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4 Ways This Holiday Season Might Be Different for Retailers

2020 has been the year of the curveball—a year in which seemingly anything could happen. Even just in the world of logistics and supply chain management, this year has seen dramatic shortages, supply chain disruptions, air freight capacity crunches, ocean freight blank sailings, and much more. (The list goes on!) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the globe, most experts agree that the 2020 holiday season will look a little different this year for consumers, retailers, and logistics providers alike. But exactly how will it be different? Obviously, that still remains to be seen. However, in this article, we’ll take a look at some […]

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Spotlight on Supply Chain Sustainability: Important to Consumers, Good for Business

If your business hasn’t already embraced the concept of sustainability, what’s holding you back? Is it: Lack of clarity around what “sustainability” really means? The fact that it’s a challenging and slippery goal to measure? The impression that it will cost your company money without much benefit to speak of? The concern that it’s not a value that your customers will support—or even care about? These and many other concerns have made some businesses and brands hesitant about pursuing sustainability initiatives. If this is the position you find yourself in, we’ve got some resources to help you take a deeper dive into this topic, including […]

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6 Trends We’re Seeing Right Now in Hawaii Freight & Trucking

The events of 2020 have resulted in changes to logistics and supply chain operations around the globe, maybe nowhere more notably than air freight, which has experienced significant capacity crunches and rate volatility this year. Ultimately, the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted just about every mode of transportation available. To give you some additional perspective on the current state of logistics, we wanted to share a quick update on what we’re seeing in Hawaii freight. Below, you’ll find our observations around recent freight trends and changing procedures, as well as few suggestions for handling them as they relate to your supply chain. […]

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Starting a New Business in Hawaii? Your Freight Forwarder Can Help!

You might already be aware that a freight forwarder can help your business run more smoothly. But did you know that a freight forwarder can be an absolutely invaluable partner in starting a business? This can be especially true in a place like Hawaii, where you may be coordinating multiple freight modes to supply your new venture. In this article, we’ll reveal four ways your freight forwarder can help you get a new Hawaii business off the ground, quickly, easily, and affordably. #1: Coordinating All of the Moving Parts Starting up a brick-and-mortar business is a little like spinning those proverbial plates. There’s a lot […]

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The Experts Speak: The COVID-19 Effect on Freight and Household Moves in Hawaii

As part of our Local Spotlight series on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state of Hawaii, we’ve profiled three small business owners in the state: Caramiya Davies-Reed, who owns a brick-and-mortar store and an online business in Maui. Justine Lee, who co-owns the restaurant PAI Honolulu with her husband, Kevin Lee. Nick Gerard, co-owner of the full-service auto repair shop Neue Auto in Honolulu. In addition to offering you the perspective of these small business owners, we wanted to share some observations from our experts in the state. These three have been working to keep freight and household goods moving to and […]

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Finding the Right Partner to Expand into Hawaii Freight—and Grow Your Business

As a 3PL, you may be working with your clients on their LTL/FTL, air, rail, and intermodal freight, but maybe you haven’t yet gone after delivering freight to Jones Act locations like Hawaii. (Or perhaps you’ve dipped your toes into this market in the past and gotten burned by unreliable partners!) Adding new freight destinations through partnerships can offer your business considerable benefits. First of all, it allows you to rapidly expand your own capabilities while skipping the steep learning curve that new destinations can entail. That’s especially true for a destination like Hawaii, where you’re dealing with four different islands, each with their own […]

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