What is Intermodal Shipping?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 6, 2021 4:30:00 PM

Intermodal shipping is the movement of freight using two or more modes of transportation. Using intermodal containers to transport goods allows a seamless shipment between trains, trucks, and cargo ships.

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Topics: Logistics Management, The Costs of Shipping, Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Freight Forwarders vs. Freight Brokers

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 30, 2020 5:00:00 PM

If you’re an outsider to the shipping industry, it could be difficult for you to understand the more technical aspects of freight shipping. Two roles within the industry are freight forwarders and freight brokers, both of which play vital parts in moving your business’s items. In this article, we’ll break down the differences between freight forwarders vs. freight brokers and help you select the best option for your business.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

How Does Peak Shipping Season Affect My Business?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 25, 2020 4:30:00 PM

 

The holidays can be a stressful time as it is. With all of the tight deadlines making life interesting as well as making sure that all of the details have been taken care of, it can make for an active time of the year. This time of year sees more emergency trips to the grocery store, hobby shops, and emergency rooms than almost any other period of the year. When combined with the peak shipping season, it can make life all sorts of interesting for more than just your personal life; it can have a serious effect on your business as well.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

The Beginner's Guide to Ecommerce Shipping and Fulfillment

Posted by Port City Logistics on Oct 29, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Customer experience is vital in growing an ecommerce business. According to SaleCycle, 63% of customers strongly consider shipping speed a major factor when online shopping. Many small businesses may struggle to compete with hasty fulfillment and shipping speed; however, working with a 3PL can rectify this issue and help you compete with a larger business's fulfillment speed. In this article, we’ll explain a beginner’s guide to eCommerce shipping and fulfillment.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Why Logistics Management is Important

Posted by Port City Logistics on Sep 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Logistics management is a huge business necessity in today’s business world. Logistics is essential for every type of business, no matter the size. It helps businesses to manage their shipping operations as well as the delivery of products. Most of the enviable companies across the globe have well-established structures to handle their logistics. Failure to control and manage the movement of goods along the supply chain is detrimental to the success of a business. In this article, we'll explain why logistics management is important. 

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Topics: The Costs of Shipping, Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Optimizing a 3PL Partnership

Posted by Port City Logistics on Aug 20, 2020 8:30:00 AM

In today’s global economy, the world is connected more than ever before. Online marketplaces and eCommerce drive up sales for many businesses, causing them to expand quickly over a short period of time. If your business struggles with handling your growing shipping volume, a third-party logistics (3PL) partnership will help remove some of the load and improve your shipping process. Though the relationship between your company and your 3PL provider may take time to establish, optimizing a 3PL partnership will help your business accelerate its supply chain process and help you get the transportation your business needs. In this article, we’ll explain some of the necessary steps to get your 3PL partnership off the ground and running.

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Topics: Single Source Logistics, Third Party Logistics (3PL)

What is Freight Brokerage

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jul 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A freight broker is a company or individual that assists shippers by finding qualified carriers to ship their load. Freight brokers control a significant amount of carrier services. Freight brokerage will let you pay attention to other components of your business, which will provide you with a competitive edge to maximize production. In this article, we'll answer what is freight brokerage and help you understand why you need it for your business. 

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Topics: Single Source Logistics, Third Party Logistics (3PL), Truck Freight

What is Reverse Logistics?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jun 29, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Reverse logistics is an industry term that refers to the flow of goods or materials from a delivery point back through the supply chain to its original location. Though this may seem like a simple process, this reverse flow can be extremely troublesome for a mismanaged supply chain. The typical purpose is to capture value (i.e refurbish damages, remanufacturing, redistribution) and proper disposal. In this article, we’ll explain what is reverse logistics and how it is implemented for eCommerce businesses.

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Topics: Single Source Logistics, Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Efficiency

What Is a Customs Bonded Warehouse?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jun 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A customs bonded warehouse, or bonded warehouse, is a secure storage facility that is free from import duties. When a business stores imported goods in a bonded warehouse, those items can be stored duty free for up to five years in the United States. The business and the owner of the warehouse consequently enter a contract of liability with the customs agency to either export the goods duty free or pay import taxes when the goods are withdrawn for domestic use. This contract, or obligation, of liability is called a customs bond. What is a customs bonded warehouse and why should my business use one?

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

What is Port Drayage?

Posted by Port City Logistics on May 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The term drayage is used to describe an important logistics service. This process moves shipping goods from the port a short distance via ground transportation to a warehouse or housing location; however, port drayage is a little more complicated than that, so what is port drayage?

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)