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The Best Starts Here: A Compilation of Our Top Industry Content from 2017

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Your freight management needs are complex. From LTL shipping to day-to-day operations, your business requires solutions that increase efficiency. For more than 30 years, we’ve been making your job easier with freight management software and process improvements unlike any others. We’re proud of the work we do and we’re proud to share the insights and tips we’ve learned along the way.

From sharing trends to offering advice, this compilation represents our best-of-the-best. How do we know? Our readers and viewers clicked, read and shared these thought leadership pieces more than any others on our site in 2017. We’ve put it all into one piece for easy reference proving once again, our goal is to make your job easier.

The following are those top pieces:

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What are the advantages of Volume LTL?

For most carriers, shipments begin to meet the cubic capacity limits around 750 cubic feet, which is roughly around 7 pallets and/or 6,000 lbs. When freight begins to approach these dimensions, it’s always wise to check LTL carrier volume rates for further options. Shipments that meet and/or exceed carrier cubic capacity will be subject to additional cubic capacity charges billable by the carrier, which can be very costly since it occupies valuable space the carrier could otherwise fill with a more favorable (profitable) shipment. Even though it doesn’t fill an entire trailer, shippers sometimes opt to send these moves via full truckload as a more economical alternative and Volume LTL, which offers several advantages over full truckload or regular LTL, is often overlooked as a cost-effective option.

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5 Common LTL Myths Debunked

The LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) industry is associated with a high number of myths that can be confusing. In an effort to help bring clarity to shippers, we’ve listed 5 myths below that are commonly associated with the LTL industry.

1. All LTL Companies Are the Same

2. A Bigger Discount Is Always Better

3. Transit and Delivery Times are Guaranteed

4. All Carriers Calculate Accessorial Charges the Same Way

5. My LTL Freight Class Will Always Remain the Same

Like any other industry, the transportation industry struggles against a tide of misinformation. Do you want to learn more?

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How Your Supply Chain Could Benefit From 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 integrating eCommerce with logistics. Both the eCommerce and logistics industries prove no exceptions to the fact that cost reductions can be achieved with process and efficiency enhancements through technology and automation. ROI (Return on Investment) isn’t always easily measured, especially monetarily. Time is a commodity that’s difficult, if not impossible, to place a hard dollar value on and, to some, it is deemed as being priceless.

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

1. Carrier & 3PL Websites
From rate quotes to document images and everything else in between, shippers today have access to 3PL and carrier websites that provide them with all sorts of tools to make their jobs and lives easier, like cubic capacity and density calculators.

2. TMS Routing Tools
With a TMS, shippers can easily conclude which carrier has the best rate or the fastest transit time for every single shipment in real time.

3. Bill of Lading Applications
Using an online bill of lading can help shippers eliminate unnecessary paperwork and ensure that the shipping department routes orders properly.

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Infographic: How to Effectively Manage Your Freight Claims

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You always want your freight to arrive undamaged but, unfortunately, this is unrealistic. Inevitably, some shipments will arrive damaged. When this happens, there are some key numbers you should know for managing your freight claim process.

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All About Third Party Logistics

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 in a series of posts about 3PLs, we are going to look at defining 3PL and the two main categories into which 3PLs fall.

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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 competition, regardless of the industry. The right 3PL can positively impact a business in a number of ways, including assistance with:

  • Streamlining Processes
  • Creating Administrative Efficiencies
  • Analytics & Data Collection

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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 question which type of 3PL they should choose. Circumstances play an important part in the answer to that question. Asset Based 3PLs typically offer the most comprehensive solutions, yet they are not always the most practical. Handling order fulfillment, freight forwarding, warehousing & distribution, transportation routing, carrier and fleet management, rate negotiations and sometimes even management of personnel, they tend to serve companies in critical markets, are usually more costly and involve contractual commitments.

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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 online shopping has altered customer expectations and consumers are more demanding than ever. Along with fast, low-cost shipping options with flexible choices for specific delivery times, consumers are demanding visibility of their orders all the way from the dock to delivery.

Speed
Consumers want their merchandise as soon as possible. In some cases, they are even demanding same day delivery.

Time
Consumers want to know when their items are going to arrive.

Options
People want flexible options, like knowing the cost of next day delivery versus second day delivery.

Visibility
Consumers want the ability to see where their shipment is at all times, just like they’re able to see where their Uber ride is en-route.

Even when retailers meet customer expectations of delivery, they are facing the challenge of managing returns and exchanges. While the rise of ecommerce has been a hit with many consumers and business alike, it continues to present its own set of unique challenges to the supply chain and shipping industry.

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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 freight according to many different dynamics.

In order to obtain the most accurate freight rate quote possible, a carrier needs to know several pieces of information about the shipment, including:

  • Freight Class Most LTL carriers and 3PLs can help you determine the appropriate commodity class if you don’t know what it is.
  • Weight & Dimensions The weight of the shipment provided to the LTL carrier should include all of the packaging and/or pallets.
  • Origin & Destination The carrier needs to know if the location from which they’ll be picking up or delivering is commercial or residential.
  • Special Services & Equipment The carrier needs to know if any special services and/or equipment is needed at pickup or delivery.

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ReTrans Freight can save you money with our freight invoice management process, regardless of your preferred carrier.

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Moving freight can be a costly endeavor, especially when you quote freight months in advance. ReTrans Freight negotiates freight rates with carriers so that you get one low freight rate and complete peace of mind for an entire year.

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How to Evaluate Logistics Software

What Are Your Pain Points? Can API’s Enhance Your Current Software? What Software is Available Via 3PL? Learn how to answer and effectively evaluate logistics software.

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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 things in a self-service capacity. Not a huge surprise, it’s a trend that ePN, a ReTrans Freight eCommerce partner, have been discussing for a while.

Yet recent data from Forrester Research sheds new light on the imperative for dealers, distributors, and manufacturers to adopt online sales channels to showcase and sell inventory. Gone are the days when buyers research and purchase products from paper catalogs. Today, B2B buyers are gravitating online to research everything from commercial foodservice equipment to sanitation and janitorial supplies.

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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 transportation company. Here are a few benefits that are frequently overlooked.

Freight transportation companies provide shippers with economies of scale for freight-related support functions. Freight transportation companies employ and maintain the payroll expense for a workforce who serves shippers and their shippers’ customer’s needs. They hire, train and employ professionals who are dedicated to serving as an extension of their clients’ companies, and they commonly perform and process freight-related support functions much more efficiently than the average company’s transportation personnel.

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