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August 04, 2016

One Month In: Are New SOLAS Regulations Rocking the Boat?

Can you imagine watching a tall stack of shipping containers collapse before your eyes? Sounds terrifying, right? It has certainly been known to happen – in fact, it is estimated that up to 10,000 containers fall overboard each year. While lost-at-sea containers aren't the only reason for new SOLAS regulations, this issue is certainly one of...

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July 12, 2016

Wood Pallets vs. Plastic Pallets: Which is Better for My Supply Chain?

When you think of a shipping pallet, does the below image come to mind (wood on wood on wood)? While pallets are traditionally wood-manufactured, plastic pallets have become more prevalent in recent years as companies shipping often and in high volumes realize the advantages of this alternative. However, 90-95% of shippers still opt for the...

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June 28, 2016

How Are My Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight Rates Calculated?

Becoming familiar with the driving forces behind less-than-truckload (LTL) freight rates will not only help you set reasonable expectations you'll actually be able to anticipate and project your shipping costs better than before. While full-truckload (FTL) shipments are usually rated on a per-mile basis, LTL rates are driven by a slew of...

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March 29, 2016

Can Expedited Shipping be a Strategic Supply Chain Solution?

The highly competitive landscape of global manufacturing has changed the game when it comes to international logistics. Expedited shipping was once reserved for emergencies only – but this isn't the case anymore. Some companies are leveraging their resources and incorporating expedited shipments in their supply chain strategies to stay...

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March 03, 2016

Best Expedited Shipping Options from Asia to the US

We've all been there: needing something to deliver in record time, then realizing, with a cringe, that expedited shipping comes at a pretty premium. But sometimes it simply must be done. This often happens on a much larger scale when buyers need product in a jiffy. The situation becomes a bit more complex when the goods are literally on the...

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February 09, 2016

11 Tips to Reduce International Logistics Costs

As you may or may not know, shipping goods internationally can get to be incredibly expensive, but there are ways to save money while ensuring your goods make it from point A to point B on time and intact. Keep reading to delve into our top 11 tips to start reducing your international logistics costs immediately.

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November 05, 2015

FCL vs. LCL: Sometimes an LCL Shipment is Your Best Option

Less than Container Load (LCL) shipping (also called groupage) get lots of grief, but it can save you from time to time, especially when you don't have enough goods ready to ship a Full Container Load (FCL). If you find yourself in an FCL vs. LCL situation, review the following benefits and risks and apply them to your particular scenario – and...

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August 20, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to ICC Incoterms 2010 [Chart]

Whether you are brand spankin' new to international shipping or just need a refresher on the ins and outs of Incoterms, we have you covered. As a former international logistics coordinator, I used to live and breathe these three-lettered acronyms. International freight is a complex beast, so it's important to understand the industry lingo,...

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February 24, 2015

Jeff Sweeney, East West EVP, Featured on Inc.com

Our own Jeff Sweeney was featured in a recent Inc. article about the recent West Coast port situation on Feburary 17, 2015. Click here to view the original article.

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January 29, 2015

Chinese New Year and Port Congestion: The Perfect Storm

What happens when you mix a looming shutdown of one of the largest exporters in the world along with a labor shortage at U.S. ports? You get the Perfect Storm of a catastrophic logistical mess!

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