Shipping

How to Become a Shipper of Choice

July 5, 2017 Comments Off on How to Become a Shipper of Choice
When it comes to on-time delivery and a positive shipper-carrier interaction, every player in the supply chain has a part. Manufacturers and shippers must ensure the product is ready to go for pickup, drivers require optimal and agile routing, and receivers must have the correct equipment to unload the product. As businesses know, the supply Read More

15 Items That Could Require Hazmat Shipping

April 13, 2017 Comments Off on 15 Items That Could Require Hazmat Shipping
The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies hazardous materials (hazmat) by their ability to pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property during transportation through the supply chain. At press time, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) reported 2016 statistics with 5,578 in-transit hazmat incidents, causing $56,025,026 in damages. Each hazardous material belongs to one of the following classes: Class 1 Read More

9 Tips for Shipping Less Than Truckload

January 31, 2017 Comments Off on 9 Tips for Shipping Less Than Truckload
Are you new to the shipping industry? Maybe you’re a small business who just expanded their distribution reach. Perhaps you’re looking to ship a small amount of freight to a new branch. No matter what your situation, if you’re new to less than truckload (LTL) shipping these tips will come in handy to help your company maximize 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

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

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