It has been a year since the world shutdown. For some, the last 12 months have been the longest year of our lives.

Yet, as of Mid-March, U.S. COVID-19 cases are trending down, and the vaccine is gaining ground, ushering in enthusiasm for the economy and the country that better days may be just around the corner. Moreover, the latest report from the National Association of Manufacturers revealed 88% of large and medium-sized manufacturers exhibit strong optimism for the remainder of 2021.

Growing momentum is not without substantial challenges for companies that rely on global supply chains to fuel manufacturing, e-commerce, and distribution businesses. The pandemic’s effects over the last year are dramatic, especially on transportation costs.

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