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freight
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The freight industry is experiencing a wave of innovative approaches to tackle its longstanding challenges. With the market grappling with issues such as fluctuating rates and high turnover, unconventional solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Reed Loustalot, a prominent figure in this field, has introduced humor and creativity into freight management, gaining attention with his…

Logistics industry
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In today’s ever-evolving logistics industry, the relationship between freight brokers and trucking companies remains fraught with tension. This dynamic is crucial as it directly impacts the efficiency of goods movement across the country. Recent trends show a growing reliance on digital platforms, which, while enhancing technological efficiency, often undermine the essential human element of…

ACT Expo
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The logistics industry is experiencing a pivotal shift towards sustainable practices, and this transformation was on full display at the recent ACT Expo in Las Vegas. With over 12,000 attendees, including industry giants like Volvo and Kenworth, as well as innovative startups like Horizon Motors and InductEV, the event was a hub of discussion…

dredge logistics
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The latest episode of Hammer Down, hosted by Mike Bush, dives deep into the complexities of dredge logistics with Toni Careccio, the Chief Customer Officer at PortPro. This discussion couldn’t be more timely in a world where supply chain efficiency is paramount. With many dredge companies still relying on outdated methods such as paper…

Trucking solutions
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The trucking industry is at a pivotal moment, facing significant changes and challenges from regulatory shifts to technological innovations. As one of the backbones of the global economy, the importance of efficient and sustainable trucking solutions cannot be overstated. With the industry grappling with issues like driver shortages, regulatory compliance, and the implementation of…

Streamlining the returns process
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As ecommerce continues to dominate retail, the efficiency of handling returns becomes crucial for customer satisfaction and operational sustainability. The return rates for online purchases are significantly higher than those for brick-and-mortar stores, underscoring a major challenge for online retailers. In this environment, investing in technology to streamline the returns process is essential for…

ESG practices
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Amidst the vast expanse of the maritime industry, a new wave is cresting—the wave of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) imperatives. From reducing carbon footprints to fostering social equity, maritime entities are grappling with the complexities of sustainability like never before. As the global focus sharpens on ESG practices, the maritime sector finds itself…

zero-emission vehicles
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As Earth Day shines a spotlight on environmental stewardship, the conversation around sustainability has extended its roots deep into the veins of the global supply chain. With stringent regulations coming into effect in California, mandating the transition to zero-emission vehicles for port entry, the race to adapt has been catalyzed. This push towards sustainability,…

Demurrage and detention
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In an era where global supply chains face unprecedented challenges—from pandemic-induced disruptions to escalating international trade tensions—the nuances of logistics operations, such as demurrage and detention fees, are gaining significant attention. These fees are intended to streamline port operations but often result in substantial financial burdens for businesses, highlighting a critical area of the…

logistics sector
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Gone are the days when trade shows were merely physical marketplaces for businesses to showcase their products and services. Today, they are evolving into dynamic platforms where innovation, technology, and networking converge to shape the future of industries. This shift is nowhere more evident than in the logistics sector, which is at the forefront…

maritime supply chain
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The recent incident involving the vessel DALI crashing into a bridge in Baltimore has thrust maritime supply chain issues into the spotlight. As global trade continues to intensify, the capacity and safety of maritime infrastructure are under scrutiny. This accident not only highlights the immediate logistical nightmares created by such disruptions but also raises…

truck drivers
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The logistics and supply chain sector is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the need for more efficient communication channels between companies and frontline workers, particularly truck drivers. This shift is not just about adopting new technologies; it’s about finding practical solutions that cater to the real-world usage habits of these critical players What…

logistics
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The world of logistics and supply chain management, often hidden in plain sight, is a colossal industry that intricately weaves through the fabric of our daily lives. Despite its monumental impact on the global economy, it quietly powers forward, unseen and uncelebrated. As we stand at the cusp of a technological renaissance, the logistics…

Transportation safety and telematics
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In an era where technology is rapidly transforming industries, the transportation and logistics sector stands at a pivotal point. With advancements in connectivity, electrification, and autonomous technology, companies are redefining how goods and people move. One such company at the forefront of this revolution is Clarience Technologies, which has evolved from its roots in…

education to entrepreneurship
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The trucking industry faces both challenges and opportunities. Still, the story of transitioning from education to entrepreneurship within this sector highlights a unique journey of growth and innovation. Hammer Down, hosted by Mike Bush, examines this fascinating intersection, featuring Trey Griggs, the Founder & CEO of BETA Consulting Group. This episode explores Griggs’ remarkable…

Eric Johnson talks freight and logistics
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Within the dynamic realm of freight and logistics, staying ahead of the curve is imperative. As industry players grapple with technological advancements, insights from seasoned experts like Eric Johnson, Director at S&P Global, shed light on the evolving landscape. For a recent episode of “Hammer Down,” host Mike Bush welcomed Johnson, who shared his…

fleet reliability
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Navigating the complexities of fleet reliability and safety in the trucking industry poses a significant challenge, especially given that small fleets operate 90% of trucks on the road. This critical issue is at the heart of a recent episode of Hammer Down, hosted by Mike Bush, featuring an innovative approach by Carrier Assure to…

innovation and entrepreneurship
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Navigating the future of the supply chain isn’t tricky to see if one sets their navigational positions on innovation and entrepreneurship to lead the way. On Hammer Down, host Mike Bush had the privilege of going inside the dynamic supply chain management and innovation world with Liz Ward, the Head of America Operations at…

fragmentation challenges
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Logistics stands at a pivotal crossroads, grappling with the challenges of fragmentation and the urgent need for technological integration. In an industry where efficient movement of goods underpins global economies, innovative trucking and supply chain management solutions are not just desirable – they are essential. This episode of Hammer Down, hosted by Mike Bush,…

logistics and supply chain
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Amidst a rapidly evolving logistics and supply chain industry, technological advancements and shifts in workforce dynamics are creating new challenges and opportunities. In this episode of Hammer Down with Mike Bush, he dives into the transformative world of supply chain management, featuring Mia Mazal, the Business Development and Partnership Manager at Sworkz. Mia discusses…

logistics and technology
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How can industry professionals and newcomers alike navigate the rapidly changing and transforming convergence of logistics and technology to drive innovation and efficiency in supply chains? The latest episode of Hammer Down, hosted by Mike Bush, features Bart De Muynck, the Strategic Advisor for Better Supply Chains. Bush unpacks De Muynck’s extensive experience in…

Ben Gordon on Humanitarian Efforts and business
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The world is increasingly interconnected yet facing complex global challenges, leading one to wonder how business leaders can leverage their expertise and networks for humanitarian efforts. Enter Ben Gordon, the CEO and Managing Partner of Cambridge Capital, who has become a pivotal figure in marrying business acumen with global humanitarian efforts and aid.  On…

Justin Martin on his freight industry career
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Can having a diverse career path, particularly in the supply chain and freight industry, lead to unexpected opportunities and insights?  A new segment of “Hammer Down,” says, yes. The subject was explored with host Mike Bush interviewing Justin Martin, the Social Media Content Creator for the FreightWaves team, and a former driver. Martin’s journey…