3PL stands for third-party logistics. It’s also known as a TPL, and its purpose is to help businesses manage their supply chain. You can use a 3PL to help increase customer service, improve your supply chain and control costs.
Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency
Modern steel shipping containers can be modified or engineered to fit almost any shipping requirement, and still fit in that tidy stack on the deck of a container ship.These containers are tough enough to carry and protect heavy loads, resisting harsh environments such as weather, high and low exterior temperatures and the stress of switching between shipping modes. Their genius lies in their flexibility as well as their reliability. Whether stacked on the deck of a giant container ship, attached to a truck chassis, or loaded on a rail car, shipping containers are the workhorses of logistics around the world.
Their widespread use has led to increased availability across the world and a proliferation of specialized designs. Some shippers find that the standard 40 foot containers are too large, too small or the wrong shape to transport their cargo. To meet those demands, many different types of shipping containers have come into play as specialized needs arise.
Topics: Logistics Technologies
The journey of freight contents from manufacture to marketplace is an interesting and complex process. Typically, with more than a few exceptions, what follows is a general idea of what happens to ocean freight on its journey.
Topics: Ocean Freight Shipping
Sometimes the jargon in the world of logistics can be confusing. “What is a freight forwarder?” is one question we get from time to time, so here’s a brief description. A freight forwarder helps shippers with all the arrangements concerning shipping and storage for transporting materials or finished products to market. Freight forwarders usually offer many different services including tracking, arranging for cargo space, negotiating prices, handling insurance claims, preparing documents required for shipping and export, securing cargo and buying insurance.
Almost all companies who pay to ship goods obtain cargo insurance to help protect their freight against unexpected accidents and damage. Marine cargo insurance covers items transported over the ocean by ship or aircraft. Let's look at some of the most important advantages provided by marine cargo insurance.
Topics: The Costs of Shipping
One of our favorite things to do is to educate our customers on what logistics is and how it works. Sometimes the jargon we use can keep shippers from understanding what they need and how the logistics industry meets those needs.
Topics: Logistics Management
Savannah, Georgia is an area that has experienced outstanding economic growth in recent times. Part of the reason for this is that our port is doing so well. In 2018, for example, the Georgia Ports Authority saw quite a few records fall.
Topics: Port of Savannah
For former military service members with logistics skill sets, entering the civilian job market can be challenging and confusing. With the proliferation of internet job postings to sift through, zeroing in on something that fits your military experience can take time. Your goal is to land a position that fairly compensates you, allows you to work to your strengths and allows for upward mobility, as well as respects and understands your time in the armed forces.
Topics: Logistics Careers
Freight brokers and logistics companies (also referred to as Third Party Logistics, or 3PL) are often thought of as similar in their function, but actually have different approaches to moving freight. Small companies are often faced with the choice of using a Freight Broker or logistics company but are often confused about the differences. It's easy to do because many core functions overlap.
Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Though we haven't quite made it to having our groceries delivered by drone, the way consumers and retailers acquire what they need has changed radically, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. A quick look at a topic like "the future of retail" indicates that traditional models of the distribution of consumer goods are fast disappearing.
Topics: Supply Chain Efficiency