Liz Lasater, Author at Red Arrow Logistics Transportation and Freight Forwarding
For retailers, the holiday season is just as much about the initial purchase as it is about the returns. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), $428 billion in merchandise was returned in 2020, which was about 10.6% of the total U.S. retail sales. E-commerce sales have a rate of return that is around 30% […]
How to Keep Your Freight Moving During Peak Season | Red Arrow Logistics
With the holiday peak season approaching, and capacity as limited as ever, shippers need to be looking at different ways to ensure their shipments arrive on time. The rapid surge in e-commerce during the pandemic caused retailers to have to restock inventory. Now with many retailers still playing catch up, the current freight market is […]
Improving the Security of Your Supply Chain Through Video Surveillance | Red Arrow Logistics
Is your supply chain secure? A supply chain security issue occurs on the weaker parts of an organization’s supply chain. Not surprisingly, supply chains are especially vulnerable because of the many links, people, and locations along the transportation process. Security incidents can be detrimental to your business with immediate costs but can also cause future […]
Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is most often the most cost-effective option for moving smaller loads. As a rule of thumb, if you are shipping fewer than 10 pallets at a time, less than truckload will be the most cost-efficient method of transportation. However, there are several characteristics of LTL shipments that make them complex. In today’s […]
How to Improve Your Supply Contract | Red Arrow Logistics
Recent events have disrupted business activities and supply chains around the world. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ever Given getting stuck in the Suez Canal are examples of events that have caused unexpected delays in business operations as well as a backlog in ports. Businesses are not able to keep a consistent […]
Is Your Supply Chain Positioned for Retail Compliance Success? | Red Arrow Logistics
Compliance has become one of the most challenging aspects of international retail. The more global and complex your supply chain, the more difficult it is to comply with all of the different regulations. This is particularly true for businesses that have specialty products like food or electronics. With new laws being implemented regarding global supply […]
Optimizing Your Cold Chain Logistics | Red Arrow Logistics
Maintaining a temperature-controlled atmosphere during shipping can present a challenge, especially in hot summer months. As shipments go through a variety of temperatures and humidity levels on route to their final destinations, some products like pharmaceuticals and fresh food must be kept refrigerated to maintain their efficacy.  Not regulating the correct temperature for these types […]
Wildfires Disrupt the U.S. and Canadian Supply Chains - Red Arrow Logistics
Recent wildfires that have broken out across British Columbia, Canada, and on the West Coast of the United States have caused serious delays to rail freight transportation. Western Canada and the U.S West Coast’s severe heat waves resulted in several large wildfires that have now created a bottleneck in exports and imports. Shipments sent via […]
Improving Less Than Truckload Efficiencies | Red Arrow Logistics
Less than truckload (LTL) is a cost-efficient way to ship smaller parcels that do not require a full truck. However, it can be a challenge for shippers to manage–shipment delays and disruptions are often prevalent. There are a few strategies that can be implemented to improve the efficiency of LTL, which will not only increase […]
Hurricane season is in full swing, and it is expected that this year will bring above-normal storm activity. In order to prevent disruptions to your supply chain, it is recommended to have a plan in place. With supply chains being leaner than in previous years, they are particularly vulnerable to unpredictable disasters like a hurricane. […]