTL) services in 2021. That marked a 2 percentage point uptick from the previous year.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Final Mile & Warehousing: Shipper Needs More Apparent Than Ever

By Point To Point on January, 19 2022

During the first year of the pandemic, online shopping surged as more consumers sought an alternative to crowded marketplaces. According to Digital Commerce 360 (DC360), e-commerce sales experienced an astounding 32.4% year-over-year growth in 2020. Last year, however, the widespread availability of vaccines and periods of lower COVID-19 cases led more shoppers back out into the brick-and-mortar environment.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Retail Trucking Freight Handling
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2022 State of the North American Supply Chain Results (White Paper)

By Point To Point on January, 18 2022

In late 2021, we asked shippers to participate in our 7th annual State of the North American Supply Chain survey. The purpose of the survey is gauge the challenges that shippers faced over the course of 2021, and to gain a better understanding of what they believe will be their biggest challenges in 2022. 

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Shippers Look Ahead to 2022 After Whirlwind Year

By Point To Point on January, 18 2022

The seventh annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey was conducted in late 2021. The goal of the survey was to gauge the challenges that shippers faced in 2021 and to gain a better understanding of their outlook heading into the new year. More than 1,800 shippers across a wide range of industries shared their input and experiences.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Ongoing Port Delays & Challenges Facing Global Supply Chains

By Point To Point on November, 23 2021

As the 2021 holiday retail season kicks in, many shippers are facing a wide range of dilemmas. From manufacturing and port delays abroad to extended wait times for cargo ships to be unloaded in the U.S., supply chain disruptions are almost daily occurrences. So what is happening, and more importantly, what can shippers do about it?

Topics: International Supply Chain
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Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2021

By Point To Point on November, 23 2021

Every year, carriers around the nation encourage shippers and the general public to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NDAW).

Topics: Industry News Culture Trucking
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3 Often-Overlooked Ways to Create a More Sustainable Supply Chain

By Point To Point on November, 23 2021

Consumers and companies alike are more conscientious about their environmental impact than ever before. Every day, organizations are expected to meet increasingly strict sustainability standards.

And supply chains are particular objects of scrutiny.

Topics: Supply Chain Freight Handling
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Why Reverse Logistics Matter to Your Supply Chain Success

By Point To Point on November, 23 2021

The meteoric rise in e-commerce over the last several years has led to unprecedented retail sales. Unfortunately, it has also led to an unprecedented number of returns. It’s estimated that 30% of online orders are returned, as opposed to just under 9% for goods purchased from a brick & mortar retailer. Tracking these aftermarket activities can provide insight into your overall logistics management. Which is why shippers and suppliers alike need a sound reverse logistics plan.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Freight Handling
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Transportation Management Systems: Simplify Your Shipping Efforts

By Point To Point on November, 23 2021

The term ‘Transportation Management System’ has become increasingly common in the logistics industry as companies look for ways to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Topics: Supply Chain Technology Freight Handling
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Cross-Docking: Saving Time & Money For Shippers

By Point To Point on March, 24 2021

When it comes to volume shipments, distribution can become complex. From managing multiple pickup and delivery points across less-than-truckload and truckload operations, finding ways to increase efficiency and reduce overall costs is an achievable goal. Utilizing cross-docking services is a prime example of how shippers can find ways to save time, money and paperwork.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking Freight Handling
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Supply Chain Disruptions: When Unexpected Disasters Hit

By Point To Point on February, 24 2021

Supply chain disruptions tend to strike when we least expect them. In many cases, they are often the result of events that are out of our control. From inclement weather to international relations, and even pandemics, on-time freight delivery can never be fully guaranteed. However, planning ahead and communicating with consumers can help shippers and service providers reduce the impact. 

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking
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A Bumpy Year For International Shippers in 2020

By Point To Point on January, 19 2021

One of the primary driving forces behind supply chain disruptions in 2020 was international trade. In previous years, ongoing trade negotiations and back-and-forth tariff fights were the major topic of tensions among international shippers. However, it was the pandemic that led to large-scale challenges for cargo moving by sea and air.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Planning Ahead For The Months Ahead In 2021

By Point To Point on January, 19 2021

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we can never fully rely on predictions to make all our decisions. The emergence of the pandemic was an invisible enemy that forced shippers and service providers to adapt and change plans without hesitation.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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eOn Sanitizing Mist: Company In Motion Makes A Continuous Spray

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

Many shippers have modified their operations to adapt in a COVID-19 world. In some cases, that’s meant responding to supply challenges. In others, it’s meant changing their manufacturing process to produce badly needed safety equipment.

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study Trucking Freight Handling
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A COVID-19 Vaccine Will Have Rippling Supply Chain Effects

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

This will certainly go down in history as one of the most challenging years shippers have ever faced.  However, it is the events that may unfold in the months ahead that will be written about in articles and industry textbooks for years and even decades to come.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking Freight Handling
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Yukon Outfitters: Pivoting In A Pandemic

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

It would be fair to say that Yukon Outfitters has always had a knack for “adaptation.” For proof, you don’t have to look any further than the story of how the company got its start.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Case Study
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Visual Comfort & Co.: Investing In Tech, Investing In People

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

It's a story as American as apple pie: A lighting salesman begins tinkering with manufacturing designs of his own, using nights and weekends to build lamps in his garage. Over time, he starts selling them to mom-and-pop lighting stores, until he can afford to buy a space in a popular industry trade show.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Case Study
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Shippers And The Pandemic Dilemma

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

The first half of 2020 was one of the most challenging periods in modern history for communities and shippers. While planning for supply chain disruptions has always been a standard practice for shippers, it is fair to say that no one could have anticipated the dilemmas that came as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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The Road Ahead: Ground Freight Amid COVID-19

By Point To Point on September, 21 2020

In the early part of 2020, many businesses across the globe were temporarily shut down due to local
mandates and precautionary measures. As a result, sales across many different industries significantly
slowed.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Duties Under List 3 & List 4A From China May Be Refunded

By Point To Point on September, 16 2020

As many of you may know, there have been a significant number of US importers that import products from China that have been severely impacted by Section 301 duties covering several specific items over the past two years.

Topics: International Tariffs
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'Made in Hong Kong' Must Now Say 'Made in China'

By Point To Point on August, 13 2020

In response to a new security law imposed by China on the citizens of Hong Kong, the Trump Administration on July 14 removed the special trading privileges that had been in place for Hong Kong, and changed them to reflect the current trading relationship with the People's Republic of China.
Topics: International Tariffs
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What You Need To Know About The New USMCA

By Point To Point on July, 16 2020

June 30, 2020 marked the end of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The NAFTA was put into place in 1994 to bolster trade between the US, Canada, and Mexico by reducing or eliminating trade barriers — primarily tariffs (duties). The agreement increased trade between the three nations from $290 billion in 1993 to more than $1.3 trillion in 2017.

Topics: International Supply Chain Trucking
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Tariff Update: Exemptions Expire On Nearly 100 Chinese Products

By Point To Point on July, 10 2020

Nearly 100 items have lost their previous exemption status from China 301 tariffs. The sudden loss of exemption status for these products went into effect on July 9.
Topics: International Tariffs
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How To Keep Import History & Volume Confidential For 2 Years At A Time

By Point To Point on June, 30 2020

We get asked many times a year by clients how they can keep their import shipment history confidential.  US Customs has created a new portal where companies can request confidentiality for their shipment history, including origins, product variety, volumes and numerous other data elements. This system allows shippers to protect their sensitive commercial data from their competitors.
Topics: International Supply Chain
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Supply Chain Trends: Carriers & Technology Amid The Pandemic

By Averitt Express on June, 25 2020

It’s fair to say that the broader trucking industry has generally been a bit slow to adopt new technologies. However, the last few years have seen definite progress in everything from automation to digitalization. Even so, that progress has come at a steady, measured pace.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Incoterms 2020: What Shippers Need To Know

By Averitt Express on May, 20 2020

On January 1, 2020 Incoterms 2020 went into effect. These rules from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) establish guidelines for how shipments are handled between buyers and sellers in different countries.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
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COVID-19 Impact On Transportation Service Updates

By Point To Point on April, 16 2020

Update: 4/8/2020 Capacity in the LTL markets are currently available to meet the majority of customer needs. This is especially true when it comes to essential goods that are moving to retailers. Even when it comes to meeting MABD and OTIF agreements with retailers, Averitt is positioned to ensure that shippers meet their delivery windows.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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USMCA: How The 'New NAFTA' Will Impact The Trucking Industry

By Point To Point on April, 15 2020

On January 16th, the long-delayed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was passed by the United States Senate by a vote of 89 to 10. On January 29th, President Trump signed it into effect. This agreement, drawn up as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of 1994, offers many modifications that are expected to provide an uptick in cross-border trade.

Topics: International Supply Chain Trucking
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The Impact Of E-Commerce On LTL Shipping

By Point To Point on March, 12 2020

E-commerce represents one of the single greatest factors impacting the future of LTL freight. In just two years — from 2017 to 2019 — e-commerce grew from roughly 11 percent of retail sales in the U.S. to nearly 17 percent. And that number will only continue to rise.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Freight Handling
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Freight Consolidation: The Benefits and Drawbacks

By Point To Point on February, 27 2020

As demand has risen in both brick-and-mortar and e-commerce supply chains, shippers have been faced with a challenge. Smaller and more frequent orders mean shorter lead times and less product to fill a truck. That forces consumer packaged goods (CPG) shippers to use less-than-truckload services more often.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking Freight Handling
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The Supply Chain In The Clouds

By Point To Point on February, 14 2020

Cloud-based technology is rapidly becoming more than just an outlier or a luxury. Businesses around the world have recognized the potential that a cloud-based supply chain strategy has to dramatically increase both efficiency and profitability.

Topics: Supply Chain Technology
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How the Coronavirus is Impacting Shipping Options

By Point To Point on February, 10 2020

In addition to the human toll, the spread of the deadly Coronavirus has created challenges for international supply chain operations.
Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
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Innovations and Emerging Technologies Driving Future Supply Chains

By Point To Point on February, 4 2020

More and more, supply chains seem to be in a constant state of flux – with rapid changes in both technology and customer expectations producing volatility for carriers and shippers alike. Because of its role at the forefront for the battle for customer loyalty, the supply chain has become a critical competitive weapon as companies strive to set themselves apart.

Topics: Supply Chain
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Tariff Update: New Tariffs on Steel & Aluminum Products

By Point To Point on February, 3 2020

In a Presidential Proclamation published on January 29, President Trump announced that additional Section 232 tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum are being applied on derivative articles that circumvent existing duties.
Topics: International Tariffs
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2020 Survey: Non-Traditional Freight Moves & Looking Ahead (Part 3)

By Point To Point on January, 29 2020

In late 2019, more than 1,800 shippers participated in our 5th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results. Click here to download the full white paper.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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2020 Survey: Truckload & International Shipping Expectations (Part 2)

By Point To Point on January, 28 2020

In late 2019, more than 1,800 shippers participated in our 5th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results. Click here to download the full white paper.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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2020 Survey: Shaky End To The Decade, But Signs of Hope Exist (Part 1)

By Point To Point on January, 27 2020

In late 2019, more than 1,800 shippers participated in our 5th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results. Click here to download the full white paper.

Toward the end of last year, we invited shippers from a wide variety of industries to participate in our fifth annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. Our goal was to gauge the challenges that shippers faced in 2019 and to gain a better understanding of their outlook heading into the new year. More than 1,800 individuals from across North America participated.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Tariff Update: China Trade Deal (Phase 1) - What Happens Now?

By Point To Point on January, 17 2020

On January 15,  the US and China signed a long-awaited trade deal. For the first time in over 2 years, we have interrupted the forward march of increasing duties across a wider and broader scope of products that are imported from China. 
Topics: International Tariffs
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The Role & Importance of White Glove Services

By Point To Point on January, 7 2020

For a logistics or delivery company to claim that they offer “unmatched care” when it comes to handling shipments is nothing new. There is, however, a growing trend you’ve undoubtedly heard of that takes this concept even further – white glove service.

Topics: Supply Chain Freight Handling
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3 Major Transportation Trends to Watch in 2020

By Point To Point on December, 19 2019

The last few weeks have shown that the volatility we saw earlier in 2019 is far from over. From high profile bankruptcies to the announcement (and debate) of a new North American Free Trade Agreement, many factors are working together to create widespread uncertainty in the industry. But despite this, there are a few key areas where the lessons of 2019 can show us where impacts will likely be felt by carriers and shippers alike.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Tariff Update: Phase One Deal Reached With China

By Point To Point on December, 16 2019

President Trump announced on Friday, Dec. 13 the details of a   Phase One  trade deal reached with China that will result in the additional 15% duty on what is known as List 4B will NOT go into effect as planned. In addition, the increase of List 4A duties from 15% to 25% that was scheduled to take effect on Dec. 15 will also not go into effect.
Topics: International Tariffs
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Bargain Hunt: Helping a Successful Retailer Take the Next Step

By Point To Point on November, 14 2019

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study Trucking Freight Handling
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Florida Georgia Line: The Logistics of a “Country”-Wide Tour

By Point To Point on October, 15 2019

Since exploding on the scene in 2012, Florida Georgia Line has amassed one of the largest followings in country music. And those passionate fans had the chance to see them up close during their 2019 “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” tour.

Topics: Supply Chain
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Tariff Delay = Tariff Relief

By Point To Point on October, 14 2019

Over the weekend, President Trump announced via Twitter that he would be delaying "indefinitely" the increase of 5% duties that was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15 for all goods covered by Lists 1-3 and 4A. He is also postponing indefinitely the application of List 4B which was scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 15.
Topics: International Tariffs
4 min read

7 Tips to Improve Freight Density in the Dimensioning Era

By Point To Point on October, 1 2019

As use of dimensioning machines becomes more widespread in the LTL industry, a dramatic shift is underway in how shipping rates are calculated. While the impact of this will certainly be felt throughout the industry, there are several steps both shippers and carriers can take to make sure they benefit from the change.

Topics: Supply Chain Freight Handling
5 min read

The Global Supply Chain Shuffling Game

By Point To Point on September, 5 2019

As trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies continue, companies around the world are moving to reduce their dependence on Chinese factories.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
1 min read

All Sec. 301 China Duties to Increase an Additional 5%

By Point To Point on August, 26 2019

The trade dispute between China and the US heated up again on Friday as China announced their intent to raise the amount of duties they collect on US goods by 5-10% on roughly $75 billion of trade.  President Trump tweeted he would have a reply by the end of the day, and true to his word, he announced that he was adding 5% to all of the previously enacted or announced duties, including the List  4-A  and  4-B  products.  The official statement from the US Trade Representative can be found   HERE.  There has not been an announcement in the Federal Register as yet, but that will be coming probably later this week.
Topics: International Tariffs
4 min read

Why Are So Many Carriers Shutting Down?

By Point To Point on August, 26 2019

As we move into the final quarters of 2019, one thing has become clear; the year has taken a toll on many carriers. Several have closed their doors since the beginning of the year – a fact that has an impact on other carriers and shippers alike.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
2 min read

China Tariffs: List 4 is Coming!

By Point To Point on August, 14 2019

The USTR just posted yesterday an announcement on their website that the feared List 4 group of products ($300 Billion) will be hit beginning Sept 1. The listing, however, has been split into 2 parts, which are being called List 4A (Click here to view), and List 4B (Click here to view). List 4A will be charged at 10%, but is planned to rise to 25% on December 15 when List 4B is effective.

Topics: International Tariffs
3 min read

Will Your Carriers Be ELD Compliant In Time?

By Point To Point on August, 9 2019

It’s been a long road to be sure, but the end is finally in sight. December 16th of this year marks the end of the three phase implementation process for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). This congressionally-mandated rule is meant to create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status data. 

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
3 min read

Sec. 301 Duties: How to Benefit from an Exclusion

By Point To Point on August, 5 2019

There have been a lot of questions regarding Sec. 301 duties, and how they apply (or not) to our clients' import products. A comprehensive list of all tariff numbers subject to the various tariff actions known as Lists 1-4 can be viewed here. Lately, there has been a big push for companies to see if their products will be eligible for an official exclusion from these additional costs. We have tried to summarize the main points below regarding the current state of these exclusions and how to go about applying for one if you choose.  

Topics: International Tariffs
2 min read

Receiving Notices To Increase Continuous Bond Amount?

By Point To Point on August, 1 2019

Ever since the new 25% tariffs on China have gone into effect, many importers are receiving notices from their bonding company or from Customs directly that say the importer's current Continuous Bond amount is no longer sufficient, and it must be raised (rather quickly) to a new, higher minimum amount. Please do not ignore these notices!

Topics: International Tariffs
1 min read

Traffic Mitigation Fee At POLA & POLB Set To Rise

By Point To Point on July, 29 2019

Please be aware that on August 1, 2019, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF), also known as PierPass, at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase by 1.9 percent. The adjustment matches the combined 1.9 percent increase in longshore wage and assessment rates that took effect June 29.

Topics: International
2 min read

Ed Sheeran: The Logistics Behind 2018's Biggest Tour

By Point To Point on July, 26 2019

 

As one of the world’s biggest musical artists, Ed Sheeran doesn’t do things halfway. That was definitely the case with his 2018 North American Stadium Tour in support of his Grammy-winning third album, “Divide.”

Topics: Supply Chain
3 min read

Establishing A Quality Relationship With Your Driver

By Point To Point on July, 12 2019

At its heart, transportation is still a personal business. For all the talk of technology and logistics, it remains an industry built on people dealing with other people. To that end, building and maintaining strong relationships makes the process better for everyone.

Topics: Culture
1 min read

International Market Update: Requesting an Exclusion From China Tariffs Covered by List 3

By Point To Point on July, 10 2019

The web portal (Click here to visit) for submitting exclusion requests for the third round (tranche) of China tariffs to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is now open through Sept. 30. Parties must register on the portal before submitting exclusion requests, which can include a range of similar goods for products defined in the request. Challenges to exclusion requests must be posted within 14 days.

Topics: International Tariffs
3 min read

Understanding Fuel Surcharges In Freight Shipping

By Point To Point on June, 26 2019

No matter what type of shipping option you use, there’s one fact everyone learns pretty quickly – fuel surcharges can add up in a hurry.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking
4 min read

Looking Ahead in 2019: Truckload Trends To Be Aware Of

By Point To Point on June, 17 2019

We’re well into 2019, and several trends have emerged that shippers should keep an eye on as the year progresses.

Overall, there’s great uncertainty regarding the full truckload industry for 2019. Trucking is undergoing a transformation as e-commerce, capacity issues, regulations, and other factors reshape the supply chain landscape. 

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
1 min read

International Market Update: Are Mexico Tariff Changes Possible?

By Averitt Express on May, 31 2019

As many shippers may have noticed or heard at the end of May, President Trump has announced a plan to implement new tariffs on ALL goods arriving from Mexico beginning as soon as June 10, 2019. The duty rates would start at 5% on June 10 and increase monthly by an additional 5% until they reach 25% or until Mexico does enough to satisfy the President's requests that they do more to stem the flow of illegal immigrants through their country.  

Topics: International Tariffs
6 min read

3 Years Later: The Impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on Supply Chains

By Point To Point on May, 28 2019

On June 26, 2016, the expanded Panama Canal was opened. At the time, there was fanfare a’plenty, with the Panama Canal Authority’s public relations department declaring that the long-delayed opening “...Ushers in a New Era of Global Trade.” Three years later, it’s time to assess whether or not the expanded canal has lived up to these lofty promises – and just what impact it’s had on shipping in the U.S. 

Topics: International Supply Chain
4 min read

5 Tips For Properly Packaging LTL Shipments

By Point To Point on May, 15 2019

The LTL shipping industry is busier than ever. As a result, space within trucks is also tighter than ever before. This places added responsibility on the shoulders of shippers and carriers to ensure that each shipment is packaged as safely and efficiently as possible.

Topics: Supply Chain Freight Handling
1 min read

International Market Update: China Raises Duties on U.S. Exports

By Point To Point on May, 14 2019

China has responded to the latest round of 25% tariff increases the United Sates has imposed on their goods as they enter the US.

In response to the U.S. raising our own List 3 tariffs to 25% on $200 billion in goods, China announced on May 13 that it was raising the tariffs $60 billion of US goods covered on 4 lists they had previously identified. The four product lists carry specific duty rates – 25% (List 1), 20% (List 2), 10% (List 3) or 5% (List 4).

Topics: International Supply Chain Tariffs
1 min read

International Market Update: Sec. 301 Duties Increasing On Friday, May 10

By Point To Point on May, 8 2019

In the face of massive uncertainty on the status of the US/China trade negotiations, importers should be aware that the duty rate for List 3 products is planned to increase from 10% to 25%, as early as 12:01 AM Friday (May 10th, 2019). This is noted in the Federal Register (Click here to view).

Topics: International Supply Chain Tariffs
3 min read

International Market Update: 3rd Round of Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions

By Point To Point on April, 23 2019

The office of the United States Trade Representative has released a new and updated listing of products that are now excluded from coverage under Sec. 301 duties implemented last year. These exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018 and will be effective until April 18, 2020. A summary of the exclusion list is copied below.  

Topics: International Supply Chain Tariffs
3 min read

5 Tips For a Successful Residential Delivery

By Point To Point on April, 17 2019

The demand for final mile and white glove delivery services is rapidly growing for large and heavy products that aren't suitable for parcel shipping. These types of residential deliveries generally require the use of two-man delivery teams. Pulling off a successful final mile delivery, however, will require planning and actions on behalf of the recipient. 

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Freight Handling
1 min read

Prepare For Freight Delays At The U.S. & Mexico Border

By Point To Point on April, 1 2019

Updates

Aug. 5: On August 4th, President Trump backed off the threat to shut down points of entry along the U.S. and Mexico border. However, the current situation has not changed the fact that drivers are facing long waits to cross. Some drivers are waiting eight hours or more to get through customs. 


Original Article

Amid growing tensions surrounding the U.S. and Mexico border, shippers need to prepare for expected shipment delays. Following an influx of Central American migrants arriving at the border, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is shuffling personnel and assets around to manage the situation. As a result, many officers and inspectors that are generally tasked with checking trucks and freight moving back and forth across the border are being temporarily reassigned to work more closely with migrants. 

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
5 min read

Walmart OTIF Compliance: Guide To Improve Shipping Performance

By Point To Point on March, 19 2019

**Updated to reflect changes to Walmart's OTIF requirements in March 2021

Walmart maintains one of the most complex supply chains. It is also one of the most efficient. To keep its shelves stocked and customers happy, the retailer relies on countless suppliers. Ensuring mutual success, the suppliers are required to follow On Time In Full (OTIF) guidelines.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
4 min read

Warehousing and Distribution Services: Tips For Cost-Efficient Logistics

By Point To Point on February, 27 2019

Over the past several years, two important challenges have developed for supply chains. First, the growth of online shopping has increased shipping volumes and demand for quick deliveries to consumers. Secondly, the driver shortage has strained freight capacity across multiple areas of the supply chain process.

Together, these challenges have forced shippers to rethink their warehousing and distribution services strategy. This is especially true for shippers that move mid to high volumes of freight across multiple markets.

To that point, look at Amazon's warehousing and distribution services model. Marketplace shippers (and increasingly Amazon's own line of products) sell to customers throughout North America and around the globe. To keep customer prices under control, Amazon understands the value in local and regional warehousing and distribution services.

With approximately 75 fulfillment centers and 25 sortation centers in the U.S. alone, the company's supply chain is structured to reduce final mile transit times and costs. This structure allows sellers to stage inventory across multiple key markets rather than having to ship individual orders hundreds or even thousands of miles.

Well, that warehousing and distribution services strategy is great for Amazon's sellers, but what about B2B and B2C shippers that sell and move products independently? It goes without saying that most businesses lack the capital to build a supply chain infrastructure on the scale of Amazon. Nonetheless, local and regional fulfillment solutions are increasingly becoming available to shippers to meet the growing demands of today's supply chain.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Freight Handling
3 min read

Intermodal Shipping: 3 Reasons To Ship By Rail

By Point To Point on February, 7 2019

Transportation costs can quickly eat into budgets that involve long haul shipments. As more businesses struggle to find long haul capacity due to the driver shortage, intermodal shipping is increasingly a viable option. 

Topics: Intermodal
2 min read

2019 Shipper Survey: Shippers Feel Impact Of Tariffs (Part 3)

By Point To Point on January, 21 2019

In late 2018, more than 2,300 shippers participated in our 4th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
2 min read

2019 Shipper Survey: Shippers Slightly Less Optimistic Heading Into 2019 (Part 1)

By Point To Point on January, 21 2019

In late 2018, more than 2,300 shippers participated in our 4th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results.

For most, 2018 was a very robust year in terms of business growth and shipping. According to the
Commerce Department, the gross domestic product (GDP) reached a 3.5 percent annualized rate in the third quarter. Driven by the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package, businesses took advantage of increased consumer spending to make investments over the course of the year.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
1 min read

2019 Shipper Survey: 2018 Challenges & Improvements (Part 2)

By Point To Point on January, 21 2019

In late 2018, more than 2,300 shippers participated in our 4th annual State of the North American Supply Chain Survey. The following article examines a portion of the results.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
1 min read

2019 State of the North American Supply Chain Results (White Paper)

By Point To Point on January, 21 2019

In late 2018, we asked shippers to participate in our 4th annual State of the North American Supply Chain survey. The purpose of the survey is gauge the challenges that shippers faced over the course of 2018, and to gain a better understanding of what they believe will be their biggest challenges in 2019. 

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
2 min read

Planning For Freight Challenges & Opportunities Ahead In 2019

By Point To Point on December, 17 2018

More than a decade after the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression, the U.S. economy now sits high amid a period of low unemployment and low inflation. In an October speech, Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, touted economic forecasts as having a “remarkably positive outlook.” Still, many shippers and businesses are uncertain how the path to sustainable growth will look as numerous challenges to supply chains persist.

Topics: International Industry News Retail Trucking
1 min read

International Market Update: 3 Tariff Rounds To Be Aware Of

By Point To Point on December, 12 2018

CHINA TARIFFS  --  There are currently 3 rounds of increases targeting 3 different groups of products and HTS#’s from China, PRC.   Click on the yellow numbers below to access the HTS listing for each round. 

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
2 min read

Managing The Surge In Post-Holiday Reverse Logistics

By Point To Point on November, 26 2018

One of the most challenging aspects of the holiday season, particularly for retail shipping, can be the aftermath. Many purchases are often returned due to damages, wrong sizes and a variety of other reasons. To recoup losses, businesses are often able to ship the returned goods back to their suppliers for a refund or rebate.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
2 min read

5 Tips For Easy Cross-Border Shipping With Canada

By Point To Point on October, 31 2018

Do you ship to or from Canada? If so, you know there’s no shortage of paperwork and shipping rules involved when shipping across the U.S.-Canada border. In fact, it can be easy to miss something - and many shippers do. How can you avoid common cross-border shipping mistakes when moving goods to and from Canada? Here are five tips to get you started.

Topics: International
2 min read

3 Retail Shipping Tips For The Holiday Season

By Point To Point on September, 27 2018

As the busiest time of year for retailers, the holiday season can be a roller coaster of preparation and execution across all areas of business. From gauging the latest shopping trends to staffing temporary employees, there are several moving pieces that need to work together to succeed. One part of the puzzle that certainly can't be overlooked is inventory and supply chain planning.

Topics: Retail Freight Handling
2 min read

Help Averitt Celebrate National Driver Appreciation Week

By Point To Point on September, 7 2018

Each year, the transportation industry takes a week to recognize the unsung heroes behind the wheel that keep the American economy moving forward. This year's National Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 9-15) is the perfect opportunity for carriers and shippers alike to honor our nation's driving force. 

Topics: Culture
2 min read

The Most Common Cargo Insurance Exclusions

By Point To Point on August, 23 2018

Cargo insurance is vital for the protection of your products that originate from or are destined for locations abroad. Aside from protecting your business from financial losses associated with lost or damaged cargo, insurance can protect you a variety of maritime shipping risks, such as the law of general average.

Topics: International
1 min read

Do You Need A Larger Customs Bond?

By Point To Point on August, 17 2018

The Answer Could Very Well Be "YES"

A lot of new tariffs have come into effect this year, and more are scheduled. These increases are substantial, and if they affect the goods your company imports, you are well aware of how this is affecting your business operations.

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
2 min read

Shipper On Point: Going Sky High In Chicago

By Point To Point on August, 7 2018

Home to nearly 3 million people, Chicago is one of the busiest cities in the United States. And with record-level congestion on the streets and limited freight capacity, it’s also one of the most difficult markets to manage a complex logistics project.

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study
2 min read

International Update: Carrier Capacity & Space Availability

By Point To Point on August, 2 2018

For the past 3 years the ocean carriers operating in the Transpacific and Indian Subcontinent Trade Lanes have made attempts on the first day of each month and again on the 15th day of the month to try and pass through rate increases to help them recover from years of unprofitability. The newly formed alliances that were finalized in 2017 helped them recover to a point where the carriers collectively recorded a year of profitability. That still left them with years of negative numbers to recover from.

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
1 min read

Still More Tariff Increases Coming?

By Point To Point on July, 25 2018

Yet another round of tariff increases are being planned, which will add 10% duty to more than 6000 HTS#'s, affecting $200 Billion in new products. In scanning through the listing of tariff codes, there are a LOT of products affected, from foods to handbags to wood/paper products, fabrics, yarns, tile, glass, lots of additional iron/steel/aluminum products, various machinery, pharmaceuticals, in addition to televisions and bicycles. Please review the full listing at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2018-0026%20China%20FRN%207-10-2018_0.pdf. These could go into effect as soon as September 2018.

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
4 min read

4 Ways To Handle Rising Freight Rates & Shipping Costs

By Point To Point on July, 24 2018

Pushed by a growing economy and driver shortage, increasing freight rates have been on most shippers' minds lately. In truth, rates, particularly in the truckload segment, have been on everyone's minds for quite a while now.

Topics: Trucking
3 min read

Tariffs, Trade Wars & The Supply Chains Caught In The Middle

By Point To Point on June, 29 2018

Few things make international shippers more worried than threats of tariffs and trade wars. And today, these topics are clearly at the top of business minds around the world.

In addition to the ongoing renegotiation of the North America Freed Trade Act, the future of international trade is up in the air. On an almost daily basis, new tariff announcements are being made by nearly every major economic power. 

Topics: International Industry News
1 min read

Chinese-Origin Tariffs Effective July 6, 2018

By Point To Point on June, 15 2018

The final listing of Chinese-origin products that will be hit with an additional 25% in duties under Sec. 301 was announced by the USTR on June 15th. The effective date of these new tariffs will be July 6. Although the final listing was reduced somewhat, from 1333 items to 818, it still represents a large number of consumer-level items. The full tariff listing of affected products, along with descriptions, can be found HEREPlease know that we are expecting another round of 284 products to be added to this listing, but the exact timing of this has not yet been announced. This proposed listing can be found HERE.

Topics: International Industry News Tariffs
6 min read

The Averitt Express Approach To The Driver Shortage

By Point To Point on May, 24 2018

Buoyed by a host of factors, including an aging workforce, growing regulations and freight demand, the national driver shortage continues to dominate industry discussions. The American Trucking Associations estimates that the number of unfilled positions will exceed more than 176,000 unfilled positions by 2026.

Topics: Culture
3 min read

How Inland Ports Yield International Supply Chain Benefits

By Point To Point on April, 27 2018

The growth of the globalized economy has led to more supply chains that rely on importing and exporting through the nation's busy seaports. This increase in international business, however, has also led to increased supply chain costs as a result of cargo congestion and capacity constraints around the seaports. Adding to the issue, fewer drivers are available to move containers long distances inland to shipper destinations, which can lead to delays.

Topics: Intermodal International Supply Chain
2 min read

How Your Carrier Can Help You Ship Green

By Point To Point on April, 19 2018

3 Ways To Reduce Supply Chain Environmental Impact

Together, shippers and carriers can significantly reduce a supply chain's impact on the environment. Knowing which questions to ask of your carriers and how to identify service providers with a green mindset may not always be clear though. Consider these three factors when looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint with the help of your carriers.

Topics: Culture Trucking
4 min read

How To Unlock Cross-Border Capacity With Freight Transloading

By Point To Point on March, 30 2018

In February, we discussed solutions that can help shippers navigate the freight capacity crunch currently felt throughout the U.S. Current challenges with capacity, however, are not limited to freight moving domestically. Cross-border freight capacity between the U.S. and Mexico, for example, has become increasingly difficult to secure in recent years.

Topics: International Supply Chain Freight Handling
3 min read

Shipper On Point: Roots of Country Music Find New Ground in Times Square

By Point To Point on March, 13 2018

Averitt’s Specialized Services gives Grand Ole Opry precision and care on priceless move

Tourists seeking an authentic Country music experience outside of the South need look no further than Times Square. While the iconic street performer known as the “Naked Cowboy” has been entertaining crowds on Broadway for many years, it’s a new restaurant and venue that’s bringing the Nashville sound to Manhattan, with Averitt's help.

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study
5 min read

The Guide To Navigating The Freight Capacity Crunch of 2018 And Beyond

By Point To Point on February, 14 2018

In January 2017, we informed our readers about the warning signs that signaled an impending truckload capacity crunch. As the year progressed, the forecasted storm developed into reality, and capacity constraint has been reported as the primary issue faced by many shippers last year. 

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
2 min read

Supply Chain Focus: Are You Ready For The Chinese New year?

By Point To Point on December, 20 2017

As most of North America is getting into the swing of a new year, the Chinese will soon be celebrating the beginning of a new lunar calendar. The "Year of the Dog," which begins on February 16, 2018, will bring about a standstill in manufacturing and freight movement in and out of the world's primary production center.

Topics: International Supply Chain
3 min read

Why Our Driving Concern Is Safety

By Point To Point on November, 30 2017

For years, we have promoted the saying "Our Driving Concern Is Safety" within our company. This slogan has become a daily mantra that is read and spoken aloud by thousands of Averitt associates on a daily basis. From our customer support specialists at our corporate headquarters to the men and women behind the wheel, we've developed a culture of safety.

Topics: Culture
4 min read

Could Intermodal Services Solve Your Capacity Challenges?

By Point To Point on September, 28 2017

Capacity crunches can be one of the biggest headaches for shippers. Tightened capacity can lead to higher transportation costs and increased potential for delays when you can't find space. With today's challenging market conditions, many shippers are looking to rail transportation as a possible remedy for their capacity problems.

Topics: Intermodal
3 min read

The Trucking ELD Mandate: What It Means For Your Business

By Point To Point on September, 15 2017

ELDS Are Coming To A Truck Near You

As we approach the end of 2017, the transportation industry and shippers alike are focused on the impending arrival of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Set to take effect on Dec. 18, the ELD mandate will mark one of the biggest regulatory changes to impact carriers and drivers since the passing of the hours of service (HOS) regulations in 2011.

Topics: Industry News
3 min read

This Is The True Hero of Your Supply Chain [Video]

By Point To Point on September, 6 2017

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Your Hero, the driver

"They're the heroes your supply chain deserves, they're the ones you can count on. So they'll keep driving. Because they can handle the job - they're everyone's heroes. They're professionals, watchful protectors of your freight. Your drivers..."

Topics: Culture Trucking
3 min read

Supply Chain Superbowl: What's In Your Playbook?

By Point To Point on September, 1 2017

Football season is officially underway in the U.S., which means team colors are flying proudly around the nation and grills are pumping out burgers and brats at a dizzying pace.

And as we root for our favorite college and pro teams to make it to the championships this season, we can also take pages from the grid iron playbooks and apply them to our own supply chain practices. 

Topics: Supply Chain
3 min read

2017 Solar Eclipse: Tips For Safe Driving And Supply Chain Impact

By Point To Point on August, 7 2017

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

For many people in the U.S., the 2017 solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Solar eclipses occur regularly around the globe, but what makes this year's event significant is that it is the first time since 1918 that the path of a solar eclipse has spanned across the entire U.S.

The event, which will occur on August 21st, is expected to draw thousands of visitors from across North America and around the world to the U.S. 

Topics: Culture
17 min read

4 Tips To Streamline An Import-Based Supply Chain

By Point To Point on July, 28 2017

Even for seasoned logistics veterans, it can become easy to accept long transit times, frequent delays and costly expedited service upgrades as the status quo of managing an import-based supply chain. However, improvements to supply chain technology and new services are enabling many businesses to experience higher levels of predictability and efficiency with their imports than ever before. 

Topics: International Supply Chain
2 min read

When Hurricane Season And Dangerous Weather Threaten Your Supply Chain

By Point To Point on June, 23 2017

Depending on where you live, there are certain times of the year when bad weather is more likely to impact your supply chain. From hurricane season along the coasts to potential tornadoes inland, Mother Nature can quickly jeopardize your day-to-day operations. While you can't control the weather, there are a few precautions you can take to minimize its effects on your supply chain.

Topics: Supply Chain
3 min read

Shipper On Point: Frios Excels With Innovative LTL Cold Chain Solution

By Point To Point on June, 14 2017

Topics: Supply Chain Case Study
2 min read

The Weighing Costs That Congestion Has On Your Supply Chain

By Point To Point on May, 26 2017

The American Transportation Research Institute recently published a new report titled "Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry: 2017 Update. According to the group's findings, traffic congestion throughout the United States resulted in a staggering cost of $63.4 billion to the transportation industry in 2015 due to lost productivity. The majority of the costs associated with congestion occurred in metropolitan areas.

Topics: Supply Chain
4 min read

Pool Distribution: Cutting Costs And Time In The Long Haul

By Point To Point on May, 15 2017

When you ship in volume, using less-than-truckload (LTL) for distribution is generally the most cost-effective solution for regional and short haul transportation. However, if your freight is moving a long distance, such as from the West Coast to locations across the country, the cost of moving multiple less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments can quickly add up.

Topics: Intermodal Supply Chain Trucking
3 min read

3 Best Practices To Avoid Cargo Customs Clearance Disasters

By Point To Point on April, 24 2017

The challenges of importing and exporting can be complex and tedious. And while shippers and their logistics partners work hard together to create a seamless process for moving cargo over the ocean or across borders, the biggest risks often involve paperwork. To help avoid unneccesary cargo customs clearance delays and disasters as a result of paperwork, keep these three best practices in mind.

Topics: International
2 min read

The Rigors Of Freight In Transit [video]

By Point To Point on April, 11 2017

When your freight is tendered into the care of your driver, the carrier does all that it can to ensure that it arrives to its destination on time, on target, and intact. To succeed, there are steps that both the carrier and the shipper can take to ensure that your freight moves without unnecessary delay or damage, including: the proper completion of the bill of lading, addressing and handling labels, as well as proper packaging.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking Freight Handling
3 min read

International Update: 2017 Ocean Carrier And Rates Outlook [video]

By Point To Point on March, 30 2017

Charlie McGee, Averitt's Vice President of International Solutions, recently sat down to discuss the state of the international ocean market. Watch the video below to find out what shippers need to be prepared for throughout 2017.

Topics: International
2 min read

Protecting Your Supply Chain From Cybersecurity Threats

By Point To Point on March, 28 2017

Transportation and supply chain cybersecurity rank among the top concerns of shippers, according to a 2016 survey by Wills Towers Watson. Considering the rapid advancements of technology over the years and the shipper's growing reliance upon web-based systems, the findings may not come as a shock. 

Topics: Technology
3 min read

Drivers: An Extension Of Your Business

By Point To Point on March, 17 2017

The person driving your product from point A to point B provides more than safe, reliable transportation. For every hour they are associated with your logo and brand, they represent your business to drivers on the road, people at restaurants and truck stops, and ultimately, to your customer. Drivers are an often-overlooked piece of the customer experience puzzle, but they present a valuable opportunity to represent your company well.

Topics: Culture
3 min read

3 Ways A Transportation Management System Improves Shipping Efficiency

By Point To Point on February, 24 2017

Employing a transportation management system into your business may sound like a daunting challenge to undertake. However, the potential return on investment can easily wash away any anxieties you may feel about changing the way you have managed your transportation and supply chain needs in the past.

Topics: Supply Chain Technology
3 min read

Utilizing Carrier Warehousing For Just-In-Time Inventory Replenishment

By Point To Point on February, 3 2017

One of the biggest challenges of running a retail supply chain is inventory replenishment. For many operations, high volume products need to be replenished on short notice during demand surges. Also referred to as just-in-time inventory replenishment, such surges can occur during predictable periods (i.e., holidays and peak seasons) or on a regular basis for a company that steadily moves a product. 

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Freight Handling
3 min read

Shipper On Point: How SalonCentric Cuts Waste & Improves Order Windows

By Point To Point on January, 25 2017

Partnering for Measurable Supply Chain Improvements

Reducing Tons Of Supply Chain Waste

SalonCentric, a nationwide wholesale salon and beauty supply distributor, wanted to find a way to reduce its impact on the environment while also minimizing its supply chain costs.

One area of its supply chain that SalonCentric saw an opportunity to make a difference with was the company's use of traditional cardboard boxes for shipping. Corrugate boxes, a staple of most retail supply chains, are great for transportation. However, such containers have a short shelf life and quickly find themselves in landfills.

To address the problem, SalonCentric invested in reusable plastic tote bins. The use of the bins had an astounding positive impact on the company's environmental footprint. 

Topics: Supply Chain Retail Case Study
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Warning Signs: A Perfect Storm For Truckload Capacity

By Point To Point on January, 24 2017

When we asked shippers what their biggest challenges were in our 2017 State of The North American Supply Chain Survey, only 11 percent said they had issues with capacity. That number marked a 1 percent decrease from the prior year. On a graph, those numbers would appear to bode well for shippers as a sign of easing fears that a capacity crunch will not occur in the foreseeable future. 

However, there are a growing number of indicators that truckload capacity will tighten in 2017. More concerning, though, these warning signs may even suggest that shippers and carriers will experience a significant truckload capacity crunch that could last for several years. 

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain Trucking
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Plan Ahead: 2017 North American Supply Chain Survey Results [Whitepaper]

By Point To Point on January, 6 2017

As we approached the end of 2016, we conducted our second annual supply chain survey with shippers throughout the country and North America. By the end of our survey period, we had approximately 2,200 participants!

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain
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4 Best Practices To Protect Your Supply Chain From Winter Weather [With gifs]

By Point To Point on December, 19 2016

Winter is upon us, and businesses throughout North America are running in high gear to meet end-of-the-year deadlines and to prepare for 2017. At the same time, the winter months can bring more volatility to your supply chain and shipping practices. 

Topics: Supply Chain
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2016 Logistics Review: 4 Events That Shook The Supply Chain

By Point To Point on December, 17 2016

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close? 2016 was full of surprises for shippers and supply chain professionals. Many of the stories that dominated headlines this year will impact us all in different ways. From the future of international trade to promises to fix U.S. infrastructure, the year was certainly one that will go down in the transportation management history books. Let's take a look at four of the top stories that will 2016 will be remembered for.

Topics: International Industry News
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How Global Fuel Prices Impact Your Transportation and Logistics Needs

By Point To Point on December, 7 2016

Last week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day. Compounded by an increased production in North America, the global oil glut seen in recent years has led to lower fuel prices that have helped drive down surcharges within the transportation and logistics industry.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking
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Understanding Non-traditional Delivery and Accessorial Charges

By Point To Point on November, 29 2016

 

One of the many challenges that shippers and freight managers face in their supply chain are accessorial charges. Also referred to as "value-added services," these charges are the additional costs that are applied to a shipment that requires extra services from the carrier beyond standard pickup and delivery.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking
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The Power Of Corporate (Thanks)Giving

By Point To Point on November, 21 2016

"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." - W.J. Cameron

The holiday season is officially in full swing throughout North America and families and loved ones will soon come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the same time, the ringing of bells on street corners will help to remind us that this is also the season of giving. 

There are many ways that we can give back to our communities and to those in need throughout the year. You may volunteer your time and skills, or perhaps you may donate to a non-profit organization.

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Debunking the Expensive Myth of Air Cargo Shipping

By Point To Point on November, 3 2016

The term expedited transportation is often considered the definition of a "double-edged sword." It is a necessity for urgent shipments, but it can also be a costly method of transportation. While there's generally no easy way to avoid using expedited transportation when you're up against tight deadlines, there are options you may not have considered that could actually save you on both time and cost.

Topics: Supply Chain
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The Shape of Retail Compliance To Come: Increasing Demands & Tighter Deadlines

By Point To Point on October, 24 2016

Back in 2010, Walmart sent shockwaves through retail supply chains when it rolled out Must Arrive By Date (MABD) compliance standards to the thousands of suppliers that keep its shelves stocked year-round. An effort to increase productivity and performance via strict delivery windows and guidelines its stores and distribution centers, the "Big-Box" retailer managed to rewrite the supply chain playbook basically overnight as other vendors soon adopted similar policies.

Topics: Retail
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An Economical LTL Approach to Temperature-Sensitive Shipments

By Point To Point on October, 17 2016

If you're in an industry that sells or distributes products that require temperature-controlled containment, such as pharmaceuticals or food items, you know that transportation costs can weigh heavily on your overhead.

This is particularly true if you move either climate-sensitive or refrigerated freight that doesn't need the amount of space that full-size dedicated transportation units offer. 

Keep in mind: More Space = Higher Costs. Space Not Filled = Money Wasted

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking Freight Handling
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Nearshoring To Mexico: Changing The Supply Chain Road Map

By Point To Point on October, 10 2016

Ford recently made headlines when it announced that it would be moving its small car production from Michigan to Mexico. And, while the outsourcing of manufacturing from the U.S. is nothing new, there is another movement afoot that is reshaping the North American supply chain. 

Topics: International Supply Chain
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Five Retail Supply Chain Practices For Preparing For the Holidays

By Point To Point on September, 30 2016

We're in the homestretch of 2016, and that can mean only one thing for retailers: the holiday season is about to begin! Undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year, retail shippers have a lot on their plates to deal with.

Topics: Retail
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4 Freight Management Tips To Help Shippers Avoid Late Deliveries

By Point To Point on August, 29 2016

As a business owner or professional in the supply chain industry, you've most likely encountered issues with getting your shipment to its destination on time. From weather delays to traffic and carrier mistakes, it often feels like you have little control of the process.

However, you do play a critical role in helping to ensure that your business can avoid late deliveries that can cause supply chain disruptions or lead to angry calls from customers. With that in mind, consider these four great practices that you can easily implement into your freight management strategy that will help you avoid late deliveries.   

Topics: Supply Chain
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Shipping By Train or Truck: That Is The Question

By Point To Point on August, 23 2016

It's a variation on a classic childrens' math problem: "If a freight train travelling 50 mph and a truck travelling 65 mph leave at the same time, where will your freight be tomorrow morning?"

Topics: Intermodal Supply Chain
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What Your Supply Chain Can Learn From The 1992 Olympic Dream Team

By Point To Point on August, 10 2016

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 25 years since the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team took the Barcelona games by storm in 1992. Nicknamed the "Dream Team," this group of athletic superstars, which featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley, crushed their competitors by an average of 44 points.

Topics: Supply Chain
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5 Essential Key Practices To Minimize Risks When Importing From Mexico

By Point To Point on July, 26 2016

It may not come as a surprise that Mexico is the 3rd largest trading partner with the U.S. In 2015, two-way trade in goods between the two countries totaled $531 billion according to the U.S. Trade Representative. Out of that total, imports from Mexico numbered $295 billion (up 73% from 2005). 

Topics: International
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How the Brexit Could Impact U.S. Importers and Exporters

By Point To Point on July, 11 2016

The recent decision by voters in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has created a cloud of uncertainty throughout the shipping and logistics world about what the so-called "Brexit" means for international shippers. Our Vice President of International Solutions, Charlie McGee, recently sat down to discussed the repercussions for US shippers. His thoughts on the subject may surprise you.

Topics: International
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Shipping Through The Panama Canal: 3 Tips To Leverage The Expansion

By Point To Point on June, 14 2016

Nearly a decade after the initial groundbreaking, the Panama Canal's expansion of a third set of locks is set to open to container ships (and specifically mega-ships) on June 26th. 

Topics: International Industry News
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5 Ways A Warehouse Management System Can Improve Your Supply Chain

By Point To Point on June, 1 2016

What is a warehouse management system?

In recent years, you've probably heard or read about warehouse management systems (WMS) in trade magazines and online. So what are they and how do they work?

Topics: Technology Freight Handling
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3 Key Takeaways from TPM 2016

By Point To Point on March, 9 2016

Leaders and cargo movers from across the international shipping industry were out in full force this year for the Journal of Commerce's 16th TPM (Trans-Pacific Maritime) Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. In the thick of it all wa

s Charlie McGee, Averitt's vice president of international solutions.

After four days of making the rounds and sitting through discussions to size up the industry's concerns and outlook for 2016, McGee delivers his three major takeaways from 

TPM:

Topics: International Industry News
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Shipper On Point: Fishers Finery Is An Amazon FBA Supply Chain Warrior

By Point To Point on March, 1 2016

Customer Testimonial: Supply Chain Success In The Retail World

Craig Barnell, General Manager of Connecticut-based Fishers Finery, utilizes the services of Averitt Express on many different levels. From importing to warehousing and delivery, "The Power of One" gives Barnell the peace of mind that comes from the knowledge that he has: One Contact. One Invoice. One Partner.

Topics: International Retail Case Study
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2016 State of North American Supply Chain Survey Results Whitepaper

By Point To Point on January, 28 2016

In December, we conducted a survey with shippers across the country, asking them about their opinions on industry trends and how they had been affected during 2015. We also asked about their top concerns for 2016.

Topics: Industry News Supply Chain
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International Market Update: Ocean Rate Roller Coaster and Merger mania

By Point To Point on January, 12 2016

Ups and Downs of Ocean Rates

2015 WILL LIKELY BE RECORDED AS THE MOST VOLATILE YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF CONTAINERIZED OCEAN SHIPPING.

During the peak of the West Coast ILWU/PMA labor dispute that was reached in February of 2015, backlogs and congestion reached from both shores of North America all the way back to the containers stacked up in Asia awaiting a slot on a vessel that had been long delayed by the gridlock on the West Coast and the sheer volume that was diverted and moving via East and Gulf Coast ports, container rates had skyrocketed to a level never seen before.  Many desperate shippers were willing to pay almost any price to get their cargo moving.

Topics: International Industry News
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Fixing the Supply Chain Model [Video]

By Point To Point on January, 4 2016


The 2014/2015 West Coast port labor disruptions pushed importers and transportation/supply chain providers to work hard on fixing what had become a broken model, says Charlie McGee, Averitt's Vice President, International Solutions.

He spoke to JOC.com's Alessandra Barrett at the 2015 JOC Inland Distribution Conference about risk tolerance and expectations for 2016.

Topics: International Industry News Supply Chain
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Learn to strengthen your import and export transportation model with A free supply chain white paper

By Point To Point on November, 30 2015


When it comes to the volatile world of international supply chains, shippers have to be able to make the right decisions at the right times. And in recent years, American importers and exporters have come to learn that is often better to operate with a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to inland transportation that begins or ends with a port. 

Topics: International Supply Chain
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Avoiding MABD Fines and Chargebacks: The Retail Ready Carrier

By Point To Point on September, 14 2015

In this third and final part of our series on how you can reduce the likelihood of being hit by Must Arrive By Date (MABD) fines and delivery chargebacks, we will discuss the final key to making a successful journey to retail store shelves: your carrier. 

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
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Overcome The Local Global Complexity Of Supply Chains

By Point To Point on September, 13 2015

More than ever, shippers and supply chains exist in a state of what I like to call “local global complexity.” Rapidly changing economies, customer culture and technology continually force us to re-evaluate supply chain practices.

Topics: International Supply Chain
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Avoiding MABD Fines and Chargebacks: Warehousing And Production

By Point To Point on September, 7 2015

In the first part of our guide to avoiding Must Arrive BY Date (MABD) fines and chargebacks, we discussed how you can get off on the right foot with your retail buyer by determining what their system of support is and what they will expect from you when it comes to delivery time. 

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
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Avoiding MABD Fines and Chargebacks: Understanding Retail Buyers

By Point To Point on August, 31 2015

Landing products on retail shelves or in a big-box store can be one of the most rewarding achievements for a business or entrepreneur. However, managing to keep your retail buyer satisfied can turn out to become one of the most challenging aspects of the retail relationship.

Topics: Supply Chain Retail
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Five Must-Know Tips For Shipping LTL To Mexico

By Point To Point on May, 26 2015

When it comes to U.S. export value, only a handful of other countries can compete against Mexico. In fact, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the country ranked second overall in 2013 with a total export value of $226.2 billion. As you can imagine, there is ample opportunity for American businesses to become involved in international trade and cross-border shipping. Securing customers across the border is only the first step though. 

Topics: International Supply Chain Trucking
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Virco Saves Up To $1 Million with Averitt

By Point To Point on January, 28 2015

For the third year in a row, we’re pleased to announce that Averitt has been honored with the prestigious Alliance Award. Presented by World Trade 100 magazine and trade association SMC3, Averitt, manufacturer Virco, and The Reliance Network were recognized for working closely together to optimize Virco’s supply chain.

Topics: Case Study
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Results Of The Averitt/Toshiba Shipment Consolidation Program

By Point To Point on March, 17 2014

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. and Averitt Express Inc. had been working together in the Southeast for two decades with mutual success. As the two companies describe the relationship, they often worked together on solutions, not just prices. As a result, the two were able to create more supply chain flexibility and savings for Toshiba.

Topics: Industry News
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How Tuesday Morning Reduced Supply Chain Costs By 19 Percent

By Point To Point on January, 1 2013

It’s the “holy grail” of supply chain management. A collaborative relationship between shipper and provider … with measurable results! Averitt and retailer Tuesday Morning are proud to have been chosen by World Trade 100 magazine and SMC3 as an Alliance Award winner. The Alliance Awards program, which was instituted this year, recognizes alliances in high-performing supply chains that are driving results.

Topics: Case Study
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Do Your Carriers Deliver On Their Green Promises?

By Point To Point on November, 1 2011

Supply chain professionals are watching more closely than ever how their practices impact the environment.

Topics: Trucking
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Surviving (And Thriving In) The Capacity Crunch

By Point To Point on September, 1 2010

The capacity crunch currently affecting the trucking industry is likely here to stay, at least for the immediate future. That’s the assessment from many experts, including Danny Crooks, of Averitt’s truckload leadership.

Topics: Supply Chain Trucking
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How Green Are Your Carriers?

By Point To Point on January, 10 2010

Green is everywhere! From product packaging to energy-efficient warehouses to waste reduction, supply chain professionals are paying closer attention to how their practices impact the environment.

Topics: Supply Chain Culture Trucking
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Avoid The Top 5 Canada Shipping Mistakes

By Point To Point on January, 1 2010

Do you ship to or from Canada? If so, you know there’s no shortage of paperwork and shipping rules involved when shipping across the U.S-Canada border. In fact, it can be easy to miss something - and many cross-border shippers do, inevitably causing delays and service failures. How can you avoid common cross-border shipping mistakes when moving goods to and from Canada? Here are five tips to get you started:

Topics: International Supply Chain