Simplifying Less Than Truckload: Accessorial Charges

January 17, 2017 0
Shipping freight using less than truckload (LTL) service can be difficult to navigate, especially for shippers new to the transportation and logistics industry. Shipping LTL involves many more factors than shipping truckload (TL) . One of the most important factors of LTL shipping is the accessorial. What is an accessorial? An accessorial is any additional service provided Read More

Ending Human Trafficking – How Can You Get Involved?

January 11, 2017 0
Since 2010, January 11 has been recognized as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Those in the transportation and logistics industry can have a huge impact on ending this abuse. Post your stories and questions with the tag #HumanTraffickingAwarnessDay. “As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, are in a unique position to make a difference and close Read More

The Impact of Mexico’s Energy Reforms on Shipping Costs

January 9, 2017 Comments Off on The Impact of Mexico’s Energy Reforms on Shipping Costs
For those who utilize Mexico cross-border shipping, a big change is coming this year that could introduce new elements of risk in the form of cost variability. Recent energy reform in Mexico is essentially ending state oil company Pemex’s 75-year monopoly over the entire supply chain – from crude oil to retail fuel sales. This Read More

7 Steps to Creating Driver-friendly Shipping and Receiving Locations

December 27, 2016 4
HOS (hours of service) regulations limit drivers to 14 hours of on-duty time each day. Most drivers try to spend as much of that time as possible on the road with a loaded trailer. However, a driver’s service hours include time spent at a shipper or receiver facility processing paperwork or waiting to be loaded or unloaded. Shippers and receivers can do Read More

Dimensional Pricing in Less Than Truckload Shipping

December 21, 2016 Comments Off on Dimensional Pricing in Less Than Truckload Shipping
Technology continues to grow and change exponentially. There always seems to be a better phone or more impressive gadgets on the market. The shipping and logistics industry is no exception. Dimensional pricing is gaining traction in the less than truckload (LTL) sector. But what exactly is it? In short, dimensional pricing utilizes laser or photo technology to identify weight, Read More

Commingled LTL: Your New Less Than Truckload Solution

December 14, 2016 Comments Off on Commingled LTL: Your New Less Than Truckload Solution
For years, J.B. Hunt and other third-party logistics (3PL) providers have utilized a multimodal approach to shipping freight across the country and beyond. Recently, J.B. Hunt added the Commingled LTL service to its service offerings in the Southeast to Midwest regions. The new service provides bigger savings with pallet-based pricing and decreased handling to shippers by utilizing rail transport Read More

21 Shipping Terms Every Business Should Know

December 7, 2016 2
“Your reefer tender may be subject to drayage, detention and lumper fees.” Say what? Ever found yourself needing a translation guide to understand the acronyms and industry jargon used in the commercial shipping industry? You are probably not alone. To cut through some of the confusion, browse the list below of common industry terms and definitions. Read More

What Shippers Should Expect from a Transportation Management System

November 30, 2016 Comments Off on What Shippers Should Expect from a Transportation Management System
In business, customer service is key. From being easily reachable to delivering quality work, almost every aspect of business revolves around serving the customer’s needs. As transportation and logistics companies modernize their practices, many are including technology as a service offering. As a shipper, utilizing a third-party logistics (3PL) provider with a transportation management system (TMS) Read More

What is LTL Shipping? Frequently Asked Questions about Less Than Truckload

November 17, 2016 2
1. What are the basic differences in LTL shipments versus other modes of transport? Less Than Truckload, or LTL, shipments are those usually weighing more than 100 pounds. They are too heavy to be transported by a small parcel carrier, but not large enough to require a full truckload. LTL shipping consolidates freight shipments and Read More

Changes to FSMA Rule May Affect Food Transportation

October 4, 2016 Comments Off on Changes to FSMA Rule May Affect Food Transportation
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on food transportation became effective in June 2016, as part of the FDA’s efforts to keep food safe from contamination during transport. The goal of this rule is to prevent food transportation practices that create safety risks, such as failure to properly refrigerate food, inadequate cleaning of vehicles between loads, and Read More