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Freight Management Today: More Freight, Fewer Trucks and Drivers

Posted on 20, Jun | Posted by David Maxfield

The numbers don’t lie. The economy is returning to pre-recession levels and freight volumes are rising.At the same time, carrier failures, fleet reductions, and the ongoing exodus of drivers from the industry have drained the freight market of much of its capacity. This combination of rising demand and diminished capacity is creating a dangerous imbalance to which shippers have been slow to respond.

The risk is greatest for small and mid-sized companies, who lack the leverage to ensure available carrier capacity at a reasonable price. But there are steps you can take now to manage freight requirements during the coming capacity crunch to avoid supply chain disruptions and protect your market share.

TLC with over 30 years in the industry has allowed us to negotiate incredible rates with all the top carriers. You will not find rates and service like this anywhere else! Best LTL rates you will find. We specialize in shipping dry goods. Get your free online Freight Rate now!

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Rail traffic showed steady gains for the week ending May 28, says AAR

Posted on 3, Jun | Posted by David Maxfield

Rail traffic showed steady gains for the week ending May 28, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 288,049—was up 0.7 percent compared to the same timeframe last year and is behind the week ending May 21 at 295,148 and the week ending May 14 at 294,271. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.

Carload volume was up 0.7 percent in the East and up 0.7 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 6,110,554 for a 3.2 percent annual gain. (more…)

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SaaS 2.0: How the Logistics Industry is Driving an Evolution in Software-as-a-Service

Posted on 9, May | Posted by David Maxfield

The software as a service (SaaS) model has been widely embraced by multiple industries thanks to the numerous advantages that on-demand solutions deliver. Logistics-intensive organizations, however, were among the first to turn to SaaS to reduce costs, increase operational performance and improve customer satisfaction. As the need for connectivity, collaboration and compliance grows, many members of the global supply chain now realize that SaaS in the logistics market can offer far more than “rented” application software when connected to a “federated” network comprised of several communities (such as airlines, ship and truck carriers, government agencies, logistics providers, etc.), each with a common interest.

Consider the next evolution of SaaS as business social networking for the supply chain community –SaaS 2.0, if you will. Leveraging a federated network, SaaS 2.0 extends the value that traditional on-demand solutions offer by not only providing pay-per-use access to applications that businesses need to manage their supply chains, but also by bringing together and enabling multi-party collaboration between logistics service providers, supply chain partners, carriers, customs agencies and customers from around the globe. (more…)

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Transportation & Logistical Concepts, “TLC,”

Posted on 9, May | Posted by David Maxfield

Established in 1987 Transportation & Logistical Concepts, “TLC,” is always looking for innovative ways to improve the services we provide.

We now have the ability to manage your entire supply chain by combining our experienced people with one of the best Transportation Management Systems, “TMS.” By taking advantage of this service, you can start saving right away, without worrying about staffing, training and a lengthy expensive implementation as if you were to purchase a TMS. In fact, we have various programs available for shippers of any size that can turn your logistics into a profit center. (more…)

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Saving time and money on freight has never been easier.

Posted on 9, May | Posted by David Maxfield


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The 5 costliest mistakes companies make managing their freight:

Posted on 9, May | Posted by David Maxfield

Not comparing rates on every shipment.
Not considering alternatives.
Not taking advantage of available technology.
Not auditing freight bills.
They don’t manage it at all.

“TLC can show you how to save time and money by automating many of the freight transportation processes.”

Give me a call today (800) 882-4852 for a FREE evaluation.

David Maxfield
President

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Managed Transportation Services

Posted on 7, Feb | Posted by David Maxfield

The problems facing many companies
The ability to effectively manage your logistics requires access to information regarding the flow and storage of your materials, and the expertise to know what to do with the information. For optimal results, the proper technological tools are needed to make decisions in real time.

Lack of resources
Many companies are forced to rely on people with little or no expertise in logistics. Often the responsibility is left to someone in shipping, warehousing, purchasing or even customer service. Incredibly, this critical function is delegated to people with little time, inclination, or expertise. (more…)

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