Freight Claims in Plain English Fourth Edition

This text is a valuable tool for anyone interesting in staying up to date on the world of freight claims; it covers many important topics within this section of transport law.  This book is both a useful reference guide, and teaching tool for those looking to deepen their knowledge. Some major topics included in this work are: Common Carrier Liability, Specific Claim Problems, Burdens of proof, and The Impact of Deregulation.

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The Importance of Transportation Management Systems in 2019 and Beyond

There have been a vast variety of reasons that those in the supply chains have turned to updated technology to make things run more smoothly on all fronts: there has been “rising freight rates, driver shortages, tight truck capacity, and changing customer demands” to name a few obstacles, according to McCrea.  TMS are a good solution for companies that need to revolutionize the way they go about their business and run their supply chains.

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The First Step to Warehouse Automation: Understanding the Data

A company’s data can come from a variety of places, like “warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, ERPs and operator assistance programs” along with “RFID, barcodes, and robotics”, according to Kapadia.  Even things as simple as paper and pencil records count as data that should be included in the evaluation. Once you have analyzed your pre-existing data, you can see the strong points in your systems and address the areas that need some bolstering and improvement.  

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The Challenges Faced by Small Trucking Fleets

New competition in the small trucking fleet industry, coupled with “tumbling spot market truckload rates” have made the latter part of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 very challenging for small U.S. truckers, according to Cassidy’s article.  Along with those difficulties, some competitors have also been charging very low prices, thus taking business from pre-existing trucking fleets. Because of this, small fleets have put a halt on plans to grow their companies.

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Retailers In-Store Robot Use

Many store locations also take care of the e-commerce aspect of the company, and so some retailers have started using robots to assist in the order filling.  Not all work has been moved to robot-labor, but the robots have taken over the smaller, more menial jobs. By off-loading some of this labor to the robots, the employees have more time to commit to customer service and improving the customer experience over all.

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