Shipping

Addressing Retail’s Biggest Supply Chain Concerns

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on Addressing Retail’s Biggest Supply Chain Concerns
In 2017, the U.S. economy experienced growth at a rate of over 3% in the second and third quarters, and corporate profits increased 5.3% year-over-year in Q3. As a result, retailers are struggling to find capacity and maintain a consistent supply chain. The 2018 Retail Industry Leadership Association (RILA) supply chain conference is sure to Read More

4 Elements that Define a Quality Final Mile Delivery Provider

February 1, 2018 Comments Off on 4 Elements that Define a Quality Final Mile Delivery Provider
Final mile service refers to the planning and execution of the last delivery leg for big and bulky merchandise from a retailer or manufacturer into the home of a consumer. Big and bulky products include furniture, appliances, TVs, mattresses, and more – anything that won’t fit the size, weight, handling, or service requirements of parcel Read More

Secure Capacity by Converting to Flatbed

January 18, 2018 Comments Off on Secure Capacity by Converting to Flatbed
Logistics markets started out tight in 2018 – and analysts don’t see that stopping anytime soon. To address capacity concerns in today’s supply chain, companies need to think outside the box. By converting dry van freight to flatbed, businesses can take advantage of additional capacity and, often, shorter loading times. Consider adding flatbed to your strategy Read More

Best Practices for Seamless LTL Shipping

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Best Practices for Seamless LTL Shipping
Businesses that experience increased shipping volume during the winter holidays often look to less-than-truckload (LTL) services as a solution to move smaller quantity shipments across North America. Rather than sending all customer orders individually via parcel – which can become very cost-prohibitive – businesses should consider sourcing an LTL carrier. LTL is also optimal for Read More

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 2017 statistics with 4,390 in-transit hazmat incidents, causing $55,667,924 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 Improving 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 are included in time spent at a shipper’s or receiver’s facility processing paperwork or waiting to be loaded or unloaded. Especially in light 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