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of liability with the customs agency to either export the goods duty free or pay import taxes when the goods are withdrawn for domestic use.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)

How a 3PL Benefits Your Business

Posted by Port City Logistics on Mar 25, 2020 4:45:00 PM

A 3PL (also known as third-party logistics) is a way to outsource various aspects of your business's supply management such as warehousing, inventory management, transportation, and order fulfillment. Partnering with a 3PL allows your company to focus on other parts of running the business, all while the 3PL handles the difficult parts of storing and moving your products. A 3PL provider can help your company manage fluctuations in demand, test new markets, and control inventory among other logistics services. In this article, we'll highlight how a 3PL benefits your business.

 

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Using Real-Time Technology for Supply Chains

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jan 8, 2020 1:01:21 PM

 

In the fast-paced world of supply chain management, timing truly is everything. With same-day and two-day shipping quickly becoming the expectation for retailers, the importance of real-time information and shipping visibility rises every day. As a business owner, it’s incredibly important to know when, where, and how your products and materials will get to their destinations. Without this information, your supply management becomes much more difficult. The new global market spans oceans and continents at speeds never before seen. From smart sensors, to the cloud, to artificial intelligence, technological advances can seem confusing and endless.

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

How to Ship Perishable Foods

Posted by Port City Logistics on Dec 19, 2019 1:26:02 PM

 

With the recent rise of meal subscription boxes, shipping food has evolved over the last few years. Though shipping food may seem like a seamless task, the process can be difficult and error prone if not properly researched or led by an expert. As the holiday season continues, the logistics industry expects a rise in food shipping. On a small scale, you may send cookies from a local bakery, grandma’s famous cake to your kids, or even seafood bought from your trip in the Florida Keys. On a much larger scale, you may run a bakery or restaurant that is in high demand. Whatever the reason, you want to guarantee freshness to whoever may be receiving your shipment. To make sure your family gets their food the right way, follow these tips to guarantee fresh food.

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Topics: Third Party Logistics (3PL)

What is Peak Shipping Season?

Posted by Port City Logistics on Dec 5, 2019 4:07:39 PM

 

In logistics, peak shipping season refers to the heightened shipping activity caused by the “back-to-school effect” on retail shopping. During the months of August until late November, countless students get ready to return to school.

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

The Difference Between 3PL and 4PL

Posted by Port City Logistics on Nov 26, 2019 3:04:11 PM

In the world of logistics, a large number of terms, abbreviations, and slang can confuse any outsider. To those unfamiliar, 3PL (third-party logistics) companies like Port City Logistics and 4PL (fourth-party logistics) companies like Deloitte operate similarly, yet have a few small differences that force them into different categories. 

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

4 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Logistics Company

Posted by Port City Logistics on Jul 24, 2019 2:07:10 PM

In today's world, millions and millions of business owners have realized that working with the right logistics company is imperative. This is the case for multiple reasons, including the fact that hiring the right team can optimize your bottom line while also enhancing productivity. Yet in many cases, corporate leaders and business owners find that they are unhappy with their current service provider. When this is the case, it's time to do an evaluation and determine whether continuing to work with the logistics company in question is still a prudent decision. Below you'll find four signs that you should look out for when you're trying to determine whether to change your logistics company:

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