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June 22, 2022

Sleek Technologies and Propero Consulting Automate Freight Procurement for Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Users

Sleek Technologies and Propero Consulting to offer AI-powered freight procurement automation software that seamlessly integrates…

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June 17, 2022

Shanghai, Back to School, Fall Peak, And More– Are You Prepared?

Michael Paul, Sleek’s VP of Sales, has been helping shippers source qualified carriers for years…

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SupplyTech Breakthrough 2022-Sleek Technologies
June 16, 2022

Sleek Technologies Awarded “Procurement Solution of the Year” In 2022 SupplyTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Sleek Technologies Wins Procurement Solution of the Year from Annual Awards Program Which Recognizes Innovation…

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June 2, 2022

Sleek Technologies Announces Joanne Savage from AdvanSix as 2022 ISY (Innovative Shipper of the Year) Award Winner

AdvanSix, a leading producer of differentiated products in the industries of nylon solutions, chemical intermediates,…

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May 23, 2022

Using AI to Battle Rising Diesel Costs

There’s not much shippers and carriers can do when decisions or events on the other…

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May 9, 2022

AI in Freight Procurement Refresh

Technology is one of the hottest topics of conversation today in the freight procurement and…

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May 5, 2022

Before Investing Millions in A Private Fleet, Give Freight Procurement Automation A Test Run. You’ll Be Glad You Did.

There seems to be a new costly trend amongst large shippers to deploy their own…

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May 3, 2022

How Has AI Automated Freight Procurement To Make Shippers Agile?

No doubt, digitalization is the future of supply chains across the world. It’s no secret…

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April 26, 2022

Sleek Technologies Announces Michael Paul as VP of Sales

Pioneer in AI-driven freight procurement automation announces the addition of Schneider, RGL Logistics and Ascent…

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April 21, 2022

Game-Changing Tech Helps Shippers Manage Freight Market Fluctuation

In order to effectively manage transportation efforts, especially as the freight market bounces up and…

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April 12, 2022

Is The Reefer Supply Chain Starting To Balance Out?

2022 has already proven to be one of the most chaotic years yet for freight…

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April 9, 2022

Are Shippers Ready For The Next Pivot? Most Are Not.

As Heraclitus once said, “The only constant in life is change.” That certainly rings true…

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April 8, 2022

Freight Procurement Tips for Refrigerated Season 2022

It is hard to believe that refrigerated trucking season is here. Rising temps, and fruits…

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March 26, 2022

Identifying Data Issues in Freight Procurement Operations

Due to the digital transformation push that stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, more freight procurement…

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March 16, 2022

Navigating 2022’s Early Capacity Woes

Access to capacity has been an ongoing challenge for freight procurement professionals for the last…

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March 10, 2022

Energy Price Hikes & Freight Procurement

With news that gas prices have officially hit the highest national average since 2008, shippers and…

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March 3, 2022

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Understanding the Logistics Fallout

Much like every business vertical, the Russia-Ukraine crisis is dominating conversations in logistics and freight…

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February 23, 2022

Biden Infrastructure Spending in 2022: What To Expect In Freight Procurement & Logistics

2021 was a big year for American infrastructure and after months of wrangling, Congress passed…

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February 17, 2022

Building an Actionable Data Foundation

With freight procurement undergoing a major digital transformation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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February 9, 2022

PROCUREMENT’S TECHNOLOGY REVAMP JOURNEY

The freight procurement industry has been notorious for its habit of being slow to adopt…

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January 31, 2022

US-Canada Cross Border Vaccine Mandates

Less than 24 hours after reversing a vaccine mandate for Canadian truck drivers, due to pressure…

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January 26, 2022

Best Ways for Shippers to Manage Customer Relationships

What would freight management be without the relationships that shippers have with their customers? The last two…

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January 20, 2022

Sleek Unveils 2022 State of Freight Procurement Report

2021 was one of the most challenging for shippers yet, and set the stage for…

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January 19, 2022

STUDY: 97 Percent of Shippers Set to Increase Freight Procurement Budgets In 2022

New research from Sleek Technologies details key trends in freight procurement following last year’s supply…

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January 12, 2022

3 Biggest Data Questions for Customer Teams

Customer relationships are so integral to the operations of freight procurement today, especially during such…

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January 11, 2022

Sleek Technologies and Novigo Partner to Provide Advanced Freight Procurement Tools

Sleek Technologies and Novigo will offer customers AI-powered freight procurement technology, 100% data transparency, and…

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December 29, 2021

2021 Logistics Year In Review

Logistics and supply chain professionals had their hands full in 2021, and that certainly holds…

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December 22, 2021

As Freight Procurement Becomes A Priority, How Will Things Shake Up?

2021 was quite an interesting year for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors, leaving many c-suite executives…

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December 20, 2021

3 Biggest Data Questions for Freight Procurement Teams

The logistics industry is as complex and competitive as ever before, especially when it comes…

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December 9, 2021

How Could The Infrastructure Bill Impact Freight Procurement

There’s no doubt the recently passed infrastructure bill will have massive impacts on many industries,…

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December 1, 2021

Analyzing the Supply Chain Logjam: Where Freight Procurement Factors In

Originally posted on Food Logistics. Shippers and logistics companies can begin to build the agile and…

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November 19, 2021

Food Shipping Check-In: Where Freight Procurement Stands Ahead of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means plenty of consumers going out and…

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November 11, 2021

How Will Upcoming Vaccine Mandates Impact Logsitics?

Mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine have been impacting different industries in different ways, whether it’s…

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November 10, 2021

Three Tips for Improving Freight Procurement in the Supply Chain Logjam

Originally posted on SupplyChainBrain. No part of the supply chain is immune from the turmoil currently…

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November 2, 2021

How Labor Shortages Impact Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Labor shortages continue to impact many different sectors. Logistics has been hard hit with labor…

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October 27, 2021

How Booster Vaccines and the Supply Chain Crisis Go Hand in Hand

Two of the biggest topics on people’s minds right now are COVID booster shots and…

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October 18, 2021

The Transparency Battle: Where to Start

Transparency in freight procurement is paramount to success. In an industry riddled with moving parts,…

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October 14, 2021

Worried about supply chain issues? Make sure you’re looking at logistics spending.

Originally posted on StrategicCFO360. With logistics spending reported to have hit $10.6 trillion last year alone, it’s surprising…

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October 5, 2021

Navigating the EOY Freight Procurement Crunch

Black Friday is right around the corner. And, while the early shopping rush may typically…

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October 1, 2021

3 Ways AI Can Reap Benefits

Originally posted on Inbound Logistics on 9/11/2021. Set to generate more than $550 billion in revenue by…

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September 30, 2021

Why Sustainability Must Be Important In Freight Procurement

Freight transportation is a large contributor to air pollution. According to The United States Environmental Protection…

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September 29, 2021

Hurricane Ida: How the Energy Logistics Industry Can Cope

Originally posted on SupplyChainBrain on 9/15/2021. This has been a devastating year thus far in terms of…

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September 24, 2021

How AI is Fixing Logistics and Freight Procurement’s Data Blindspots How AI is Fixing Logistics and Freight Procurement’s Data Blindspots

Originally posted on Food Logistics on 9/24/2021.   Here’s how artificial intelligence helps shippers and carrier close…

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September 23, 2021

Energy Shipping Management

Energy Shipping Management Hurricane Ida had far-reaching impacts on several business sectors — particularly on…

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September 21, 2021

Navigating Natural Disasters: A Guide for Food Shippers

Originally posted on Food Manufacturing on 9/21/21. This year has already seen its fair share of natural…

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September 16, 2021

Understanding How AI is Making Freight Procurement Easier

AI is becoming a power player in logistics just as it has been in many other industries….

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September 15, 2021

Sleek Technologies Announces Executive Team Expansion

Pioneer in AI-driven freight procurement technology announces the addition of George Belle as Head of Solutions Engineering…

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September 1, 2021

Transparency and Freight Procurement: The Biggest Pain Points

One of the biggest catalysts for shipping success is transparency. Yet, there is a massive lack…

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August 27, 2021

How Will the New Infrastructure Bill Benefit Logistics?

Originally posted on Industry Today on 8/27/2021. With the $1.2 trillion package now through the Senate, what…

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August 24, 2021

Booster Shots Add More Stress on Refrigerated Procurement

With the recent news that COVID-19 booster shots will roll out, any hopes that reefer capacity…

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August 17, 2021

Logistics Concerns for the Paper & Pulp Industry

Freight procurement can be a huge pain for any industry, but especially the pulp and paper…

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August 10, 2021

What’s Next in Freight Technology

Much like every industry, freight procurement and shipping are evolving and changing by the day. It looks…

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August 4, 2021

The Importance of Real-Time Data in Freight Procurement

When operating in the freight procurement market today it’s imperative for shippers to have access to real-time…

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August 2, 2021

Sleek Technologies Partners With project44 to Increase Customer Value

Freight procurement software startup Sleek Technologies, partners with project44, the leading provider of real-time supply…

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July 27, 2021

3 Summer Reefer Capacity Management Tips

The middle of summer only means one thing for many freight procurement teams: a reefer…

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July 20, 2021

Top 3 Questions Shippers Should Ask Their Procurement Partners

With so many moving parts, finding the right freight procurement resources can be a painstaking process for…

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July 12, 2021

Refrigerated Trucking Capacity Shortage: How to Avoid Sky-High Costs

Originally posted on Food Logistics on 7/12/21. Here are a few key strategies that reefer shippers should…

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July 7, 2021

State of AI and Real-Time Data in Freight Procurement / Logistics

Worth an estimated $62 billion in 2020, and set to grow at a 40.2% CAGR from 2021…

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July 5, 2021

Three Trends Shippers Can Expect Yet This Year

Originally posted on SupplyChainBrain on 7/5/21 The past 15 months have been hectic for freight procurement and…

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June 28, 2021

2H 2021 Freight Procurement: What Lies Ahead

It’s hard to believe, but the midway point of 2021 has already arrived. And given…

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June 23, 2021

3 Missteps in Building Partner Relationships

Nurturing a good relationship with partners is pivotal in freight procurement, but in hectic times…

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June 16, 2021

Transparency is M.I.A in Freight Procurement

In a world where data and transparency are driving groundbreaking results, freight procurement is one vertical, in…

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June 11, 2021

The Issues with Static Tender Procurement Process

As the technology revolution has taken hold, AI and data science have become indispensable tools…

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June 3, 2021

Supply, Demand & Freight Procurement

Much like in many business verticals, understanding supply and demand in logistics is pivotal to…

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June 1, 2021

Tips to Close the Logistics Data Gap

Although data continues to help proliferate the supply chain, making companies more agile and boosting…

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May 29, 2021

Tips For Temperature Control Shippers Who Are Struggling with Tight Reefer Freight Market

If you’re a food, beverage, cosmetics or pharma manufacturer, and require temperature controls, chances are…

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May 27, 2021

Cost: The Broker Secret That is Undermining Freight Procurement

Shippers have become accustomed to having more questions than answers when it comes to working…

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May 26, 2021

The Importance of Customer Service Within Freight Procurement

Customer service is key to building strong relationships that sustain success in any industry, but…

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May 18, 2021

Solving Data Interchange in Freight Procurement

Freight procurement and logistics professionals are increasingly relying on data to drive their business decisions…

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May 6, 2021

How Tech and Transportation Can Solve the “Cost of Goods Sold” Issue

The impact that cost of goods sold (COGS) has on a company’s bottom line cannot…

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April 21, 2021

Make No Buts About it, Dynamic is Better Than Static!

Have you ever experienced a diagonal or horizontal crack in your home’s foundation? If so,…

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April 8, 2021

To Contract or Not to Contract? That is the Question.

The freight market continues to carve out new records, and last week is no exception….

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April 5, 2021

Freighting Meets AI (Artificial Intelligence)

generating a ton of headlines in verticals such as retail, healthcare, and consumer tech, it…

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March 1, 2021

How Reinventing Freight Procurement Helps Shippers Handle Today’s Market Volatility.

Successful manufacturers are always on the hunt for ways to optimize supply chain processes to…

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February 24, 2021

With Primary Acceptance Rates At All Time Lows, How Do You Keep Your Freight Moving?

January 2020 continued to ring in historic numbers for freight volumes and tender rejections. Volume…

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February 15, 2021

New video shows massive scope of California box-ship traffic jam

Originally posted on FreightWaves Newly released U.S. Coast Guard video offers visceral proof of just how…

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February 9, 2021

What Can Be Derived From January’s YoY Double-Digit Increase In Intermodel Rail Units?

Wall Street Journal’s Logistics Report stated that the Association of American Railroads recorded the highest ever volume of average…

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January 28, 2021

MIT CTL’s Top Supply Chain Challenges in 2021

Originally posted on SupplyChain247 Which supply chain challenges will preoccupy companies in 2021? Many are reflected…

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January 21, 2021

Supply Chain and Procurement Transformation in 2021

Article originally posted on Supply Chain Brief Some say COVID-19 is changing the future of supply…

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January 15, 2021

2021 Rate Outlook

Originally posted on K-Ratio Trucking is a commodity and like any commodity, its price, though volatile…

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December 14, 2020

If Your Industry Changes, So Must You To Survive

When a market or industry is disrupted, changes need to be made to help overcome…

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December 7, 2020

Thanks, But No Thanks To Rising Prices Thanksgiving Week

As you’ve probably seen, tender volume and rejection rates climbed to new heights Thanksgiving week….

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November 24, 2020

Growing Supply Chain Competitive Advantage

Supply chain competitive advantage continues to be a popular buzz phrase amongst transportation and logistics…

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November 18, 2020

Shippers, why are you still using brokers or spot?

I ask this question to shippers a lot, and when I say a lot, I…

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November 16, 2020

Carrier Cost Is One of the Quickest Ways to Reduce Transportation Cost

Transportation costs continue to rise making it difficult for shippers to effectively manage their transportation…

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November 5, 2020

Truckload Pricing and Market Fluctuation

Once again, supply and demand have impacted truckload rates. Simply put, there are not enough…

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October 29, 2020

How to Find Trucking Capacity in Tight Market & Reduce Freight Costs

Co-op blog with our partners @MercuryGate As seasonality and disruption continue to redefine the capacity crisis,…

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October 28, 2020

Bringing the 3 T’s Back Together: Transportation, Transparency & Trust

Seems there has always been a small undertone of mistrust within transportation and logistics. The…

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October 14, 2020

Disruptions Force Shippers to Evaluate How They Secure TL Services

2020 has undoubtedly added disruption to the supply chain. Shippers across the US are scrambling…

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October 7, 2020

Edge 2020 Cliff Notes

Last week, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) had their annual EDGE conference/…

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September 23, 2020

Sleek Match Engine Fuels Capacity & Savings

Overview  Sleek Technologies launched Sleek Match Engine back in October 2019 with a goal to…

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September 15, 2020

Help Us Celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

Over 3.5 million men and women haul goods across America. These professional truck drivers have extremely…

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September 14, 2020

Looking for Additional Capacity, Along with Cost Control?

Shipper Capacity & Cost Control Have you heard about Sleek OTS Plugin? Sleek OTS Plugin…

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September 11, 2020

Rise in Offsite Safety Inspections Impacts Carriers & Number of Audits

Did you know more than 50% of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s  (FMCSA) safety audits…

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September 9, 2020

Contracted Freight Shifts To Spot

Last week, spot van rates hit record highs. Here’s what Dean Corbolotti, Shipper Engagement at…

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September 4, 2020

Does Your Transportation Team Have OTS?

Managing a transportation and logistics budget is arguably the most difficult job within a company….

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September 3, 2020

Sleek Fleet Now Doing Business as Sleek Technologies

The company has invested heavily in research and development to commercialize the Sleek Shipper SaaS…

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September 2, 2020

Sleek Fleet Expands Team to Drive Growth & World-Class Service

CHICAGO, September 2, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Sleek Fleet, offering tech-enabled solutions for shippers and carriers, is…

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August 11, 2020

In A Tight Market, Are The Only Freight Rate Options Contract Or Spot?

Knowing the supply chain gobbles up 60-90% of a company’s spend, you better bet your…

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August 5, 2020

Looks Like August May See Higher Freight Volumes Than Expected

Carriers have begun to report stronger earnings than expected, contradicting expert predictions that a healthy…

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August 5, 2020

Companies Continue To Transition To New Workforce Models

Many companies have worked around the clock to transition in-office workers to remote, placing a…

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August 5, 2020

Carriers may face penalties, shutdowns under Virginia COVID-19 regs

Recently, FreightWaves reported that the state of Virginia will soon require companies to classify employees…

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August 3, 2020

Proprietary Machine Learning Tool Finds Perfect Driver For Every Load

Scalable machine learning platform, Sleek Match Engine, powers automatic load distribution for Sleek Fleet customers,…

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July 9, 2020

Transportation Experts Share Insights On Digital Freight Brokerages

A recent Forbes article reveals how digital, and technology, are automating the freight industry. For…

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July 8, 2020

Trucking Companies Park Fleet-Expansion Plans with Unprecedented Speed.

WSJ report notes decreases in truck orders, and average US truckload rate per mile of…

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June 25, 2020

Trends Seen In Our Data Suggust America Is Getting Back To Work

America is getting back to business, and our data shows it. At Sleek Fleet, we…

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June 20, 2020

House lawmakers vote to raise mandatory insurance coverage to $2MM

FreightWaves reports that lawmakers have approved increasing insurance required for truck drivers. “Unfortunately, this amendment…

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June 1, 2020

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Plunged 12.2% in April

For April, American Trucking Association (ATA) reported massive declines in truck tonnage year-over-year. The retail…

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June 1, 2020

Companies Lean on Freight Tech to Untangle Scrambled Supply Chains

A recent WSJ article shared that technology is helping companies streamline supply chains, so they…

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May 22, 2020

Tips To Keep Workers Safe As They Return Back To Work

For several weeks now, workplaces across America have essentially shut down, or have had limited…

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May 19, 2020

What’s changing in federal hours of service regs

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that changes are coming to federal hours of service…

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April 22, 2020

#SleekTruckerStory (Igor Brito)

One of the reasons America can start to press forward is because of those working…

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April 15, 2020

#SleekTruckerStory (Andrew Krynski)

As mentioned in previous blog entries, the Sleek Fleet carrier network continues to deliver freight…

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April 6, 2020

Navigate Supply and Demand Changes With Transparent Rates

In March, supply and demand shifted overnight as necessities flew off the shelves, while demand…

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April 2, 2020

Our Carrier Network Continues to Haul into the Eye of the Storm

As some trucking companies begin to refuse orders into heavy hit COVID-19 areas, the Sleek…

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April 2, 2020

5 Important Tips for Work From Home Success

COVID-19 is forcing the world to hit the pause button. Trade shows are cancelled, schools…

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April 2, 2020

Thank You To Our Truck Drivers- Our Heroes- During This Time of Crisis

A recent article published by Freight Waves says Pennsylvania has closed all rest stops, including…

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March 30, 2020

Avoid Price Gouging During Times of Crisis

There’s no doubt that adaptability is a key ingredient when successfully navigating through crisis. COVID-19…

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March 27, 2020

CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater NYC Transportation & Delivery Workers

When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area,…

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March 25, 2020

Sleek Offers Drivers Free Fast Pay & Maximized Margins During Crisis

CHICAGO, March 23, 2020 (Newswire.com) – As the world begins to shut down, truck drivers…

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March 24, 2020

Sleek Offers 100% Transparency to Keep Freight Moving at Fair Cost

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., March 24, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Multiple sources, including DAT, are reporting massive spikes…

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March 17, 2020

Goldman: Coronavirus could reduce profits 3.6% for manufacturers

The estimate was based on an average production utilization rate of 50% for the month…

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November 19, 2019

How Do Shippers Efficiently Access Truckload Capacity In Tight Markets?

The challenge in today’s FTL marketplace isn’t capacity . .  it’s access!  Small Carriers (<50…

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August 13, 2019

10% tariffs on clothing, electronics from China delayed to Dec 15th

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 2019: The United States Trade Representative has published the lists of product…

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August 13, 2019

APIs And The High Value Of ‘Useless’ Data – Sleek Technologies

Daniel Smith from Amber Road talks API’s with Talking Logistics. To read more, click here: https://talkinglogistics.com/2019/08/13/apis-high-value-useless-data/…

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June 17, 2019

The Search for Safe Truck Parking

One of the issues that continues to plague truck drivers is the lack of access…

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June 13, 2019

Is FedEx’s decision to split up with Amazon a shift in the industry?

Dive Brief: As the dust settles on FedEx’s decision not to renew its Express domestic…

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June 13, 2019

DAT: Van Rates Finally Get a Boost in Jun 2019

For many motor carriers, June couldn’t get here fast enough. This is typically the busiest…

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April 17, 2018

New Technologies Help Level the Playing Field for Independent Truckers

Most truckers drive solo for hundreds of days annually. While being on the road so…

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December 21, 2017

What’s on Independent Truck Drivers’ Holiday Wish Lists for 2018?

About 350,000 registered truck owners/operators in the U.S. are an essential part of the vast…

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November 16, 2017

Mobile Technology Gives Drivers New Opportunities for Growth

Technology has transformed the supply chain over the past two decades. Shippers, large asset-based carriers,…

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November 16, 2017

Technology Built to Improve the Profitability of Independent Truckers

Technology and Transportation Technology now plays a major role in the transportation and logistics space,…

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October 29, 2017

Owner Operator and Professional Employee Driver Facts

Read about Owner Operators and see why we know they’re so valuable to the industry….

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October 26, 2017

Sleek Fleet Launches Solution to Connect Truck Drivers with Shippers

No more brokers, owner operators have direct access to shippers Shippers gain industry-first level of…

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October 25, 2017

Sleek Fleet Announces Results of Owner Operator Driver Survey

Data shows drivers’ desire to leverage mobile technology for business Direct access to loads and…

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October 24, 2017

Trucking Industry Facts

Visualize the industry with this cool infographic. See what an employee driver makes and compare…

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October 24, 2017

Logistics Management Interview

Hear what industry giant CH Robinson thinks about the current state of the industry and…

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October 24, 2017

Sleek Fleet Appoints Executives to Leadership Team

Sleek Fleet LLC today announced the addition of Kelly Cutler as chief marketing officer and…

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October 24, 2017

On the Boulevard Documentary

A look at the challenges Drivers face and why they yearn for the freedom of…

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October 24, 2017

Sleek Fleet Selects 3Gtms Transportation Management System

3Gtms, Inc., a provider of Tier 1 transportation management software, announced today that Sleek Fleet,…

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October 20, 2017

Business Insider – Cargomatic Article

An in depth look at what went wrong for one would be competitor. For more…

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September 10, 2017

A&A Releases Study of Digital Freight Matching

There are 27 startups attempting different strategies in our space. Luckily Google taught us that you…

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