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Current Dynamics in the Paper and Packaging Sector
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Prices and demand are rising for paper and packaging, as paper is being used in packaging types that were once the sole domain of plastics.
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Nathan McGuire
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May 9, 2024
Cargo Thefts, Changing Consumer Preferences Hitting Food & Beverage
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Cargo Thefts, Changing Consumer Preferences Hitting Food & Beverage
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Nathan McGuire
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May 2, 2024
Q2 Freight Market Trends: Signs of Growth Pushing Back Against Headwinds
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Q2 Freight Market Trends: Signs of Growth Amid Continued Disruption
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Nathan McGuire
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April 24, 2024
The Critical Role of Logistics in Film Production
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Logistics in Film Production
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Nathan McGuire
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April 18, 2024
Chilling Efficiency: Revolutionizing Temperature-Controlled Logistics
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How Technology is Revolutionizing Temperature-Controlled Logistics
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Nathan McGuire
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March 18, 2024
Mastering the Shipping of Over Dimensional Freight
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Overdimensional Freight: The Basics and Finding the Right Solution
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Nathan McGuire
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March 11, 2024
The Ins and Outs of Shipping To and From Canada
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Shipping To and From Canada: Seizing Opportunities North of the Border
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Nathan McGuire
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February 26, 2024
Navigating Cross-Border Logistics with Ease: The Wicker Park Way
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Cross-Border Logistics: Overcoming Hurdles to Seize the Opportunity
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Nathan McGuire
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February 12, 2024
Drayage and Transloading Unpacked: Bridging the Gap for Modern Forwarders
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How Drayage Services & Transloading Benefit Freight Forwarders
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Nathan McGuire
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February 8, 2024
Lubricants Transportation: Navigating Challenges, Leveraging  Technology, Gaining Efficiency
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Carriers handling bulk lubricants must adhere to strict federal and state licensure and regulatory requirements for their overall operations
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Nathan McGuire
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February 5, 2024
Transporting Solar Panels and Components: Getting  Renewable Energy Logistics Right
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To ensure safe transit of solar panels and related equipment, here are some essential tips to remember and what to look for in a partner.
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Nathan McGuire
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January 24, 2024
From Earth to Orbit: Orchestrating the Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain
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The aerospace and defense supply chain is extremely specialized, transporting high-value, high-tech components and requiring specialized exp
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Nathan McGuire
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January 22, 2024
Expedited Freight Services: Swift Solutions for Urgent Logistics Needs
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Discover expedited freight services offer speed, reliability, and a smart strategy that can transform your supply chain and keep your busine
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Nathan McGuire
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January 12, 2024
Wicker Park Logistics is Now Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
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In a traditionally male-dominated industry, our position as a woman-owned business is a beacon of change. It influences our company culture,
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Nathan McGuire
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January 10, 2024
Freight Market Outlook 2024: Thoughts On What's To Come
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There are conflicting opinions on what the New Year will bring for the freight market after 2023 yielded a couple of lumps of coal from Sant
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Nathan McGuire
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December 17, 2023
Digital Transformation Delivers Value in Logistics Control Tower
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The challenges facing shippers in terms of freight complexity and cost mitigation argue strongly for investing in a 3PL-enabled Logistics Co
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Nathan McGuire
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December 13, 2023
Reefer Freight: 7 Steps to Find the Best Quote for Your Reefer Freight
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Navigating the reefer freight market is a complex task. These steps can optimize costs, ensure reliability, and drive efficiency in any mark
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Nathan McGuire
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October 20, 2023
Best Practices of Refrigerated Transportation: A Guide for Shippers
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Learn the best practices in reefer shipments and how to elevate the efficiency and reliability of your refrigerated shipments with Wicker Pa
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Nathan McGuire
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October 6, 2023
Is Partial Truckload the Right Option for Your Shipping Needs?
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Discover the benefits of Partial Truckload Shipping as the perfect middle ground between LTL and FTL and how 3PLs help shippers identify the
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Nathan McGuire
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September 29, 2023
Wicker Park Logistics Announces New President, Teri Hoeft
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Teri Hoeft Takes Helm at Wicker Park Logistics, Brings Diverse Expertise to Drive Strategic Growth and Innovation
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Nathan McGuire
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September 19, 2023
A Guide to Volume LTL Mastery
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Discover the path to Volume LTL mastery. Maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and excel in freight shipping with advanced strategies and insig
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Nathan McGuire
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September 1, 2023
A Guide to Open-Deck Shipping: Flatbeds, Step Decks, Goosenecks, and More
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What sort of open-deck trailer equipment is best for your company? Read on to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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August 7, 2023
The DNA of Wicker Park Logistics: Customers, Transparency & Commitment
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Learn more about what makes Chicago-based Wicker Park Logistics one of North America’s best transportation providers for shippers...
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Nathan McGuire
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August 4, 2023
The Best Practices for Hotshot Logistics
Does your time-sensitive shipment need to be there now? Hotshot logistics is your best bet. Read on to learn more.
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July 7, 2023
Flatbed Shipping Rates and Quotes: What Should be the Cost Per Mile?
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Read on to learn about the factors that influence flatbed shipping rates and total cost per mile.
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Nathan McGuire
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June 23, 2023
A Shipper’s Guide to Inbound Freight Logistics
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Route optimization and automated load notifications are two of the many benefits of inbound freight logistics. Read on to learn more.
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Nathan McGuire
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June 8, 2023
A Guide to Flatbed Freight Shipping and Delivery
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Do you have a handle on your flatbed shipping? This guide can help. Click to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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May 27, 2023
Mastering Cross-Border Freight: A Guide to Streamlined Solutions
Is your cross-border freight optimized to peak performance? Click to learn how you can streamline your operations.
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Nathan McGuire
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May 18, 2023
Overcoming Obstacles in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Comprehensive Approach to Logistics
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How are 3PLs helping the oil and gas industry overcome some of their supply chain obstacles? Click to learn more.
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Nathan McGuire
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April 29, 2023
Q1 and Q2 2023: As the Logistics Industry Settles, Questions Still Remain
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Shippers are cautiously optimistic about the state of the logistics industry in 2023. Read on to learn more.
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Nathan McGuire
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April 13, 2023
How are 3PLs Helping Produce Shippers Optimize Their Supply Chain?
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Produce shippers can eliminate a lot of their challenges by finding the right transportation provider. Click to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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April 4, 2023
How Can Food Shippers Gain Visibility Over Their Entire Supply Chain?
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Are you getting the visibility you deserve on your supply chain? Click to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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March 27, 2023
Taking Advantage of Multi-Mode Shipping to Minimize Liquor Logistics Costs
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Looking to save costs on your next liquor load? Click to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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March 17, 2023
Using Data Analytics to Improve Logistics in the Alcohol Industry
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Are your loads of booze in good hands? Click to learn how data and tech are helping alcohol shippers
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Nathan McGuire
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March 10, 2023
A Guide to For Shippers to Pick the Best Reefer Service for your Freight
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Shipping reefer loads is more than a rate and a truck. Click to learn what to look for on your next load!
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Nathan McGuire
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March 3, 2023
How Technology Provides Visibility and Helps Optimizes Cold Chain Shipping
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Technology is enabling shippers to get more from their supply chain. Click to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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February 24, 2023
How Automation is Helping Shippers Reduce Costs on their Refrigerated Freight
Is your 3PL optimizing your refrigerated freight? Click here to learn how tech can empower food shippers
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Nathan McGuire
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February 17, 2023
How 3PLs Can Help Streamline Your Food Logistics
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Food logistics is complex, but your service provider doesn’t have to be! Click here to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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February 3, 2023
A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Negotiating LTL Pricing to Lower Costs with a 3PL or Freight Broker Partner
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A look at LTL pricing, what strategies and insights can help negotiate better rates, and the benefits of partnering with a 3PL.
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Nathan McGuire
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January 16, 2023
Strategies for Improving Efficiency of Manufacturing Logistics Services
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Looking for ways to improve manufacturing logistics services? Read on to learn more!
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Nathan McGuire
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December 27, 2022
Truckload Freight Market Trends 2023: What to Expect
Read on to learn Wicker Park Logistics’s take on what freight market trends shippers can expect as the calendar turns to 2023.
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Nathan McGuire
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December 15, 2022
What’s the Purpose of Freight Mini-Bids?
Learn how freight mini-bids can help shippers faced with inflation, rising fuel costs, and other seasonal challenges.
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Nathan McGuire
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December 6, 2022
The Rules for Shipping Pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical companies have a range of special requirements when moving their products. Click to learn more
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November 18, 2022
How to be a Successful Freight Broker & Get a Thriving Career
Few careers are more rewarding, lucrative, and challenging than being a freight broker and job openings for freight brokers are growing.
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November 7, 2022
Discount Retail Logistics: How to Keep Freight Costs Low to Keep Prices Low
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Supply chain optimization is the key to helping discount retailers keep their prices low in the face of rising expenses.
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Nathan McGuire
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October 15, 2022
Retail Logistics Services Management: Challenges & Best Practices
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Creating an optimized supply chain is crucial for retail stores. The right partnership can solve many retail logistics services challenges.
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Nathan McGuire
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September 30, 2022
How 3PLs Can Help Paper & Packaging Companies
Route optimization is just one of the many ways modern freight brokerages specializing in paper logistics help shippers control costs.
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Nathan McGuire
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September 6, 2022
How a Multicarrier Shipping Software Helps Brokerages Deliver on the Promise of Automotive Shipping
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As the automotive industry recovers from COVID, it’s time to consider how data-enabled shipping software can help businesses thrive.
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Nathan McGuire
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August 9, 2022
5 Risks and Solutions in Government Logistics and Transportation
Shippers must have confidence in their process and carrier network whenever they take on government logistics.
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July 29, 2022
How Technology Enables Faster E-Commerce Transportation Management for Retailers
As e-commerce shipping becomes an expectation of retailers, retail decision-makers must utilize technology to ensure proper transportation a
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Nathan McGuire
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July 8, 2022
Food & Beverage Transportation Tips to Reduce Shipping Spend
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Food and beverage transportation can be a costly and complicated venture. Read this article for seven tips to consider when transporting.
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Nathan McGuire
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June 28, 2022
To Ship by Full Truckload (FT) or Less Than Truckload (LTL) & Why a Freight Broker Company Is Key
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The decision to go by FT or LTL must not be taken lightly, and a freight broker company can make it much easier. Learn how today.
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Nathan McGuire
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June 3, 2022
4 Reasons Companies Are Embracing Dedicated Transportation Management
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Dedicated transportation has grown significantly as capacity constraints tighten. Learn four top reasons for its use in your network today.
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Nathan McGuire
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May 20, 2022
How a Transport Freight Brokerage Overcomes the Challenges of Transportation Management
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Working with a freight brokerage opens the door to significant opportunities for advancement in your logistics network. Learn how today.
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Nathan McGuire
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May 13, 2022
The Cost-Saving Benefits of Intermodal Transportation and How Shippers Can Maximize Its Value
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Shipping companies can save time and money by utilizing intermodal transportation instead of relying exclusively on OTR. Read this article t
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Nathan McGuire
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April 22, 2022
What Are Expedited Freight Shipping Solutions?
Sometimes freight just needs to arrive today without excuses. Read to learn more about expedited freight and its role in today’s supply chai
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Nathan McGuire
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March 25, 2022
What Are Truckload Freight Shipping Services?
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Freight truckload shipping services are a vital aspect of modern supply chain management, but they can be confusing. Get a review today.
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Nathan McGuire
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March 10, 2022
Produce Shipping Season Tips for Success in Spring 2022
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Having a few produce shipping season tips can help shippers avoid capacity crunch worsening in spring. Learn more today.
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Nathan McGuire
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February 18, 2022
Transportation Industry Outlook for 2022
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Let’s take a closer dive into our transportation industry outlook to see what’s happening and what might happen throughout the coming year.
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Nathan McGuire
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February 4, 2022
Cross Border All Modes Challenges & Tips to Navigate
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Cross-border trade comes with unique challenges that shippers need to overcome to lower transportation spend. Learn more today.
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Nathan McGuire
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January 21, 2022
The Value of a 3PL, Part III: What Visibility and Data Benefits Does Working With a 3PL Offer
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Strong network partnerships also give rise to strong 3PL benefits that are rooted in data and visibility-driven management. Learn more now.
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Nathan McGuire
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January 7, 2022
The Value of a 3PL: Shippers Turn to 3PLs for Benefits, Despite Changing Trends
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Finding a way to improve efficiency and throughput is part of the core 3PL benefits for shippers. Learn more about the value of a 3PL today.
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Nathan McGuire
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December 17, 2021
The Value of a 3PL: Supply Chain Trends Give Rise to New Challenges in Logistics
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The supply chain trends of 2022 are more closely aligned to challenges than many realize. Learn what’s happening and how it will affect frei
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Nathan McGuire
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December 10, 2021
Truckload RFP Season: Going from Q4 to Q1...How to Plan for RFP Season
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Planning for truckload RFP season is going to look different in 2022, but it’s still vital to get the best carrier RFP responses. Learn more
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Nathan McGuire
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December 3, 2021
9 Tips for Flatbed Freight Shipping
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Finding ways to manage flatbed transport is easier when you have a few tips up your sleeve. Get them now.
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Nathan McGuire
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November 19, 2021
The Common Shipping Terms to Know
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Understanding common shipping terms will make it much easier to collaborate with colleagues and drive supply chain success.
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Nathan McGuire
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November 5, 2021
A Guide to Automotive Logistics and Freight Shipping Best Practices
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Automotive logistics services are a complex process requiring attention to detail and continuous market analysis. Learn more today.
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Nathan McGuire
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October 29, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Reverse Logistics
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The answer to “what is reverse logistics” involves many fine details, and it’s important to understand its nuances and benefits.
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Nathan McGuire
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October 22, 2021
Top Retail Logistics and Freight Shipping Best Practices to Know
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Retail logistics and freight shipping best practices go well together to help shippers maintain cost control and avoid stock-outs.
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Nathan McGuire
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October 15, 2021
Advantages and Disadvantages of Intermodal Freight Transportation
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Intermodal freight transportation offers several advantages and disadvantages over more traditional strategies to fulfillment. Learn more .
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Nathan McGuire
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October 7, 2021
A Quick Guide to Food and Beverage & Perishable Freight Shipping and Logistics
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Food freight companies provide a vital service and help companies keep customers safe, but they must take care to maintain temperatures and
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Nathan McGuire
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October 1, 2021
5 Considerations for Alcohol Shipping, Fulfillment, and Distribution
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aking a few proactive steps for alcohol shipping will help avoid fines, reduce overhead, and increase revenue in this high-demand industry.
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Nathan McGuire
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September 24, 2021
What Is Supply Chain Optimization & Why Do You Need It?
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Supply chain optimization is an ongoing process that helps shippers do more with less and keep costs under control. Learn more today.
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Nathan McGuire
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September 17, 2021
Efficient Freight Procurement: How Digital Freight Tools Help Source Capacity
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The right strategy for freight procurement begins and ends with technology and the right partners working for your team.
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Nathan McGuire
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September 2, 2021
4 Ways to Hedge Freight Market Volatility
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The increased volatility within the freight market can be mitigated by partnering with a digital freight broker. Learn how today.
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Nathan McGuire
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August 26, 2021
5 Ways Freight Broker Companies Aid Shippers to Fulfill Customer Experience Promises
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Learn 5 ways Freight broker companies can help shippers increase throughput & delight customers with the right use of technology.
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Nathan McGuire
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August 20, 2021
[INFOGRAPHIC] Future-Ready, Digitally Enabled Freight Brokerage Vs. Traditional Freight Brokerage: Pros & Cons
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In logistics, there are two types of freight brokerage strategies: digitally enabled vs. traditional. Learn the pros & cons.
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Nathan McGuire
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August 13, 2021
The 7 Steps of How to Find a Good Freight Broker
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It’s critical for shippers to know a few things about how to find the right freight broker. Learn 7 steps.
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Nathan McGuire
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July 23, 2021
Why Shippers Need Freight Broker Partners for High-Quality Capacity & Carrier Service
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The ongoing market volatility emphasizes why shippers need freight broker partners with tools and resources to source capacity & service.
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Nathan McGuire
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July 9, 2021
What Is Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight Shipping
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Let’s break down in detail what is LTL shipping and how does LTL shipping work.
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Nathan McGuire
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June 21, 2021
Wicker Park Logistics Launches Tech-Driven, Radically Transparent & Full-Service 3PL
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What started as a vision to breathe new life into an industry plagued by inefficiencies is now a reality with Wicker Park Logistics!
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Nathan McGuire
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June 17, 2021