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    Get your “House in Order” Before Conducting a Freight Bid

    May 21, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    These operational changes will translate into even bigger savings after the bid has been conducted. If necessary, delay the launch of the bid until these changes are made.

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    The Basics of Freight Transportation Financial Management

    April 30, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    Freight expenses represent a significant component of supply chain costs for many manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Companies that are successful in this area focus on these key elements.

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    The LTL Freight Industry in North America in 2017

    March 21, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    The strong surge in revenue that less-than-truckload carriers enjoyed in 2014 stalled in 2015 and 2016, as weak demand and low fuel surcharges dragged down American LTL trucking’s top line. In Canada, low oil prices suppressed freight volumes in some western provinces while a weak Canadian dollar did not ignite exports from the major manufacturing provinces, Ontario and Quebec.

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    How to Bring Freight Costs Under Control

    March 3, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    There is no quick fix for a poorly managed Freight Transportation department. Saving money on freight costs takes leadership, discipline, hard work and follow through. The leadership team needs to view freight transportation as a competitive weapon and constantly monitor results to drive performance.

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    The Future of Freight Transportation

    February 11, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    Driverless vehicles will change the nature of the freight industry. The challenges in finding qualified drivers, the hours of service regulations and the fact that drivers can represent one third of the cost of moving a truck will make the economics for moving freight in driverless vehicles very compelling.

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    Is there still Competition in the Canadian Freight Transportation Industry?

    February 4, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    At this point in time, there is ample competition in some sectors and not so much in others. It is not quite time to call in the Competition Bureau but shippers need to be alert to the competitive factors in each market and search out the available options (i.e. modes and carriers), to keep their freight costs in line with market levels.

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    Canada’s Freight Transportation Industry Continues to Consolidate

    January 30, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    It was sad to read that Meyers Transport, a Canadian motor carrier that has served the needs of shippers in Ontario for 90 years, closed its doors on January 20. This news caused me to reflect on the changes taking place in the Canadian freight transportation industry.

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    Some New Year’s Resolutions for Shippers

    January 3, 2017 by Dan Goodwill

    As we enter a New Year, many people create a set of resolutions to burn off a few pounds, to quit smoking or to achieve whatever goals are meaningful to them. On a professional level, this is a time for smart shippers to set in motion a series of resolutions to improve their company’s freight operations and their personal career trajectory. Here are a few to consider.

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    Freight Transportation in 2016 – The Year in Review

    November 23, 2016 by Dan Goodwill

    Here are the top stories in freight transportation that caught my attention over the past year.

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    Shippers, Watch Out for Unprofessional Freight Bid Service Providers

    October 14, 2016 by Dan Goodwill

      The subject of online freight bids and internet freight auctions came up a few times at the Surface Transportation Summit that took place in Toronto on October 13. The carriers that raised this topic spoke of the high volume

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    Managing Inbound Transportation – Part 2 – Action Steps to Save Money on Freight

    September 19, 2016 by Dan Goodwill

    The first blog in this series looked at the money saving opportunities for organizations that take control of Inbound Transportation. This blog will outline a series of steps that need to be taken to make this happen.

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    Managing Inbound Freight Transportation – Part 1 – Identify the Cost Savings Opportunities

    September 13, 2016 by Dan Goodwill

    Managing Inbound Freight is often overlooked or not optimally managed as an opportunity for cost savings in many companies.