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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

Top 5 Ways to Create Value in Your Supply Chain

September 27, 2016 Comments Off on Top 5 Ways to Create Value in Your Supply Chain
It’s important to develop and maintain contact with organizations focused on adding efficiency and value to your business. This is especially true in the complicated world of transportation logistics. A reputable third-party logistics (3PL) provider (such as J.B. Hunt) can help businesses find supply chain gaps and inefficiencies. They then work to find solutions to these opportunities and Read More

How Freight Class Codes Affect Freight Shipping Prices

September 21, 2016 Comments Off on How Freight Class Codes Affect Freight Shipping Prices
As a shipper, understanding the restrictions and costs of your commodity is important. Whether it’s golf balls or cooking oil, the freight class code (National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®) number) determines part of the cost and shipping requirements of cargo in less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) relates freight class codes Read More

Optimizing Shipping with Lean Operations

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Optimizing Shipping with Lean Operations
They say teamwork makes the dream work, and in implementing lean business practices for your organization this idea is integral. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a burgeoning small business, embracing collaboration and visibility will help transform your supply chain by reducing waste and increasing longevity. Lean operations require a mindset that’s open to collaboration, strategizing and recognizing inefficiencies. Business owners and managers Read More

Effect of Fuel Prices on Shipping Costs

September 19, 2016 Comments Off on Effect of Fuel Prices on Shipping Costs
The two main driving forces behind the logistics industry are people and fuel. No matter the transportation mode (road, rail, air, etc.), freight remains stationary without capable hands at the wheel and fuel in the tank. Unfortunately, fuel costs are one of the most volatile aspects in the shipping industry; prices change overnight – sometimes Read More