The SSI Blog

Our blog serves as space for us to share news and ideas about freight payment, freight bill auditing, logistics-centered business intelligence, and best practices observed and implemented in our industry. Enjoy.

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Small Parcel Forum 2015 Recap

What does a compilation of small package experts, cutting edge technology, seminars on best practices, and Chicago all have in common?  The answer: Small Parcel Forum 2015. SSI has just returned from exhibiting at the parcel industry’s leading convention for… Read More

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Global Logistics Management: Glossary of Terms

The transportation and freight industry has a unique and expanding vocabulary.  For even the seasoned and global logistics management team member the lexicon can be a little overwhelming.  The below list of freight terms can be a useful guide and… Read More

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Logistics Best Practices in Customer Support

Transportation management has become a challenging mountain to climb for many shippers.  Partnering with a third party firm to enhance, build, and sustain an efficient and optimized supply chain are among the most important logistics best practices.  A reliable freight… Read More

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Freight Payment RFP: 4 Tips to a Successful Request for Proposal

So it’s time to consider change.  Either your current internal process isn’t making the grade, or the ‘pain-to-change’ now outweighs any benefit of staying with your current freight payment company.  It’s now time to draft and distribute a freight payment… Read More

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Global Freight Management: Tackling International Freight Costs

Global freight management is an increasingly important aspect of a company’s supply chain.  However, controlling the potentially erratic nature of international freight expense can be a daunting task.  If your company isn’t careful the logistics costs associated with operating a… Read More

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Business Intelligence: The Shipper’s Way Forward

Business intelligence has been at the forefront of freight cost reduction and expense management initiatives for over a decade. But for most shippers it is a moving target and can change as often as the supply chain does. The expectation… Read More

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Freight Audit Results: How to Overachieve

Most shippers understand employing a freight audit is one of the easiest ways to start saving money.  Results can vary across the industry, but a normal audit ROI will range from 2 to 6%, capturing hard-dollar savings from service failure… Read More

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Freight Benchmarking: The Best Approach to Shipping Smarter

When it comes to freight benchmarking and business intelligence, what you don’t know can hurt you. Most shippers have a transportation team dedicated to freight cost reduction and optimization.  However, professionals that rely exclusively on standard, or preformatted reports, may… Read More

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Small Parcel Auditing: What Every Shipper SHOULD and SHOULD NOT Do

If you’re a small package shipper in today’s world you’ve likely heard your carrier say: “Our on-time performance for your account is greater than 99%.”  Followed by:  “We’ll give you an extra 1 or 2% discount to earn (or retain)… Read More

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The Mechanics of Freight Payment Companies

Freight payment can be a relatively simple concept.  However, the practice is often complex and unique to the partner you select.  Your company must understand the basic process to better evaluate the myriad of freight payment companies in the industry. … Read More

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