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The Holiday Shipping Logistics Crush of 2017

We are now in the thick of the holiday season. Lots of folks out there are spending quite a bit online to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, and this is where logistics come in. Without the right channels and people in the right places, those gifts will never reach their owners in time. Logistics refers to the complex operation between the point of origin of a product and its point of consumption. It is a highly specialized process that makes sure every item ordered is released from the manufacturer in top condition and gets all the way to the consumer unscathed.

What are the logistics of this holiday season?

We are past the middle of December, and this is a rather hectic time for consumers. While 25% of consumers already shopped in the month of November, the expectation is that 43% are still in the midst of their holiday shopping as the middle of December passes, and the statistics indicate that they are ready to splurge on gifts, with an estimated one third of household budgets going to gifts this month. The average family is going to spend a little over $1,200 on gifts, so logistics providers need to be ready to handle this kind of volume.

In order to understand how the 2017 season is stacking up from a logistical standpoint, we need to look at what happened in 2016. Omni-channel trades for that year’s holiday season amounted to $1 trillion. This year, experts project a 4.2% increase, which is saying something. E-commerce sales in particular totaled $110 billion, and there are excited murmurs about that rising 15.8% this year. Within the total e-commerce number, mobile commerce is also going to be a big deal this year, with an incredible 45% surge projected over 2016’s $22.7 billion in business.

It gets even better

Last year was “the year of massive parcels volumes,” as the holiday statistics would suggest.

  • The United States Postal Services delivered 750 million packages.
  • United Parcel Service did 700 million.
  • FedEx did 357 million.

In 2016, retailers hired 738,800 temporary employees to manage the surge in gifts being transported across the country.

So, 2016 was a massive year for holiday season logistics. If preliminary figures are anything to go by, 2017 is going to be far bigger. Now more than ever, retailers, both online and bricks-and-mortar, need to really stay focused on prompt and accurate order fulfillment.

Oakland Bay Area Logistics

If you are in need of logistics, warehousing & distribution, or intermodal services, R&A Trucking is the go-to company in the Oakland Bay Area. To speak with a representative today call 510-632-7112 or use our online contact form.

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Tips on How to Improve Your Transloading Operations

Companies have to be smart about logistics to improve their bottom line. To reach the customer on time, the company needs to come up with a fast and flexible supply chain. Transloading is one way to improve logistics, especially when the shipment involves bulk items. The right method of transportation allows the company to move faster and spur growth. However, as a company, you need the right strategy to ensure you get the best out of your transloading process. Here are some tips that will help you turn the process into a seamless operation; Continue reading

Excellent Opportunity for Class A Driver

R&A Trucking Co. is looking for Truck driver with a Class A license. This is a full time position with all deliveries being completed on a daily basis. Driver will be required to physically handle materials and get up/down from trailer. This position will require a driver that is safety conscience and has the ability to solve problems and follow procedures. The Freight being transported requires a specific way to be loaded and secured. Contact with professional customers will also be required. Driver will also be trained on our procedures. Forklift experience is also a plus.

The truck driver must have the following qualifications.
1. 2 years driving experience. ((Flat Bed experience preferred))
2. Clean driving record and current medical card
3. Current Class A license. // Must Have TWIC CARD
4. Good Communication Skills.

R&A Trucking Co. also offers paid vacations, medical, vision and dental insurance, R&A Trucking offers a friendly work environment with employees committed to customer service.

If you feel you are qualified to join our team that has been committed to quality products and service for the past 30 years, I eagerly await hearing from you.

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Logistics Tips: Increasing Shipping Efficiency

Proper logistics fosters cross-functional harmony across your business. With the right logistics system in place,  trucks, vendors and warehouses are enabled to play their role most effectively. When all these components are working together, products are delivered on time and in good condition. From the warehouse to the customer, goods are transported smoothly and reliably. On the contrary, an underdeveloped supply chain that has deficiencies might result in missing product and unnecessary expenditure. If you want to increase your shipping’s efficiency, then you must manage all aspects of the supply chain properly. How do you go about it? Continue reading

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How to: Maximize Your Intermodal Efficiency

With increased fuel prices, driver shortage and as well as continued government policies that reduce service hours on the road, truck capacity is compromised. As a shipper, you need to find means of lowering costs, improving service delivery. One of the best ways of achieving that is through intermodal services. Intermodal transportation is more efficient and more cost effective when it comes to cargo transportation, as compared to using highways. If you are in the business of logistics, the following tips can greatly improve your intermodal efficiency. Continue reading

5 Quick Tips on Logistics Management

Logistics Management Tips

Any company whose business entails providing a variety of services and products to consumers should have a well-defined logistics strategy. This is importance towards the sustainability of that business as well as providing the highest standards of service at all times. Logistics mainly deals with supply of materials, when they must be transported, delivery, and time considerations, to ensure the entire procedure runs smoothly from start to completion. Continue reading

Feds Announce 5 year Plan for Connected Vehicle Requirements

Intermodal and Trucking News, Dec 2016:

Federal 5 year Plan for Connected Vehicle Requirements

The Department of Transportation recently introduced guidelines to enhance connected vehicle technology. According to federal officials, this technology can reduce up to 80% of crashes that happen on U.S. highways. The rule requires the vehicle industry to begin implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, with a delivery time of two years. According to the new framework, state agencies will continue handling the human aspect of vehicle operation such as vehicle registration and licensing as well as regulating insurance and liability questions. Continue reading

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Intermodal Transportation’s Solution to Evolving Supply Chain Demands

An Examination of Freight Delivery from an Oakland Logistics & Rail Services Firm

One of the top production network patterns affecting the transportation business today is intermodal transportation. In the course of recent years, a limit has been pressed with driver deficiencies, expanded interest, expanded fuel costs, and heightened government oversight. All these uncontrollable issues at hand influence everything from valuing to a timing of burdens, and officials are searching for the answer in keeping up a practical inventory network.

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Oakland Transportation Logistics Dealing With Poor Weather

Preparing Your Supply Chain to Cope with Bad Weather

Bay Area Logistics Firm on Dealing with The Elements

Bad weather can be the demise of any unprepared transportation expedition. Professionals who do not adequately plan for bad weather conditions will seriously undermine their logistics performance. Trains, trucks, airplanes, and more must deal with unpredictable weather conditions to perform transportation services. When these services are not performed on schedule, failures occur and inventory runs short. This usually leads to sudden rate spikes, which can negatively affect budgeting and pricing.

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Freight Distribution Strategies and Considerations

Advice on Route Planning from a Bay Area Intermodal Services Firm

If your company utilizes intermodal services to transport products and goods, you understand the intensive process. All products rely on a unique distribution system that maintains the integrity and physical composition of the cargo. Depending on the mode of service, the determined route will vary based on the size, weight, dimensions, value of cargo, final destination, and countless other factors. If your company uses freight distribution for cargo delivery, or is interested in doing so, there are several service network configurations to consider. They include: point-to-point, corridor, hub-and-spoke, and routing.

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