Blog2019-08-15T15:07:22+00:00

What’s The Difference Between A 3PL and a Freight Broker?

When shopping around for a logistics provider for your shipping needs, many folks come across two terms- "Third Party Logistics Provider" and "Freight Broker." While both can provide similar services, there are some key differences between the two. This is how third party logistics providers and freight brokers are different: What does a freight broker do? Individuals or companies with freight broker licenses are service providers that act as liaisons between shippers and carriers. [...]

3 Supply Chain Thought Leaders That Are Influencing The Industry

The on-going evolution of the supply chain in the logistics industry is prompting us to think about what its future looks like. More and more industry experts from all parts the supply chain are influencing this future. From the physical movement of goods to technology development, supply chain thought leaders are optimizing the old and introducing some new. Here are just a few industry thought leaders to keep your eye on: What is a [...]

Non Asset Based Logistics: Less Is More

Third party logistics service providers generally fall into two categories: Non Asset Based and Asset Based. 3PLs in each category might offer you the same service, but whether or not they own their own assets can seriously impact your customer experience. Learn why asset ownership might be overrated: (RTD Logistics is a non asset based company, so I'm a bit impartial on the subject) Non-asset based companies are questioning, "are flagship stores business [...]

“It’s Like A 400-Meter Relay”: An Inside Perspective On Courier Service

Customer service is often the deciding factor when selecting a courier service provider. But how can we know what really goes on behind the scenes? A SKYCOM Courier customer service representative tells us about courier service operations from their experience. Their perspective offers transparency into the step by step journey and portrays what people want to know - what happens when you put in an order? And how can you know you can trust [...]

A Quick Review of Supply Chain Network Terminology

I hopped on the supply chain terminology train (feet dragging), and I'm glad I did.   The logistics industry has a language of its own. And if you’re doing any kind of research, you may find your Google search history flooded with supply chain acronyms and terminology. The presence of 3PLs has grown astronomically in the last couple of decades. In turn, so has the industry's lexicon. It's likely you'll find that providers are using [...]

Here’s Why You Keep Hearing About “Real-Time” Logistics

We hear it a lot- "real-time data", "real-time tracking", "real-time this" and "real-time that". As generic and buzz-wordy as it sounds, real-time supply chain management is anything but. Here's what 3PLs mean when they say their services are done in real-time. It's the new industry standard Supply chain management being done in "real-time" means there is visibility into things like inventory, orders, vehicles, people and equipment using real-time information. This kind of transparency is [...]