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29 Nov

Improving Supply Chain Visibility Through an Integrated Transport Strategy

For companies that are geographically spread out with locations in different regions, supply chain management can be challenging, especially when...

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08 Nov

Reflecting on the eCommerce Trends in 2018

The fourth quarter is generally the time of year in which we simultaneously gear up for a new year and reflect on the previous one. While we are...

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29 Oct

File a Freight Claim: Full Market Value & Profit Loss

Cargo claims are not intended to be a profit center, and including profit in a freight claim is not often warranted. The goal of any cargo claim...

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02 Oct

8 Questions to Ask Your Third-Party Logistics Provider

Unrealistic expectations and disappointment often go hand in hand. When evaluating logistics companies and assessing their service proposals,...

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25 Sep

What is API and How Do They Streamline Freight and Logistics?

There is a resurgence in the transportation industry to develop and consume API’s for various supply chain functions. So, what is an API? The...

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18 Sep

ReTrans Freight Launches Mobile Freight Tracking App

I remember when I got my first smartphone. My initial thought was, what’s the hype? Sure, I didn’t have to flip it open or raise the antenna, but...

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17 Aug

Navigating Tight Capacity, Higher Freight Shipping Costs

As we enter into the busy period of shipping ahead of peak retail season, shippers are facing tight market conditions where, for a change, the...

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25 Jul

Limited Access, Non-Commercial & Construction Site Deliveries

Oftentimes, “limited access” or “non-commercial” fees are imposed by carriers based on the amount of difficulty involved with delivery. Depending...

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19 Jul

Freight Claim Filing & FOB Terms

Shippers often seek to determine the responsibility of freight claim filing based on either the payment of the freight charges or the FOB (Free on...

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27 Jun

Volume LTL Shipments Vs. Full Truckload: Which Is Best?

LTL freight carrier networks are geared towards smaller-sized shipments that take up a minimal amount of space within a trailer, which is one...

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21 Jun

IRCE Boasts Innovative Solutions to Retail Trends

We wrapped up the spring trade show season in the Windy City with a whirlwind of a show. The Internet Retail Conference & Exhibition (IRCE)...

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29 May

ReTrans Freight to Exhibit at IRCE in Chicago

Do we have any internet-trivia buffs in the audience? Well, if you consider yourself one then perhaps you can answer questions like:

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16 May

Shopify to Offer More Services, Upgrades as Part of Growth Strategy

“Canada needs more swagger!”

This was part of the message that special guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered as he joined the stage with...

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02 May

Magento Imagine Explores Technologies and Strategies Created to Solve B2B Struggles

I think I can speak for almost everybody when I say that the highlight of Magento Imagine this year was attending Jamie Foxx’s hilarious keynote...

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27 Apr

Blockchain: How Can It Support the ELD Mandate to Help the Trucking & Logistics Industry?

Blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions that's distributed, but not copied, and public.

Therefore, it's a distributed public...

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13 Apr

See You on the Strip! ReTrans Freight to Attend Imagine 2018 in Vegas

Imagine that! The ReTrans Freight team is heading back to Las Vegas!

Nearly a month after attending Shoptalk, we’re returning to the Entertainment...

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28 Mar

Shoptalk 2018 Reveals eCommerce Is Continuing to Evolve

What an incredible show!

From the beautiful venue to the keynote speakers, to all of the wonderful people we got to meet, Shoptalk 2018 did not...

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20 Mar

ShipperHQ, ReTrans Freight Team Up to Make Selling Oversized Goods Online Simpler

Thanks to the recent partnership between ReTrans Freight and ShipperHQ, both B2B and B2C merchants have the power to efficiently sell...

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13 Mar

ReTrans Freight Kicks Off Busy Season of eCommerce Conferences with Shoptalk

ReTrans Freight is thinking spring, and not just for the longer days, warmer weather or Opening Day. No, we’re excited about spring because we’re...

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27 Feb

Big Data: Is It Important?

Big data is popping up all over the place. What is big data? It is defined as a large volume of data that is both structured and unstructured....

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20 Feb

How Freight Carriers Benefit From Partnering With 3PL Freight Transportation Companies

With tight capacity, newly developing technology and eCommerce at the forefront of supply chain topics, third-party freight transportation...

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13 Feb

ReTrans Freight, ShipperHQ Team Up to Innovate and Enhance B2B eCommerce Experience

B2B companies are coming to understand the value and potential of selling online, but are finding themselves running into roadblocks because of...

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07 Feb

B2B Needs eCommerce, Too

There’s no denying that the world is rapidly embracing the eCommerce movement and the Home screen on my iPhone is proof: with just a couple of...

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30 Jan

How to Avoid Unexpected Accessorial Charges for LTL Services

All it takes is accuracy and a few simple steps to ensure you save yourself both time and money on your next LTL shipment. Accurate shipment...

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16 Jan

Freight Management Companies: APIs and Plans for Growth & Failure

Freight management companies at the forefront of the eCommerce industry tend to have three things in common: (1) APIs, (2) Plans for growth, and (3)...

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09 Jan

Should Your Manufacturing Company Perform A Freight Cost Analysis?

Performing a freight cost analysis for your manufacturing company can provide insight on how your current carrier pricing compares to the pricing...

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28 Dec

OUR JOURNEY INTO 2018

Even with all of its challenges and changes, from driver shortages and government regulations to highway congestion and advancements in...

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19 Dec

The Trend in Freight Management Systems

Technology is changing freight management systems into more complete supply chain solutions with added value from end to end. Companies are...

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05 Dec

3 Ways Distributors Can Save Money With Freight Shipping Services

Distributors don’t always associate freight shipping services with the administrative support functions that accompany their shipments. Functions...

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28 Nov

LTL Freight Carrier GRIs, Rising Rates and Capacity Concerns

As we are at the forefront of a new era in trucking, where carriers have the upper hand and are able to dictate their own terms, rising freight...

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21 Nov

Why Executive Participation Is Needed In Freight Management

Much of the freight management process involves communication and relationship building. Especially for companies that operate in several...

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07 Nov

How To Select The Right Shipping and Logistics Company

When it comes to selecting the right shipping and logistics company, you’ll want to make sure you partner with one who can offer a healthy balance...

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02 Nov

Save on Freight by Increasing Your Volume (Without Increasing Your Volume)

Freight is a significant cost for any business that manufactures products and needs to get those goods into the hands of its customers. Some...

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24 Oct

3 Types of Freight Transportation Companies

While there can be many different combinations of each, there are three main types of freight transportation companies and business models within...

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10 Oct

Important Transportation and Logistics Services for Food Service Equipment Companies

The food service equipment industry is quite unique. There are numerous facets to opening and/or remodeling a restaurant and those who are...

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03 Oct

Overlooked Benefits of Freight Transportation Companies

There are other advantages, besides freight rates and freight cost, that a shipper should consider when deciding whether to partner with a freight...

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26 Sep

September 2017 CCSB Public Docket

As a result of the public meeting of the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) on September 12, 2017, the following items were approved...

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19 Sep

Why Shippers & Carriers Need Accurate Data For Freight Cost Analysis

Conducting a freight cost analysis can sound like an overwhelming project and one that can easily be postponed. A freight cost analysis, however,...

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12 Sep

Six Benefits of Transportation Management Services

Of course, transportation management services can yield lower freight costs, but they can also be beneficial in other areas and have become...

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05 Sep

5 Important Dynamics to Consider When Selecting A Shipping & Logistics Company

Selecting the right shipping and logistics company can be a challenge, especially since there are so many to choose from. When selecting a...

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29 Aug

2017 Pre-Season College & NFL Football – Who Will Come Out On Top?

Both college and professional football fans alike have been anxiously awaiting the start of football season for quite some time now. As summer...

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22 Aug

New Insight into B2B Buyer Behavior is a Wake-Up Call for Dealers and Distributors

Today’s B2B buyers are becoming more digital, they’re using more devices, doing more pre-research online, and they're expressing more desire to do...

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15 Aug

Looming Capacity Concerns & Rising Rates

As we enter the end of August, kids are beginning to go back to school and parents are going back to work after vacationing with the kids. The...

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08 Aug

How to Evaluate Logistics Software

What Are Your Pain Points?

It’s important to know the pain points within your organization. With numerous vendors and products available, it’s...

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01 Aug

Why Direct-to-Carrier Freight Transport May Cost You More

Shippers are often unable to achieve pricing concessions such as higher claims liability limits and reduced and/or waived accessorial fees built...

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25 Jul

Choosing a Logistics Company For Your Aftermarket Auto Parts Company

The automotive aftermarket is a 368 billion dollar industry and continues to grow annually at an average rate of nearly 3.8 percent. As companies...

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18 Jul

Negotiating Savings with Your Transportation Services Company

Negotiating savings with a transportation services company is a process that takes time but can yield freight savings for both your company and...

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11 Jul

What You Need To Know About LTL Freight Packaging

The LTL freight environment is full of potential damage-causing hazards including shock, vibration and compression. Handling and climate can also...

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06 Jul

Preparing, Packaging & Palletizing LTL Freight Shipments

A few best practices in LTL freight shipping management can help shippers reduce damages, unexpected freight charges and overhead costs.

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27 Jun

Comparing Freight Shipping Quotes

Shippers often contact multiple LTL freight carriers to find the least expensive freight rate. It’s important to keep in mind that carriers price...

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20 Jun

Best Practices for Managing Your LTL Freight

With a little bit of guidance, managing LTL freight can be done quite successfully. Here are some best practices to take into consideration:
  • ...
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13 Jun

How To Regain Control Of Your Freight Costs – Start With Inbound Freight

Freight costs are among the most manageable business expenses, however, they can quickly get out of control if they’re not properly monitored....

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06 Jun

The True Costs of 3PLs

It’s often difficult to measure all of the benefits of using a 3PL, especially in monetary terms.  Just like a freight rate and freight cost can...

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30 May

The Flow of Freight Data & Shipment Information: (EDI) Electronic Data Interchange vs. (API) Application Program Interface

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) has been the industry standard for years. EDI is a form of communication between two systems where the specific...

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23 May

What Happens When LTL Freight Is Noted & Refused Damaged?

When freight is refused because of noted damage, it’s important to advise the LTL carrier in a timely fashion of the location to which the damaged...

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16 May

The Rise of eCommerce & Its Impact on the Shipping Industry

The rise of eCommerce is having a ripple effect within the supply chain and the shipping industry. With regards to shipping, the convenience of...

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09 May

How 3PLS Save Companies Money

Generally speaking, shippers often receive more attention from carriers when they work alongside a 3PL versus going it alone. Working with a 3PL...

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02 May

3 Ways To Avoid LTL Freight Classification Errors

Freight classification can be complex and it is getting more complicated all the time. Unfortunately, the freight class of an item is not fixed...

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25 Apr

Part 3: What Type of 3PL Fits Your Needs?

Due to the many variations of 3PLs that fall in between the two main categories of Asset Based and Non Asset based 3PLs, shippers sometimes...

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18 Apr

Part 2: Why Use a 3PL Provider at All?

Along with thought leadership and strategic advice, 3PLs offer companies unique resources and capabilities that can give them an edge over their...
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11 Apr

Part 1: Defining 3PL & The Primary Differences

Third-party logistics (3PL) is a term that’s used very broadly to define a range of different outsourced logistics solutions.  In this first post...

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04 Apr

3 Tools Everyone In The Freight/Shipping Industry Should Be Using

Carrier & 3PL Websites

From rate quotes to document images and everything else in between, shippers today have access to 3PL and carrier websites...

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28 Mar

Two Simple Ways to Improve Your Freight Management

There are numerous methods by which companies can improve their freight management. A few of them are sometimes perceived as too costly to engage,...

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21 Mar

3 Quick Tips About Freight Management

When it comes to freight management, shippers should always be conscious of the fact that 1.) accurate data is important, 2.) hard dollar costs...

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14 Mar

Benefits of Integrating eCommerce with Logistics

No matter the industry, the pressure on businesses to cut and keep costs low remains constant. There are numerous benefits associated with ...

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07 Mar

5 Common LTL Myths Debunked

Like any other industry, the transportation industry struggles against a tide of misinformation. The LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) industry is...
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28 Feb

How to Solve The Biggest Problem with FOB Terms

F.O.B. (Free on Board) terms indicate at which point title of the goods passes from the seller to the buyer. They also indicate who bears the...

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21 Feb

Eight Ways to Save on Freight Costs

1. Run Rate Comparisons For All Shipments

Shippers can automate this process with a TMS program, which can rate shop every shipment and route...

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14 Feb

Uber Freight Will Not Kill The Trucking & Logistics Industries

The recent launch of Uber Freight is being perceived by some in the trucking and logistics industries as a threat to their business and maybe even...

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31 Jan

LTL Carrier Liability Limits & Rates

With shipments of a particularly high value, FAK structured pricing and LTL volume shipments in particular, one instance of damage and/or loss...

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17 Jan

Noted and Accepted Damage

For noted damage claims where an item was accepted but noted as having damage, call and/or email the carrier with notification that you’ll be...

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20 Dec

LTL 101: A First Timer’s Guide to LTL Shipping

If you’ve only been accustomed to using a parcel service to ship your packages and now find yourself with a shipment that weighs more than 150 lb,...

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06 Dec

Top Supply Chain Issues & Trends for 2017

With 2017 on the horizon, here are some of the top issues we feel will be of particular importance.

Government Regulation

Addressing issues...

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29 Nov

ReTrans Freight Simplifies Customer’s Online Shopping Experience

Elyse is in the market for a new outdoor gas grill. She found the one she likes, but she wonders how much it’s going to cost to get it shipped to...

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23 Nov

Giving Thanks

We would like to take this time to thank you for following our blog “All Things Freight”. We hope we’ve been able to give you some insight into...

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15 Nov

Managing Vendors & Inbound Shipments with a Vendor Routing Portal

There are still a number of companies that use paper routing guides to convey shipping instructions to their vendors. Since a paper guide needs to...

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01 Nov

Process Improvement Savings You’ll Achieve With a 3PL

A 3PL can bring many advantages to the table for a shipper, the least of which is aggressive freight rates. Process improvements that can lower...

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18 Oct

How to Avoid Losing Money on Freight Charges

Ecommerce sellers, especially those selling heavier items being shipped on pallets, face the difficult challenge of accurately quoting and billing...

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11 Oct

Why You Shouldn’t Base Your Freight Decisions Solely on Price

As a shipper, it is important to factor in service levels in addition to price when evaluating a transportation partner. Carriers and 3PLs alike...

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04 Oct

Enhancing Your Customer’s B2B eCommerce Experience

When choosing an eCommerce platform or making improvements to an existing eCommerce site, it is important to consider how your customer will use...

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27 Sep

Changes Made to The Universal Bill of Lading

There were some wording changes made to the Universal Bill of Lading by The National Motor Freight Classification® effective August 13, 2016. One...

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30 Aug

7 Manual Supply Chain Processes That Can Be Automated

Companies often overlook areas where automation could be easily employed and result in immediate cost savings. In addition to saving money,...

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16 Aug

How is Freight Class Determined?

Per the National Motor Freight Classification® (NMFC®), which sets the standard for classifying freight based solely on four characteristics...

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02 Aug

5 Ways To Lower Your Current Freight Spend

Experiencing a reduction in LTL freight costs doesn’t necessarily have to be achieved through carrier rate negotiations. Lowering freight costs...

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19 Jul

What is the Difference between FTL and LTL?

Although they may sound similar, FTL (full truckload) and LTL (less than truckload) freight can be drastically different.  A few notable...

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05 Jul

How Technology Is Improving Profits For LTL Carriers

Freight carriers have always lagged behind other industries when it comes to embracing technology; however, with the focus on yield management,...

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21 Jun

The Myth of Free Freight

It costs money to ship things and freight isn’t free. There’s no doubt the ruse of free freight can be very attractive to buyers. Many companies...

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10 May

LTL GRI (General Rate Increase) and the Actual Impact on Costs

It’s a widely accepted practice of LTL carriers to make periodic adjustments to their base rates through the form of a General Rate Increase...

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26 Apr

Bill of Lading Information for FAK Shipments

For multiple reasons, including those of safety and liability, carriers have to know the  commodity of each shipment they handle. The only way for...

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12 Apr

Key Numbers You Need To Know In the Freight Industry

From the number of years a shipper has to file a civil suit regarding a claim to the number of days a carrier has to issue a balance due for an...

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29 Mar

Why A Better Rate Doesn’t Always Mean Better Pricing

It’s always a good idea to check your inbound freight costs for savings opportunities.  You may find that your supplier has better pricing on...

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15 Mar

Cutting Costs with Less Driver Wait Time

Minimizing a driver’s wait time will not only earn a shipper favor with both carrier and driver, but it can also be a means for both the shipper...

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01 Mar

Is Trucking Really Deregulated?

USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) oversees the creation of nationwide transportation policy and several agencies...

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23 Feb

Six Common Reasons for Denied Freight Claims

Freight claims are never a pleasant issue to deal with.  Unfortunately, if you’re a shipper they’re part of the business and they’re usually...

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16 Feb

Progressive Supply Chains Deliver an Experience

The traditional supply chain model, which has typically been reactive and transactional in nature, has always placed a heavy emphasis on cost...

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09 Feb

Driverless Vehicles: A Possible Solution To The Driver Shortage?

Increased government regulations, such as the ELD mandate and new driver health and safety requirements, make it probable that the driver shortage...

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02 Feb

3PLS & The Five R's

While there’s certainly not a current shortage of 3PLs in the transportation industry, there are some out there who leave a lot to be desired....

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26 Jan

5 Steps For Successfully Utilizing Transportation Data

You should start following your transportation data and measuring performance metrics, if you’re not already doing so. Keeping track of...

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19 Jan

Shippers & Carriers Approach 3PLs For The Same Reasons

A carrier will approach a 3PL for many of the same reasons a shipper will, and carriers often offer 3PLs better pricing than they would offer...

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12 Jan

Rural vs. Interline Shipments

There are a couple of key differences in rural and interline shipments.  First, known interline points are different from rural points in that it...

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05 Jan

eCommerce: How Online Freight Rates Can Improve Customer Service

Not only do you increase your chances of making a sale when customers can see the cost of shipping, but making freight rates and carrier...

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29 Dec

Common LTL Freight Terms

If you’re involved with freight and shipping on a regular basis, chances are you’ve seen these terms before, but making sure you’re familiar with...

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22 Dec

4 Practices For Reducing Carrier Inspections

In addition to total weight and origin and destination zip codes, as long as shipment class and all relevant accessorial service information is...

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15 Dec

Low Price Of Diesel Fuel Not Necessarily Good For LTL Carriers

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes weekly data regarding the retail price of diesel fuel in the U.S.  The EIA doesn’t...

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08 Dec

Lower Costs: The Added Value of Freight Payment & Audit Services

Every shipment sent to and from your company generates its own paper trail of documents such as the invoice, bill of lading, and the delivery...

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01 Dec

Accurate Benchmarks & Freight Data Comparisons

Simply looking at the expense side of your freight budget can be misleading. Without detailed freight data, it’s very difficult to effectively...

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24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving to America's Truck Drivers

It’s estimated by the American Trucking Association that by the end of the year we’ll be roughly 48,000 truck drivers short of demand. There are...

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10 Nov

Web Services: The Missing Link Throughout Your Organization

Web services facilitate communication between two different applications (systems) over an internet connection.  They can be used to create a...

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03 Nov

Guiding Principles of Strategic Transportation Management

ALIGN CORPORATE & TRANSPORTATION STRATEGIES

Your transportation strategy and its operational role within the company should be a reflection of the...

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27 Oct

LTL Freight Charges for eCommerce Sales

Ecommerce that involves LTL freight can be overwhelming and, as a result, some will forego selling certain items altogether, so they don’t have to...

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20 Oct

eCommerce: How Freight Costs Can Increase Sales & Market Share

Sellers are always looking for a competitive edge wherever possible, or at least they should be, and with ecommerce really exploding over the past...

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13 Oct

Saving Money With Correct Bill Of Lading Information

The responsibility of filling out the bill of lading properly falls on the shipper.  Per NMFC guidelines, each bill of lading should have an NMFC...

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06 Oct

Five Basic Questions To Ask When Evaluating Any 3PL Program

Clear communication and clearly defined expectations can set the tone for any solid business partnership. As a shipper, you probably don’t want to...

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29 Sep

Detailed Information Can Lower Freight Costs & Secure Capacity

In order to better ensure freight fits their network and capabilities and they are hauling profitable freight, carriers are demanding an accurate...

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22 Sep

The NMFTA, NMFC & CCSB Correlation

NMFTA

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15 Sep

Tips For Successfully Mitigating Claims

To help ensure your chances of receiving a successful outcome to your claim filing, it is important to remember that per NMFC guidelines it is the...

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08 Sep

Freight Claims: General & Special Damages

A freight claim is not intended to be a profit center for a claimant, but rather to make the shipper “whole”, as if the carrier had performed...

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01 Sep

Freight Charges Involved With A Damage Claim

Freight charges for a damaged shipment are eligible to be recouped as a part of a freight claim settlement. It is important to note, however, that...

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25 Aug

Dimensional Scanners & Density-Based Pricing

Carriers aren’t terribly fond of light-weight freight that takes up a lot of space. It costs more to ship and, quite frankly, it costs the...

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18 Aug

Taking Possession of Refused Damaged Freight

When freight is refused damaged, someone must take possession of it. If not, the shipper risks incurring storage fees and even losing the freight...

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11 Aug

Freight Claims, Carrier Liability Limits & Freight Insurance

The amount of carrier liability coverage a shipment moves under is typically determined based on the shipment’s commodity and measured in terms of...

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04 Aug

Defending Against Freight Class Changes

NMFCThe National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) is a grouping of commodities into 1 of 18 different classes ranging from 50 – 500. The...

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28 Jul

Government Regulations: Why Capacity is a Looming Concern

We are currently facing a severe driver shortage of roughly 35,000 – 40,000 drivers, government regulations are squeezing capacity, and carriers...

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21 Jul

Six Distinct Advantages Of Vendor Routing Portals

The days of routing freight least cost through the use of paper routing guides (maps) are a thing of the past. Carriers are pricing freight more...

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14 Jul

Freight Claims For Noted Damage Shipments

For damage claims where the item was accepted but noted as having damage, call the terminal and notify the carrier that you will be filing a...

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07 Jul

Advantages of Freight Bill Administration

What is Freight Bill Administration?Freight bill administration is the consolidation and handling of all the freight billing in one place for all...

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23 Jun

Are Carriers Ever Exempt From Loss or Damage Liability?

In order to minimize the risk of monetary loss stemming from damaged and lost freight, it is important for shippers to understand that there are...

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16 Jun

How to Reduce Freight Costs Without Negotiating Rates

Achieving zero cost for freight expense is impossible unless you stop shipping, and the days of dictating to carriers or 3PL’s what rates you want...

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09 Jun

Accessorial Charges for Services Not Requested

A driver can’t wait around at the consignee's location waiting for written authorization for a service, and simply requesting or writing that the...

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02 Jun

Carrier Friendly Shippers: The Value of Service & Collaboration

Freight carriers are now in an authoritative position and are commanding the marketplace. They want to do business with loyal partners and...

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26 May

Concealed Damage Reporting

Important Regulatory Changes To Concealed Damage Reporting!

As we've discussed numerous times in this blog, the shipping industry is rapidly...

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19 May

Carrier Capacity: How Less Trucks & Drivers Affect Shipping Costs

The shipping industry is facing plenty of challenges today, and many of those center around drivers and trucks.   Demand for freight is pushing...

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14 May

Why Companies Should Prioritize Tracking & Analyzing Freight Data

Freight charges are going up, and that's unlikely to change in the near future. Should you optimize your shipping processes to compensate?

As...

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12 May

4 Factors That Determine Your LTL Freight Class

Freight classification can be complex, and it's getting more complicated all the time.  Are you keeping track of regulations, and guaranteeing...

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05 May

4 Ways To Develop a Winning Inbound Freight Management Strategy

There are, of course, two sides to the freight management coin - inbound and outbound.  Getting a handle on your outbound traffic is relatively...

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28 Apr

4 Reasons Freight Carrier Rates Will Continue To Rise In The U.S

It's no surprise if you're seeing your freight rates slowly rise. Both the domestic and international shipping markets are facing huge new...

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23 Apr

How Guaranteed Capacity Affects Your Rising Transportation Costs

With a multitude of factors such as economic growth, heightened government regulations, driver shortages, and aging fleets and highways converging...

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17 Apr

Is Your Freight Quote Process Obsolete? What Can You Do About It?

For many companies, a Transportation Management System can quickly update their shipping processes into a leaner, meaner, cost-cutting machine.  A...

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14 Apr

4 Ways Capacity Is Driving Up U.S. Freight Transportation Costs

We talk a lot about the rising costs of freight and shipping, but why is it exactly? In truth, numerous factors are to blame. Let's take a quick...

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09 Apr

Automating Freight Charge Calculation In Your Organization

Whether you set it up yourself or hire expert consultants for help, a full-featured Transportation Management System can radically change your...

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07 Apr

Lower Freight Costs With Deeper Inbound Supply Chain Insights

We like to talk about how freight expenses are one of the most-controllable costs in a business, but have you considered how this is also true for...

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02 Apr

6 Ways Shipping Data Helps You Make Better Business Decisions

As we've discussed previously, a Transportation Management System is an incredibly useful addition to virtually any company's shipping processes....

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31 Mar

Why Purchasing Your Own TMS Platform May Not Be Your Best Option

There are a lot of options on the market right now for optimizing and cutting costs on your freight expenditures.  For many companies, the...

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26 Mar

Working With Vendors And Carriers To Optimize Drop Shipments

Time isn't just money these days - it's also about customers.  Buyers large and small want their shipments to be delivered as fast as possible, ...

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24 Mar

Why Your Freight Costs More: Lack of Leverage With Carriers

These days, a business needs every advantage it can get when dealing with rising freight costs.  With cargo often meeting or exceeding capacity in...

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17 Mar

5 Simple Tips For Ecommerce Shipping

Are you making the most of technology to optimize your shipping processes?

It's a wired world, and we’re becoming increasingly connected every...

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12 Mar

Control Inbound Shipments: 5 Ways Vendor Portals Optimize Shipping

Freightcharges have become a true price-point battleground. Companies are fighting to keep their profits steady in the face of rising freight...

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10 Mar

4 Common Shipping Mistakes That May Cost You Thousands

Are you doing everything possible to ensure accurate shipping to your customers?  If not, you could be risking your customers' goodwill as well as...

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05 Mar

5 Ways A Transportation Management System Increases Revenue

An increasing number of smaller businesses have begun to invest in Transportation Management Systems (TMS) specifically to help them get their...

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03 Mar

Four Shipping Mistakes No Profitable Business Should Make

1.  Inaccurate product dimensions/measurements

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26 Feb

Gain A Competitive Advantage Through Optimized Freight Billing

Is your organization attempting to use freight systems to try to gain competitive advantage in your market?  If not, it may be time to do so.

It's...

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24 Feb

How To Correctly Classify Your Products for Freight Billing

One mistake we see when dealing with shippers is their belief that their carriers are responsible for double-checking all their weights and...

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17 Feb

5 Ways To Help You Stay Aware of Freight Classification Changes

If you’re a shipper of LTL freight, then you should be familiar with the National Motor Freight Classification system. The NMFC, which assigns...

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10 Feb

Freight Charges: The Difference Between Winning or Losing a Sale

Shipping makes the global economy go 'round.  Are you making your freight charges attractive to your clients?

It's something more businesses...

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05 Feb

4 Ways To Minimize Inaccurate Freight Charges That Erode Profits

If you're trying to get a handle on your shipping charges, one of the best possible starting points is with estimated freight charges. While...

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03 Feb

7 Questions To Evaluate Potential 3PL Providers Before Hiring

Choosing a third-party logistics firm is a major undertaking, especially given how many there are.  With all the Johnny-come-late lies in the...

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29 Jan

Buying Your Own TMS System vs. Using A Freight Management Company

 It's no secret that many companies today need to get their freight expenditures under control, for the sake of their bottom line as well as...

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27 Jan

The Secret To Lower Freight Rates: Optimize at the Zip Code Level

If your shipping charges seem to be eating up more and more of your profits, you don't have to simply accept the situation.  Freight rates may be...

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22 Jan

How To Effectively Negotiate Reduced Fuel Charges With Carriers

How much are you paying in fuel charges on your shipments? Are you keeping track? Fuel prices can fluctuate wildly, and so can the charges passed...

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20 Jan

The Downsides of Managing Your Own Freight Transportation Costs

We like to talk about how your freight transportation costs are among the most controllable expenses in your budget, but that doesn't necessarily...

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15 Jan

5 Do-It-Yourself Strategies for Lowering Freight Shipping Costs

There's some good news and some bad news when it comes to freight costs in the modern business world.  The bad news is that shipping costs, in...

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13 Jan

How Organizations Can Ensure Freight Quote Accuracy

If you're looking to ensure the accuracy of your freight quotes, the rule is simply: the more data, the better. 

It's true that freight can be...

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08 Jan

4 Ways Companies Can Estimate Freight Charges In Advance

Do you have all the systems you need to provide accurate freight quotes?   

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05 Jan

4 Ways To Optimize Freight Bill Administration & Reporting

How much are you spending per quarter on your freight billing administration and reporting systems?

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01 Jan

Pros And Cons Of Using A TMS Platform

The Benefits And Challenges In Implementing A TMS

Is implementing your own Transportation Management System a good idea for a modern company?...

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30 Dec

4 Ways To Improve Your eCommerce Shipping Experience

Making improvements to your ecommerce site is a tricky challenge at times, because these have to be improvements from two points of view: both...

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25 Dec

4 Challenges In Linking Freight Calculations With eCommerce Site

1.  Cost

A website and database overhaul will almost certainly be an expensive proposition, but it's an investment in your business that will pay...

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23 Dec

How To Integrate Shipping Costs Into Your eCommerce Platform

One of the most vital services that anyone involved in shipping can offer to their customers is accurate and optimized shipping estimates on...

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20 Dec

7 Ways To Optimize Cash Flow With Shipping Technology Solutions

If you're still processing shipments manually, there are better ways to do it!  Adopting modern shipping technology solutions will increase...

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16 Dec

How To Ensure Your Freight Quote Is Accurate

Are your customers complaining about inaccurate freight quotes?

Shipping can become a significant sticking point when fulfilling orders.  It can...

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11 Dec

How To Estimate Freight Charges In Advance

 It's generally not possible to estimate freight charges in advance and be correct a true 100% of the time. However, there are some things you can...

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09 Dec

5 Ways To Optimize Freight Bill Administration & Reporting

 If a company is looking to optimize efficiency and eliminate unnecessary waste, there are probably few better places to start than with their...

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04 Dec

Pros and Cons of Using a TMS Platform for Managing Freight Costs

If your company isn't utilizing a Transportation Management System (TMS) to optimize your shipping, there's a good chance you're losing money...

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02 Dec

How To Simplify The Freight Bill Reconciliation Process

If you aren't taking control of your freight billing, chances are good that your company is losing money. Possibly a lot of money.

Few companies...

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20 Nov

How To Quickly Compare Rate Quotes With Multiple Carriers At Once

 More and more businesses are waking up to two realizations:  The first is that their freight charges are going up.  The second is that they could 

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18 Nov

How To Avoid Inaccurate Freight Charges & Keep Customers Happy

It's getting increasingly difficult for an independent company to navigate the maze of freight quoting and billing. Are you doing everything you...

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13 Nov

4 Questions You Should Be Asking Your 3PL Provider

If, like a lot of businesses today, you're finding that partnering with a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) firm makes sense, it opens up a new...

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11 Nov

4 Strategies For Reducing Your LTL Cost Per Pound

For many smaller businesses, LTL ("Less-Than-TruckLoad") shipping is the option that makes the most sense.  If they don't have enough volume to...

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06 Nov

How Consolidating Freight Orders Can Help Reduce Costs

We had a great example come up lately of how freight order consolidation can create a significant cost reduction for a business looking to stay...

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04 Nov

How A 3PL Can Reduce Both Hard & Soft Dollar Transportation Costs

It's no secret that shipping expenses are becoming one of the most painful parts of budgets these days. Costs are rising, and sometimes there’s...

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30 Oct

How To Gain Control Over Your Shipping Budget By 3PL Outsourcing

 So, your company is looking into hiring a 3PL to optimize your shipping processes and cut your freight budget. It's a great idea, especially...

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28 Oct

3 Key Benefits Of Outsourcing Freight Management

Are you still handling all your own shipping in-house? If so, there's a good chance you're paying more for freight than you have to!

For the last...

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26 Oct

How The NON-Broker Model Works to Achieve Lower Freight Costs

When considering the use of a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) service to handle your freight, one of the most important elements to investigate is...

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25 Oct

Think 3PL’s Can’t Beat Your Carrier Rates? Think Again

The situation with Third-Party Logistics companies (3PLs) and their relationship with freight carriers has changed drastically in the last few...

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24 Oct

3 Ways Top Tier 3PL’s Get Lower Carrier Rates

Does it seem like your shipping charges and yearly freight budget keep going up every year?  It's not just you. Prices are going up on freight...

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23 Oct

How To Bring Stabilization To Your Shipping Fuel Costs

Did you know that, in most cases, the amount you're paying for shipping is the #1 controllable cost in your operations today?  

Most businesses...

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21 Oct

5 Proven Ways To Lower Your Freight Transportation Cost

 Are rising freight costs getting you down?

Companies around the world are increasingly concerned about the amounts they're paying for freight, and...
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