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Approved Ranked as Top 3PL Company for Sixth Year

Approved is proud to announce to have once again been honored as 2021’s Top 100 3PL companies by Inbound Logistics Magazine. This is the sixth year we have made this prestigious list. The recognition is given for exceptional supply chain expertise, strategic vision, and client partnerships. “We are so honored to be selected for this prestigious list for the sixth year,” said Randy Tutor, Vice President of Sales. “This year, our team has worked through pandemic challenges to continue providing best in class service. I couldn’t be more proud.” Approved Forwarders was handpicked by the Inbound Logistics editors for this select list of best of […]

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Logistics Terms Made Easy: What Is a Freight Forwarder? 

Like many other specialized areas, the logistics and transportation industry has its own set of terminology. In fact, if you’re listening to two logistics pros chat about an upcoming shipment, it might even sound like they’re speaking an entirely different language.   To help you decode the transportation, freight and logistics words you might hear, we dug deep into our glossary of transportation terms and pulled out one common one that causes an uncommon amount of confusion for many: freight forwarder.   We’ll walk you through exactly what a freight forwarder is, what a freight forwarder does, what kind of services a freight forwarder offers and why you might want to use a freight forwarder when you’re shipping […]

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Logistics Terms Made Easy: What Is a 3PL? 

It’s something thousands of people ask Google every month, and, if you’re not in the freight/logistics industry, it’s not really common knowledge. So we’re here to clear up the answer to this frequently asked question:  What is a 3PL?  In addition to explaining exactly what a 3PL company is, we’ll also take you on a quick tour of what a 3PL does—and how they can help you with your business logistics. Let’s dive in!  What Is a 3PL?  3PL is actually an acronym that stands for 3rd–Party Logistics. When someone hires a 3PL company, they’re turning over their logistics—including things like warehousing and fulfillment—to a third party. That third party, the 3PL, is a company […]

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Supply Chain Management & Its Delivery Phase: Vital for Hawaii-Based Businesses

Out of all the links in a supply chain, the delivery phase is where the rubber meets the road. It’s that crucial moment in which the product that you’ve worked so hard to bring to fruition ends up in the hands of the person you created it for.   As you may already realize, how your product gets delivered is just important as the product itself—and maybe even more so. To illustrate this point, consider this statistic from a survey produced by Convey, a delivery experience management software developer. Their research revealed that 84% of consumers say that they won’t buy again from a brand after just one single bad delivery experience. In other words, the delivery phase of your supply chain is crucial to your customer […]

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What Is LTL Freight? 

If you don’t work in the logistics industry, the term “LTL freight” may be unfamiliar to you. After all, small parcel carriers are perfectly adequate for some business’ needs. For example, a one-person shop who sells necklaces on Etsy can usually get supplies delivered and send customer orders through carriers like UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Even giant storefronts like Zappos can use those same parcel carriers to deliver orders to their customers.  However, there comes a point when some businesses need more. For example, imagine that you need to order a few pallets of raw materials from a supplier. Or maybe you make a deal with a retail outlet to sell large quantities of your goods. Or maybe […]

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What Is FTL? 

When you’re choosing methods for shipping supplies and/or goods for your business, it’s important to understand all your options so you pick the right one.  If that’s what brought you to this article today, you’re in the right place. You’re also in the right place if you’re looking to understand more about logistics, particularly modes of transportation and how they’re priced.   In this article, we’ll walk you through a key method for moving both goods and supplies: FTL freight. You’ll discover exactly what FTL freight is, and why it might be right (or wrong!) for your business. (And, if you have questions about any other terms, make sure to […]

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